A Comprehensive Study on Homeowner Stress and Epileptic Cat Well-being

  • Vijay Upadhye, Kuldeep maurya, K Suneetha
Keywords: Cat-Owner Connection, Feline Epilepsy, Human-Animal Communication, Cost Of Care


The most prevalent neurological ailment in cats to be documented is epilepsy. Treatment for recurrent seizures includes giving anti-epileptic medications several times a day. Cats and their owners could be impacted by epilepsy treatments. The purpose of the study was to evaluate the care burden and quality of life (QOL) for cat owners who had epilepsy. The Cat Owner Relationship Scale (CORS) and Zarit Burden Interview (ZBI), validated measures of Cat QOL and demographic data were combined to generate a survey via the internet. With SPSS 26, regression analysis was performed. 6 states and 67 owners in India finished the responses. Cats with epilepsy that began before the age of five, controlled seizures and no drug side effects had improved QOL. Owners of cats with controlled seizures who were over 55 and felt supported by their veterinarian had reduced ZBI. Significant correlations were found between lower owner ZBI, greater cat QOL and higher CORS. The effects of epilepsy on cats and their owners could be lessened by effective seizure control and strong bonds between cat and owner. It is necessary to conduct further research to comprehend the interactions between cats and their owners to manage cats' epilepsy.


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Vijay Upadhye, Kuldeep maurya, K Suneetha. (2024). A Comprehensive Study on Homeowner Stress and Epileptic Cat Well-being. Revista Electronica De Veterinaria, 25(1), 78-85. Retrieved from https://www.veterinaria.org/index.php/REDVET/article/view/491