11 year old male manx twitching lower spine and tail.
by Lisa Horvath
Our 11 year old male manx has been diagnosed with arthritis, but...he is now beginng to kneed with his back feet while twitching his lower spine and tail ( tail is about 2 and a half inches long).
He has never ever done this before and he has been on anti-inflamatory for 2 weeks or so now and seems to be way better with pain relief except for this new twitching problem. He always seems to do it right before he lays down to sleep or nap.
He also opens his hips as he is twitching, it almost looks like he is going to spray or go poop... but he doesn't and he has never done anything like this in 11 years of owning him. HELP!
Sincerely, Lisa & Steve
Um this does sound odd and is a little difficult to diagnose. When i first read your question my first thought was that it was some sort of parasite problem as the rear end is a common place for them to gather and also twitching etc can be a sign of them biting and causing irritation. So you could check this area for signs of fleas and if you have not treated him recently may be a good idea.
However considering his other medical problem i am wondering if it is just another symptom of his arthritis., Ie feeling the need to stretch out this area. The anti inflammatory may have made it easier for him to do this now and this is why you are seeing it for the first time.
All i can suggest is that if he does not have fleas or another skin problem in this area and if he does not appear to be in any pain of discomfort and shows no other signs of illness then perhaps do not worry about it at the moment but mention it to your vet on the next visit.
I do have a web page about cat arthritis which you may find of further interest herecat-arthritis.html
best wishes kate
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