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Q: Shorty's Nerilogical disorder?

January 12, 2012 | By Ches21 | 3 answers | Expired: 968 days ago

Ches21

Shorty has had a nerilogical disorder since he was a kitten I take him to the vet for the steriod shots and his checkups and he gets violent spasams in his sleep they are so violent and scary I wake him up outta it every time or at least try to but he will wake up every time but they seem to be getting worse the vet says she can't do anything unless he does it in front of her while he is up there so he can diagnose him properly but he won't do it for them so would it work for me to film it with my video camera and show them the video would that work or not?

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Kelly
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Jan 12, 2012

That should help the vet see what is going on. When one of the pups was having a problem that we couldn't replicate in the office, a video of her was enough to diagnose her. Just make sure it's a good quality video so the vet can see exactly what is going on. Are you sure it's a neurological problem or just the second stage of REM sleep. REM sleep is the deepest sleep but our brains are very active during that time. This is when we dream. Humans experience a sort of sleep paralysis during REM, but animals don't. Along with the increased respiration and rapid-eye-movement, many pets can have strong spasmodic movements of their legs, twitching their whiskers and ears, twisting their mouths, even vocalizing. Sometimes it can appear pretty violent, but it's totally normal. One of my dogs barks in her sleep and moves her legs as if she is running. Her body jerks and spasms a while and then she gets calm again. A couple of my cats are very entertaining when they're sleeping. They jerk around so much that they have fallen off the sofa, but it's a totally normal response.

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daryl b.
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Jan 12, 2012

for a couple of years piper would have them. he would fly round and round till he hit the wall and fell. he was also blind when they happened. once i had him and doc at the vet and was trying to tell him. piper had one in front of him. he still didn't know what they were but confirmed he was blind during it. i am just thankful that they seemed to have stopped. good luck and i hope that kelly is right

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NonGlassMenagerie
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Jan 20, 2012

It sounds like normal sleep patterns to me unless something really weird is going on that isn't coming across in your description.

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