Sudden onset ear twitching/head shaking/lip licking

by Tricia
(Las Vegas, NV)

My 2 yr. old female who is prone to herpes outbreaks on her lip (though doesn't have one now) started flicking her ears, then shaking her head, cleaning her face with her paw and licking her lips. She does it right after eating, several times during the evening and numerous times during the middle of the night. She has a small under-the-skin knot to the side of her nose (which also tends to get when she has herpes outbreaks). I took her to vet day after she started this and she was given injections of antibiotic, antiinflammatory and interferon, as well as ear drops which I give her every other day. It's been 4 days since this treatment and her condition doesn't seem to be improving yet.


I called my vet's office and they said they would have expected a slight improvement by now and that if she isn't showing signs of improvement in the next two days to bring her back in so they can sedate her and do a head x-ray.

No vomiting, no diarrhea, no running eyes or nose, no temperature. Her appetite seems slightly down and she's acting a little under the weather.

Any thoughts anyone?


Comment by Kate
Hi i'm afraid i cannot add anything here. You are doing the right thing and getting in touch with your vet etc. It sounds to me like this may need further investigation before a solution can be found.

Hope it can be sorted out soon for you both.

best wishes Kate

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Same symptoms -- found the cause
by: Anonymous

Our cat suddenly started, out of nowhere while grooming himself, to do the crazy head shaking, lots of licking with a curled tongue, putting his head up and back, and wagging his tail. We saw that another poster found a piece of the cat's claw between its teeth, so we decided to look. It turned out there was a small piece of plastic between his bottom front teeth. It must have been stuck in his fur, and he got it between his teeth while grooming. Now he's back to normal! Hope that helps!

Same symptoms, please help
by: Kristen

Hi,

My 5 year old male cat has been doing the same thing for a couple weeks. It seems to affecting his personality as he is less social and more likely to lay around and mope. The vet suspected an inner ear infection and he's been on antibiotics for almost two weeks. I think the next step will be a thorough mouth exam (under sedation) and maybe a CT scan after that.

Has anyone who's experienced this been able to figure out what it was?

K.

Same
by: MissDaisy

My cat's been having the same issue for months. I'm at my wit's end. Anyone figure anything out???

Same thing - here's what it was
by: Anonymous

I was convinced my cat had a neurological problem. Twitching, shaking head, low walking/back leg twitching and licking. He did this on and off for a while.

I was able to finally discover that he had a sharp piece of his own claw stuck in between his lower front teeth - the tiny teeth. I pried it out and it fixed the issue.

I could not believe that's all it was. I was convinced he was having some kind of weird seizure

sudden head shaking, ear flicking, licking lips and paws, twitching hind foot
by: Anonymous

My cat is 9 mos old and started same symptoms last night. Took him to ER and they could not find anything. IF he's not better, I will take him to his regular vet. Please post your outcome and I will as well.

Re head shaking
by: Anonymous

My cat does the same I'm worried sick the vet did not find anything wrong....any improvement with ur cat?

Shaking and twitching head.
by: Anonymous

My fifteen year old healthy cat is doing the same thing. She'll eat a little, then walk away, then the head shaking and twitching begins. She also seems to bite into the air. She seems hungrier than what she can eat. She's losing wieght but is otherwise acting normally.

I took her to the vet and all tests, temperature are normal.

Frustrated and curious.

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