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What is Involuntary Muscle Trembling?

Involuntary muscle trembling, officially known as fasciculation, describes a condition in which muscles tremble, twitch, or spasm uncontrollably. This can occur in cats and other companion animals for various reasons. Muscle trembling normally occurs in response to irritants or emotions and is not necessarily related to any medical condition. It is also possible that trembling or twitching is caused by a genetic condition and is untreatable, but not dangerous. In some cases, fasciculation occurs as a symptom of another disease or disorder. Some medical conditions that cause muscle trembling can be severe and may be life-threatening. If muscle trembling continues, seek medical attention. 

Symptoms of Involuntary Muscle Trembling in Cats

Involuntary muscle trembling can take many forms. The trembling can occur rapidly with the movements happening in quick succession, or it may occur at a slower pace often described as twitching. The fasciculation may also be localized, meaning it only affects a certain part of the body. Localized trembling or twitching in cats most commonly affects the head or hind legs. The muscle trembling could also be general, meaning it affects the entire body. In both localized and generalized trembling the movement may be persistent or episodic. Additional, seemingly unrelated, symptoms may also be observed depending on the underlying cause of the fasciculation. 

Symptoms Include:

  • Uncontrolled trembling or twitching
  • Sensitivity to touch
  • Repetitive pawing or scratching
  • Pain and vocalizations that are related to pain

Causes of Involuntary Muscle Trembling in Cats

Various conditions may cause involuntary muscle trembling as a symptom, or there may be no discernable cause. It is possible for the twitching or trembling to simply be part of your pet’s normal response to certain stimuli in their environment or to be an emotionally-triggered response. Involuntary trembling can also be a primary condition, rather than a symptom of something else. Some of the potential causes for involuntary muscle trembling in cats and other companion animals include:

  • Nervous system disorder
  • Kidney failure
  • Certain medications
  • Toxicity or poisoning
  • Injury or trauma
  • Strong emotional responses like excitement, fear, or anxiety
  • Deep or REM sleep stages
  • Itchiness from dry skin, mites, or fleas
  • Low blood calcium
  • Hypoglycemia or low blood sugar
  • Vitamin or mineral deficiencies
  • Electrolyte imbalances
  • Rabies
  • Seizure disorders like epilepsy
  • Feline hyperesthesia or rolling skin disease
  • Congenital or genetic conditions
  • Pain
  • Weakness
  • Certain cancers, especially those affecting the nervous system or muscles

Diagnosis of Involuntary Muscle Trembling in Cats

Various diagnostic techniques may be needed to determine what is causing the trembling or twitching. Your veterinarian will begin with a full physical examination and medical history. You should discuss any symptoms you have observed, including how frequent the trembling occurs and which portions of the cat’s body are affected. If the fasciculation is episodic and does not occur all the time, a video recording of the trembling may aid your veterinarian in forming a diagnosis. Veterinary staff will take samples of your cat’s blood and urine for laboratory analysis. The blood sample will be tested for blood cell counts, biochemistry and electrolyte panels, and antibodies that might indicate an infection. Urinalysis and analysis for proper kidney function will be checked using the urine sample. Additional diagnostic methods, including x-rays or other imaging techniques, may be needed to diagnose your pet properly. 

Treatment of Involuntary Muscle Trembling in Cats

The treatment method used by your veterinarian will be determined by their diagnosis of the underlying cause of the fasciculation. These treatments can vary widely depending on the condition causing the trembling and may include surgery, medications, or other methods. If no cause is determined, treatment may be prescribed to aid in a reduction of the trembling. Some of the common treatments used for muscle trembling include:

Muscle Relaxants

Drugs in this category are designed to relax muscles, which may help reduce or eliminate the tremors. This treatment must be properly dosed for your pet’s size and physical condition to reduce the risk of side effects. If a medical condition has been determined to be the cause of the trembling, this treatment method may not be used. 

Supplementation 

If a deficiency or imbalance is the cause of the trembling, your veterinarian may recommend supplementation to restore the cat’s nutrient balance. This treatment method is relatively low risk but requires monitoring to make sure levels remain in balance. 

Anti-Depressants or Anti-Anxiety Medications

If the cause is determined to be psychosomatic, medications designed to improve mental state may be recommended. Proper dosing is needed with this type of treatment to minimize the risk of side effects. 

Recovery of Involuntary Muscle Trembling in Cats

The prognosis for recovery will depend on the underlying cause of the muscle trembling. If no cause is determined, the prognosis for management is good. Trembling may never go away in these cases, but it is still possible for your pet to live a normal life. If the underlying cause is treatable, most cats will make a full recovery as long as they respond well to treatment. Certain causes of involuntary muscle trembling, like kidney failure or some cancers, are both untreatable and life-threatening. In these cases, recovery may not be possible. In any case, your care and support will benefit your pet. 

Involuntary Muscle Trembling Questions and Advice from Veterinary Professionals

Eli and Bella
Siamese kittens
Approximately 8 weeks
Moderate condition
0 found helpful
Moderate condition

Has Symptoms

Shaking their back legs when they

My to 8 week old kittens had ringworm and I treated them with over the counter medication for humans then I treated them with new stock sulfur and after the treatments now that they're walking around there shaking their back legs did I poison them by any chance are they got into toxicity I just wash them again with clean water and their comforting but I'm afraid for them what do I do

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
2003 Recommendations
It depends on which product you used on them, there are many suitable medicated shampoos available over the counter at pet shops so human medications are not necessary. I would check the ingredients on medication you used and search to see if they are safe for cats; you could also call the Pet Poison Helpline and tell them the product you used and they can tell you what to do next (may involve just visiting your Veterinarian for treatment). Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM www.petpoisonhelpline.com

Muscle spasams stopped thank you!!

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Kitty
tabby
7 Years
Mild condition
0 found helpful
Mild condition

Has Symptoms

Lymph nodes swollen
Lymph nodes swollen, twitching hindegs

My cat got into a fight with another cat which causes a cyst to form above his eye. I could push the hook out of his eyeball. I got it clipped and flushed out but I noticed his lymph nodes behind his ears were swollen. It's been an month and he was on antibiotics and they are still swollen and every other night he is having spasms in his hind legs. He can't seem to stay comfortable and it lasts all night. He's very lethargic also.

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
2003 Recommendations
It would be best to return Kitty to your Veterinarian for another examination as well as possibly taking a fine needle aspirate of the enlarged lymph nodes; the lymph nodes may be enlarged due to infection, inflammation among other cases. I cannot think of a direct relationship between the eye injury and the twitching of the hind legs, you should discuss this with your Veterinarian. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

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Nathan
Half Bengal/Half Tabby
16 Years
Mild condition
-1 found helpful
Mild condition

Has Symptoms

hind legs tremble a little

My 16 year old neutered male is in Stage 2 of CKD and in the past six months, his hind legs tremble a little when I pick him up. He is on Buprenephrine & Adequan for treatment of severe arthritis. Can the trembling be part of CKD? I do know that his pain is under control, so it is not that.

Thank you.

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
2003 Recommendations
Tremors may be an indicator of renal failure in cats, also Nathan may still be in pain regardless of medication if not given at an adequate dose. Given his age and his current kidney condition, you should visit your Veterinarian for a once over and a blood test to check his kidney values. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

We just had a vet visit a week ago and all labs done at that time. Paid meds given every eight hours, and I am here at home with him to ensure pain control is met (i.e., dosage adjusted as required). Answer not helpful.

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Gizmo
Domestic medium haired
14 Years
Serious condition
1 found helpful
Serious condition

My cat is twitching today, but was fine yesterday. The only problem is that he was having a hard time walking, but yesterday he walked and went to the bathroom without my help.

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
2003 Recommendations
Twitching is a very vague symptoms on its own and may be part of numerous conditions, given Gizmo’s age and the fact she is having a hard time walking I would be thinking about liver issues; infections, trauma, poisoning and tumours may all cause walking trouble and twitching. If the issue continues, it would be best to visit your Veterinarian for an examination. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

Thank you I'm going to take him to the vet

My cat's head unvoluntary intermittently and is getting more pronounced all the time. The vet said I need to do a 700.00 Ultra Sound to find out, I can't afford that what else can be done

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Rollo
Serengeti cross
23-24 weeks
Fair condition
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Fair condition

My 3 kittens were neutered (castrated) on Tues. They are 23 weeks old and all went well I beleive. They were also microchipped at the time also. However 3 days later, the smaller kitten/cat has a foul odour coming from his mouth and also I noticed a spasm type thing going on with his tounge/mouth upon him waking, when he was yawning which was quite startling to witness. He has also been sticking his tounge out slightly since the operation - something he didnt do before. Hes eating and playing, racing about the house etc. he is the more nervous one and hope it may be just a result of the anesthetic and will stop. I mentioned this to our vets and thats what they mentioned it may be - a reaction to the drugs.

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
2003 Recommendations
If Rollo had an endotracheal tube placed, his throat would have been sprayed with a local anaesthetic to prevent vomiting; there may be still some issue from this procedure. It is just a case of keeping an eye on him and looking for improvement, I cannot think of anything to suggest what may be the cause other than that. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

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Pouncer
Bengal
11 Years
Fair condition
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Fair condition

My 11 year old Bengal started having mild twitches in his head about a year or two ago, they were minor and his behaviour was normal so I didn't think much of it. However, they have been getting worse in the last week, with him not being able to walk because it was shaking from his shoulders up this morning. He usually only pees inappropriately when he is upset and had peed on a jacket on the couch yesterday morning. I've been using the pretty litter and it has been mostly normal, with one day of it showing a bit of blue a week or two ago. He was on some pretty heavy experimental medication for a little over a year when he was a kitten due to some serious GI issues, but has been healthy ever since. His diet has been very strict since his GI issues came under control and he eats only the ProPlan indoor turkey formula and the fancy feast chunky chicken and turkey, with occasional treats of plain chicken or turkey. He is a stictly indoor cat and the only new thing to be added to the house lately is a live christmas tree. I don't have a lot of extra money at the moment and can't afford a round of expensive tests, so is this something that could be easily addressed or is it likely that it would involve extensive testing for a high probability that there is no treatment?

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
2003 Recommendations
Some tremors are not unusual in cats as they age past ten years old, but if the tremors are getting too severe that it is affecting his movement you should consider at a minimum a kidney function test to determine if the cause of the tremors is down to kidney issues. Some tremors are attributable to aging and are idiopathic (we don’t know why) but sometimes they are due to more serious causes; it would be wise to have an examination and blood test to rule out the common causes. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

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Bella
Mix
7 months
Fair condition
0 found helpful
Fair condition

My kitten is about 7 months old. She hasn't had any issues until now. Today she just starting kicking her rear leg and front leg like as if there was something stuck to it. She'll get comfortable for a little bit then it'll twitch and she has to move cause it bothers her. What could cause this

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
2003 Recommendations
This twitching may or may not be normal behaviour, but if it is disturbing her it may be due to a few different issues which may include spinal disorders, cerebellar developmental disorders, infections among other causes. You should keep an eye on things to see if the twitching decreases in severity or it gets worse and other symptoms develop; if you have concerns you should visit your Veterinarian. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

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Onyx
Shorthair
14 Years
Moderate condition
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Moderate condition

MY cat was diagnosed with hyperthyroidism about two and a half weeks ago. SHe is 14 and in great health the doctor said. They prescribed her medication and she seemed to get better. Before she was constantly vomiting. While taking it at first her symptoms subsided and she seemed better. Now she is breathing strange, raspy sound and she is throwing up multiple times a day. She has no interest in food or water and her head randomly twitches. It’s hard to explain but she will just have a spasm and then go back to being normal.

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
2003 Recommendations
There are a few different treatments for hyperthyroidism in cats but since you didn’t mention which treatment Onyx is receiving I’ll assume it is methimazole (or similar); the most common side effects of methimazole are vomiting and loss of appetite. There are other side effects which may affect the muscles and nerves but is uncommon; I would recommend you visit your Veterinarian for a follow up of the efficacy of this treatment. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM http://csu-cvmbs.colostate.edu/vth/Documents/pharmacy-methimazole.pdf

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Cuddles
Tuxedo
16+
Moderate condition
0 found helpful
Moderate condition

Has Symptoms

head twitching drooling weight loss

Medication Used

none

My cat is 16, she lost a lot of weight in a short amount of time, always yelling and pacing. Lately I'm noticing her head twitching here and there. She drinks a lot of water. Now she is peeing around the house, she does go to the box but sometimes she doesn't. Oh yeah she is drooling to.

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
2003 Recommendations
There are a few different causes for the symptoms which you are describing which may include dental disorders, poisoning, liver disease (hepatic encephalopathy), kidney failure, head trauma among other causes; given Cuddles age, it would be best to have her checked over by her Veterinarian and to have a routine blood test taken to check her internal internal health. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

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Precious
Long-haired Domestic
8 Weeks
Moderate condition
0 found helpful
Moderate condition

Has Symptoms

Back leg spasms

I accidentally stepped on my 8 week old kitten while cleaning and her backs legs started to spasm, she ended up pooping herself and I feel like such a horrible person as I caused the injury and I don't have the money to see a vet just yet :( she's lying down in one spot, hadn't eaten or drank and I'm so worried

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
2003 Recommendations
In these cases, it is important to visit a Veterinarian as soon as possible since the extent of the injury cannot be determined without an examination; if your full weight went on to Precious then there may also be internal injuries as well. You should visit a charity clinic or any nonprofit which may be able to help as soon as possible. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM www.aaha.org/pet_owner/lifestyle/cant-afford-critical-veterinary-care-many-nonprofits-can-help!.aspx

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Sorin
Domestic medium haired tuxedo
7 Months
Serious condition
0 found helpful
Serious condition

Hello I have a 7monto old kitten.
He has been fine since he was given to me some months back.
Today after I came home he was shaking uncontrollable. I've checked his feet, neck is tense , his belly is a little hard, ive checked his pupils and they are fine. I know animals are good aT hiding pain, it's hard to tell if he is in pain, his meow sounds the samr and when ib touch hI'm he reacts as norMal folower by purring. He is a indoor cat. I don't have money currently or a way to make it to a vet. Do you have any ideas as to what can be causing this? I'm extremely worried.

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
2003 Recommendations
There are various causes for tremors to occur in cats which may include neurological disorders, infections, parasites, poisoning, trauma, cerebellar abiotrophy among other disorders. Without an examination I cannot say for certain what a cause may be, I would suggest looking out for a charity clinic or a non-profit which may be able to help with all or some of the cost. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

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Barney
Bengal
2 Years
Serious condition
0 found helpful
Serious condition

Has Symptoms

Muscle Tremors

Medication Used

Anodip benazapet
Anodip

My 2 year old bengal cat has kidney disease and only 1 kidney. He has started having very bad tremors and shivering but is still active and eating. My vet is unsure what is causing it and says it's probably the disease. Have touch any ideas?

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
2003 Recommendations
Trembling is a common result of kidney failure and isn’t uncommon in these cases; kidney failure can cause an increase in phosphorus in the blood which may lead to trembling. A blood test should be taken to monitor progress of the kidney as well as phosphorus levels. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM https://wagwalking.com/cat/condition/excess-phosphorus-blood

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Silke
Birman, Female
2 Years
Mild condition
0 found helpful
Mild condition

Has Symptoms

Irritation when touched
Cramps
Pain when touched

Medication Used

N/A

Hi
I have a Birman female cat, and she's been having irritation/pain on both back legs when touched/petted to the point of biting me or the one petting her there.
After that is followed a session of licking her self on the inside of her thighs or tips of her feet, where ever the irritation/pain might be which seems to affect the whole leg or legs. She dosent have a problem being touched around her tail, and she's sometimes okay with me hold her leg out doing a natural cat leg stretch. Brushing her legs is sometimes okay, but not always, then she gets irritated and tries to bite/scratch me.

She also has Cramps on both back legs,(the right more than the left) when laying/sitting in a postion that triggers it(not sure about the precise critera's.
It comes in periods at least once every two days.

She's almost 2 years old now, and she's been having the problem for 1½ years, after she got spayed or in the period following that. (Spayed @ 6 months old)
Im not sure if its related, its not getting worse, its just been there all this time, and it dosen't seem pleasnt for her to be petted there or in general.

She's been to the vet 1 year ago, the vet tried to stretch her legs to relieve any problems, I didnt get any futher instuctions or answers about what it could be if it didnt help.

Otherwise she's in good health. She's an Inndoor Cat. And gets lots of playtime, around 2-3 hours a day, running etc. without showing any problems. Its only when im petting her it seems worst.

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
2003 Recommendations
It is possible that Silke has something like twitch-skin syndrome or hyperaesthesia where skin sensitivity in certain areas may lead to twitching of the area and excessive licking and grooming which affects breeds originating around the same geographical area. Ideally, I would visit a Feline Specialist to discuss Silke’s symptoms and to determine if any treatment is necessary. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

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Kricket
Cat
11 Years
Moderate condition
0 found helpful
Moderate condition

Has Symptoms

shaking and twitching

My cat started having seizures about 9 months ago. For the most part, they are controlled with consistent phenobarbital. We have had to increase the dosage over the past few months. He does not have good control over his back legs. All bloodwork is normal, but last vet visit a month ago indicated a heart murmur.
We did not do an MRI, but they think the seizures may be due to brain tumor or brain issue. Tonight he will not come out from under the bed and when made to do so is shaking and disoriented. He is sneezing and making weird noises.

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
2003 Recommendations
When there are behavioural issues together with a history of seizures it can be difficult to determine a specific line of treatment, especially if a tumour is suspected. Any behavioural changes should be discussed with your Veterinarian as a change or adjustment to medication may be required. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

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Harley
domestic short hair
14 Years
Mild condition
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Mild condition

I have a cat that's about 14 years old. At times when he stands his front legs are shaking. There is no shaking in the back legs nor when he's sleeping or laying down. I've noticed his head at times has a fine tremor. What could this be?? Other than this he has food allergies and we have him on a limited ingredient diet.

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
2003 Recommendations
Head tremors in old cats are not uncommon and may be caused by cerebellar disorders, focal seizures, trauma, inflammation, drug side effects among other causes; sometimes the cause may be just age related with no detectable cause. Your Veterinarian should examine Harley and given his age a blood test would be useful just to see how his internal organs are functioning. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

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Takoda
tabby
11 Years
Fair condition
0 found helpful
Fair condition

I was petting my cat last night. He is turning 11 years old, is obese (25 pounds) and may be suffering from arthritis in his joints as well. Whilst I was pettig his head, neck and chest, i noticed him nod his head up and down seemingly involuntarily. Does this mean we should keep a closer eye on him? Maybe bring him to our vet? I'm not sure if we should be worried about him or not. Is this action common in cats his age and weight? Thank you for reading this and thank you in advance for the advice and or help.

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
2003 Recommendations
Idiopathic head bobbing is not unusual in older cats; but should be differentiated by your Veterinarian from other causes including head trauma, neck injury, vestibular disorders among other causes. To settle on an idiopathic diagnosis would be irresponsible without ruling out other causes first. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

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Spike
American Shorthair
3 Months
Fair condition
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Fair condition

My cat vomitted 6 times and some of them look like pate and the rest is a yellow liquid. His legs shake sometimes and I dont know what to do. This is the first time he has this situation.

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
2003 Recommendations
It is not unusual for a kitten to have a bout of vomiting, the pate looking vomit would be digested food and the yellow liquid would be from an empty stomach. Try to offer small portions of food to encourage Spike to eat and if you haven’t already make sure that he is wormed. If you see no improvement you should visit your Veterinarian for an examination; also if Spike isn’t vaccinated you should start that too, regardless of whether he is an indoor only cat or not. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

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Bubba
Manx
7 Years
Fair condition
0 found helpful
Fair condition

My cat has started having random muscle spasms. His behavior isn’t changing but he starts moving around as if they are causing him discomfort. He is not making any noise to indicate pain. He responded with happy meows when food was mentioned and when he saw the laser pointer (his favorite toy). He was purring at first but then stops. He has also started showing a lot of dandruff, which may or may not be related to the shaking. Tonight is the first time that I noticed the tremors as well. Please help!

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
2003 Recommendations
Some cats may develop tremors as they age but without performing a thorough physical examination I cannot say for sure whether the cause is idiopathic or part of something more serious (tumours, infections, neurological disease, poisoning). You should have your Veterinarian examine Bubba so that other possible causes are ruled out. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

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Kitty
Calico
12 Years
Serious condition
0 found helpful
Serious condition

Has Symptoms

Tremors

My cat is a spayed calico roughly 12 yrs old. In the last month she has developed a severe skin rash all over her body which i thought was a food allergy but upon switching hasn't eased up at all. On top of that in the last 2 weeks shes begun having spastic episodes which only last roughly 3-5 seconds but completely dbilitate her hind end and she loses control of her bladder. She literally flops around like a fish out of water. She doesn't even try to clean herself up afterwards. She's also been vomitting 3-4 times a week. Though she is indoor/outdoor so I don't know how often this is happening since she's not home all of the time. Is it time to euthanize?

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
2003 Recommendations
Without examining Kitty I cannot say whether it is time to euthanise or if there are management options available; spinal disorders, old age, toxins, injury, allergies, internal diseases among other causes so it is important to have your Veterinarian give her an examination and possibly a blood test before deciding on anything final. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

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Spumoni
dsh
21 Years
Moderate condition
0 found helpful
Moderate condition

Has Symptoms

Fast fluttery spasmic like tremors

My cat Spumoni has had a long healthy life and has been in great health. Lately she has been twitching over her body when she curls up to go to sleep. The twitching seems to spread from the head area and front legs to the middle of the body and the episodes last 3-5 seconds and repeat until she is fully asleep. She is also licking her front paws obsessively causing raw bald spots. Thank you for any advice! Otherwise, Spumoni eats well, is very sweet, walks well and uses her litter box with no problem.

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
2003 Recommendations
In a cat Spumoni’s age, any number of neurological issues may be affecting her but if they are not causing any pain or discomfort I would keep an eye on them for now; the licking of the paws is more concerning and may be due to allergies, infections (more prone with age) or a neurological issues (if she isn’t feeling them). You should bathe the paws twice daily at least with a dilute antiseptic and visit your Veterinarian for a checkup to be on the safe side especially if it has been more than six months since your last visit. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

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Lila
Long haired domestic
6 Years
Moderate condition
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Moderate condition

Has Symptoms

none

Medication Used

none

My 6 year old female cat was cleaning herself on a bureau when she rolled into a ball, still chewing leg, fell off the bureau while still curled up and landed on her back. She also had urinated on the bureau. A few days later I heard but did not see it, lasted a few seconds, urine on the floor. Could she be having seizures? She had a very short period of confusion both times after the events.

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
2003 Recommendations
It is difficult to determine what is happening, any fall and injury to the head may cause problems with coordination and may even lead to seizures. Without examining Lila I cannot give much of an indication to a case; brain injury, tumours, poisoning, neurological disorders (including seizures) among others may be the cause. You should visit your Veterinarian for an examination and to see if there are any management options. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

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Nora
Domestic medium haired
7 Months
Fair condition
0 found helpful
Fair condition

Has Symptoms

Legs shaking
Fleas
Panting

Hello,
I recently noticed that my rescue kitten starts shaking her back legs (sometimes also front legs) when she lays down. It doesn’t look like she’s hurting, because she purrs and looks relaxed. Also, she got fleas recently and we put drops on the back of her neck. I’m not sure for how long she has been shaking because I’ve been away at uni, but she looks healthy and plays an eats normally.
She sometimes pants with an open mouth after we play, because she is very high energy, though I’m not sure if I should be worried.
Would greatly appreciate your help!

Dr. Michele King, DVM
Dr. Michele King, DVM
505 Recommendations
Thank you for your question. Possible reasons for her to be having those signs could be muscle weakness, pain, systemic disease, or developmental abnormalities. Open mouth breathing in a cat is not a normal sign, and it would be worth having her checked out by your veterinarian to make sure that her heart and lungs sound normal and that she doesn't have any conditions that need to be addressed.

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Boozy
Maine Coon
9 Years
Moderate condition
0 found helpful
Moderate condition

Has Symptoms

Arthritis
Tremors
pawing

I have a 9 year old Maine Coon who is having involuntary tremors in all four extremities. He has a history of arthritis times 1-2 years. All labs as of 9/3/17 were WNL. He is hesitant to jump on the couch and has been using stairs to get on the bed for over a year now. I noticed the tremors about a week ago, it is getting worse & he is continually pawing (making biscuits). What could be the cause of this?

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
2003 Recommendations
There are various causes of muscle trembling or twitching which may include neurological disorders, electrolyte imbalances, poisoning, head trauma, cancer, kidney disease, liver disease, infections, focal seizures among other causes. You should really get Boozy to her Veterinarian to check her over to look for a possible cause; in the meantime, ensure that Boozy is hydrated and comfortable. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

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Izaan
American Shorthair
9 Months
Mild condition
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Mild condition

Has Symptoms

Spasm
Twitching

Hello, my male cat was neutered about 11 days ago and he seems to be twitching/spasing all over his body. I went back to the vet and they said it could be because he is a very sensitive cat and gave him more medication. I have done more research on this online but never heard of a cat getting neutered and having twitching problems 11 days after. Do you think it is common??

Dr. Michele King, DVM
Dr. Michele King, DVM
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Thank you for your email. That is a very uncommon reaction to a routine surgery. If he does not improve, it would be a good idea to have a follow up with your veterinarian, or seek a second opinion as t why that is happening, as it is quite unusual. i hope that he is okay.

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Spud
Black cat
10 Years
Mild condition
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Mild condition

Has Symptoms

Pain
Shaking

Hello my cat is 10 years old and recently he has started shaking when he goes to lay down and keeps meowing I don't know where he is in pain or he's just doing it.

Dr. Michele King, DVM
Dr. Michele King, DVM
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Thank you for your email. Without examining Spud, I can't comment on what might be going on with him, but if he is displaying that behavior, he may be painful. Since most OTC pain medications are toxic to cats, it would be best to have him seen by a veterinarian, as they can examine him, determine more what might be going on, and recommend any necessary testing or treatment for him. I hope that all goes well for him.

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Mira
Sheraze
3 Months
Serious condition
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Serious condition

Has Symptoms

Twitches refuse eating don't move esily
Twitches refuse eating don't move

My cat refuse eating for 3 days even when i feed her by a syringe she spit food away she had muscle twitches sometimes shivering ... ihad it 5 days ago only and i gave her bath after getting it and her vet gave her vaccinations in the same day. She defecated once since 5days she urinates once daily

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
2003 Recommendations
If Mira has defecated only once in the last five days and issues started after receiving vaccinations you should return to your Veterinarian for an examination to determine if any supportive care or other treatment is required. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

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Izaan
American Shorthair
10 Months
Mild condition
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Mild condition

Has Symptoms

Twitching

Medication Used

Prednisolone

My cat 10 months old, was neutered about 16 days ago. He had never had a twitching/spasm issue. After getting neutered 9 days after, I noticed that he was twitching/uncontrollable muscle spasms and running around. I took him to the vet who prescribed him more pain killer medications known as buprenex. The pain killer medications did help but once it wheresout it would come back again. I again took him to the vet to figure out what is going on and the vet did x-rays and found nothing abnormal in the back/spinal area. The twitching looks like mini seizures. Happening from the lower back area to his legs, ears, and head. The doctor said to wait it out couple of weeks to see if it would go away on its own. He said it could be a numerous things more of a behavior issue such as hyperesthesia. He does often go to his site, which is now completely healed to lick it. Once he does that I notice the spasm happening again. The doctor has now prescribed Prednisolone. I don't know what to do and I'm very worried for him. He is eating, drinking water, and going to the bathroom normally. He has no issue with walking or jumping at the moment. If anyone has gone through this, please let me know. I would greatly appreciate it.

Dr. Michele King, DVM
Dr. Michele King, DVM
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Thank you for your email. I'm sorry that that is happening to Izaan. That is definitely an uusual reaction to a cat neuter. Your veterinarian seems to have things under control, and is trialing pain medications and anti-inflammatory medications, which seem appropriate. It may be a simple matter of time, as your veterinarian suggested. Since he is doing well otherwise, it would be a good idea to keep in contact with your veterinarian to let them know how he is doing, and if he needs any follow up care. i hope that he recovers well.

Our kitten (6 months old) just started twitching during sleep after being neutered. He has never done this before and was completely normal. There has to be a correlation between neuter and twitching.

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Arco
Mix
8 Months
Moderate condition
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Has Symptoms

Trembling
Shaking
skittish

Earlier today, my 8 month old kitten sort of got lost outdoors and came back covered in mud and really scared. We rinsed the mud off so he would not lick it off, and tried to clean him as much as we could giving him a small bath. His white fur is stained, but we are worried that when drying himself he might have licked a bit of soap that we used on him that we might have missed rinsing. Sometimes when I check up on him, his body starts trembling/shaking, maybe he's still very scared even though its night time already and he has slept well. He has ate some treats, not his food. He hasn't drank any water. My other cat doesn't seem to recognize him either, she begins to hiss when she sees him, is that maybe because he stinks for her, or she doesn't recognize him. I am taking him soon to the groomer, but he does not seem to have any other symptoms, or injuries; he walks same as always and has no wounds. Should I take him to the vet?

Dr. Michele King, DVM
Dr. Michele King, DVM
505 Recommendations
Thank you for your email. Since we don't know what happened to Arco, if he continues to be uninterested in food, it might be best to have hi examined by your veterinarian to make sure that he is okay. It might be a good idea to postpone his grooming appointment, as he seems to have been through enough in the recent past. He may just need some time, as long as he eats and drinks, and continues to become more normal. I hope that he is okay.

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Molly
Persian
2 Years
Fair condition
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Fair condition

Has Symptoms

Twitching

My Cat twitches sometimes when i brush her... her arms muscles move unconditionally.. when i brush certain spots i guess. and it doesn't always happen. Other than that everything seems fine. Do i have to worry? could it be something with the kidneys?

Dr. Michele King, DVM
Dr. Michele King, DVM
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Thank you for your email. Twitching when being brushed or petted in certain areas is pretty common in cats, as they have a lot of nerve endings in their skin and can be quite sensitive. If she is doing well otherwise, and her skin is healthy, you shouldn't have anything to worry about, no. If you aren't sure, a quick visit to your veterinarian will help you know that everything is okay with her.

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Cheech
Snowshoe
16 Years
Fair condition
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Fair condition

Has Symptoms

inflamed gums

In the last week I have noticed my cat will be sitting with legs folded in and suddenly on leg has a muscle jerk it lasts a brief few seconds. The best way to describe how it looks is when we have our leg reflexs checked by tapping the knee.

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
2003 Recommendations
There are many possible causes of muscle twitching especially as a cat ages due to a pinched nerve, spinal issues etc… Without examining her I cannot say what the specific cause is, but you should check in with your Veterinarian for an examination to make sure it isn’t something more serious. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

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Bear
Half Persian
2 Years
Moderate condition
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Moderate condition

Has Symptoms

Shaking each back leg when walking
Excessive overgrooming

Medication Used

Pet remedy
Feliway
Hypoallergenic cat food

My cat has started to shake or kick out each back leg as she walks. It's been going on now for a couple weeks. There are no cuts that I can see and nothing seems to be hurting her. Im not sure if it's connected to her overgrooming and licking most of her lower body fur off. We're looking into allergies and or stress and wondered if it is a another common indication of stress or allergies? Or is it something different?

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
2003 Recommendations
There could be a few different causes for the leg kicking from issues with the patellar (knee caps), pinched spinal nerves, poisoning, brain disorders among other causes; you should visit your Veterinarian for an examination and a check of reflexes and neurological examination. Without examining Bear I cannot say what the specific cause would be. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

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Pippy
tabby
18 Years
Moderate condition
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Moderate condition

Has Symptoms

Facial muscle tremors, hair loss

Our cat Pippy is 18 years old. She’s recently started suffering from involuntary muscle tremors mainly in the face and is losing a lot of hair although not noticeable on her coat I.e no bold patches. She has also been a lot more vocal meowing a lot more than normal and not going outside as often. A few occasions this week she hasn’t made it to the litter tray. She’s not the friendlyist cat and the vets in the past has caused her a lot of stress which we wouldn’t want to cause at her age. Any idea what could be causing this and would you recommend a call out rather than a trip to the vets? Many thanks.

Dr. Michele King, DVM
Dr. Michele King, DVM
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Thank you for your email. Pippy is quite a senior cat, and seniors can be affected by many things, including neurologic problems, dental pain and arthritis pain. Since she seems to be having a few sort of vague problems with her facial twitching, hair loss and inappropriate elimination, it would probably be best to have her seen and examined to see if there is any testing or treatments that might benefit her. You can certainly try to give your veterinarian a call, but they will most likely have to see her. There may be a veterinarian in your area that does house calls and might be able to decrease the stress of the visit for her, as well. I hope that everything goes well for her!

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Princess
Tortoiseshell
13 Years
Moderate condition
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Moderate condition

Has Symptoms

Head twitching

My cat has just come downstairs rather subdued; she sat next to me and her head was twitching slightly on and off for about 10 minutes I am worried as she is quite old; it's pretty much stopped but she is having the odd twitch should I be as concerned as I am?

Dr. Michele King, DVM
Dr. Michele King, DVM
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Thank you for your email. Cats do develop odd tics and twitches sometimes as they age, but they can also have neurologic or arthritic problems that cause these strange behaviors and signs. If Princess hasn't had a veterinary exam recently, it might be a good idea to take her in to have a thorough physical exam and make sure that there aren't any underlying subtle problems that she might need treatment for. I hope that everything goes well for her!

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Luna
tabby
Two Years
Moderate condition
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Moderate condition

Has Symptoms

Wobbly rear gait

My now 1 1/2 year tabby started showing shakey legs when she was about 3mo. It seemed to start after the 2nd dose of revolution (for kittens) and rabies shot. The vet assured me it was not from either. I went to a different vet to check it out and did blood tests and exrays and all we normal. She was on prednisone a couple of times. once when younger it seemed to work but at 7 mo it did nothing. She walks with her back area like a drunken walk. She may have been showing signs as a kitten when playing but we thought it was cuz she was so active. We did not do an MRI and probably won't. She is still very active, eats etc. Going to the bathroom is hard because her legs shake so much but she manages. We have a box which is harder for her to use since she is so shakey but she uses it. She goes outside during the day when we are home so she can go then. She is also a very long bodies and long legged tabby and looks like a tiger. We got another kitten almost at the same time and they get along (lick each other) well. At least she does not shake when she is sleeping or lying down. It looks like kitty parkinsons and when I looked it up CH came up. It is similar to that. Can a cat with CH stop shaking when resting? Could it have been from the revolution since loss of muscle control is a side effect? It only takes one to get it. I stopped the med. She still shows no signs of pain or slowing down in her activity. She runs after the other cat and then has to lay down. thanks

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
2003 Recommendations
It is possible that Luna has cerebellar hypoplasia which would be consistent with the symptoms you are describing; a definitive diagnosis cannot be made without a CT or MRI of the brain but a presumptive diagnosis can be made based on symptoms, history and ruling out other conditions (a Neurologist may be useful here). If the Revolution was the cause, the symptoms would lessen in severity over time as the active ingredient left her system. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM https://wagwalking.com/cat/condition/cerebellar-hypoplasia

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Henry
tabby
8 Years
Mild condition
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Mild condition

Has Symptoms

Back spasms, twitching

Our cat has had intermittent seizures over the past 5 years and now seems sensitive to having his back touched. Over the past few weeks he has responded to petting of his back by sticking his tongue in and out of his mouth repeatedly as if he were licking. Today he suddenly seems very sensitive to having his back and belly petted and seems to be having spasms. (Not "licking" anymore) We are concerned but otherwise he is mobile and seems in good spirits. When he has seizures he gets upset, but doesn't seem to be having the same reaction to the back spasms. Thank you for any information you can offer.

Dr. Michele King, DVM
Dr. Michele King, DVM
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Thank you for your email. I'm not sure without seeing Henry if he is having normal behavior or not - cats generally respond differently when the area over their tail is scratched and will respond, especially if they are itchy and have fleas - what you're describing might be normal if it only happens when you pet over his tail, or he might have fleas, or he might be having a neurologic problem. It would be best to have him examined by a veterinarian and make sure that everything is okay with him.

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Alina
domestic short hair
13 Years
Moderate condition
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Moderate condition

Has Symptoms

Twitching in ears and head

My 13 year old cat has started to twitch frequently in her ears and head. She is an indoor cat, very laid back and otherwise very healthy. She has no other signs of skin irritations or fleas. What could be causing this?

Dr. Michele King, DVM
Dr. Michele King, DVM
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Thank you for your email. Alina may be a very sensitive cat and may be reacting to a buildup of wax or hair in her ears, or she may be developing a neurological condition. If you feel that what she is deign isn't normal for her, it would be best to have her examined by your veterinarian, as they'll be able to look at her, look deep down into her ears, and make sure that noting is going on in there. It might help for you to video the episodes if possible for them, as cats never seem to display the behavior when they are at the doctor! I hope that all goes well for her.

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LP
DOMESTIC
17 Years
Mild condition
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Mild condition

Has Symptoms

Old age

He's almost 17 & had good vet visits, no real issues. Used to suffer UTI's but since the calcium phosphate with cranberry all is well. I added a multi geriatric cat vitamin to his diet because he eats more canned food now than dry.
Lately, the last few months he developed a twitch/tick; kind of a jerk type twitch but like if you scared him awake type twitch. He doesn't seem confused or in pain or off balance. Seems I am more concerned than he is!

Dr. Michele King, DVM
Dr. Michele King, DVM
505 Recommendations
Thank you for your email. Cats do sometimes develop strange twitches as they get older that are nothing to worry about. They can, however, also develop neurologic disease and arthritis that may benefit from treatment. If he hasn't had an examination recently, it might be a good idea to have him seen by your veterinarian for a check up and make sure that all is well with him. I hope that he continues to do well!

Thank you! He sees the vet in the Summer for shots/exam. He doesn't seem arthritic (he is still quite agile and cat still catch his toys when I throw them) but these are things I will ask his vet about. I appreciate the input--I just get nervous because he is aging!

LP is a cat not dog!

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Luna
domestic medium hair
2 Years
Moderate condition
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Moderate condition

Has Symptoms

Shaking legs/paws

My cat keeps shaking her legs every time she walks like she’s trying to get something off her paws but I’ve checked all of them and nothing is on them. She’s been doing it for about 30 minutes now

Dr. Michele King, DVM
Dr. Michele King, DVM
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Thank you for your email. Cats have many nerve sensors that you are not aware of. She may be having a reaction to something, or stepped in something that is irritating her. If she continues to have this behavior, it would be best to have her seen by your veterinarian, as I cannot examine her or determine what might be going on with her feet. I hope that everything is fine with her.

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Coco
unknowkn
2 Months
Serious condition
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Serious condition

Has Symptoms

Unstopping shaking

I found a kitty outside my house two days ago, I've notice that he shakes nonstop during the night only. He is been eating right and pooping right as well. What can be the cause for the shaking?

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
2003 Recommendations
There are various causes for a kitten to shake which may include brain injury, developmental abnormalities, infections, parasites, poisoning, spinal issues among other causes; without an examination I cannot say what the specific cause is and with the shaking only occurring at night, it may indicate a behavioural issue rather than a medical one. You should take Coco to a Veterinarian for an examination and to start vaccines etc… Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

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Moshy
tabby
12 Years
Moderate condition
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Moderate condition

Our cat jerks his head to the side when we pet him on his back just before his tail. This has just started happening. It doesn't t seem to cause him pain, but he can't reach his hind end to clean himself very easily now. He's about 12 yrs. old.

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
2003 Recommendations
It is possible that Moshy is getting old and may be suffering from some spinal issues which may cause some discomfort when petted in a certain place or may not allow him to groom himself due to restricted movement. Without examining Moshy (and possibly taking an x-ray) I cannot say what the specific cause is, a visit to your Veterinarian would be useful to have an examination and to possibly get the issue managed. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

When animals cannot groom their rear areas, have the "Sanitary Shave" by your
Vet Tech. Very inexpensive and keeps them clean.

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Boo
American Shorthair
1 Year
Fair condition
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Fair condition

Has Symptoms

Vomiting

My kitten was seen at the vet on Thursday for vomiting. Did X-ray and gave him meds to stop the throwing up. Hadn’t done it sense. But he’s not really acting like himself. He drink but not eating very much at all. He seems to be twitching or small muscle twitching. Not all the time just every now and then?

Dr. Michele King, DVM
Dr. Michele King, DVM
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Thank you for your email. I'm not sure what medications Boo is on or what your veterinarian determined was the cause of the vomiting when you had him in on Thursday, but he doesn't seem to be 100% from your description. It would be a good idea to follow up with your veterinarian, either a call or a visit, to let them know what is happening and see if they think it might be due to the medication, or if he needs further care. They'll know what medications he is on and any possible effects. I hope that Boo does well!

We took him back to the vet. He has hurt his back somehow! Thank you

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Gatoulis
Greek
1 Year
Mild condition
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Mild condition

Has Symptoms

Trembling

Hello.
I have a male cat (unneutered) which is 1 year and 4 months old.
This month was his first mating season. After spending 20 days on the house opposite to ours where there is a female cat,and after not eating and sleeping much because he didn't want to leave his spot,he returned home 4 days ago. During the first 2 days he slept almost all day and night. Now he doesn't sleep so much, he eats and drinks but from the time he returned his does not groom himself.
Apart from that, when he returned he was kind of limping. He still does, although he seems better, but he still doesn't groom himself.
And what I noticed yesterday is that sometimes when he is sitting his back legs start trembling. Not very much but still...
Could this be from the exhaustion and weakness or is it something wrong considering the fact that he doesn't also walk properly?
Thanks you very much for your time !

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
2003 Recommendations
It is possible that the symptoms are from weakness but it is possible that there may be a traumatic or other cause for this trembling. Without examining him I cannot determine if there is a traumatic injury or other issue to be concerned about; you should give him plenty of rest and ensure that he is hydrated and eating. If you don’t see any improvements you should visit your Veterinarian for a once over. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

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Sampson
domestic short hair
7 Months
Fair condition
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Fair condition

Has Symptoms

Trembling
Twitching

About a month ago our 7 month old went to the vet due to diarrhea and vomiting. After X-ray it was determined he needed an enema. Turns out he somehow injested a large amount of hair and he needed help passing it. He has been on a special diet, and all seems well—except for the past few days. I’ve noticed that when he is relaxed, but awake, his appendages twitch very quickly for minutes on end. He just watches as this happens, but shows no signs of discomfort. Other than the episode a month ago he is 100% healthy, is fixed, indoor and has never had any other issues. Should we be worried? Does the twitching warrant a visit to the vet! We are still financially recovering from the incident a month ago, so if this is nothing to worry about, we’d rather not take him in for a full workup. Thanks!

Dr. Michele King, DVM
Dr. Michele King, DVM
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Thank you for your email. WIthout examining Sampson or seeing the episodes, I'm not sure if this behavior is worrisome. If he does not seem affected by the episodes, you may be fine to monitor him and have him seen if it continues, but if he seems to be having a problem with this behavior it may be better to have him seen sooner. I hope that everything goes well for him.

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Desi
tabby
6 Years
Moderate condition
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Moderate condition

Has Symptoms

Shaking legs

My cat had PU surgery a week ago. Now that he has started to move around more we have noticed that whenever he walks he is shaking his front legs. It almost looks the same as what he would do when he would get out of the litter box, however he is doing this even when he hasn't been in there recently. I tried to check his paws and I don't see anything stuck in there. The vet did trim his nails. Could this have something to do with it or does this sound like something else?? This didn't happen before surgery.

Dr. Michele King, DVM
Dr. Michele King, DVM
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Thank you for your email. That is strange behavior, and I'm not sure that it would be directly related to the surgery. If his claws were trimmed, he may just be getting used to shorter nails, or one or two may have been trimmed short and be uncomfrotable. If he continues this behavior, it would be a good idea to have your veterinarian look at his feet and make sure that everything is okay. I hope that all goes well for Desi.

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Phoenix
Maine Coon
1 Year
Moderate condition
-1 found helpful
Moderate condition

Has Symptoms

Muscle Tremors

Continuing from last post....My cat has muscle trembling. It affects his front two legs and back legs. It almost sometimes like he clenches up like humans when they are cold. This has been going on for a month. Some days are worse than others. He does it his sleep, when he is chilling and awake. He is recovery from being neutered but this has been going on before he was neutered. He had a temp last time when he was diagnosed with Inflammatory Bowel Disease and stopped for a while and started again. Is this a symptom of the IBD or could this be serious?

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
2003 Recommendations
I can see that my colleague already gave an answer before about Phoenix’s symptoms; without an examination and possibly a blood test, we cannot start to determine what is occurring. Taking a video of an episode as mentioned before would be useful for your Veterinarian and any issue like this muscle trembling should have been brought to your Veterinarian’s attention prior to neutering. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

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Phoenix
Maine Coon
1 Year
Moderate condition
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Moderate condition

My can developed Involuntary Muscle trembling. It's been going on about a month. It only happens when he is relaxed. It stopped when he asleep or awake. He acts normal and plays. He was diagnosed with IBD about 2 months ago. I changed his diet and his stools are back to normal. He doesn't seem like he is in pain. What could this be?

Dr. Michele King, DVM
Dr. Michele King, DVM
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Thank you for your email. Without examining Phoenix or knowing which muscles are affected, I'm not sure that I can shed much light on what might be going on with him. Muscle tremors can be a sign of pain, electrolyte imbalances, or neurologic disease. It would be best to have him examined by your veterinarian to try and determine what might be going on - it would be helpful for them if you are able to video the episodes, as he probably won't do it at the veterinary clinic. I hope that you are able to get to the bottom of what is going on with him.

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