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Dr. Michael Salkin
Dr. Michael Salkin, Veterinarian
Category: Cat Veterinary
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Experience:  University of California at Davis graduate veterinarian with 45 years of experience.
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Cat's jaw is twitting, drolling, not drinking, he is eating,

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cat's jaw is twitting, drolling, not drinking, he is eating, not using little box. has been to vet twice, blood and urine clean. he is 13 yrs old
Submitted: 1 year ago.
Category: Cat Veterinary
Expert:  Dr. Michael Salkin replied 1 year ago.
The clue to Diamond's illness is in his jaw "twitting" (tremoring) which most often represents encephalitis in cats. The tremors often turn out to be simple partial seizures (previously called petit mal). A painful mouth can cause similar symptoms but I imagine that such a finding has been ruled out by his vet. Blood work isn't going to identify an encephalitis. A cerebrospinal fluid tap and analysis and/or MRI is likely to be recommended by a specialist veterinary internist/neurologist but I would be circumspect about performing such stressful and costly diagnostics at Diamond's age. I'm mainly looking for brain tumor (a meningioma, usually).Can you upload a copy of Diamond's test results to our conversation? I understand that you might not have a copy at home but his vet can give you one which you can scan into your computer and then give me the file link or you can photograph the pages and upload them by using the paperclip icon above your message box (if you can see the icon) or by using an external app such as Please respond with further questions or concerns if you wish.
Expert:  Dr. Michael Salkin replied 1 year ago.

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

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