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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: 11 months ago.
Category: Cat
Expert:  Cher replied 11 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 11 months ago.
No other problems
Expert:  Cher replied 11 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 11 months ago.

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


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