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Q. Hello, my cat has been having shakes, similar to that of shivering. He is also consistently scratching his ears. Can you please help?

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A. There are a number of possibilities that could cause your cat's symptoms; ingestion or exposure to toxin, neurological disease, seizure activity, just to name a few. The ear scratching may or may not be related, it's possible that an ear infection is bothering him enough the make him painful and shaky. I recommend getting him seen by a vet as soon as possible for an exam and labwork, possibly x-rays, so your cat's condition can be diagnosed and he can be started on treatment as soon as possible so he can get some relief.

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