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    Drinking Twitches

    I'm not certain this is a health issue, but as Brenda is a 15 year old cat and I'm an overprotective 'mother' I'd appreciate any advice you can give. When Brenda goes to drink her front paws jerk/twitch one at a time and at least once each but sometimes more. They jerk enough that she can inadvertently kick nearby objects including the water bowl itself. It doesn't seem to deter her from drinking at all but I hadn't noticed her doing it until recently so it worries me a bit even though she is in good health otherwise. We also moved somewhat recently and so I have wondered if it is something about the change from hard Texas water to softer Oregon water that has her doing this. I've never heard of such an occurrence, but then again not many people I know have moved their cats cross-country. It is also possible that she has been doing it longer (even forever) and I didn't notice because her water was in the bathroom instead of in the same room as me during the 8 months she lived with me before the move to Oregon. I'm usually fairly observant though so I think I probably would have noticed one of the times she happened to be drinking at the same time I was in the bathroom. Thank you for any thoughts and advice you can give - even if it's just to tell me I'm crazy and overprotective and of course there is nothing wrong with her

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    Is that paw at all tender if you touch it? At 15, maybe it's a neurological thing ... I'd keep an eye on her for any other symptoms, and keep a diary of how often and the circumstances when it happens, then give the vet a call. I doubt it has anything to do with the water, though you could try giving her bottled water for a few days, just to prove that is the case ...
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    She hasn't acted like either of her front paws are tender at all, and as she is currently curled up next to the warm computer I lightly squeezed both just now to be sure. She drinks out of several different water bowls and even occasionally (when I'm not paying attention ) my own water cup and no matter what it's always the same with the twitching but she does not twitch at any other time - and I've been watching her carefully to make sure she doesn't. I am planning to take her to the vet if any other symptom at all develops and in the meantime will work on your suggestion of keeping a diary of the exact circumstances of her twitching - thank you for the suggestion

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    My Poppy when he drinks water from the fountain or a bowl, will paw at the floor almost like he does when he is scratching in the litter box. My other cat Suzy when drinking from the fountain will bring her right leg under her left leg, almost like a crisscross and scratch the side of the fountain. Why Poppy or Suzy do this, I have no clue, but my vet said that it is just something they do and not to worry about it because they don't do it any other time, only when drinking their water and they are in good health. Poppy is 7 and Suzy is 10 months old. So these little quirks, that's what I call it, has no age limit.

    But, if you are concerned because of Brenda's age, then phone your vet first and see what he/she has to say about it.
    Also, believe me when I say that not one person is going to say that you are crazy or just being overprotected. If that was the case, then when it comes to our beloved pets, we are all crazy and overprotected and to me, there is nothing wrong with that. Any animal lover would understand this and as for the rest, they can all go to......well lets just say that they can take a flying leap. LOL!!!

    Keep us posted and if you can, I would love to see a picture of Brenda.

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    I have a thought. Is the water colder in Oregon than it was in Texas? I mean, you were in TX in summer, warm weather, now in Oregon in winter. Is the house cooler? Is this making the water at room temp cooler? So maybe this is just her reacting to having a cold drink? In which case, it is comical and nothing to worry about!
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    I have wondered if it is just a quirk she has always had, but the fact that I can't remember noticing it before now is why I'm wondering if it could be something else and not just a quirk she has always had or even developed recently. Plus from the many many times I've closely watched her drinking since first noticing this it seems like the jerking motion of her paws is completely involuntary despite her not being bothered by it.

    As for the water temp I'm pretty sure it is the same as when we were in Texas. During the summer in Texas the house temp and her water may have been a little higher, but we had cold spells for several months before moving here and because of heating/cooling systems in both locations have kept the room temperatures at about the same temp.

    I don't have a lot of great pics of Brenda... most of our good ones are on my husband's iphone and he is currently in Kentucky for training, but I tried to attach two fairly good ones.
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    Awww, hello Brenda! Such a pretty girl! But somehow, I think you KNOW that, lol.
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