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Cat Having Tremors
angelswife posted:
Hi Everyone---I am new to this community and I have a question. I have a nine-year-old Manx/Tabby cat who is having muscle tremors. They started out in her neck and have now progressed to the middle of her back---it's like the muscles are constantly twitching. It is most noticeable when she's trying to sleep. Her head will bob, her paws will twitch, and she will occasionally jerk (like I do if I suddenly wake up). She doesn't seem to be in any pain and is otherwise very healthy. She eats well and still plays like she's a kitten.

I don't want to drug my kitty with muscle relaxers...Do cats get Parkinson's? What can I do? Thank you in advance for your help.
Drew Weigner, DVM, ABVP responded:
While cats can have occasional muscle tremors while sleeping (some think it's because they're dreaming) a cat that has them a lot more frequently needs to be checked out by your veterinarian. Parkinson 's disease it not known to occur in cats but other neurologic diseases do occur. It can also be due to electrolyte imbalances caused by many internal diseases such as kidney disease, diabetes, etc. The important thing is that when something different occurs frequently in older cats, it needs to be investigated. You'll both sleep better.

Drew Weigner, DVM, ABVP
The Cat Doctor, Inc.
Board Certified in Feline Medicine


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