Tue, May 7, 2024

He got a cat bite and I think it's infected but randomly he will start chattering his mouth uncontrollably and eyes will be wide and glazed over and it happens for like 30 seconds and he snaps out of it

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The symptoms you're describing in your cat, such as the chattering of the mouth and the glazed-over eyes, could be indicative of a partial seizure. This is a neurological event that can have various causes, including infection, trauma, or an underlying health issue. Given that your cat has a bite wound that you suspect is infected, it's possible that the infection could be contributing to these neurological signs if it has spread or is exerting pressure on the brain or other structures.

For the bite wound itself, it's important to keep it clean. Gently clean the area with a mild antiseptic solution and apply a thin layer of a veterinary-approved antibiotic ointment. Prevent your cat from licking or biting the wound by using an Elizabethan collar. If the wound is swollen, red, produces pus, or is warm to the touch, these are signs of infection that need to be addressed promptly.

Regarding the seizure-like activity, it's crucial to ensure your cat is in a safe environment where he cannot hurt himself if these episodes occur. Remove any objects that could cause injury and provide a comfortable space with soft bedding.

If you notice any of the following symptoms, it's important to seek immediate veterinary care: difficulty breathing, persistent vomiting or diarrhea, extreme lethargy, inability to eat or drink, or if the seizure activity becomes more frequent or severe. These could be signs of a more serious condition or complications from the infection.

In the meantime, ensure your cat stays hydrated and offer a quiet, stress-free environment. Monitor his food intake and watch for any changes in behavior or worsening of symptoms. Keep track of the frequency and duration of the seizure-like episodes, as this information will be valuable for your veterinarian.

If you have any additional questions, please don't hesitate to come back to us! Thank you.