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Why does my cat twitch her back sometimes?

post #1 of 45
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I didn't know what else to put in the title so hopefully I can make some sense out of this. My cat is now just a little over 1 year old. She is 100% healthy always has been. Something I have noticed her do and she has always done this as long as I can remember so it may very well be normal I don't know. Every once in a while she will twitch her back like the area in front of her tail. I did a search and didn't find anything but the best way to describe it is like what a horse does if it feels a fly on its skin. She has never been outside, we live in a brand new home so its not like there are any pests or anything (plus its winter). Just curious if maybe something is bothering her back there or if this is something other cats do as well.
P.S. she does not act like she is in pain she is always super playful and everything else is 100% normal.
Here is my favorite picture of her :-)



Thanks guys,
James
post #2 of 45
First of all I just want to say how adorable your girl is.
We have three cats, Gracie and Elliott never do the twitching thing but Annabelle does it all the time...and your description is very good...it makes you think of a horse trying to get a fly off of it's back.

I have no idea why she does it, and I never really thought to ask the Vet about it.

Just wanted you to know that your girl isn't the only twitcher out there.
I'll also be interested to see if anyone else has a twitcher.
post #3 of 45
Toby does it also. Sometimes he does it so much I'm worried he's developing "rolling skin" syndrome:

http://www.lclarkecushingvmd.com/sho...=178&Private=0

I'm glad to know that other cats do it.
post #4 of 45
Hannah does it, too! I just thought she was a weirdo! LOL

Stephanie
post #5 of 45
I usually see that with cats that are nervous about something... like muscles rippling. Maybe someone has a better answer.
post #6 of 45
I think it's just a twitch - usually they groom that area afterwards.
post #7 of 45
It could be a dry skin itch. Some of my cats do that during the winter when the house gets dry (and mommy forgets to fill the humidifier). Do you get shocked when you try to pet her? If so, the air may be too dry and irritating her skin. If you don't have a humidifier, maybe get one, or you can also boil a pot of water on the stove to add some moisture to the air. I wouldn't worry about it too much unless it becomes a constant thing but you may want to ask your vet about it just to be safe.

BTW, your girl is absolutely beautiful!
post #8 of 45
She is gorgeous! Love the little nose spot My Daphne does the rolling skin thing, as well. Not all the time, just sometimes. I liken it to me getting chill on my back
post #9 of 45
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Originally Posted by mschauer View Post
Toby does it also. Sometimes he does it so much I'm worried he's developing "rolling skin" syndrome:

http://www.lclarkecushingvmd.com/sho...=178&Private=0

I'm glad to know that other cats do it.


Ginger is my twitcher - she'll get a wave of twitches like a ripple across her back - she gets spastic when she's playing sometimes, too - her movements become jerky, and her eyes get huge and her ears go way back. She'll do a mad dash and then sit there, twitching all over her back, looking around at "ghosts" on the ceiling.

But I've seen no other symptoms, and her purrsonality is VERY sweet (for a tortie, that is! )
post #10 of 45
Koko is my twitcher here. I actually had a skin scrape done on her once to see if she had parasites and she didn't. We've never found a medical reason for the condition.
post #11 of 45
Pennie does it too. I thought it was a pregnancy thing.
post #12 of 45
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Pennie does it too. I thought it was a pregnancy thing.
Oh no! Toby might be preggers??? Well, he did sneak out a couple of weeks ago...

post #13 of 45
Pumpkin is my twitcher. that "rolling skin" link describes him perfectly. He will start twitching then try to groom, then freak out and go running through the house like something is biting him on the butt. he has never done the self mutilation thing though.

It has worried me, glad to know that others have cats that do this.
post #14 of 45
Carmello does the back thing too! He never acts as if anything is wrong so I never thought so much of it. How ever we do believe that he has dry skin. When we brush him small flakes fall as if he has dandruff. We do boil water on the stove from time to time, but I do that for me.
post #15 of 45
squishy has done it since we got her. i have seen many cats do it.
post #16 of 45
Otis does it when he dosnt want to be touched, or he's bothered by something. Sometimes I see him groom after, but not all of the time.
post #17 of 45
It's normal for cats. My cats do it too.
I'm new here. Hello cat lovers.
post #18 of 45
It's so frustrating to see them like that. With my cat, she had no problem, she was a happy healthy cat.
Then when I went to the vet to get her regular vaccines, which I found odd when they injected her with two files into one syringe into her leg. When I got home with her, she ran all over the house several hours straight, pausing occasionally to to scratch and i noticed her back twitching. She didn't want anyone touching her, and she would hide. She almost acted as if she has rabies. Her back is not the only thing that twitches its also her ears and she shakes her head.
Its been over a year since her vaccination. As the months go by there's been less twitching. but there are some days that she twitches alot. The doctor checked for earmites, but didn't find any.

In my opinion, It might be related to the vaccination. I tried everything, like changing her food, thinking it might be allergies, but nothing has worked so far.
I'm trying to find out information to know whats wrong with her and how we can help her.
post #19 of 45
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Originally Posted by Lunabee View Post
It's so frustrating to see them like that. With my cat, she had no problem, she was a happy healthy cat.
Then when I went to the vet to get her regular vaccines, which I found odd when they injected her with two files into one syringe into her leg. When I got home with her, she ran all over the house several hours straight, pausing occasionally to to scratch and i noticed her back twitching. She didn't want anyone touching her, and she would hide. She almost acted as if she has rabies. Her back is not the only thing that twitches its also her ears and she shakes her head.
Its been over a year since her vaccination. As the months go by there's been less twitching. but there are some days that she twitches alot. The doctor checked for earmites, but didn't find any.

In my opinion, It might be related to the vaccination. I tried everything, like changing her food, thinking it might be allergies, but nothing has worked so far.
I'm trying to find out information to know whats wrong with her and how we can help her.
Hello and welcome to TCS! Your cat may have FHS. (feline hyperesthesia syndrome)

http://www.veterinarypartner.com/Content.plx?P=A&A=1998

PS..the best thing to do is to video tape some episodes. If your vet won't or can't help, I recommend you find another vet.
post #20 of 45
my girl Smokey does it to I just figured it was something they do but my boy Peaches doesn't do it as long as its not something harmful or serious I just let it be and laugh it off
post #21 of 45
CATS TALK IN OTHER WAYS THEN US CORRECT?! YOU SHOULD AT LEAST KNOW THIS IF YOU HAVE A CAT. IF NOT DO SOME RESEARCH...... WOULD YOU JUST HAVE A BABY AND NOT KNOW HOW TO TAKE CARE OF IT? PROBABLY NOT. WELL HERE ARE SOME FUN FACTS FOR YOU..... IF YOU DONT WANT TO LEARN AND READ IT ALL... THEY ARE NEVIOUS/ EXCITED/ READY TO ATTACK/ OR FEELING UNEASY, THE SAME AS A HUMAN PUFFS THEIR CHEST OR THROWS OUT THEIR ARMS WHEN THEY ARE THREATENED IN A FIGHT....

Even without making a sound, a cat can telegraph his/her emotional state in no uncertain terms. Your pet's entire body tells you how she's feeling and how you should respond. Here's how cats express some common emotions -- from head to tail. Read below to learn



Happy and Relaxed
•Ears: Pointing forward and slightly outward
•Eyes: Open or half closed (sleepy), with pupils normal size; showing contentment with long, slow blinks
•Tail: Curved down, then up at the tip


Excited or Intrigued
•Ears: Pricked straight up and pointing forward
•Eyes: Wide open and sparkling
•Tail: Standing straight up or raised slightly and curved( LIKE A QUESTION MARK) DUH


Anxious or Agitated
•Ears: Twitching
•Eyes: Wide open, with enlarged pupils
•Tail: Held low, possibly between hind legs, or with tip quivering

On the Offensive (Watch Out!)
•Ears: Held flat back against the head
•Eyes: Pupils fully dilated, making eyes look totally black
•Back: Arched, with fur bristling or quivering
•Tail: Swishing rhythmically from side to side, arched, or standing straight up with fur puffed out or bristling
post #22 of 45
Beautiful cat Since she doesn't seem to be in pain, you don't have to rush her to the vet, but next time you are there, tell the vet just incase it is something serious.
post #23 of 45
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Originally Posted by My4LLMA View Post
Beautiful cat Since she doesn't seem to be in pain, you don't have to rush her to the vet, but next time you are there, tell the vet just incase it is something serious.
This post is nearly 3 years old, this cat god spam bot brought it back to the top with that random post about behavior.
post #24 of 45
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Originally Posted by kittymonsters View Post
Pumpkin is my twitcher. that "rolling skin" link describes him perfectly. He will start twitching then try to groom, then freak out and go running through the house like something is biting him on the butt. he has never done the self mutilation thing though.

It has worried me, glad to know that others have cats that do this.
My 3 yr old male has had the rolling skin phenomenon forever. It occurs alongside hind legs twitching and tail thumping -- so it seems like an "I'm stressed out" tic.

Like all of you guys, I thought it was just him!
post #25 of 45

Every remark was sooo helpful, my Cybil (a Torti) does the rolling back/twitch especially when she is looking out the window at squirrels. I also think she gets twitch and "zippy" right before and after she poops! Please don't mark this as inappropriate!

post #26 of 45

My cat Does the Exact same thing to a tee!!

post #27 of 45

LOL... Your horse twitching comparison was great!  I have a horse so I know exactly what you are talking about.  Your cat is beautiful rub.gif My cats will do this sometimes.  I have 4 cats.  It seems the females do it more that the 1 male cat.  I think it is a normal behavior but I'm going to read the thread just to make sure no one has seen an abnormality with this.  If it really concerns you; You might ask the vet about it on your next visit but I hate for you to waste money on an X-ray if you don't need to.

post #28 of 45
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Originally Posted by loveforcelebs View Post

It's normal for cats. My cats do it too.
I'm new here. Hello cat lovers.


Hi Love!!  Welcome to TCS zwaai.gif I also think it's normal. 

post #29 of 45

039.jpgi am a newbie cat owner, Gia is 9 months old.   everytime Gia does something new i google it because i've always been a dog owner and cats are very different, both very beautiful animals......anyway, Gia does the same twitching thing in the same area (the back just above her tail) and the strangest thing of all is that she looks like ur cat only has long hair. check out the mole like spot on the side of her nose, just like urs..... i've been told mine looks like she has norwegian forest cat in her, but i don't know....

post #30 of 45
Hello and welcome to Tcs. This is an old thread and I suggest you introduce yourslef on the New Cats on the Block forum, and post some pics of Gia there.
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