Special Need: Sleep Disorder, Possible Epilepsy

Bacon Yes, his name is really "Bacon." But that's not even the quirkiest thing about our boy.

When the small silver tabby came to Tabby's Place through our Trap-Neuter-Return (TNR) program, we thought he was a "normal" cat (albeit one who had been cleverly trapped using fresh bacon). Within hours, however, the sweet-but-nervous stray scared us all - especially himself.

BANG! What was that sound? Every few hours, Bacon seemed to slam his entire body into the walls of his Quarantine crate. By the time we ran to his side, all we saw was one confused cat.

Finally, our vet tech caught Bacon's episode in action: the gentle boy was having intense, electric shock-like seizures in his sleep. Worst of all, the poor cat would have these episodes just as he entered the restorative sleep cycle. Bacon was never, ever getting restful sleep.

But, since Bacon is a Tabby's Place cat, there's hope for a fully-rested future. Our veterinary staff is vigilantly monitoring Bacon's neurological status, evaluating everything from his sleep patterns and seizure activity to the way he reacts when startled or caught off guard.

We also have a 24-hour camera trained on Bacon's suite to monitor his activity. We're attempting to determine whether his seizures only occur when he's asleep, or if they also jolt him during his waking hours. Once we have a better sense of the frequency of Bacon's seizures, we'll be able to start him on appropriate medication.


Understandably, Bacon occasionally acts like he's not yet had his coffee, giving us glares and "go-away" nips. But that's not the real Bacon. Despite being chronically sleep-deprived and confused, Bacon is a gentle soul who's making the best of his strange situation.

When he's feeling good, he's sweeter than maple-glazed bacon, head-butting cats and humans and frisking like an overgrown kitten. It's a testament to Bacon's athleticism that he can take down a wiggling wand toy even on a bad night's sleep.

He often seems a bit overwhelmed by reality, but we've surrounded Bacon with a gentle cadre of cats like Frank (whose infectious joy is good for what ails everyone) and Paco (who Bacon enjoys using as a pillow). And, of course, we're here to keep Bacon safe, secure and loved.

We believe that better-rested days are coming for our "crispy" boy. You can be part of Bacon's journey, helping us to properly diagnose and treat his unusual condition. With you as his sponsor, Bacon's future is richer than a grand slam breakfast. Please help us to nurture this remarkable boy.

Sponsor Bacon(or, see all of our Special Needs Cats)
other monthly amount (minimum $14)

$20/month helps cover the cost of staff time to evaluate Bacon?s neurological status and review his video footage

$73/month pays for an hour of expert veterinary care for Bacon

Any amount will help our Special Needs cats