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In Which Charlie has a Funny Turn!

Published: Monday, February 21, 2011

We’ve had no blogs about cats yet so I’m here to set the record straight. Along with my dog and four rabbits I own a black and white moggy who will be 9 years old in May.

Charlie has been fed on Burns since she was seven weeks old and has never once refused to eat her Chicken and Brown Rice. Having been raised in a shared house which included a greedy black Labrador there is not much she will refuse (see the video of Charlie eating Burns Pork and Potato for dogs)

Just before Christmas 2010 she suffered an ‘episode’. She jumped down off the sofa, her legs appeared to give way and she fell over onto her side. Her eyes were open but there was no response. I rushed over and checked she was breathing then stroked her until she came round. After blinking a few times she stood up and walked off like nothing had happened!

A few years ago my colleague, Becka, and I attended a very interesting veterinary lecture on feline seizures. The lecturer showed videos on how feline seizures in cats did not always involve the characteristic convulsions. Sometimes the cat would just go rigid and fall over or it may only have facial twitching. When I saw Charlie keel over I thought this might have been the case. I also spoke to my mum who had been house-sitting for me in October. She recalled Charlie walking into things a couple of times like she was blind or disorientated. Armed with all this information I took her to the vet. He gave her a thorough examination and concluded that it was actually more likely she had fainted and this could indicate a heart condition, possibly cardiomyopathy. To be on the safe side we had blood tests done (to check her liver and kidneys) and the results all came back fine.

Cardiomyopathy was quite common in cats before pet food companies added the amino acid taurine to their diets, however the levels of taurine in Burns are above recommendations so this is not an issue.

It’s now February and I’ve not seen any episodes since. She is not on any medication as the vet and I agreed this was not the right course to take unless the problem became more frequent. I will, of course, keep a close eye out for any more ‘funny turns’ but hopefully it will turn out to be just one of those things.

Fiona
Burns Pet Nutrition Team

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