I have the most affectionate, adoring cat. Months ago he had fleas that were so hard to get rid of!!!! Saw Vet 2-3 times for treatment, plus I carefully checked his fur every nite and carefully removed feces & any/all fleas I could capture. I think those bugs annoyed me more than my cat!!!! I have a very gentle "little man". Last visit to his vet, it was stated that he does not have any more fleas. However, the family noticed a different behavior when petting him. It seems when he is petted in the mid to rear area of his body, his head falls forward with a biting motion. This never occurred before. He does not attempt to bite us, I can only describe that it seems to be an involuntary motion.I would like an explanation to this behavior. He doesn't seem to be in pain, but I want to be sure that nothing is wrong or in fact not characterized by being in pain. Never had fleas before and he is about 11 yrs young. Please give some advice & explanation to this new behavior. TY
Type of Animal: CatGender: MaleAge: 11 yrs
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Colleen, thanks for your question.
One of two things could be going on.
1) Cats often do have a involuntary reflex when they are petted in that region, that can cause them twitch or do something similar to dropping their head etc. Once pets have had fleas, they can be more sensitive petting and act itchy, as the fleas can hypersensitize their nerves in their skin.
2) Since he is around 11 years old, it would not be uncommon for them to develop some arthritis is their spine. If you think he is painful at all, then I would have your veterinarian get an x-ray to take a look.
I hope this helps and good luck with your kitty!
Small Animal Veterinarian for 10 years. Own and operate small animal exclusive practice.