Alfred was brought into care on May 11th, 2019. He was found in a parking lot and dropped off at the end of one of the rescue’s Saturday adoption events at the Queen Creek PetSmart. He was roughly 4 weeks old when he was dropped off and was not very responsive, eyes hardly open and laying on his back. He was able to be coaxed into eating and after perking up, went home from the event with his new foster family. His second day in care, on May 11th, Alfred had his first two seizures. This poor baby was frozen stiff, losing all control of his body, eyes dilated, and only a twitch of his whiskers for movement. He would seize with only the warning of a twitch in his whiskers moments before the next onset of seizures hit.
We were all holding our breath for his first three days in care the seizures continued every day, sometimes multiple a day, and for several days accompanied by vomiting. After that he had days of reprieve and didn’t experience another seizure till May 18th & 19th, multiple the first day and one the second. During this time the rescue working to find solutions on how to help this sweet boy. We worked with the skillful vets at San Tan Animal Hospital who searched to find why this kitten who for 90% of the time was happy and playing would suddenly seize. After many tests being run and options reviewed, Alfred was put on an anticonvulsants, first he tried Lenetiracetam and then was switched to Phenobarbital after seizures persisted.
Since being switched to his new medication, he hasn’t experienced a seizure since May 28th. We have been overjoyed to see his progress! Alfred is a very spunky kitten who loves playing with adult cats and is often seen prancing around the room playfully. Every day he becomes more cuddly and affectionate and constantly brings smiles to the people around him!
It may be some time before this kitten is healthy enough to go meet his forever family and until that day comes our rescue will continue to support this kitten. His vet speculates that he may need to be on his medication for the rest of his life.