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post #1 of 13 (permalink) Old 02-21-2009, 09:37 AM Thread Starter
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Is this twitch normal?

Every so often, Snowball stands there with his back muscles contracting, like some kind of a twitch. He's squeezing his butt muscles too when he does this. Nothing is coming out the back end (thank God) when he does this, but it looks strange. Is this normal? I haven't seen any other cat of mine ever do this.
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post #2 of 13 (permalink) Old 02-21-2009, 01:17 PM
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Re: Is this twitch normal?

Do you mean like rippling their fur along their spine between their shoulderblades and their rump? Ears back, eyes wide, sometimes half-squatting and even turning their head to lick their back, running suddenly?

They could be rippling their fur to get it all to lay down smooth again...
Just came out of the potty-box and they are still doing potty-spasms...
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post #3 of 13 (permalink) Old 02-21-2009, 02:53 PM Thread Starter
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Re: Is this twitch normal?

No, doesn't sound like that at all. Its almost as if he's trying to squeeze out a poo while standing there instead of squatting. potty spasms? He does it any old time, not just after coming out of the litter box. He also has a stuck together clump of hair in the middle of his back that I've been trying to get rid of (I can't find the flea comb!), not sure if that is related. (Maybe it would feel irritating?)
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post #4 of 13 (permalink) Old 02-22-2009, 01:35 PM
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Re: Is this twitch normal?

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He also has a stuck together clump of hair in the middle of his back that I've been trying to get rid of (I can't find the flea comb!), not sure if that is related. (Maybe it would feel irritating?)

Yes, that could be very irritating to him. His fur is snarled, and probably pulling at his skin. If you're not able to remove it, you should take him to a groomer or the vet to have it removed.
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post #5 of 13 (permalink) Old 02-22-2009, 02:29 PM
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Re: Is this twitch normal?

Does he look like he's um... humping the air?

I've seen that before.
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post #6 of 13 (permalink) Old 02-22-2009, 09:03 PM Thread Starter
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Re: Is this twitch normal?

Humping the air? I don't think so. The twitching is over his back and tail (which is straight up when he does this), and he flexes some butt muscles (not a technical term) so that it moves in and out. Its kind of unpleasant to see when watching him do this from the back end, and now I wish there were some way to remove that image from my mind.
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post #7 of 13 (permalink) Old 02-22-2009, 10:43 PM
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Re: Is this twitch normal?

You said earlier your cat had some matted fur on his back. I think this is the cause of your cat twitching. Take him to a groomer.
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post #8 of 13 (permalink) Old 02-23-2009, 10:33 PM Thread Starter
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Re: Is this twitch normal?

Hmmm.... Snowball at a groomer. That'll probably go only slightly less bad than a trip to the vet. I think I'll have to handle that myself. I can't find the flea comb and I don't live near a pet store... it'll be a few days before I get there.
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post #9 of 13 (permalink) Old 02-24-2009, 09:42 AM
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Re: Is this twitch normal?

It also kind of sounds like he's trying to spray?

Well remove the matt, then we'll see if he's just an odd ball.

Cornstarch is apparently very good at getting matts out (and it's cheap )
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post #10 of 13 (permalink) Old 02-24-2009, 08:34 PM Thread Starter
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Re: Is this twitch normal?

I'm not sure what spraying looks like, but he won't succeed in such an attempt, will he? He was fixed early.
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