Shaking of the legs in a young cat


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Good Evening Dr. Debra,

My 6 month old kitten Tommy's back legs shake for awhile when he stops walking and when stretching. And today his front legs well, it's like he was very weak and was faltering and probably would have fallen to the floor had I not been right there steadying and observing him. He has stopped running around the house and playing with his sister and mostly lays down. He was recently neutered and I thought maybe an infection. He saw his vet yesterday and was given fluids (I noticed his stools were a bit hard) and Dr. felt some stool while palpating. He is taking Amox. BID. He's like a geriatric kitty and I am really getting worried about him.

Lisa Schouten


Good evening to you and thanks for your question. It sounds like your kitten (Tommy) is very weak. This is very abnormal for what should be a healthy 6-month-old Kitten.

I think you should take him back to your veterinarian. Questions I'd want to know are he eating? Vomiting? Does he go outside? Is he having normal urinations and bowel movements? Is he having any trouble breathing? Is he painful anywhere?

Depending on what he looks like during his physical examination, they may recommend blood work (a very good idea). Blood work will help determine what his blood glucose is, if he is anemic or fighting an infection among other things.

I wouldn't wait – call your vet.

Best of luck!

Dr. Debra

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debra-primovic Dr. Debra Primovic

Debra A. Primovic, BSN, DVM, Editor-in-Chief, is a graduate of the Ohio State University School of Nursing and the OSU College of Veterinary Medicine. Following her veterinary medical training, Dr. Primovic practiced in general small animal practices as well as veterinary emergency practices. She was staff veterinarian at the Animal Emergency Clinic of St. Louis, Missouri, one of the busiest emergency/critical care practices in the United States as well as MedVet Columbus, winner of the AAHA Hospital of the year in 2014. She also spends time in general practice at the Granville Veterinary Clinic. Dr. Primovic divides her time among veterinary emergency and general practice, editing, writing, and updating articles for, and editing and indexing for veterinary publications. She loves both dogs and cats but has had extraordinary cats in her life, all of which have died over the past couple years. Special cats in her life were Kali, Sammy, Pepper and Beanie.