The ‘Tom & Jerry syndrome’
Everyday sounds such as the rustling of a crisp packet or a ringing alarm clock could trigger seizures in your pet cat. This is known as: The ‘Tom & Jerry syndrome’.
Vets have found that a form of feline seizure known as ‘Tom and Jerry syndrome’, so-called because of it’s similarities to a scene in the famous cartoon, can be caused by the slightest sound.
Despite these sounds, such as a computer mouse clicking or crinkling tin foil, being seemingly innocuous they can have a catastrophic effect on your favourite furry friend if they suffer from the condition.
The sounds can cause the cat to exhibit a jerking motion and even begin foaming at the mouth, which can be very distressing for both the cat and the owner witnessing it.
The condition is very similar to that of reflex epilepsy in humans and researchers hope further studies into the feline phenomenon could help both cat and human sufferers.
Researchers say: “The aim is to help cats and it may even become useful to help people who suffer from this difficult condition.”