Re-evaluate Sudden Head-Twitching

A cat's twitches may not be related to a recent enema treatment; a visit to the vet is in order.

By J. Veronika Kiklevich, DVM

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Q. Recently, our vet had to give my cat an enema. After I brought her home, my cats head started twitching. Two days later the twitching has not stopped. Is this a side effect of the enema? My cat is eating, drinking and walking around normally.

A. This is not likely to be a side effect of the enema. There could be many causes, and I urge you to return to your veterinarian to have your cat re-evaluated. I do not know the age of your cat, but different diagnoses occur with different frequencies depending on the age of the cat.

I am certain that your veterinarian used an enema that is approved for cats, but as a general note to you and our readers I would like to take this opportunity to inform you that not all enemas are safe for cats. Over-the-counter enemas are extremely toxic to cats, and can cause death. Please, if you think that your cat needs an enema, always check with your veterinarian first!

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Linda    Mandeville, LA

4/3/2009 6:19:50 PM

Great article, good information.

janet    bethlehem, PA

3/30/2008 8:40:00 AM

interesting thanks for the information

Shari    London, NY

9/22/2007 4:38:00 AM

Hi my cat just had 4 beautiful kittens, and i've noticedovert he past 7 days that they twitch for no apparent reason. I was just wondering if this is normal.

Jessie    Chicago, IL

8/7/2007 5:57:36 PM

Definitely get a second opinion. My cat began twitching after an enima and week later died of Nose Cancer. Something that went undetected by five of the veterinarians who's care he was under. Please don't wait!!! Go see a specialist and demand an MRI.

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