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1510 Chronology 20070917 Shots from the latest fly by (9/17/2007)

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2100 Symptoms Dolphin Tail This one is a strictly Nekko symptom.
I have not seen this with any cat under any circumstances,
nor did I see any description of FHS symptoms
resembling this on the internet.

A symptom, however, is first and foremost identified by its timing in relation to the developing FHS episode.

So for example, if in the end it turns out the an episode
was obvious from 3pm to 4pm, then any event in her behaviour
that can be seen only to occur in the 15 minutes previous,
and likewise with some other episodes, but never otherwise,
then I call it a symptom,
and the episode had truly started at least that early.

Over time, the identification of very small signs of symptoms
give much advance warning, in time to prevent the more
violent stages.

As it turns out, Dolpin Tail is the only symptom
I have not found anything on the net to correlate with.

It goes like this:
During the erect tale stage, the tail would wag sideways,
in a wave from the base to the tip at the top,
reminicent of the tail motion of a dolphin,
(when holding his body mostly in the air outside of the water).
So I nick named it Dolphin Tale.
It is rare, but over time sufficiently frequent.

Catching it on camera is another story.
There is no video, just these shots.
Note how the camera only blurs moving parts.

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2100 Symptoms Horse Tail While stricly NOT a classic FHS symptom,
rather the 'opposite', this is the first and very early
pecularity I found in Nekko at a very early age and is worth
documenting.

Cat owners know that the only time one sees a cat with
an erect tail - sort of erect, not quite in a straight line -
is when the cat is very furious or fearful of a clear and present
danger. In this case the hair sticks out as if electrified,
making the tail look swolen, or expanded.
Humans know to take a distance from a cat in this
state, or else they are likely to be attacked when approaching.
Such is the case with ordinary cats

Nekko - since she was very young, long before FHS -
uses this body language conciously to express
a desire and invitation for me to join in a playful game.

What usually happens is about like this:
I would be crossing from one room to the next,
suddenly having Nekko in my view. Typically this
would happen just after I wake up,
not having been with her for some time.
She would then immediately raise her tail high an swollen,
not straight erect like with FHS,
but like all cats do accasinaly when under huge stress or fear.
So untypical this behaviour is for this istuation,
that at the first few times I wasn't sure whether I should be cautious. In fact, she is dancing in front of me,
walking mostly sideways, like a horse in
a horse show, and so I knick named this behaviour horse tail,
long before FHS.
She would be dancing like this in front of my walk,
keeping a measured distance, making funny as-if
furious faces, smacking me on the legs as I walk,
encourage my walk to join in the dance.
As I starts dancing, she would amplify.
If I completely ignore her, she would discontinue
and relax the tail in an instant.
It only takes less then two seconds for Nekko's tail
to shrink to width, which I found to be very odd.
An ordinary cat will take much time to relax
after a fearful event had caused the tail to expand in this manner.

It is also important to note that Nekko's control of
keeping the claws retracted varies with FHS episode level,
and this serves as a very accurate measure during episodes.

During horse tail, she is always with exact control,
and she can smack me many times with much force,
as well as jump at my walking legs with gentle bites,
never to let a claw go out un-noticed, nor have a bite
that is any harder or longer in duration then a gentle
show-off bite.

I always liked horse tail as it shows Nekko in its most playfulness and friendliness.

It is interesting that Nekko's tail is also a central
part in her body language pecularities.
Over time I grew to suspect that this pecularity
is reserved only to FHS gene owning cats.

Nekko still excersizes horse tail somewhat frequently.
Today, (9/24/07) she ambushed me right when I woke up.
Much like she would wait patiently while I'm asleep,
only to ask for food when I wake up,
she was waiting patiently to play.

I have yet to catch horse tail on camera.
Its not the tail itself, which would like
that of a cat in the sudden presence of a large
unfamiliar dog.
The dance and the sideways walk
of wooing my attention is worth noting on video.
As this is not an FHS thing,
and does not occur in proximity of episodes at all,
it is impossible for me to predict,
and be ready with a camera.
2150 Symptoms manicure Cats have the nasty habit of runing furniture
by scratching them.
The reason they do that is to shed old claws,
whereas underneath, the new claw is ready.

This mechanism has a calendar of its own,
much like with a snake or a crab,
yet this schedule depands on many factors.

With Nekko, I grew accustomed to a manicure
being the best sign to tell me an FHS episode is coming.
Only long experience told my instincts this is in fact
an FHS symtom, demanding my immediate attention,
if I am to prevent the coming episode.

Yet, there is nothing she does in that ritual
that is any different from any ordinary cat.
Years have passed before I discovered that there is a
very slight diffrence still:

Nekko often takes a manicure when she doesn't need one.
Ordinary cats do not.

Synchronzing this with thoughts regarding
some other behaviors thast are peculiar,
I came up with this:

What makes cats decide its time for a manicure?

A minute very specific irritation, which creates
a reflexive response to start the manicure ritual.
The irritation will go away once a claw is off.


Very early in life, Nekko was diagnosed with alergy to fleas.
At age two months, she was in heat already and was
neutered by recommendation of her vet, two months later.

Hyperesthesia - oversensivity - takes many forms.
Nekko is not allergic to fleas any more than
to the skippers and flys.

A hormonal "irritation" still very minute, expedites
her calendar due to oversensitivity,
long before the irritation is sizeable enough to matter to
normal cats. Cats get their first period at age
7months or abouts, not 2.

An annoying skipper is not that annoying to most cats,
but it is somewhat annoying.

The claw irritation must start from zero to small and so on,
as the claw is getting ready to be useless.
With FHS, the less than needed irritation is enough.

This would mean that Nekko always takes manicures
before they are needed, as FHS episodes are much
more frequent than needed manicure,
and so if she does take a manicure,
its a sure sign that FHS is on its way.