Cats are beloved furry companions for many households. They bring joy, love, and laughter to our lives. But unfortunately, cats can sometimes suffer from health issues that can be concerning to their owners. One of these issues is tremors in cats.
Tremors in cats can have a variety of causes, some of which require medical attention, while others may not need treatment. Therefore, knowing possible triggers and signs of tremors in cats is important to provide the most appropriate care for your furry companion.
What Are Tremors?
Tremors are involuntary movements or shaking that a cat experiences due to muscle contractions or spasms. The tremor may affect a single part of the body or multiple body parts and may be localized or generalized throughout the body. Tremors can range from mild to severe depending on the cause and may occur sporadically or consistently over time.
Causes of Tremors in Cats
There are many potential causes of tremors in cats, some of which require medical attention while others do not necessarily need treatment:
- Neurological Disorders: Neurological disorders such as epilepsy, brain tumors, inflammation of the brain (encephalitis), head trauma, and certain infections can cause tremors in cats due to damage to the nervous system. A veterinarian should treat these conditions as soon as possible, as they could have serious consequences if left untreated.
- Poisoning: Ingesting certain poisons and toxins can cause tremors in cats and other severe symptoms depending on what toxin was ingested and how much was consumed. If you feel your cat has been poisoned, It is vital to seek veterinary care immediately for treatment options that could help save their life if caught quickly enough.
- Stress: Stressful situations such as loud noises, changes in the environment, overcrowding with other animals, trauma from abuse/neglect, etc., can trigger an acute episode of tremoring due to increased stress levels experienced by the cat during these situations, which cause physical reactions such as trembling or shaking out of fear or anxiety.
- Hypoglycemia: Low blood sugar levels (hypoglycemia) due to decreased glucose production by the liver caused by lack of food intake over long periods can also lead to tremoring episodes and other symptoms such as lethargy and weakness. Feeding your cat regular meals throughout the day is important for keeping their blood sugar at normal levels, which will help prevent hypoglycemia-related tremoring episodes.
5 Drugs/Medications: Certain medications used for treating medical conditions can also trigger tremor episodes due to the side effects of certain drugs, such as steroids or anticonvulsants. You must only give your cat medications prescribed by your veterinarian for their condition and follow all instructions provided when administering them.
6 Overstimulation: It is common for cats who become overstimulated from playing too much or petting/ handling them too aggressively will start trembling out of excitement. This type of tremor usually resolves quickly once stimulation stops. Still, it is important not to monitor your cat’s activity level so they don’t become overly excited, which could lead to more severe tremor episodes.
7 Age-Related Conditions: Age-related neurological conditions like dementia, Alzheimer’s disease, stroke, etc., are common among older cats and could lead to chronic tremor episodes throughout their life span. Treatments such as dietary changes, supplements, medication therapy, etc., may be prescribed by a veterinarian depending on what condition they determine is causing this symptom.
Symptoms Associated With Tremoring Episodes In Cats
– Shaking/trembling limbs (legs/ forelimbs ) or head
– Uncoordinated movements
– Muscle twitching
– Vomiting (in cases where poisoning was involved)
– Increased heart rate
– Panting (in cases where stress was involved)
When To Seek Veterinary Attention For Your Cat’s Tremor Episodes?
Suppose your cat has been experiencing frequent tremor episodes. In that case, it is best to seek veterinary advice immediately so they can assess what might be causing this symptom, along with any other signs present during these episodes. Your Vet will likely conduct a physical exam and lab work, such as blood tests, so they get an accurate diagnosis based on all available information about your pet’s condition before providing any treatment options recommended for managing their symptoms moving forward.
Tremor episodes in cats can have several potential causes ranging from neurological disorders requiring medical intervention like epilepsy to simply being overly excited after too much playing around! Understanding all possible causes and associated symptoms present during these episodes will allow owners to provide the proper care needed to manage any health issues and what kind of treatments should be recommended. Vet accordingly if needed!