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Cat having muscle spasms?
Lbaby38 posted:
Once a week for months now my cat will run around the house tail wanging everywhere ear moving and on his skin on his back will move. I have gotten him to stop running around now and have him sit or lay down when he has this spasms and at times his back legs will shake and he will lick his front paws still his tail will be going everywhere and his ears twitch and his skin moves on his body. This lasts about a couple minute and then hes fine. What is happening to him?

Hes 8yrs old 20LB Maine Coon
indoor only
shellgg responded:
My cat is also 8 years old and he started this years ago. It was quite frightening to me so I brought him to the vet. My vet basically said it was a nervous thing and not to worry about it. He'll shake his leg and run around just as you are describing. You can see the skin moving on his back. It drives him crazy for the moment but gets over it quickly. Like I said, he has been doing this for years now and is fine. I'm curious to see what the vet says too.
Good luck
Ann Hohenhaus, DVM, DACVIM responded:
Without seeing your cat I can't be sure, but this might be feline hyperesthesia syndrome. You Tube has videos of this disorder. Try and video your cat and take it with you to your veterinarian to help in the diagnosis.

Ann Hohenhaus
Drew Weigner, DVM, ABVP responded:
As Dr. Hohenhaus has already mentioned, Feline Hyperesthesia Syndrome can cause the symptoms you describe. No one knows what causes this syndrome but some think it may be a type of seizure. In most cats, it does respond to anti-seizure medications. But before you take your cat to your veterinarian, make sure he doesn't have fleas, which can cause similar symptoms.

Drew Weigner, DVM, ABVP
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