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Old December 11th, 2009, 08:21 PM
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Cat leg spasms???

Hi! this is my first post to this forum. I have grown up with animals all of my 50 years and feel like I have seen alot, helped alot and understand a lot about cats & dogs plus many farm animals.
A year ago I adopted a feral kitten through a local group to keep my 5 year old Golden Retriever company. We had lost 2 canine friends that year, but, my job was not going to allow me to adopt another dog & my daughter adopted her own, who spends a great deal of time with me.
Malia is a tuxedo who was brought in from the wild. She is petite in stature, however, the most loving, adventurous & dog friendly cat I have ever known!
In the past few months I have noticed that she seems to have spasms in her back legs and one from leg. Sort of reminds me of a rabbit "thumping." The back legs extend back and shake that when she is near a wall make a thumping....ththththththth sound, both legs do this then the front left and her head shakes as though she just tasted something sour!
Sorry, just do not know a better way to explain! At first I thought she was just doing it but I am wondering if it is a sort of epileptic attack.
Any thoughts? Any one that has seen that before? I have had so many cats and have never witnessed something like this.
Thanks in advance! Christine
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Old December 12th, 2009, 12:09 AM
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Welcome to pets.ca Christine

Sorry to hear about Malia. :sad: There are many things that could be causing this and I think your best bet would be to take her to the vet for a proper diagnosis. Good luck and please keep us updated.
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Old December 12th, 2009, 10:07 AM
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Welcome to the board, paddlerinpa! Good luck with your kitty!
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Old December 12th, 2009, 10:22 AM
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I don't know what would cause this, but if it becomes necessary to take Malia to the vet, is there any way you could get a vidoe of her doing this? you can't guarantee she will do it on demand and it might be eaasier to show than explain.
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Old December 13th, 2009, 02:19 PM
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A warm welcome to pets.ca, Christine!

Just so that you know, there's a specific cat health area right here http://www.pets.ca/forum/forumdisplay.php?f=75

If this began happening with one of mine, I'd be speaking with my Vet and asking that, if she has no personal experience with this, that she "ask around" - whether that be with a specialist or through her network of contacts...a video would certainly help. I would not want to start a "guessing game" or any series of diagnostics at the outset.

I'd also be monitoring things closely for any changes in frequency/intensity etc.

Keep us posted.
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Old December 13th, 2009, 04:06 PM
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my cat does his. not the head thing tho. sometimes he leg twitches. since i have the same think (tiwtching leg) from time to time i didn't think much of it. mentioned it to the internist who didn't know either. if you are concerned go for full bloodwork to rule out anything
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Old July 18th, 2013, 07:45 AM
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I have a small oriental SH female and she thumps alll the time! On her toys and particularly on my feet. She primarily does it while standing and its a quick hard thump usually 4-5 beats or more. This breeds is known for it's intelligence and I think this is her way of showing ownership and dominance. She owns her toys and I'm also hers!
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Old July 18th, 2013, 04:22 PM
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My neighbours cat used to that when he wanted in from outside. He'd back up to the screen door and start knocking with his hind leg. I saw a video on youtube with some Siamese cats doing the same thing when they wanted inside. Smart kitties.
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