Why Is My Cat Shaking?

Common symptoms and what it means

Unlike other illnesses or symptoms, a cat trembling or shivering can be bad. What are the most common reasons a cat shivers or shakes? Is treatment necessary?

Before we look into a cat’s shaking/shivering or trembling, let’s first explore what the common reasons are. Some of them include the following.


They could have a genetic disorder

Trauma or Injury

The cat could have gotten injured while playing or had some other sort of trauma.

Side effect of medication

If your cat is on medication, then it’s good to explore this reason. 

Seizure Disorders

Similar to humans, cat’s may get epilepsy. The symptoms to go with this are collapsing, jerking, stiffening, muscle twitching, drooling, tongue chewing or even loss of consciousness or foamy mouths.

Poison, anxiety or fear

Ingesting toxic substances, too much noise which causes anxiety or fear of another animal can also be reasons why your cat is shivering.

How to prevent my cat from shaking or trembling? 

Some of the reasons why cats shake or shiver can easily be prevented. I will go through a few of them below.

Love & care

One of the top fixers of this issue is unconditional love and care. They may feel this way because of a number of reasons, but showing them love and care is a great way to give your cat the highest chance of success in living a healthy life.

Keep them out of the cold

It goes without saying, but if it’s really cold outside, then limit outdoor time for your cat if they has the possibility to go out.

Watch what they ingest

Have a close eye on your cat to see what they eat and drink. If there is a chance they may have come close to a toxin, monitor their condition very closely.

Stressful/Loud Environments

Put cotton balls in the cat’s ears which will in turn help them remain calm and collected. There are also natural stress relieving medications which are available readily.

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Treating for your cat’s shivering & trembling

Treatment for tremors in cats can vary greatly depending on the cause, and some causes are not treatable. Genetic abnormalities might not be manageable or treatable in any way. In other cases vets have found success in treating them with natural remedies, as well as prescribed medication, depending on the cause.

Purpose of this article is to provide information. To ensure the health and well-being of your pet, always consult any question or concerns with your veterinarian.

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