The cat is shaking but it is not from the cold: what to do

When cats tremble it is often from fatigue or cold, but other times behind this tremor there are other problems. It is important that the owner of the cat knows how to observe this condition, in order to be able to intervene. So let’s see why the cat trembles but it is not from the cold.

Tremor can appear as  a symptom of a cat cold. If a man has caught a cold, he sometimes shivers and begins to shiver. Same for the cat if he starts shaking, his tremor may be well associated with a cold. Just make sure the temperature is  between 37.8 and 39.2 degrees.

It is not necessary to use a clinical thermometer to find out if the cat has a fever, it is often enough to touch the nose or ears. If these are hot, the owner can automatically conclude that the cat has a fever. Consequently it will be the fever in this way that triggers the tremor, but often it is not a fever but something else, let’s see together what.

The cat trembles, we see the many causes

There can be several reasons for this. If the cat has  hunting fever and is anxiously hiding over his prey animal, it can happen that his whole body trembles  with excitement. When the prey animal is killed, the excitement disappears and the tremor is banished.

Even the visit to the vet can be so confusing and frightening the cat that suddenly it starts shaking.

Cats are pure habitual animals, they love the routine of daily life and when a new situation arises in their life, most cats start reacting with anxiety and excitement.

Many owners will be well aware of what happens as soon as the transport box is taken, the cat becomes anxious and its body begins to tremble slightly. The animal shows with this attitude that it probably doesn’t like being transported like that.

Another cause of tremor in cats and when the year comes to an end and the  New Year approaches, many cats have to deal with fear, they begin to tremble, to the din of the first barrels of celebration.

Therefore, it is important for the owner to always take care of his cat, to calm his fear. Loud noises scare cats quickly, no matter if it’s New Year’s Eve or a thunderstorm is coming, he’ll be afraid.

It is essential in such situations that the cat can find a place to retreat and find the safety for itself, which it desperately needs. Often in addition to the tremor of anxiety  and discomfort the cat remains lying down and rigid, as if frozen, this is also an expression of fear. The tremor of the cat spreads up to the ears and even just for a whistle, it assumes a defensive attitude from which you have to be careful. The cat at this moment is ready to defend itself with its claws.

A parasitic infestation

If the  tremor is accompanied by severe and constant itching the cat suffers from ticks or fleas, as any parasitic infection can cause itching and shaky behavior.

Vitamin deficiency

Often a vitamin deficiency can be considered the cause. If the cat lacks certain vitamins, minerals and trace elements, sooner or later the deficiency becomes evident. Fortunately, some cats show this by involuntarily engaging in wobbly, unstable behavior.

Physical effort

This too can sometimes cause a tremor. If the cat has tried too hard, their legs will fail and they will suddenly start shaking. The tremor is a  sign of fatigue and as soon as the cat rests, the tremor in the legs will disappear. Just when the game has put too much stress on the cat, the owner may observe a tremor on the cat’s paws. This tremor indicates that now is the time to put an end to the game and rest.

Heat stroke

If the cat has been exposed to  direct sunlight  for too long on a hot summer day, it can suffer from heatstroke. The cat trembles and appears lazy. Breathing is also wheezing, the cat starts  panting or is breathing too fast. At this point it is time to take the cat wrapped in a damp cloth to the vet. He will know what is best to do. Because heat stroke can be life-threatening for our pet.

He trembles while sleeping

Those who have a cat at least once have been able to observe this circumstance in their pet, the cat that sleeps peacefully and suddenly it is seen shaking at any moment and often also tends to increase. Don’t be scared this indicates that the cat is simply dreaming. The dream is so intense that it causes twitching and tremors.

It is essential to identify whether the tremors are long-lasting and strong

This tremor may be an indication that:

  • There is a  nervous system disorder.
  • The cat is in  severe pain.
  • There is  poisoning in the cat.
  • The cat suffers from  epilepsy.

If there is a strong and long-lasting tremor in the cat, it is essential to consult a veterinarian. Only he can make a clear diagnosis and start the correct treatment steps for the cat.

Strong and prolonged tremor over time usually brings even more symptoms. The cat must be observed closely to ensure a quick diagnosis of the disease. It is important to know whether the tremor is uncontrolled or not.


If your cat is shivering from a cold, a warm cookie and milk can help quickly but if that doesn’t happen then it should be investigated.

If the cat exhibits obvious behavior and starts shaking with each new situation, alternative veterinary medicine can quickly bring the right remedy. Man also uses it and it is a powerful antidepressant and also in cats it has its effect. The same Bach flowers are widely used for the care of cats.

However, the cat should not be given any medicine and only a thorough examination in the animal will determine the type of treatment and any medicine to be administered whether it is a homeopathic product or not.

Often it can already be of help, when the cat begins to tremble, that the owner gently strokes its fur and the condition of its state of tremor automatically returns. Otherwise, if the tremor remains in the animal, a veterinarian should be consulted.

Even with a cat poisoning it can lead to tremor and in this case you shouldn’t wait long before contacting the vet.

Every owner knows his pet and in principle his observation can be reliable, for this reason, he can usually very quickly establish what could be the reason.

If there is no clear reason and the uncontrolled cat behavior simply does not go away, it can be expected that there are nervous system disorders or epilepsy in the cat. 

These conditions can only be treated by a veterinarian who will be able to tell us what the cat is missing or will reassure us, if it were only stress or nervousness in the animal.

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