Symptoms of feline seizure include convulsions or muscle spasms and the animal may become stiff or collapse to the floor, according to PetMD. Prior to the onset of a seizure, the cat may yowl, vomit, pace or circle. During the onset of a seizure, muscle spasms may appear as jerking movements and the cat may snap its jaw or paddle its paws. Bladder and bowel movements can occur during a feline seizure.
Feline seizures typically only last for a minute or two; however there may be postseizure symptoms such as disorientation, vomiting, temporary paralysis or blindness, states PetMD. In some cases, the cat may not seem fully recovered for a few days. Seizures are associated with epilepsy, and although many seizures are caused by brain damage, in many instances, no identifiable cause is determined.
It's important to help prevent the cat from hurting itself during an episode by staying calm and attempting to move the cat to a safe place, explains PetMD. The owner should keep other pets away from the animal in order to reduce confusion and possible upset or attack. The cat should be taken immediately to a veterinarian for treatment once the episode has passed; however, if the cat is experiencing ongoing or clusters of seizures, it should be taken for treatment as soon as possible.