Head shaking in cats
Why do cats shake their heads?
Occasional head shaking is perfectly normal but if your cat suddenly starts shaking their head a lot more than usual it's likely to indicate a problem such as:
It’s important to know the difference between a head shake and a head tremor. A head shake is when your cat shakes their head on purpose, a head tremor is when they develop a shake that they can’t control. If your cat suddenly develops a head tremor (a shake they cannot control), contact your vet for an emergency appointment.
Published: January 2021
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