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Q. My cats head slightly shakes. What is the matter with her.

Answered By
DESTINI R. HOLLOWAY, DVM

A. Sounds like your pet has a neurological disorder (potentially cerebellar disease- brain lesion), She needs a thorough examination by a veterinarian and have a neurological exam done to try and pinpoint if this is truly the cause. If it is there isn't much that can be done for brain lesions besides very invasive surgical correction and to get a diagnosis it typically requires advanced imaging (like CT or MRI) if the vet feels this is primarily a brain lesion and there are no abnormalities on bloodwork that could explain this.

Answered By
DR. MASSIMO ORIOLES, DVM, MRCVS

A. The cause would depend on the type of shaking episodes she is having.

She could shakes her head for ear problems for example. Otherwise fine tremors can be caused by neurological problems such as cerebellar or brain diseases ( primary or secondary). A long list of causes can be responsible for this sign.

I am afraid more clinical signs would be needed to understand more specifically what is affecting her. I am happy to discuss this problem further if you request a consultation or post more informations on the forum section.


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