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My cat is shaking: what does it mean?

What does it mean when your cat is shaking?

At the Tremor (tremor) there is a rhythmically repeated contraction of counteracting Muscle groups. Depending on the cause, this can be both im Quiet- as well as in Activity state happened to varying degrees.

root cause

The Cause of a tremor can do both more physical as well as more psychic Be nature. Physically Conditional tremors, on the other hand, are either physiological or pathological. Possible triggers are:

  • Excitement, tension
  • dream
  • Stress, fear
  • Effort, weakness
  • cold
  • fever
  • Pain
  • Muscle weakness
  • Neurological disease
  • Marking behavior

Safe reasons

Just like us humans, animals tremble when they do positively or negatively excited are. Tense tremors are particularly typical in cats stalking prey (or toys). At the Mark with urine Cats tend to have their tails and hind legs trembling. Sleeping cats can be dream twitch very vigorously. In this case, however, they do not tremble continuously, but only for a moment.

Worrying reasons

Big cats too Stress or anxiety have, tremble. In certain situations (for example Car ride, Scare in front of a dog or making loud, unusual noises) this is normal. On the other hand, fear should not become a permanent state.

Tremor caused by weakness can occur, for example, in cats that have been hunted or veryLong and left out raved to have. Cats, on the other hand, that shiver even with little physical exertion, sometimes suffer from a metabolic, heart or lung disease.

Muscle tremors at cold serves the Heat generation, is a normal reaction of the body to low ambient temperatures. In the case of excessive or increasing sensitivity to cold, there is usually an organic cause.

Pathological causes

Both in humans and in animals can fever lead to chills. We have written an article for you about this. Possible causes of fever are infectious diseases and inflammation. Trembling is also a reaction to chronic pain, for example through arthrosis. Sometimes the tremor is limited to one leg or the back of the body. Also one Muscle weakness leads to tremors when the affected muscles are used. This can also be caused by osteoarthritis, which in the long term leads to a relief-related atrophy (regression) of the muscles.

Ultimately come neurological diseases Consideration: The signal transmission via the nerves and the stimulation of the muscle cells are disturbed. The causal damage can be in the brain or in the spine. Also one injury (Lesion) on an individual annoy is possible, for example due to an accident (trauma) or one inflammation.

Symptoms and Diagnosis

A tremor can have many causes. To make it easier to determine the cause, you need to watch your cat closely. In particular, you should the followingask put:

  • When did you first see the tremor?
  • How often has it happened since then?
  • Does the tremor show all over the body or only in certain areas?
  • Are there special triggers (e.g. temperature, posture, situation, mood)?
  • Are there any other symptoms of an illness (e.g. weight loss, poor appetite, decreased activity, balance problems)?

In particular, the presence of other symptoms is often very revealing: In the case of a arthrosis for example, most animals avoid certain ones Movement pattern and Postures. Your dr. SAM veterinary team will be happy to advise you.

Depending on the findings further diagnostic steps initiated, for example:

  • roentgen
  • Neurologicalexamination
  • Blood test
  • Ultrasonic
  • Computed Tomography (CT)
  • Magnetic resonance imaging (MRI)

In the neurological examination the vet tests the patient's various reflexes and responsiveness. This allows the cause of the symptoms to be narrowed down to a specific area of ​​the nervous system.

A Blood test provides information about whether your cat's organs are functioning properly, whether a Inflammatory process, a Muscle damage or one infection is present and whether a tumor it is a possibility.

At the Ultrasonic the heart and the abdominal organs can be examined in detail. This is useful, for example, if the veterinarian is listening to one Secondary heart murmur or the blood result suggests a specific organ disease.

X-ray diagnostics is mainly used to assess the skeleton. Injuries, degenerative processes such as osteoarthritis and other abnormalities in the bone system become visible.

Computed tomography and magnetic resonance imaging enable three-dimensional imaging. They are mainly used when the results of an X-ray examination are inconclusive. This is particularly common when a disc or brain disease is suspected.

Therapy against tremors in cats

The therapy always depends on the underlying cause. Possible Medication are among other:

  • Pain relievers and anti-inflammatory substances for osteoarthritis
  • Heart medication
  • Anti-epileptic drugs
  • Antibiotics

Natural therapy for stress

Of course, something has to be done even if your four-legged friend regularly shakes due to stress or fear. That's why there is Relax Cat - a mixture of natural medicinal plants especially suitable for the following indications:

  • anxious and nervous cats
  • as well as older demented cats.

Due to the special composition of proven medicinal plants, cats are less susceptible to stress and remain relaxed, so that a happy and relaxed coexistence is possible again. Order our medicinal plant mix in our shop:

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Best regards,
Anita Bejarano-Gerke
- Veterinarian at Dr. SAM