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Tom and Jerry Syndrome in cats — 12 Comments

  1. I can’t help but think that this syndrome is in, some way, linked to vestibular disease. Do we have any info about the age range of these afflicted cats?

    • Doing my own research on information received by visitors in their comments I set out the ages on this page. It was quite noticeable that this condition affects more elderly cats. We don’t know yet as far as I know whether it is linked to vestibular disease. The research scientist referred to in this article treats cats with drugs for epileptic fits or seizures. On that basis it seems to be a condition which affects the brain.

      • The condition is now being referred Feline Audiogenic Reflex Seizures (FARS).

        96 cats were involved in this study. They comprised;

        45 domestic shorthairs
        30 Birmans of which 12 (40%) were blue point & 18 (60%) were seal point.
        6 Burmese
        5 domestic longhairs
        4 Bengals
        2 Maine Coons
        1 of each: British Shorthair, European Shorthair,
        Norwegian Forest and a Birman cross.

        The average age of the cats at seizure onset was 15 years (Based on onset age range: 10-19 years).

        Forty-seven cats were female (64% were neutered; 30/47) and 49 were male (71% were neutered; 35/49).

        The high number of Birman cats represented, suggests there may be a breed disposition to this condition. To date, all affected Birmans have either been seal or blue point – these are the original breed colours. Other colourpoints achieved through cross breeding with Persians and Siamese etc., do not appear to be affected by this condition.

  2. The survey mentions Velcro and stove igniting ticks as being triggers in a few of the cats. Strange they should say that, but when my previous cat Sophie would always utter a high pitched mewl whenever she heard a stove igniting or sellotape being pulled off a roll. Thankfully she never suffered any kind of seizure or jerking.

  3. Great article! Thanks for sharing! I have heard about similar conditions in some of the cerebellar hypoplasia (CH) kitties. I wonder if it is a related condition?

  4. Michael, excellent and informative article! I had never really heard of this — very interesting. My Tabby is doesn’t care for music– especially if my son or I are singing, but she doesn’t have seizures or sensitivity to any other sounds. Now that most of my 12 are seniors, that is something else to watch for — especially for my oldest who is a lilac point Siamese — she just turned 15 in February.

    I need to get caught up on reading your posts!! Thanks!!

  5. Thanks for hilighting the latest information on this unusual form of epilepsy. I hope others will find it useful.

    Judging by the numbers of people who responded to your earlier articles, the condition may be more common than was realised.

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