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Cher, Feline Specialist
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Experience:  Feline Healthcare & Behavior Specialist 40+ years Experience
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Older cat twitches his back, Ries 13 yr we now have a new

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older cat twitches his back
JA: I'm sorry to hear that. What is the cat's name and age?
Customer: Ries 13 yr we now have a new kitten that someone left in our bushes and ries has been upset with us
JA: Is there anything else the Veterinarian should be aware of about Ries?
Customer: no
Submitted: 8 months ago.
Category: Cat
Expert:  Cher replied 8 months ago.

Hello, and welcome.

Was Ries twitching his back before you got the new kitten?

Does he have any other symptoms, like trying to bite his back and/or tail, take off running for no reason?

Is he eating, drinking and eliminating normally?

Thanks for all your additional information.


Customer: replied 8 months ago.
No other problems
Expert:  Cher replied 8 months ago.

Hello again, and thanks for your helpful reply.

The twitching of Ries' back may be due to a neurological condition called feline hyperesthesia syndrome. It's often called the' skin twitching' or 'skin rippling' syndrome. It's likened to a type of seizure. Your regular vet should see him in person and might refer you to a veterinary neurology specialist, if necessary. Here is more information:


Sometimes, the skin twitching can be brought on by stress, so that could be exacerbated re: the addition of the new kitten. Get some Feliway plug in diffusers; these emit cat calming pheromones that have no scent to humans, only cats detect it, and it's great for new introductions.


I don't know how you first introduced them, but this webpage has some good tips and techniques for new cat introductions:


I hope all will be well with Ries!

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Warmest regards,


Expert:  Cher replied 8 months ago.

I'm just following up on our conversation about your pet. How is everything going?