What if you had a pretty cat to pet without any itches at all? Imagine how much peace you would feel knowing that whenever you return, your cat would be well and healthy.

But a situation where your cat twitches and shakes from time to time, almost ceaselessly, would get you worried and even scared to stay out of sight.

There are reasons behind this, and they are quite understandable. Besides, there is a way out and you can help your cat feel healthy again. Read on to find out how.

Why Is My Cat Twitching And Shaking?

It’s alarming to see your cat shake uncontrollably.

Tremors might be localized to one part of their body, such as their head, tail, or legs, or they can twitch and shake throughout their entire body.

Sometimes the reason is as simple as a somewhat cold room, which can be remedied by simply raising the thermostat.

Shaking can be a symptom of an underlying condition sometimes. A shaking cat is worth paying attention to in either of these situations.

Symptoms Of Cat twitching And Shaking

Cat twitching and shaking can manifest themselves in a variety of ways. It can happen quickly, with the motions occurring in fast succession, or it can drag.

Cat twitching and shaking can also be localized, affecting only a certain area of the body. The head and hind legs are the most prevalent areas of trembling or twitching in cats.

Twitching and shaking could also be widespread, affecting the entire body. The movement in both localized and generalized twitching might be continuous or episodic.

Depending on the underlying cause of the twitching and shaking, additional, seemingly unrelated indications may appear. 

Some of the warning signs are:

  • Uncontrollable twitching and shaking  
  • Touch sensitivity 
  • Pawing or scratching regularly
  • Painful sounds

Causes Of Cat Twitching And Shaking

Twitching and shaking in cats can be caused by a variety of factors, ranging from behavioral to environmental to medical.

Fortunately, there are a variety of treatments available to stop and help with tremors. If your cat is shivering or shaking, look for causes other than the temperature.

If you put up the temperature till your family members get so hot and your cat still twitches, then there has to be something more! 

First, look for reasons for your cat’s behavior that aren’t related to the weather. Hypoglycemia, or low blood sugar, is a common cause of twitching and shaking in cats.

Hypoglycemia is most common in extremely young kittens who aren’t eating enough to stay warm, and in cats who are being treated for diabetes and are given too much insulin.

Here are some common causes of your cat’s tremors: 

  • Hypoglycemia

One of the most prevalent causes of your cat’s shaking is hypoglycemia.

Hypoglycemia is a glucose deficit, therefore your cat’s low blood sugar and twitching and shaking could both be signs of the illness.

It’s usually the result of them not eating for a long time.

Because their little bodies are still learning how to handle glucose, hypoglycemia is quite common in kittens.

To avoid hypoglycemia, kittens must be fed a good diet and nurtured in warm settings.

Giving senior cats a few drops of honey or maple syrup every six hours will help them settle down.

Directly applying honey or sweet syrup to their gums can assist the sugar entering their bloodstream more quickly.

If your cat is still shaking and not eating correctly, it’s important to contact your veterinarian.

Your veterinarian will certainly perform a blood test, which can provide answers.

  • Anxiety

Cats, like people, may become frightened and shake. Cats can have phobias, which can cause them to become anxious.

For cats, the most prevalent phobias are fireworks and thunderstorms.

Because both events produce excessive noise, which is exacerbated by their acute sensitivity to vibrations and powerful hearing.

It is not uncommon to notice your cat shaking in these conditions.

Other common scenarios that cause your cat to shake or tremble are if your cat has been through trauma or suffers from separation anxiety.

Other indicators to look for in an anxious or terrified cat, aside from the shaking, including hiding or diarrhea.

If you suspect your cat is worried, speak with your veterinarian about getting suitable treatment or medicine for your feline friend.

  • Irregular Body Temperature 

The usual body temperature of a cat is between 100.5 and 102.5 degrees Fahrenheit.

Anything above 102.5°F can suggest ailments like fevers, while anything below 100.5° can cause serious health problems, including hypothermia.

Both can cause your cat to tremble. Hyperthermia is an increase in body temperature that can occur when a cat is exposed to hot conditions.

Leaving a cat in a hot car is a common example of this.

  • Fevers are also a sign of a high body temperature in cats. Your cat may suffer from heat-related disorders such as heatstroke or heat exhaustion if their body temperature is not controlled.

Hypothermia, or a drop in body temperature, can cause a cat to shake. If not treated, this can be fatal to your cat.

You may aid your cat by giving it blankets to help it get its body temperature back to normal.

  • Cold Weather

Naturally, a shivering cat is cold. If your cat was outside, she may have been chilly, especially if there was wet, heavy snow, or severe rain.

She might suffer from hypothermia or a low body temperature. Cats have a normal body temperature of 100.5 to 102.5 degrees Fahrenheit.

Bathing your cat can have the same effect, but usually to a smaller extent. The first step is to dry your cat with warm towels or a low-powered blow dryer.

Most cats will tolerate a blow dryer, but some will do everything in their power to avoid it. Take care when it comes to the heat.

For most cats, the word “high” is too harsh. The shaking should stop once the cat is dried.

  • Pain

When a cat is in agony, it may twitch or shake. These cats are usually bent over and appear angry or uncomfortable.

You might get hissed at if you try to pick up a cat with this appearance.

This is the time to carefully pick up the cat and wrap her in a thick, warm towel before having your veterinarian examine her for the source of the pain.

  • Shock

Twitching and shaking cats, as well as appearing feeble, feeling chilly to touch, and having high heart rates, are all signs of shock.

Wrap the cat in a warm blanket and take her to the veterinarian right away.

  • Fear

A scared or nervous cat may also twitch or shake. Many stressed cats will pant, their pupils will dilate, and they will either freeze or hiss and swat at you.

It’s critical to help anxious cats relax. Determine the source of the stress and remove it from the cat’s immediate surroundings.

  • Seizures

Seizures are uncommon in cats, however, they appear to shake, urinate and/or defecate frequently, and may vocalize.

Seizures are medical emergencies that need to be treated right once by a veterinarian.

  • Ageing

Even in a warm house, aged cats, especially those who are skinny, can feel cold. You can make some changes to your cat’s habitat to make her feel more warm and comfortable.

The cat bed should be placed near a heating vent or a wood stove. Cats are natural heat seekers, and they will seek out a warm location.

A heating pad can also be placed under a bed or on a section of a couch. Make sure the cat can get off the heating pad if she becomes too hot.

A hot water bottle can be used instead of a heating pad. To diffuse some of the heat, cover the hot water bottle with a towel. If you have a small kitten, a sweatshirt pouch will keep her warm.

If your cat has either an extremely high or low body temperature, get in touch with your vet right away.

Treatment For Cats Twitching And Shaking

Low or high body temperatures, sickness, or low blood sugar are just a few typical causes for your cat to twitch and shake.

If you observe your cat suddenly shaking, regardless of the severity, it would be great to give your cat some extra attention.

Your veterinarian’s treatment technique will be determined by their diagnosis of the underlying reason for the trembling.

Treatments for twitching and shaking might range from surgery to drugs to other procedures, depending on the cause of the shaking.

If no cause can be found, medication may be provided to help with the twitching. The following are some of the most frequent therapies for muscular trembling:

  • Muscle relaxants

Muscle relaxants are substances that relax the muscles.

This class of drugs aims to relax muscles, which may help lessen or eliminate tremors. To limit the danger of side effects, this therapy must be dosed appropriately for your pet’s size and physical condition.

  • Supplementation

If your cat’s twitching is caused by a nutrient shortage or imbalance, your veterinarian may offer supplementation to restore the cat’s nutrient balance.

  • Antidepressants and anti-anxiety medications.

If it is found that the cause is a mental disease that leaves physical effects, drugs to improve mental state may be prescribed.

To reduce the possibility of side effects, this sort of treatment requires precise dosing.

Putting honey or corn syrup on a diabetic cat’s gums is an immediate solution to treat low glucose.

You could also put a couple drops of either in her mouth if you have a plastic dropper or syringe.

If she does not improve fast or acts unresponsive and “out of it,” contact your veterinarian and make an appointment at the clinic.

Severe hypoglycemia has the potential to be fatal.

References:

Acoma Animal Clinic Tucson: Why Is My Cat Shaking?

Cat Watch Newsletter: Shivering Cats

Wagwalking: Involuntary Muscle Trembling in Cats