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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

Moojie
domestic shorhair
12 Years
Moderate condition
-1 found helpful
Moderate condition

Has Symptoms

whisker twitching
focal seizure
Facial twitching
Eye twitching

My cat Moojie is around 11 to 12 years old (I think? I got her six years ago and she was supposedly ~5-6). She has been fine and generally healthy, except that she had fleas a couple months ago which we treated and she is now fine and clear. I don't know when I noticed this, but she has started having little facial tremors that seem to be consistent with focal seizures as I have seen in videos. She has these tremors maybe 1-3 times in a five minute span. I'm very concerned because it is happening so often, but she seems fine besides that.

Moojie's behaviors haven't changed; she meows to wake me up to feed her every morning, she cuddles with us in bed, she is sitting next to me right now, calm, eyes closed and relaxed. She sits in her favorite box, explores the world around her, hides etc. She plays, responds to sudden noises (i.e. is appropriately alert/responsive). She eats regularly and defecates and pees regularly. Sometimes she sneezes. Maybe about ten months ago she was choking / coughing too often and we determined maybe it was allergies in our new apartment. Other odd behaviors that she has always done is meowing randomly at night, suddenly running about, but I thought these are normal cat behaviors, now I am concerned that these seemingly inexplicable things are beyond normal and possibly related to whatever else is going on. She has shown some behavior change but that happens very rarely, maybe 4-5x/year, if I leave for a weekend and my husband is at home with her alone, she knocks over glasses of water and has peed and defecated on rugs (thankfully not the bed!). I will say she is a bit of a needy cat, she is very affectionate and bothers me when I am trying to work. She comes to me when I'm lying in bed, kneads, and purrs very very loudly, is it possible that she does that because she is sick?? I just thought she was very affectionate, now not so sure.

My main point here is that nothing else seems to be wrong with her except for this trembling, but the trembling/twitching happens often, many times in an hour, about 2-5 seconds, occasionally longer but never more than 10. I first noticed it a few months ago, but I'm not sure if I only noticed it because I started becoming paranoid about her after the fleas. It may have been happening for a while beforehand and I just never thought it was weird?

Dr. Michele King, DVM
Dr. Michele King, DVM
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It seems that Moojie is doing well other than this possible new behavior, and this may or may not be something that you need to worry about. If she hasn't had lab work done recently, that may be a good idea at her age, to rule out any abnormalities with her electrolytes or systemic function. If she is normal otherwise, this may be something that you can monitor, and if the episodes become more frequent or go on for longer periods of time, it would be best to have her examined by your veterinarian. It would be helpful to video the episodes, as they may not happen when she is at the clinic. They'll be able to let you know if this is something that needs attention and treatment, or if she is okay.

Oh! She also sometimes "snores"/has audible breathing when she is asleep, and sometimes when is randomly purring particularly intensely (maybe 2-3x/month?) she is swallowing periodically, as if she is trying not to vomit. (that's what it reminds me of in myself, at least)

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Wednesday
DOMESTIC
4 Years
Mild condition
0 found helpful
Mild condition

Has Symptoms

Quiet

Medication Used

none

My cat spent a night in the pound because she was lost. Now she sneezes, she hides under the bed and she won't eat or drink. She also has a funny walk where she shakes her front paws like there's something on them. What could be the problem?

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
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It is possible that Wednesday picked up an infection whilst in the pound which may explain the sneezing and also the paw shaking as some infections like calicivirus may cause limping and other symptoms. However without examining Wednesday I cannot say for certain and the limping may be just from a traumatic injury; you should have your Veterinarian check her over after this ordeal. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

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Kitty
tabby
7 Years
Mild condition
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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
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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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Harley
American Wirehair
9 Months
Mild condition
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Mild condition

Has Symptoms

Shaking

My kitten is 9 months old and a few days ago I noticed her back legs shaking while she was sleeping. I’ve been watching her closely and it has happened a few more times, when she is laying down.She is eating, running and playing normally. Her and her littermate have been super healthy but she had strong reaction to the rabies vaccine when they gave her that at age 3 months. After that We changed vets and the new vet told me that she shouldnt have gotten the rabies vaccine until she was older. She said only in certain states like AL. do they give it earler. Could having had that rabies vaccine too early be causing these tremors?

Dr. Michele King, DVM
Dr. Michele King, DVM
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Thank you for your email. I'm not sure what might be happening with Harley, but it is unlikely that the Rabies vaccine caused it. Rabies vaccines are commonly given at 3 months, and don't typically cause any long lasting effects. If the tremors continue, it would be worth having an examination with your veterinarian to make sure that everything is okay.

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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
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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

How rude of you Nathan. The Vet can only do so much considering he can’t examine your kitty and doesn’t know the history. What exactly do you expect from him. Smh

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
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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
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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

May I ask the outcome as this sounds like my cats symptoms. She is 17 years old. Back legs shake at times and I noticed her head was trembling the other day like some kind of muscle dysfunction

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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Houdini
Siamese manx
6 Months
Moderate condition
0 found helpful
Moderate condition

Has Symptoms

Quiver

My cat seems to be having involuntary muscle spasms in his hind legs. He doesn't seem to be in any pain, I'm just concerned. It's almost as if he's intensely purring. It seems to diedown when his hind legs are stretched out.

Dr. Michele King, DVM
Dr. Michele King, DVM
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Thank you for your email. Houdini may be showing normal cat behavior, or he may have a neurologic issue that needs to be addressed. If you can video the episodes, it would be helpful for a veterinarian to look at him, assess whether he is having a problem, and recommend any treatment, if any is needed.

I have a 6 month old kitten that is doing the same quivering as the above 2 posters. I wondered if they had any additional informational about this or what a vet had to say? I took my kitten to the vet and showed her a video and she was stumped, said she doesn’t see a neurological problem and blood panel (chem 6) was fine. She has no idea what all the episodic quivering is about.

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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
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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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Alex
Domestic shorthair
2 Years
Serious condition
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Serious condition

Has Symptoms

not active
Weakness
Tired
Lethargy

My 2 year old cat was puking this morning white foam accompanied with hair and food, after this all happened his mood was wierd he wasn’t energetic and didn’t want no food I picked him up and his hind leg twitched. I picked him up a second time later throught the day and this front paw twitched. Is this normal? Should I be worried at all? This has never happened before.

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
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Whilst not normal, it may occur; you should keep an eye on Alex for the time being and ensure that he is hydrated; if he isn’t eating try to encourage appetite with some chucks on boiled chicken. You should keep an eye on him since we all feel groggy after vomiting, but if there is no improvement you should visit your Veterinarian to be on the safe side. 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
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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
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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
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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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Cuddles
Tuxedo
16+
Moderate condition
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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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Eli and Bella
Siamese kittens
Approximately 8 weeks
Moderate condition
-1 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
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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

Hard time breathing/ twitching of head / smells / bloating / low-energy / bad balance - hard time jumping / climbing / walking .. want cuddle 24/7 .. foggy Greyeyes - hate being alone .. we found cat an when driving to vet it die .. I just want to know why. We found in parking lot .. it Anorexic .. feel all kitten bones .

My female adult (1 yr) - her right leg trembles when she initially starts to drink water.

my pet kitten got flu and recover but after a while became weak then one day it cannot move and shaking and doesn't eat for two days. So I gave water with a litle bit of sugar then recover the other day the is shaking and now the body when walking. It hurts a lot for me seeing my pet in pain and I don't know what to do.

Muscle spasams stopped thank you!!

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Spike
American Shorthair
3 Months
Fair condition
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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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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
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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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Green bean packers
Domestic long hair
2 Years
Moderate condition
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Moderate condition

Has Symptoms

twitching no appetite

I gave my daughter cat a bath yesterday and now she is twitching for some odd reason after I put her flea medicine on her then this is the same flea medicine that I used since she was a kitten fast acting Hartz ultraguard Plus flea and tick medicine spray she's not eating or drinking and I'm concerned I can't get into the Vet until tomorrow morning

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
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Generally in these cases it is good to bathe the cat to remove any residue from the product, however there isn’t a specific treatment for flea & tick medicine poisoning with any treatment being purely supportive and symptomatic. You should keep an eye on Green Bean Packers for the meantime and visit an Emergency Veterinarian if the tremors are severe or any other concerning symptom presents. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

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Nora
Domestic medium haired
7 Months
Fair condition
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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
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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
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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
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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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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
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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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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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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.

My 2-yr old neutered male, Cody, also was diagnosed with IBD. He has been on corticosteroids for several months and is on a very restricted RX diet, Science Diet ZD. I have also noticed an increasing frequency of tremors when he is at rest. I am wondering if the corticosteroids have any history of causing these tremors (the tremors are all in his upper body, almost like he’s shivering except faster and uneven).

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Little One
domestic short hair
8 Months
Critical condition
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Critical condition

Has Symptoms

Refusal to eat. Muscle tremors
Refusal to eat. Muscle tremo

My Little one is very very ill. This has happened once before and we cannot afford a vet, but she recovered, and amazingly enough became healthy.

It starts with throwing up, and only drinking water, but seemingly eager to drink a lot of water. When she throws up she makes noises caused by pain. She has muscle spasms, seizure like, and she has trouble moving. She tries to stay still except when she's gettinga drink. But now her whole body has random trembling/spasms, from head to toe that cause involuntary movement. She still tries as hard as she can to stay strong and put, even though it all, she's so strong so so strong. My only hope is that when this happened before she recovered all of a sudden. Please advise, my Little one is trying to stay so strong

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
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There are various different causes for the symptoms you are describing and without examining her I cannot say specifically what the underlying cause is; however hypoglycemia can hit young cats and a drop of honey on the gums may help perk her up if that is the cause. Ideally, the underlying cause needs to be determine since this has shown to not be a one off event and you should visit a Veterinarian; there are many organisations which can help with the cost of veterinary care, check links below. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM www.dogingtonpost.com/need-help-with-vet-bills-or-pet-food-there-are-resources-available/ https://iheartdogs.com/cant-pay-for-your-pets-needed-care-these-12-programs-can-help/ www.paws.org/cats-and-dogs/other-services/help-with-veterinary-bills/

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Betty, Conan, Moxy, Mina & Willy
American short hair & Maine Coon
6 Years
Moderate condition
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Moderate condition

Has Symptoms

scratch alot
muscle spasm

My 5 cats were exposed to Permethrin applied on their neck. I did clean them with a wet towel after maybe 20 min. I gave them a bath with dishwasher soap maybe 20 hours after exposure.

They seem to have some signs of poisoning, like dilated pupils, they tend to try scratch their neck a lot and have some kind of muscle spasm from time to time, mostly when they sleep or lay down and they tend to jump and run a few seconds.

I don't have any money to send my cats to the veterinarian, but I need to know if there is something I can do to help them? Some website I visited said that medicine to help control muscle tremors in case it gets worst would be important. What kind of product can I give to my cat s and the dosage for adults cat?

I live in Canada, Quebec, would preferable like something that can be purchased in a pharmacy with any prescription

Dr. Michele King, DVM
Dr. Michele King, DVM
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There are no medications that you can give your cats to help with muscle tremors without a prescription. Washing the medication off of the cats was the best thing that you could have done, and if they are eating, drinking, generally normal other than the dilated pupils and occasional tremors, you may be fine to continue to monitor them, as the signs should resolve as the drug leaves their bodies. It can take days to weeks to fully recover, and we only typically give medications if they are seizing or having severe tremors. If any of them are worsening as far as tremors, seizing, or can't eat or drink because of coordination issues, then they do need veterinary care.

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Riya
American Shorthair
12 Years
Serious condition
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Serious condition

Has Symptoms

Excessive licking

My cat is 12yrs old and weighs 14lbs. Her front right paw trembles a lot when she is standing. Doesn't seem like she's in pain though, she's eating, drinking and pooping just fine. Even runs around sometimes and plays often. But can't stand for very long, as her paw starts twitching. She doesn't have any history of injury.

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
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Without examining Riya I cannot determine the specific cause of the paw trembling; this may be due to pain from an injury (sprain etc…), nerve damage, poisoning (normally other symptoms would be seen) among other causes. You should allow Riya to rest and not allow her to jump or run around the house and monitor for any improvement; if there are no signs of improvement, it gets worse or there are other symptoms you should visit your Veterinarian. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

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Precious
American long hair
1 Year
Mild condition
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Mild condition

My 1 year 5 month old male cat Precious has tremors when he sits on my lap and goes to sleep. Usually it is just his hind legs but today it was his front legs and head as well. The tremors are mild and more fine motor movements than like a seizure. It is only when he’s sleeping

Dr. Michele King, DVM
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Thank you for your email. Without examining Precious, I'm not sure if his behavior is normal for him and not worrisome, or if he has a problem that needs to be treated. if you can get a video of this behavior, and take him to a veteriarian to be examined along with the video, it might help to determine what is going on with him.

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Nora
Domestic shorthair
10 Months
Fair condition
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Fair condition

Has Symptoms

Breathing Difficulty

Medication Used

antibiostics
corticosteroids

Hello,
my 9 month old cat had symptoms of shivering when her legs were relaxed (while she was laying down) and breathing with her mouth open after playing (for about 1 minute). She did not look distressed at all and she is very energetic and plays all the time. I took her to the vet and he diagnosed her with FIP because she was positive for the coronavirus, although her bloodwork was normal. Corticosteroids and antibiotics stopped the shivering but she still sometimes breathes with her mouth open when she plays too hard. My question is: will the symptoms come back and does she really have FIP?

Dr. Michele King, DVM
Dr. Michele King, DVM
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Thank you for your email. FIP is a fatal disease, caused by a mutation in the Coronavirus. Most cats carry, and will test positive for, Corona virus, but that does not mean that they have FIP. FIP is typically a disease that we diagnose based on symptoms. She may benefit from a chest x-ray, or a second opinion on her diagnosis.

Hi Nora,

I am not a vet, but I know a lot about cats. There are some vets who always say it is FIP when they don’t know what else it should be. If she is not really ill (fever etc) it is hopefully not FIP. breathing through the mouth is not good. You should go to a vet who is able to make a x-ray and an ultrasonic from the heart as well!

Best Deike (from Germany)

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Sugar
DOMESTIC
14 Years
Mild condition
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Mild condition

Has Symptoms

Muscle Tremors

My 14 year old cat has tremors more when purring. They cause her head to shake and eyes widen. She eats,drinks,sleeps and goes to the bathroom normally. She sees a home vet but would need to be sedated if I wanted further tests at a clinic. I would rather not put her through the stress unless this is necessary?

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
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It would be good to be able to determine the cause of the tremors and to know if they are going to have a long term impact on Sugar’s health or welfare; as a Veterinarian I would prefer to get to the bottom of an issue that to just wait and see but it depends on whether you would like to put Sugar through tests or not. 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
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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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Tigger
Orange tabby
3 Years
Mild condition
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Mild condition

Has Symptoms

twitching or shaking
head tilts a little to the left

I have a 3 year old cat who has been healthy. Lately his head will tilt to the left a little and his whole head will twitch. It's kind of like his head is just doing a fast wiggle to the left over and over. Very small movements. My cat is an orange tabby. This twitching does not seem to bother him as he will come sit in my lap and purr even while twitching. I cannot afford to take him to the vet at this time but definitely will as soon as possible. The twiching is not all the time. It happens for a period of 30 min or an hour and then it stops and he seems fine. I have been noticing it a few times a week. It's possible that it could be more often as he's not always in my view. If I put my hand over his head and hold it while it is twitching, the twitching will stop while my hand is there. He does not seem overly bothered by it but it's freaking me out. The only other thing that may have something to do with it... or may not... we had fleas pretty bad a couple months ago. We have been treating them with over the counter pet treatments and been spraying the house and vacuuming daily. The last time I used the flea comb I did not find any on the cat anymore. The cat is an indoor cat but we have two dogs that go in and out. I have no idea if that would be related at all but thought I'd mention it.

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
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There are various different causes for head twitching which may include cervical spine disorders, focal seizures, poisoning, hormonal conditions, electrolyte imbalance, parasites among many other conditions; if Tigger doesn’t seem bothered by the twitching, you should keep a close eye on him for the time being and make a note of intervals, duration and anything else you may believe to be clinically significant. If cost is an issue, you can try a charity clinic if you have one in your area. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

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Monkey
Domestic long hair
6 Years
Moderate condition
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Moderate condition

Has Symptoms

Front leg tremors
front leg tremors or involutary mus

Medication Used

Gabapentin

Hello my cat has developed a problem with his front legs trembling involuntary leg movements when he sits and has his front legs straight. they started off very slight and now seem to be very strong> He is 6 years old, he still plays and everything else seems normal. He was declawed as a kitten and I wonder if it could be a symptom of that. I took him to my vet who thought it may be nerve sensitivity due to being declawed as we ruled out arthritis with a front leg xray. We have had him on gabapentin now for 3 weeks but it has not done much if anything. My cat likes to still do a sort of scratching activity that cats with claws do, however he does it on weird places like the base of your bed where the mattress sits into the metal frame or on a hard chair edge and it makes a loud drumming sound. i worry about his pads of his feet when he does that. He has Pica and eats weird things like sweaters shoelaces etc we have to hide things so he cant get them , he has had surgery to remove a shoelace he swallowed. he also licks things floors, people etc and kisses everyone by licking them , he is very friendly and affectionate. I wonder if maybe he has licked something that has caused this. I try to be very careful what in use for cleaning etc. He is a indoor cat. My vet did do full blood work and everything seemed good, we did not manage to get a urine sample that time but hope to next time to do a test on that. Any advice would be appreciated.

Dr. Michele King, DVM
Dr. Michele King, DVM
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Your veterinarian seems to have done a fairly thorough workup for Monkey, and the Gabapentin was a good thought to try. I'm afraid that I don't have a lot to add to what has been done without seeing him, other than to suggest maybe seeing a neurologist if you are very concerned about this behavior, as they specialize in nerve dysfunctions and may be able to shed some light on his condition.

Had another visit with my vet urine test came back normal, spine x-rays were normal, so we tried a pain medication to see what happened, and he seemed to not shake anywhere near as much but it was a very strong pain medication and he was not a happy cat with it he seemed spaced out eyes dilated, seemed to be hallucinating and scared of everything including me, so I stopped the pain medication and waiting to advise the vet of that , he is away until Monday , have also started him on cosequin joint health support with omega 3's as i read on another forum that a cat owner who had similar symptoms and was also declawed improved with something like this

Thank you, I just got back from the vet again and we took xrays of his spine and shoulders and it all looked normal , he did a urinalysis as well and will wait for those results , may have to see a neurologist

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Tigger
Calico
4 Years
Fair condition
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Fair condition

Has Symptoms

Muscle Tremors
Muscle Atrophy

I have a male Tabby about maybe 3 or 4 years old, he is having muscle spasms in his hind legs and I am unsure if I should be worried I just noticed this was going on, he has been normal nothing seems to be wrong with him his eating habits are the same, he runs around with his brother who also is a Tabby. I only noticed it because he was on my lap sleeping. So I am just wondering if I should be worried about him.

Dr. Michele King, DVM
Dr. Michele King, DVM
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It isn't abnormal for cats to have 'twitches' while sleeping, and that may be what is happening with Tigger. Without examining him, i can't say for sure, and tremors can also be caused by metabolic disease, electrolyte abnormalities, or neurologic problems. if you are concerned, the best thing to do would be to have him seen by a veteirnarian, as they will be able to determine if he has a problem. it will help if you are able to video the episodes for your veterinarian.

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Dakota
Tuxedo
19 Years
Mild condition
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Mild condition

Has Symptoms

Leg twitch

Every so often my boy gets gentle twitches in his back leg. He's a 19 year old, neutered male. Some days it doesn't happen but other days, it seems to be a constant twitch. It doesn't seem to bother him, he is a very patient cat though. Everywhere I have looked has said it's nothing to worry over, but I'd like to be sure. He is an old cat, diabetic, but otherwise is in good health. Still loving, still eating, sleeping and bathroom use is all normal. I would mainly like to know if this is something that should be checked or worried over before I go in. Thank you!

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
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Muscle twitching may occur for a variety of reasons and may just be due to age and related issues; if Dakota is otherwise in good spirits and it isn’t causing any issues with day to day life I would recommend keeping an eye on her and bringing the issue up with your Veterinarian at her next checkup. Obviously if the twitching gets worse, other symptoms present or is becomes painful you should visit your Veterinarian immediately. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

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Natasha
tabby
7 Years
Mild condition
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Mild condition

Has Symptoms

Grooming in one spot

My cat doesn't like to be touched near the base of her tail and cleaning this one spot near her tail everytime I pet her. She still wants treats and eats normally. Should I be worried

Dr. Michele King, DVM
Dr. Michele King, DVM
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Many cats don't like to be touched by their tails, or on their bellies. If this isn't a new problem, and if she seems normal otherwise, this may be normal behavior for her. If you are concerned, a visit to your veterinarian will let you know if she is healthy, or if she has a problem.

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Mister
domestic short hair
3 Years
Mild condition
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Mild condition

Has Symptoms

Sneezing, Jerking head back, fever

My cat Mister is 3 years old. Has never been sick. I started noticing he was having sneezing fits. Hoped it was allergies and waited for anything else to take him to the vet. A couple of days later, I noticed he was jerking his head back. It appears almost as if someone was to touch his nose. And the head jerking backwards is constant. He doesn’t make any noise except occasionally after a head jerk, I will hear mucus type liquid noise, kinda like a post nasal drip going down his throat, and then he will lick his lips like swallow it. It doesn’t stop even in his sleep. It appears it happens when he breathes in or out. I took him to the vet, and she said he had a fever. She gave him an anti inflammatory shot and antibiotic shot. Plus 3 days of anti inflammatory in pill form. It has been two days since our vet visit and the sneezing has subsided for the most part. But the twitch is still apparent. It is more exaggerated depending on what position he is laying in. What could this be caused by? He seems fine and happy like normal. Still eating and drinking and being his usual playful and cuddly self. Help?!

Dr. Michele King, DVM
Dr. Michele King, DVM
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If the twitch started after the sneezing, he may have mucus in the back of his throat that is irritating him, and it may take time to resolve. If the twitching doesn't improve, it would be best to have him rechecked by your veterinarian.

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Mister
tabby
3 Years
Mild condition
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Has Symptoms

Sneezing, fever, head jerking back
Sneezing, fever, head jerkin back

Mister, my 3 year old cat started having sneezing fits a few days ago, and I wasn’t noticing any other symptoms. A couple days later, I noticed that he started doing this head jerk thing. It looks like something is startling him, almost as if someone was to touch his nose. His head jerks backwards and it is constant. He doesn’t make any noise or coughing noise when he jerks, just sometimes I can hear a mucus type noise. It looks like what hiccups would look like. But is not hiccups because he does it every few seconds and it’s non stop. I took him to the vet yesterday, and they said he had a fever, gave him an anti inflammatory and antibiotic shot, and anti inflammatory pills for 3 days. The vet said his lungs sounded good and were clear. Ears and mouth clear. And of course, the entire time at the vet, he didn't twitch once. So she was unable to tell me why he was jerking his head back, as she couldn’t see it. As soon as we got home, he started doing the head jerk again. And it's been non-stop ever since. It appears to worsen, like more exaggerated jerks, when the fan is on or the air conditioner comes on. So I turned them off. Meds are helping the sneezing. He is not acting any different than his usual self. Still playful and cuddly. Still eating and drinking, using the litter box. He is 3 years old. Any advice would be so appreciated!

Dr. Michele King, DVM
Dr. Michele King, DVM
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Since the twitching may be related to the nasal problems that he was having, it may be worth waiting to give the medication a chance to work. If they are not getting better, he should have a follow up with your veterinarian. If you are able to video the episodes, it may help them determine what is happening.

We ended up being referred by our vet to a neurologist. The neurologist suspected focal seizures but didn’t know why. He needed an MRI and spinal tap to answer that question. So the MRI showed a growth deep in his nasal cavity :( he couldn’t say whether it was cancerous or not. It cannot be biopsied unless we go to another specialist due to its location. The neurologist prescribed steroids saying that they might shrink the growth a bit. And he’s also on an anti-seizure medication, anti-biotic, and ear drops. So we officially have our little patient back home and happy. I think my boyfriend and I are at peace knowing we have done everything we can so far. We’re staying hopeful but also happy we have a piece of mind to know what’s going on now and to cherish each day with Mister. I wouldn’t want to put him through radiation or chemo... so I think we’re just gonna stay on these medicines and keep watch. We love this boy so much and although 3 years old is quite a young age for a diagnosis like this... he will live on in our hearts forever, no matter the outcome.

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Bubby
Shorthair
8 Years
Moderate condition
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My 8 year old cat has had slight involuntary twitching in his head for the past 7 months. I would only occasionally notice it. Today I noticed his left leg is having involuntary spasms, I also noticed his tail doing it. He is now hiding, and he never hides. I'm incredibly worried, and it is the weekend so there are no vets open. WHAT DO YOU THINK IT IS?

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
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There are many different possible causes for involuntary muscle movements, sometimes we are are unable to determine a cause so the term idiopathic is used; without examining Bubby and giving a full history I cannot give a diagnosis but conditions including infections, poisoning, developmental disorders, tumours, head trauma (brain injury may take months to present), spinal disorders among other causes. You should keep an eye on Bubby for the time being, but you should visit your Veterinarian for an examination when they open. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

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nugget
Unknown
3 Weeks
Fair condition
0 found helpful
Fair condition

Has Symptoms

trembling back leg

so, i know its probably silly and im overthinking things but my 3 week soon to be 4 week old kitten showed that her back right leg was twitchy when she walked and this sort of scared me i looked this up and it scared me a bit more

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
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There are various causes for a leg to be twitchy, without examining Nugget I cannot say if you need to be concerned or not; trauma, other injury, poisoning, developmental disorders among other causes may lead to twitching of legs. If the twitching continues you should visit your Veterinarian for an examination to be on the safe side. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

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Uno
Unsure
5 Weeks
Mild condition
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Mild condition

Has Symptoms

Walk Unevenly

My cat just had a kitten who will be 5 weeks old in 3 days. She was the only one who survived out of 4. Luckily Luna(the mama cat) has been great with her feedings and hygiene .Tdhe only thing that's concerning me is her limited ability to move her back legs. She scoots around the house with her legs kind of sprawled out. They move though and from what I've read online I'm helping out by rotating them gently kind of like shes on a bicycle and she doesn't seem to have a problem with it she just plays with my hands the whole time. When I am done and she tries to stand up they seem to shake a little bit.Will this eventually go away? They seem like they're getting stronger but I'm still worried. Shouldn't she be walking by now on all fours? She switches between hats and soft food and her mamas milk as well.

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
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Uno should be walking on all fours, but there are various different conditions which may affect her ability to walk; there may have been issues during pregnancy which may have caused developmental abnormalities which are being presented now. I would recommend having your Veterinarian check Uno over to determine if they can determine a cause for the weakness. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

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Gus
domestic short hair
12 Years
Fair condition
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Fair condition

Has Symptoms

Spasms

I noticed today when touching the back of my cats neck he starts to twith and kind of spasm and moves away from my touch. It's a specific spot on his neck. He attempted to scratch it but very gingerly touched it and stopped. Other things I've noticed lately are bloat, lethargy, and increased water consumption.

Dr. Michele King, DVM
Dr. Michele King, DVM
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Given the signs that you are describing, it would probably be best to have Gus examined by a veterinarian. Whether the sensitive spot on his neck is related to the bloat, lethargy, and increased drinking remains to be seen, but those signs alone are reason to have him examined. I hope that everything goes well for him.

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Picasso
American Short Hair
2 Years
Mild condition
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Lethargic and shivering

My two-year-old cat Picasso has been a little run down for a couple of days but has had a healthy appetite. When he comes in he just wants to sleep. This evening he struggled to jump onto the sofa to sleep. When he lay down he started to shiver for about five minutes. He does not appear to be in any pain or discomfort just tired and little lethargic. He is not overweight and has led an active life until recently. What's wrong with him and do I need to worry?

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
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The symptoms which Picasso is presenting with are a little vague and I cannot really narrow in on a specific cause; whilst it may not seem that Picasso is in pain, lethargy and shaking are typical signs of pain particularly the gastrointestinal tract. Pain, poisoning, infections, parasites among other causes may lead to similar symptoms; keep an eye on him but if there is no improvement you should visit your Veterinarian. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

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maya
Mix breed
3 Years
Fair condition
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Fair condition

Has Symptoms

shiver
Shiver, tremble, twitching

My cat gave birth to two kittens three days ago.it's third time she's pregnant in her life. But this time I noticed that when she is feeding both kittens her body trembles sometimes. Like a shiver. Otherwise she is eating normally, feeding her babies, goes toilet as well. Also her eyes seem a bit watery. She has a bit of blood spotting as well.
I am going vet the day after tomorrow, but would like to check if there is something I can do. I ordered syringe for kitten feeding, to feed babies myself sometimes, in case she has low calcium.

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
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The trembling may be due to pain, hypocalcemia among other causes; you should keep an eye on Maya for the time being and ensure that she is being fed a lactation diet. You should visit your Veterinarian if you have concerns and ensure if you are going to hand feed the kittens you use a kitten milk replacer formula. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

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Buster
Siberian
22 Months
Fair condition
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Fair condition

Has Symptoms

Tremors
Weird breathing
Shaking
contracting muscles

Hello, I have a male, castrated cat that's almost 2 years old (22 months), and recently I've noticed that when he is sitting/laying down and resting or sleeping, he sometimes breaths normally, but then he has random spasm-like contractions and seems like he stops breathing normally, and he starts kind of shaking when these contractions occur. This occurs around where his front legs connect to the body, and is also seen at his chest, between his front legs. He doesn't seem in pain, and when I pet him it might calm down, but stats up again right away.

Dr. Michele King, DVM
Dr. Michele King, DVM
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That behavior doesn't sound normal, and it would probably be best to have him examined to see what is going on with his breathing or the muscles in his chest. Your veterinarian will be able to see him, give him a thorough exam, and determine whether he is having a problem. I hope that all goes well for Buster!

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Garfield
Not aware
1 Year
Serious condition
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Serious condition

I recently used Hart's flea collars on my cat and he seemed to be fine but then out of no where he starts what I presume to be tremors so I quickly took him a bath to scub off any Trace of the flea collar but he is still doing it now he is vomiting as well as having the tremors what should I do

Dr. Michele King, DVM
Dr. Michele King, DVM
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Some non-prescription flea products can be toxic to cats, unfortunately. If Garfield is continuing to tremor, and has started to vomit, he needs to be seen by a veterinarian to be assessed and receive any supportive care that he may need to help him clear that drug from his system. I hope that he is okay.

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Harriet
Idk
6 Weeks
Moderate condition
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Moderate condition

Has Symptoms

Shivering

My kitten was with my dog and the dog was nibbling her neck the kitten starts meowing I go to check on her she's freaking out so I can her down now she's involitaryly moving her foot as if she's iching, and shes also shivering and walking on one of her paws werid when she's not walking she's licking it. What's going on?

Dr. Michele King, DVM
Dr. Michele King, DVM
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Without examining Harriet, I don't have any way to know what might be going on with her, unfortunately. She may have sustained some neurologic or muscular damage, and it would be a good idea to have her examined by a veterinarian, as they can see her, evaluate her foot, and see what treatment might be needed.

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Rocky
Domestic short
7 Years
Moderate condition
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Has Symptoms

Sneezing
Twitching

My cats head started twitching today. He also seems to be struggling with his allergies a lot today, he is sneezing non stop. Could that be why he started twitching? He goes though the allergy season sneezing every year and has never twitched before.

Dr. Michele King, DVM
Dr. Michele King, DVM
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Twitching can be due to being itchy, or irritated, or hypersensitive, and can be due to allergies, among other things. Since I cannot see him, it would be a good idea to have him examined by a veterinarian, since this seems to be a new development. I hope that all goes well for him.

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Zuma
MaineCoon
6 Weeks
Fair condition
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Fair condition

Has Symptoms

Falls

Since my kitten started walking he always shakes when he walks and he doesn’t look he isnt nice to look a when walking as he shakes as if he’s in snow. I want to know if he in pain

Dr. Michele King, DVM
Dr. Michele King, DVM
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Zuma may have a viral disease, or a metabolic problem causing him to walk this way. Since I cannot examine him, it would be best to have him seen by a veterinarian, as they can look at him and determine what might be going on. I hope that all goes well for him.

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Audrey
Part maine coon
12 Years
Serious condition
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Serious condition

Has Symptoms

Head Shaking

My cats head was shaking uncontrollably for like 10 mins! Like a bobble head or parkinsons. It seems to have stopped for now. I stabilized her head in my hand for a while & it started to calm. She seems fine now. It stopped 20 mins ago. She had her hind leg amputated last month due to fibro sarcoma. I have a video

Dr. Michele King, DVM
Dr. Michele King, DVM
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It is somewhat common for animals, as they age, to start having tremors and neurologic changes, and this may not be anything to worry about. Since it seems to have just started, though, and is not normal for her, it would be a good idea to have her examined to make sure that her nerve reflexes are normal, possibly have some lab work done and make sure that everything is okay with her.

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Mabel Grace
Calico
3 Weeks
Serious condition
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Serious condition

Has Symptoms

Head Shaking

Medication Used

none

I rescued a kitten at about a week old. Her head is constantly to the right no matter what I try. She always is trembling, she sleeps a ton, can barely walk. She won’t walk in a straight path, always in circles. She’s about 3.5 weeks old now and she’s still being fed with a syringe because she won’t drink from the bottle. I give her PetAg kitten formula, the powder. She doesn’t get cold because she has a heating pad, she doesnt hey too hot because I don’t allow her heating pad to go above “low” she has blankets in her sleeping area in case the heating pad isn’t warm enough. Sometimes while I’m feeding her, her two front paws start shaking really bad to where she can’t even eat.
I haven’t taken her to the Veterinarian yet because people keep telling me that she’ll grow out of it but she hasn’t since I’ve had her.

Dr. Michele King, DVM
Dr. Michele King, DVM
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That doesn't sound like something that Mabel Grace will grow out of, unfortunately. Without knowing her history, she may have had a trauma that caused damage, or she may have been born with an infectious disease that affected her brain. It would be best to have her examined by a veterinarian, as they will be able to see her and give you a better idea as to what might be going on and what her future outlook might be. I hope that she is okay.

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Birthalameow
Maine coon cat
17 Years
Mild condition
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Mild condition

Has Symptoms

Barely noticeable

Medication Used

none

Kitty has been seen slightly jerking or moving involuntary. The thing is that it is so slight that it is barely noticeable. It’s almost like a tiny jump in his face like if he had a tiny electrical charge. He does not seem to be bothered by it at all and he is otherwise perfectly normal in every sense! Should I be concerned? It really is very very slight! Just noticed this about a month ago!

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
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If there is a small twitch which isn’t causing any distress, I would just keep an eye on it for the time being especially if it really isn’t noticeable; however you should bring it up at the next checkup just to discuss with your Veterinarian. In a cat of this age, you should be visiting your Veterinarian at least twice per year for a physical and blood tests just to catch anything early. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

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Zuma
Maincoon
6 Weeks
Serious condition
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Serious condition

Has Symptoms

Falling walking

Ever since my kitten started to walk around he shakes every time he walks. When he shakes his head he falls on his side. The shaking is coming from the back legs but when I hold him close he is fine it’s just when he walks. I’m worried I just need to know if he is in pain. When he shaking it looks like he is standing in snow freezing cold! Why does he shake so much?

Dr. Michele King, DVM
Dr. Michele King, DVM
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Zuma may have a viral disease, or a brain or systemic disorder. Since I cannot see him, it would be best to have him examined by a veterinarian, as they can assess his neurologic function and determine what might be going on with him, and recommend any treatment needed.

May I know what has happened since?

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Hope
Domestic shorthair
2 Years
Moderate condition
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Moderate condition

Has Symptoms

Pain When Lifted
Pain When Lifted , pulsing leg

Medication Used

Famotidine

Hi my cat who is 2 years old had a sore leg. The vet took x-rays and gave anti acid pills for her digestive issues. She refuses to eat or drink and won't goto the washroom. Her right back leg is pulsing. I don't know what to do and she is walking around growling at everything. And when she's not doing that she's hiding. Please help me!

Dr. Michele King, DVM
Dr. Michele King, DVM
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It seems that Hope may need further pain medication for that leg, whatever might be going on with it. Since I cannot see her, or her x-rays, I"m not sure what your veterinarian diagnosed, but it would be a good idea to call them, ask what is wrong with her leg, and get some pain medication for her, as she sounds very uncomfortable. I hope that she is okay.

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Maya
American Shorthair
7 Years
Moderate condition
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Moderate condition

Has Symptoms

Head Shaking

Hi, I just noticed that my cat's head is twitching and shaking a bit. Overall she seems fine, but I'm worried that it may be something serious. She's 7 years old and overweight. I'm currently looking for timed food dispenser to moderate her meals. She only eats dry food and she's been eating and drinking water normally. I do notice that she gets worms after I've taken her to the vet a couple of times and she gets it again. She has also been peeing and pooping normally. What could be causing her head to shake? And do I wait to see if it goes away?

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
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There are a few possible causes for head twitching in cats which may include cervical spine disorders, neurological disorders, hormonal conditions, traumatic injury among other causes; I would keep an eye on Maya for the time being and visit your Veterinarian if there is no improvement after a day or so. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

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Rita
tabby
3 Years
Mild condition
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Has Symptoms

Tremors
long lasting heat cycle

My 3 year old unswayed female tabby cat started having what look like petit Mal seizure lasting less than one minute. She seems to have been in heat for several weeks but nothing else seems different. She is still eating well and drinking and is still active. She does seem quite a bit more attached to me than she usually does because usually she comes around to sleep and thats it but she doesn't like to leave my side recently.

Dr. Michele King, DVM
Dr. Michele King, DVM
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Rita may be having a problem with her heat cycle, or she may have an unrelated problem. Since i cannot examine her or assess her neurologic status, it would be best to have her seen by a veterinarian. They can look at her, assess her health, and recommend any testing or treatment that she may need.

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Tom
Tiger cat
3 Years
Moderate condition
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Moderate condition

Has Symptoms

Muscle twitching
closed eyes

My cat is having episodes of twitching in his head and closing his eyes tightly. He’s never done this before and he is over three years old. He’s still eating ok but when these episodes starts he seems to get very quite and tired. The emergency vet said her initial physical exam was fine but he wasn’t having an episode when we took him and didn’t think to take a video of his behavior. What could it be?

Dr. Michele King, DVM
Dr. Michele King, DVM
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Tom may have a neurologic problem, a muscle disease, or a problem with his electrolytes. If he is still having these episodes, it would be a good idea to have a follow up with your veterinarian, and video the episodes so that they can see what he is doing. I hope that he is okay.

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Kitty
Tuxedo
4 Weeks
Mild condition
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Mild condition

Has Symptoms

Shaking

I want to know what my foster kitten has or what I can do to help it, I do not want the shelter to put it down.. I got two foster kitties like 3 days ago that originally arrived with another sibling and a mother but the sibling and mother were put down for reasons I dont know.. About 2 days ago, one of the kitties began trembling a bit and it progressed to extreme shaking and complete stiffness of its limbs. It ate completely well but the shaking of its legs was extreme. I took it to the vet at the shelter today and they were unsure of what it was but they had to put him down:( now I have one kitty but it seems as if it is developing the same thing because it no longer wants to stand up and its limbs are stiff and it shakes when I stand it up and even falls over.. I do not want to get her put down too, I want to see if anyone knows what it is or has had the same experience so that I can do something. It is eating completely fine and isn't showing signs of pain

Dr. Michele King, DVM
Dr. Michele King, DVM
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Without seeing Kitty, I don't have any way of commenting on what might be going on with her, but if the veterinarian at the shelter is worried about a contagious disease, you may be able to ask if you keep the kitten isolated, if there is a chance that she will recover. They may be able to explain more to you why they felt the other cats needed to be euthanized.

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Huey
Russian Blue
5 Months
Moderate condition
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Moderate condition

Has Symptoms

Drooling
Spitting
Twitching

My kitten’s face will start twitching and then he will start drooling and spitting a bit. It’s happened more than 3 times since 12:00am (it’s now 3 am). At first it happened back to back, but the episodes are getting farther apart. He had gas two times overall but has not pooped. He seems perfectly fine, has eaten and drank a good amount, and Is even cuddling with me until it happens and then he will sit up and his face will start twitching and spitting. It’s concerning to see and makes me very sad. It doesn’t look like he got into anything around the house that would be bad for him that I can see. We just went to the vet hours ago and they said he was perfectly healthy. No medication but a recent rabies shot on 6/2. Please help :(

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
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Facial twitching may be ‘normal’ meaning that there is nothing medically wrong, however facial twitching may also be the first indicator of a disease or condition like dental disorders, head trauma, some seizures among other causes. You should keep an eye on Huey for the time being and visit your Veterinarian if any other symptoms present or the twitching gets worse. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

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Phats
Basic house cat
2 Years
Moderate condition
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Moderate condition

Has Symptoms

Muscle twitching
Muscle twitching se

My cat licked the dog flea medicine off the dog and I didn't know it my cat had a seizure but today is walking around a little bit mostly just line but it's having some muscles muscle twitches did drink a little water and lick a little food will my cat be okay

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
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Flea medication for dogs is toxic for cats, you should visit your Veterinarian for an examination to be on the safe side if you suspect that Phats has licked any from your dog and you should call the helpline of the manufacturer to get some product specific advice. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

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Little Bit
Domestic shorthair
17 Years
Serious condition
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Serious condition

Has Symptoms

involuntary head & leg movement

On Mon, May 21, I woke up to find my 17 year old cat staggering around like she was drunk. I took her to my vet & they thought is was an ear infection & put her on antibiotics and ear drops. She was then and still is eating & toileting fine but she didn't improve any. On Fri., June 15, I took her to a special vet clinic where they ran all kinds of
tests on her. They found a lot of stuff farther into her ear, cleaned it out, and determined is was bacterial. They thought it was a disorder in her vestibular system. Her blood pressure & heart rate were high but they thought that was a result of the stressful situation. They put her on a different antibiotic and put Claro Otic AU in both ears. On Mon., June 18, I woke up to find that she now had uncontrolled head movement. I should have taken her back to the special vet clinic but I felt like they were out of ideas. I did call them about having an MRI done but the cost was quoted at $2,000.- 3,000. I couldn't afford that. I have wondered all along if she hadn't had a minor stroke or such but the ear problem diagnosis was consistent at both places. Her blood work was overall normal. Is there anything you can suggest that would help minimize the uncontrolled head movement and staggering walk? She seems fine except for these 2 issues. I don't think she is in any pain. Her weight wDas given at 9.20 lbs. & 9.68 lbs. Do you think she should be put to sleep?

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
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The problem is in these cases is that any treatment (if any are possible) would be dependent on treating the underlying cause; without having a diagnosis or even an idea of a possible diagnosis it isn’t responsible to prescribe medications on the off chance. I understand that this is distressing seeing Little Bit like this, but I cannot ethically recommend any treatment as we’re not sure what the specific cause is. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

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Static
ginger
9 Years
Serious condition
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Serious condition

Has Symptoms

Cant stop peeing back legs shake .
Crying alot

How can I tell if my cat is sick or not if his legs shake while he pee and cry and look at me like he's hurting from the inside and he look at me while he does it moving to different places

Dr. Michele King, DVM
Dr. Michele King, DVM
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If Static is urinating small amounts and crying while he is urinating, he needs to see a veterinarian right away. He may have a bladder infection, and male cats can develop blockages that can become life threatening very quickly. He needs to be examined and treated right away.

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Pumpkin
Orange tabby
9 Years
Serious condition
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Serious condition

Has Symptoms

Painful meow
scratching
Scraed to touch

My cat won't stop shaking its head and is shying away from me when I go to pet his head. It almost like its scared for me to touch his head.he has been doing this for about a week now I dont know how serious this is but i think he needs help.

Dr. Michele King, DVM
Dr. Michele King, DVM
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Pumpkin may have a problem with his ear, or his mouth, that needs treatment. Since I can't examine him, it would be best to have him seen by a veterinarian, as they will be able to look at him and determine what is wrong and how to treat it so that he is not in pain.

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