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Cat keeps shaking his head & tongue around

Species: cat | Category: medical-surgical | Submitted: 22 July 2011 09:45AM | viewed 62230 times
Q Tina asks:

My cat keeps shaking his head and thrashing his tongue around in the same manner as he does when he has a big lump of fur that he is attempting to swallow. When he tries to eat his dry food he constantly shakes his head and tongue around

Q Our vet says: Dear Tina
This kind of behaviour may indicate that your cat is in discomfort or pain. When cats are eating and shake their head it can often mean that they have pain from their teeth. Cats may have periodontal disease (gum disease) which is painful. They also may suffer from resorptive lesions at the base of their teeth which can be very painful. Your cat may have a foreign body stuck in his mouth or a loose tooth causing a problem. Other issues to consider might be oral tumours, inflammation, jaw problems or neurological issues. I recommend that you get your cat checked by your local vet.

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