According to a recent study, some common household sounds have been shown to trigger seizures in certain cats.
The top noise culprits included a metal spoon hitting a ceramic bowl, the tap of a glass, the rustling of a paper or plastic bag, the click of a keyboard or mouse, and the jangle of keys or coins.
Of the 96 cats studied, those most susceptible to these audiogenic reflex seizures had a higher occurrence rate for cats between 10 and 19 years of age, with the average onset age being 15.
Although the condition was observed in many breeds, there was a particularly high rate among the Birman breed, indicating a possible hereditary disposition.
This study was conducted after numerous owners reported their cats having seizures after hearing high-pitched noises, though little research existed to support this.
Seizures can occur at varying levels of severity, ranging from those without convulsions to what are known as generalized tonic-clonic seizures, which causes cats to lose consciousness.
A medication for epilepsy is thought to be an effective treatment against this disorder.
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