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Jaw Twitching

Discussion in 'Cat Health and Nutrition' started by anotheruser, Sep 12, 2020.


  1. anotheruser

    anotheruser PetForums Senior

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    Seen this a few times now and it seems involuntary.

    The boys jaw seems to twitch, clicking slightly, never properly closing but not being hugely open either, almost the wincing openness like when they've smelt something interesting.

    I know the answer is "take them to the vets" but any one know what this may be?
     
  2. Jackie C

    Jackie C Cat slave

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    At what point do they do this? Do they do it when they're looking out of the window and make quiet-ish chattering noises, sometimes with teeth bared? If so, most cats do this when they get excited looking at birds outside.

    If not, I haven't a clue!
     
  3. anotheruser

    anotheruser PetForums Senior

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    Hm, no, it's not the excited at birds chattering.

    It's a bit like it's painful for him to close his mouth, or like he's cold.

    Only seems to do it if he's opened his jaw in a particular way, so if I'm trying to look in his mouth or he play bites my hand.
    Doesn't do it when eating.

    May be a dislocated jaw (although his jaw isn't hanging off so maybe not).

    Could be dental related.
    They've just been to the vets last month and she said he could do with a couple of teeth out and cleaning. She scraped a bit of plaque off, so I wonder if he's in a bit of pain with his teeth, which is causing this.
     
  4. OrientalSlave

    OrientalSlave Shunra Oriental Cats

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    You are right, take him to the vets.
     
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  5. Jackie C

    Jackie C Cat slave

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    Oh, poor boy. xxx (Sorry, I didn't mean to sound flippant). I hope he's okay. x
     
  6. buffie

    buffie Mentored by Meeko

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    He needs to be booked in to see the vet on Monday ,if this is tooth related he will be in a fair bit of pain or discomfort.
    Did you arrange to have his mouth sorted at the time when the vet told you about his mouth problem .
     
  7. anotheruser

    anotheruser PetForums Senior

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    No as she said it wasn't urgent so circumstances made me wait a month or two.

    He doesn't seem in pain and is him usual self. It's almost like his teeth aren't locking together properly when he closes his mouth. He eats fine and drinks okay but does wander about when the clicking thing happens.



    Calling the vets first thing in Monday, will keep you updated.
     
  8. buffie

    buffie Mentored by Meeko

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    It is difficult to see from the video but it could be he has a loose / broken tooth which causes the jaw twitching but definitely needs to be checked out by your vet.
    Good luck , let us know how he gets on .
     
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  9. anotheruser

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    Been to the vets.
    One top canine tooth taken out.
    He's back to his cheeky self.

    Thanks everyone.
     
  10. lorilu

    lorilu PetForums VIP

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    Glad you got him in. My suggestion would have been FORL, the jaw chatter is the most common tell tale symptom. Did the vet mention Feline Odontoclastic Resorptive lesions, FORL or simply resorptive lesions? Even sometimes caled neck lesions (because it affects the neck of the root) It is an extremely painful condition, hopefully they checked all his teeth while he was under to see if any more were starting.
     
  11. anotheruser

    anotheruser PetForums Senior

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    No, but we'll keep an eye on him.
    He hadn't bit me (in his friendly way) yet, which is good as we want him and our 6 month old baby human to get on!
     
  12. buffie

    buffie Mentored by Meeko

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    Thanks for the update , paws crossed that's the problem sorted but if not , then I would be back to your vet and ask for a dental xray as that is the best way to check for problems .
     
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