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Symptoms of Feline Hyperesthesia Syndrome
are clearly identified as they only occur during episodes
and from correlating Feline Hyperesthesia Syndrome
stories on the Internet seem to be mostly uniform:
1. Dilated pupils
I'm not sure about this one. It is difficult to tell
when she stairs at you for so long as it is,
with wide pupils, but not quite extreme.
In any case, this was never used to judge the onset of an episode with Nekko.
2. Twitching of the tail
3. Appearing to be annoyed with the tail
4. Biting at the tip of the tail,
sometimes to the point of mutilation,
sometimes also at the hind feet.
5. Behavior may change from loving, to scared and depressed
(these shots were taken seconds apart)
6. Sensitive to touch around the tail
Notes added 9/17/2007:
It seems the cauda equina area is where the
ill sensations start, and so is perceived by Nekko
to be the touchy area.
With the mid 2007 addition of the
ADHD like Holding technique,
this is specfically the area where
petting her gently
while Holding her forcefully,
would be most effective in calming her down.
7. Staring into space
8. Persistent, loud meowing
Nekko does not have this symptom at all
Just the vocal tail attacks during episodes.
I attribute this to owner-vet misinterpretations.
Virtually all internet reported symptoms - except this one -
were identified with Nekko over time.
9. Dashing off madly and aimlessly around the house
Nekko has room crossing jerk sprint runs,
hitting walls and furniture,
several minutes before the self attacks will start to occur.
Dash Sprints Video
10. Rippling of the skin from mid-torso towards the back legs,
over the back and the sides of the torso
11. Gently biting on heads,
initially starting by chewing on hair
like cats usually do with grass and other plants.
With Nekko, automatic selection is there to insure that
she only bites heads that want to get bitten.
If the head is not waiting patiently until the hair chewing bit
is over with, it will never get bitten.
I was her earliest target, when I discovered the habbit,
allowing her to chew on my hair, never to be repeated.
She would not chew on my hair even if I am asleep and she
is right by. She knows well enough I will be awake in a split
second and refuse her. This is one of the gentlest and earliest
stages of an episode, and she is calm and in control,
almost like the ordinary cat she usually is,
except that now she has this sudden obsession of
chewing a piece of human hair.
Little does she know she would soon be biting a head genetly,
and later with more force, and later run off to attack her own
body - much more aggressivly - in some remote corner.
12. Showing extra care for the owner as if worried.
Nekko can stare at me for fifteen minutes straight without
motion, sitting some 4-10 inches from me.
Other times she would walk around me in a 'nagging' attitude,
keeping tense closeness of no more than a half a meter,
reminiscent of a trained dog, only out of control,
sometimes entering the bath tub while I shower,
in a split second to leap out again from the horror of
the newly discovered stream of water that just hit her.
This never happens outside of
Feline Hyperesthesia Syndrome episodes,
though eating bathtub foam has always been a favorite game.
See also: Worrying Obsessively
Feline Hyperesthesia Syndrome episodes
can almost always be identified
as being triggered by an event starting to occur
or briefly occurring some 5-10 minutes prior to the first signs
of a Feline Hyperesthesia Syndrome episode I can identify.
Triggers are almost always the same exact events that we
cat lovers are used to seeing to Excite kittens.
The more so, the more it will be an FHS trigger.
The severity of a trigger causing a
Feline Hyperesthesia Syndrome
episode to sprout and develop,
I define by the severity of the episode,
adjusted to its estimated full blown potential.
(adjusting for Valiums given during,
or any other calm-down tactic initiated by me).
All is dynamic and judged by gut feel based on
many past experiences.
for the examples, assume a scale of 1-10.
1 a play with one of her toys
Nekko simply has no toys today.
2. an annoyingly imperfect bathroom session.
I found Mult-Soft to be somewhat effective in disolvinbg cat
hair and reducing vomiting.
After vomiting, there will surely be an episode,
so cat grass is a no-no, and Mult-soft is it.
Nekko hardly vomits.
In one extreme case early 2007,
where she did not go for a #2 for several days,
I stuffed her with some castor oil,
which was quite quick and effective.
3. a fly.
The lighting in the appartment is arranged such that insects
will tend to keep to the porch and places where Nekko doesn't usually hang out.
When I am in the bedroom by the computer,
she would usually be there right by my side.
I keep a fly swat to make sure I get to all insects quickly,
hopefully before they get noticed by her.
4. a bigger fly, insect or cockroach.
(Ants are zero, or 3 if they are very large for Israeli ants.
a skipper is about 7)
5. thunderstorms. Nekko was 'alergic' to thunders much before FHS,
terrified, yearning for my Holding.
It was only much later, during 2007, when I dared and
discovered that Holding (ADHD style),
is actually effective in reducing FHS episodes.
Nekko is unaffected by thunders for some years now.
6. I speak in a consistently continuous monotone voice
over a sustained period, such as when dictating
details, especially over the phone.
I believe this is a trauma from countless hours
of undivided attention I gave to a girl I was tutoring
with Nekko present, and is automatically
associated with 'neglect' in Nekko's brain.
Its a type of distress, just like any other, not directly
correlated with Feline Hyperesthesia Syndrome
in any manner.
The most difficult in this respect is playing the guitar
at night, when I wear the headset.
On one hand, I am paying much undivided attention to something else.
On the other - my ears - my main alertness tool
to her evolving episodes - where I need to be able to detect
the slightest typical sounds of Nekko in her early stages of
an episode - are disabled.
I make sure before hand she is calm, separate the rooms
by closing doors to make sure she is noticing as little as possible,
and am visually alert. If she comes to lthe living
room and start chewing on the guitar chord or my legs,
then it means I should stop for a petting session.
7. My being angry, with someone other then Nekko herself.
Anger towards her is mostly perceived as a type of attention,
which she responds positively to,
even during severe stages of an episode.
Anger was discovered before FHS was,
to be effective in quieting her down.
This concept led me be somewhat of a
dog trainer with Nekko.
Once I knew her sporadic behaviour is part of a disease,
I was trying to play anger.
This did not quite work at first.
She is too sensitive to tell apart real anger from fake.
I later found than being highly vocal, much more than in the angry days,
still works, to a degree.
Also, some episodes cause me much fear,
and if I play angry during, it seems much emotion
will come out when I raise the voice volume,
and this prooves effective.
Unfurtunatly, this is not in my direct control,
nor is it my desire that episodes will be so as severe,
so as to make me fearful for her.
8. guests. (varying lower degrees as well).
This is where ADHD correlation is most expressive.
The more guest there are, and the more noise they make,
the quicker she will be agitated and start developing
As she does, her defined teritorial safe distance rises,
and suddnly, the slightest movement of a human leg
under a table is perceived as an attack on her,
even thought it has been as stationary,
some 70 centimeters from her, for some time now.
This leg will now be attacked.
It it is my leg it will not. She seems to be calm
and perceive whatever movement I make as non-aggressive,
regardless of my distance from her.
Yet in later and more severe stages, when it is no longer safe
for guests to be in the same room with her,
I would take her to be in a room alone with her, where I would be quite cautious. If I am prepared, I can let her try to attack my hand to measure her level of agitation.
9. a woman guest.
10. 9 plus 7 combination and its implications.
Dr. Clark Cushing
Vet Info For Cats
Nicholas Dodman - TUFTS
If it is any consolation:
From all the cats who died aimlessly for me to obtain
the information for which Nekko is alive today -
TJ was the biggest contributor.
At least as far as Nekko and I are concerned,
TJ did not die in vain.