Why is My Cat Shaking?

4 Causes for a Shivering Cat & Kitten

One thing to know is that there are different degrees of shaking and trembling behavior.

If only one section of the body is shaking (like a leg, the tail, or the belly), it could be more severe.

A kitten shaking or trembling is another thing to monitor well. However mild or severe, it’s best not to ignore it.

Under 100°F (37.7°C) and your cat could be in danger of hypothermia – for example, if they’re stuck outside on a cold day or get wet and can’t dry off.

Inappropriate Body Temperature

Fearful or anxious cats may shake their heads or bodies periodically. This is usually the case if there is no apparent injury or temperature-related discomfort.

Pain, Fear, or Anxiety

Also known as “low blood sugar,” it is when the blood contains too little glucose. It’s usually evident when your cat hasn’t eaten for a while, and their body reacts to the condition.


There is, of course, the possibility that your kitten shivering is a sign they’re ill. There are several possible ailments or conditions.

Other Illness

Cats are wandering creatures, and minor cuts, ingestion or fighting, can result in an infection.


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