Have you looked into Feline Hyperesthesia Syndrome?  It looks like the skin 'ripples' and the cat either bites at the spot or tries to run away from it, but there are no fleas present.  Here is an article from Cornell vet school:
Kat (Mew Jersey)
Sent: Wednesday, April 19, 2017 at 10:16 PM
From: "Ardy Robertson" <>
Subject: Re: [Felvtalk] hiccups

Hi Sheila,


Our cat Tigger (who was FeLV+) did that body quiver thing, and usually right after eating. He did it more than our current cat – Topaz – who does not have FeLV. Tigger would then turn around fast and try to bite his side or back, and then he would run, as if running away from it. The vet said he had UTI and we treated him for that – and a second vet said it was UTI but not urinary tract infection, but rather urinary tract inflammation. They did all kinds of tests including taking urine samples with a needle.


Topaz also does it but not as often, always after eating. The vet said she must have fleas and sold me some of that stuff you put on the back of their neck. Although they fine tooth combed her and could not find any fleas. I have never seen a flea on her or in the house, and I know what they look like and have had them in the house several years ago, and had to “bomb” the house and dip the cat etc. So---- I never put that chemical stuff on her. I have been trying to get her to drink more water though and she does it less now. She prefers to drink out of the bathroom faucet which I leave running in a tiny stream for her. (I have a fountain but she isn’t interested).


I’m not convinced that any of the vets I have taken them to are correct so if anyone else has any idea, I’d be interested in hearing your opinion on what this is too.





From: Felvtalk [] On Behalf Of Armstrong-Brown, Sheila DDS Timonium
Sent: Wednesday, April 19, 2017 9:15 AM
To: '' <>
Subject: [Felvtalk] hiccups


Hello, my Skylar seems to have hiccups movements in his body but not coming out of his mouth.   Like his body jumps in the center.  His bloodwork was great last time besides the FELV and he isn’t due for bloodwork until May.  Has anyone seen this type of thing? 





Sheila Armstrong-Brown

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