7 Common Causes of Shivering in Cats

Cats shiver just like humans do when chilled to raise body temperature through muscle movements.

Feeling Cold

Some cats tremble or vibrate their tail with happy anticipation or eagerness related to eating or other activities.


Stress, noises, travel to the vet, or introductions to new pets can cause shivering in frightened cats.


Cats may shiver after trauma, during exams, or due to vestibular issues affecting balance and coordination.


Ingesting toxins like antifreeze can cause tremors, seizures, and shivering. Seek immediate vet treatment.


Systemic illness and fever often produce shivering along with lethargy and appetite changes.


Sedatives, anesthesia, and some medications may cause temporary shaking as a side effect.

Side Effects

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