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[[[[[images/Nekko.jpg|Nekko]]]]] [[[[theora.com/Nekko/FHS/Videos/20071215-Nekko-subtlestTailSigns-divx.avi|subtlestTailSigns]]]] [[[[[Nekko/FHS/Videos/subtlestTailSigns.jpg]]]]] [[[[theora.com/Nekko/FHS/Videos/20080302-Nekko-aSubtleFHSmorning-divx.avi|aSubtleFHSmorning]]]] [[[[[Nekko/FHS/Videos/aSubtleFHSmorning.jpg]]]]] (Nekko performing a morning dance wooing ritual, following a patient night of waiting to be Held) 1
[[[[theora.com/Nekko/FHS/Videos/2006.|Erect tale]]]] is a common pre-sign stage, but is hard to catch on tape mostly because it is an early stage, not accompanied by vocalizing just yet, so I can't hear-and-follow. I have to see it and have the camera ready and near. [[[[[Nekko/20070917/06.jpg]]]]] [[[[[Nekko/20070917/13.jpg]]]]] [[[[[Nekko/20070917/30.jpg]]]]] 1
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1. Anything that would excite any normal healthy kitten: e.g. A fly crossing the room, starting a game with one of her toys, a piece of paper driven by the wind. 2. likewise, but exaggerated: e.g. the smoke of a cigarette. The shadow of cigarette smoke on the wall. dust moving with wind on the floor. 3. More of the same, but negative and paranoid-like in pre Feline Hyperesthesia Syndrome first response: Changes in the temperament of music playing. Commercial coming on TV with higher volume. Thunder storms. Fleas. (see detail in separate title). 4. My state of mind. She seems to be able to identify my mood swings quite accurately. Nevertheless, for the sake of Feline Hyperesthesia Syndrome, she spots quantity of mood while ignoring type of mood. If I am generally calm, so will she be. (barring other triggers). Likewise if I am generally quite in a light blue mood. Any energy expressed can be a trigger. Being over energetic doing things around the house, being happy and letting my body language show it, being sad or angry, upset, or irritated. She can mostly sense these moods if expressed verbally in a conversation with someone, including when on the phone and the other party is not at all present. 5. The state of mind of others. Mostly, fear and general miscommunication only, as with any other normal cat, only with Nekko it will bring about a Feline Hyperesthesia Syndrome episode. a few minutes later. 6. During 2003-2004, a bond between Nekko and Tally grew, and Nekko started preferring Tally over me as a sleeping buddy. Time correlating, the hypersensitivity described regarding myself was likewise with Tally. At the peak day in late October 2005, where she received 7 pills of 5mg during some 5 hours, it was during a big Crisis of Tally's. 1
1. best is Valium. The earlier in the attack I catch it, the less the dosage. 2. Pet her vigorously on the neck, thereby feeling her anger dissolving into pleasure. This might take an hour or even two. and may fail some of the time. If successful, the first sign is that she would bite me semi aggressively if I stop petting her. The next sign is that she would move away towards one of her favorite suckling OCD objects and continue calming herself down on her own in this way, and later fall asleep. She might fail during this phase, resulting in a re-growing Feline Hyperesthesia Syndrome episode. 3. Lock her in a small dark room with no distractions and noise. I discovered this one by chance when she attacked Shira mildly during a Feline Hyperesthesia Syndrome episode a long time before Feline Hyperesthesia Syndrome was diagnosed. I thought I was punishing her and locked in the toilet room. A very small room. After about five minutes I felt guilty, also I was alert to the fact she was not making any noises wanted to get out and was worried. I opened the door to find her lying calmly on the minute carpet surrounding the toilet seat. I left the door open, she was so quit, exhausted from the attack and a sleep, she would come out until much later, just sleeping there. 1
A Feline Hyperesthesia Syndrome episode has very distinct identifiable stages indicating the increase in severity level. Judging ongoing severity is important because: 1. Episodes vary in length, Longer episodes might evolve slower. 2. Episodes can terminate at any stage without fully evolving, with or without the aid of Valium. It is important for the immediate judgment call regarding the next dose of Valium. The grooming stage, comes as the last non-aggressive stage. During the tail-jumping stage, she hardly grooms, if at all. This video shows the transition period between the stages. She has a dilemma which seems almost funny: Do I like myself and groom, or do I hate myself and attack. She tries both in turn, and [[[[theora.com/Nekko/FHS/Videos/2006.|misses on both counts]]]]. [[[[[Nekko/pictures/20060323-groomOrAttack.jpg]]]]] 1
After a long episode where I was partly asleep and partly messing around with non-working video equipment having already fed her 15mg, the last 5 mg some 10 minutes earlier, she is still very upset and is caught in the last of the jumps for this [[[[theora.com/Nekko/FHS/Videos/2006.|episode]]]]. [[[[[Nekko/20070917/04.jpg]]]]] [[[[[Nekko/20070917/08.jpg]]]]] Here is yet another [[[[theora.com/Nekko/FHS/Videos/2006.|single jump]]]], and [[[[theora.com/Nekko/FHS/Videos/2006.|one]]]] or [[[[theora.com/Nekko/FHS/Videos/2006.|two]]]] more... 1
An [[[[theora.com/Nekko/FHS/Videos/2006.|erect]]]] tale is a very early non aggressive stage. I will need to be watchful to see if it doesn't calm down on its own or I would have to give her some Valium. It is safer to give her a small quantity of Valium sooner. If I wait and it develops, more Valium will be required if administered later. Since this is during the Video period I just give her her favored canned food. [[[[[Nekko/20070917/06.jpg]]]]] [[[[[Nekko/20070917/13.jpg]]]]] [[[[[Nekko/20070917/30.jpg]]]]] 1
Anger, vocal hissing, air looping, tail jumping, switching turn sides, as if it would help, always missing the tail anyway, all seem to indicate she has no clue this pain causing agitating tail is actually [[[[theora.com/Nekko/FHS/Videos/2006.|hers]]]]. [[[[[images/TrickOfTheTail.jpg]]]]] 1
As things grow tenser, she hisses at her tail more, and more vocally. When she is that upset, it is dangerous to come near. Still, Feline Hyperesthesia Syndrome episodes always have short calm breaks, and if things get that severe, I would be very patiently watching her with long persistence, holding the roll of canned food in my hand or down on the floor on a small tray, right by where I sit on the floor to watch her patiently. When I catch a few seconds of calm, I would approach her. If she lets me take her, she would stay calm and not attack me. She would express mild resistance when I shove the pill down her throat, like cats do when they are gentle with their owners. However, I can tell, she is very tensely restraining, for my sake, as she is well trained to know that I will not give up until she has swallowed it. Immediately after she did, she would jump very aggressively out of my lap, with force, control and agility showing I would never have a chance if she didn't want me to, and splits seconds later, when out of my hands, about one safe meter away, she would already jump at her tail, totally [[[[theora.com/Nekko/FHS/Videos/2006.|out of control]]]]. [[[[[Nekko/airBorne.jpg]]]]] 1
At the time of her youth she expressed hostility towards most house guests, but not all, and specifically consistent in her choices. She is only hostile to "marked" targets. I was never a target. three of the four frequent guests are. All other guests are not, except for one visit by a "cat woman". (the statistical choices seem to have gradually reversed goals in the course of developing Feline Hyperesthesia Syndrome except that I myself remained safe throughout). In simpler terms, it looks as if before Feline Hyperesthesia Syndrome, she would attack guest she feels uncomfortable with, where as after onset of Feline Hyperesthesia Syndrome, but not during episodes, she is far away from those she is uncomfortable with, but response is agitated and sudden attacks will occur uncontrollably, specifically because she originally felt safe enough to allow some degree of closeness. 1
Background: 1. I hardly ever give Valium when all is calm and no Feline Hyperesthesia Syndrome pre-signs are present, at the least. During such times, 1.25mg is very effective in making her sleep for at least 12 hours. This is mostly because she would hardly ever be awake if I did, and experience shows she would often wake up sharply into an Feline Hyperesthesia Syndrome episode requring more Valium, often enough, regardless. 2. Episodes are different in severity, which gradually grows towards a 'climax', with a winding down period. 3. It is difficult to judge severity during the pre-sign time. 4. The length of an episode varies as well, mostly in correlation to severity, but not always so: Some episode can start rapidly and violently and be short in all). 5. Being locked in the bedroom, where we usually sleep together, on a heated water bed, with as little noise distractions as possible, can calm down an episode, if caught early enough, thereby requiring less or no Valium. 6. Petting her forcefully in early stages, refusing her attempts to escape, can sometimes likewise calm her down. 7. Most important, the earlier during the episode she is given Valium, the less severe the stage, and a lesser quantity is required. 8. After an episode is over I can estimate its overall severity. Since episodes start low and grow, it is more important to judge "How severe are things right now". My scale has three such levels, 1.25, 2.5 and 5, denoted by milligrams of Valium, answering the following question: What is the smallest amount Valium I can administer and hope (based on my experience) that it might suffice in calming her down? Tactics: 1. Administer according to the scale, as soon as I notice an Feline Hyperesthesia Syndrome episode with 'current' severity 1.25 or more. Administer more as necessary. 2. Regularly. (as in that much/times daily). 3. Administer when known triggers of Feline Hyperesthesia Syndrome are anticipated, therby preventing episodes from occurring. Over time I have experimented with all of these. Normally, and throughout most of her history, the first strategy was used, except for upcoming visits of familiar specific guests. Certain frequent guests are more FHS promoting then others, with varying anticipated degrees of FHS severity, and I apply strategy 3 in such cases, depending on the guest. (most guests are 1.25mg worth, some are 2.5). 1
Becoming airborne usually occurs after the first few tail attacks. It is an early sign, as far as the aggressive parts go. Later, she would no better how to catch it rather than miss, which is always the case when [[[[theora.com/Nekko/FHS/Videos/2006.|airborne]]]]. [[[[[Nekko/airJump.jpg]]]]] 1
Being in the other room, I hadn't noticed she was no longer in front of the camera. She was vocal enough. if you correlate the voices with other videos, you can tell exactly when she is jumping at her [[[[theora.com/Nekko/FHS/Videos/2006.|tail]]]]. [[[[[images/adrenaline.jpg]]]]] 1
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. 1
Ever since the move to the new apartment, Nekko never has an episode when I am not at home. This bizarre statement I can prove way beyond reasonable doubt. 2007: this is evidence supporting the hereditaribilty of FHS. Episodes do not sprout in a non-safe environment, as perceived. Rather, over alerness to danger takes place with patience, until the minor irritation perceived as danger is gone. Then, the episode will start. She will even restrain herself from getting episodes while I am asleep, only to nag me to death for attention as soon as I wake up, punishing me for lack of obedience by attacking to her tail. 1
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. [[[[[images/MaltSoft.jpg]]]]] [[[[[images/castorOil.jpg]]]]] 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. [[[[[images/flies.jpg]]]]] [[[[[images/flySwat.jpg]]]]] 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) [[[[[images/skipper.jpg]]]]] 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. [[[[[images/lightning.jpg]]]]] 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|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. [[[[[images/JordanStrap.jpg]]]]] 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 an episode. 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. [[[[[images/guests.jpg]]]]] 9. a woman guest. [[[[[images/love.jpg]]]]] 10. 9 plus 7 combination and its implications. [[[[[images/coupleFighting.jpg]]]]] 1
Feline Hyperesthesia Syndrome is also known as [[[[theora.com/Nekko/FHS/Videos/2006.|Rolling Skin]]]] Syndrome. Rolling skin is the hardest to catch on tape. It diminishes on quality the further the episode comes closer to the aggressive stages. This one is a medium quality roll, not quite the exact wave that would roll from mid torso towards the hind, never to return forward. It is an early and very sure sign, even if it were not for the moan, which is a dead giveaway. In an earlier stage of the episode, I am likely to completely miss it, but if I do see it, I would immediately give her a low dose of Valium, count on the episode to have otherwise occurred, knowing its a sufficiently early stage that a low dose might suffice. More often then not, I will have missed many other signs by then, and give her more Valium 15 minutes or more later, once I know it was not enough to calm her down the first time. [[[[[Nekko/rollingSkin.jpg]]]]] [[[[[images/HandShake.jpg]]]]] 1
FHS first and foremost means hypersensitivity to everything. Nekko is alergic to reality. She is still a cat, which means, from the collection of things to be sensitive to, called reality, certain things are more upsetting than others. We don't really expect her to be as upset with a Dog as with a fly. But with FHS, the fly is already upsetting way more than enough. The mechanism, and this is strictly my theory, goes like thiis: At first there is some minute trigger, like a fly she couldn't catch, that will start the episode and put the mechanism in motion. She will not show ANY signs of FHS until the offensive trigger is absolutly gone. She might have eaten the fly a few minutes back, or it may have flown out the window, or she killed it and pushed it underneath some furniture with ordinary kitten excitement fury. She is eight years old though, and I already know what is about to take place. This is part of the mechanism of FHS. It took long and painful years of experience with nekko to learn that. Moreover, the mechanism dictates: The offensive trigger is as if perceived to be dangerous, and its presence can not allow the fragile state of being in an FHS episode while danger lurks. This coincide with the fact, that FHS is genetically inherited. Evolution logic demands, that if this peculiar protective quality of the FHS mechanism were not in place, FHS could not survive through the generations, and so can not possibly have been developed during the natural period of cat history. But there are well documented records of exotic FHS cats that were taken directly from the wild. The genes of FHS were developed in the wild, not in domestication like would be expected from experience with mental diseases of house pets and farm animals. I found Internet records that show reasearch saying that FHS is more frequent with Seam cats, himalayan, and other oriental species, and researches debate whether this disease, nowadays classified as a syndrome, is genetically inherited. If you know your genetics and statistics, this means a resounding YES. Much like CVA with people, if you have FHS genes it might mean that you have, say a 1% chance of actually getting it, given other cicumstances. But it also means that if you do NOT have FHS in your genes, you will never get FHS, regardless of the cicumstances. As for the circumstances, it is well recorded in many FHS internet logs that FHS sprouts between the ages of 1 and 4 years, always several months after a period of continous abuse of 3-4 weeks. Nekko has sufffered such abuse from a larger cat that was introduced to the home. It took me about three weeks to give up the new cat. FHS symptoms started occuring in a few months. Slowly, she would start conversing with her tail with upsetness, graduating to more upsetness, and agressiveness Violence towards the tail took about a year to develop. Nekko would also never have an FHS episode when I am not at home. Correlated with the above, this coincides with the fact that Nekko feels secure when I am around, as is evidence mostly by the fact that I can relax FHS episodes merely by petting her endlessly. She did get one episode when I was away. It was in late 2006, during a calm period, she had zero valium in her blood at the time, and I was away a few hours longer than I expected myself to be. From the caos she left, it was a short episode lasting only a few minutes before she restrained herself. As so often happens with almost the same exact timing, the full blown episode started occuring about a half an hour after I showd up, and was restrained by Valium. So it goes like this: It takes about a half an hour from the time the FHS trigger is out of sight, for the first external detcatable FHS episode symptom to appear. Detactable symptom, in this context, only means I can detect such sign with Nekko, as I have no other experience. By recollecting the events of the half hour before the episode started, over years, I can classify triggers to danger levels. The earliest sign I know how to detect is Nekko suddnly appears on my ear radar bashing her tail against the floor. This means she was lying down on the floor behind me, while I'm sitting in front of the computer, knowing she wants me close, restraining herself not to come too close, as she knows her state might cause her to hurt me. This seemingly imagined guesswork, is deduced from long experince. Nekko has repeatedly over years has shown this exact level of hostilty towards myself and others: "Don't try anything or you'll be hurt, I am now crazy enough to hurt you if you do, but will try to stay away as much as possible so that we'll never get to that." During the worst FHS episodes, in 2003 and 2004, before I knew it was FHS, episode were very wild, vocal and frightening. But you always knew that evading her was the easy part. She always took some distant corner, usually up on top of the high book shelving unit by the TV, which I nailed to the wall so she doesn't topple it. There, she would sream to the skies, jumping at her tail frantically, attacking it with no end in sight, with me trying to stop her with a broom (ten foot pole?) until hours later she would collapse exausted, sleep for a good ten hours, be a cat for another ten if I'm lucky, and start over. Without being able to count on her being protective of me from herself during FHS episodes, I would not be able to treat her at all, and would be forced to put her to sleep like all the veterinarians suggested. Internet reports show this is typical FHS behaviour, and it is well recorded also with Nekko that being overprotective and overworrid about your owner is a well marked FHS symtom denoting the onset of a developing episode. 1
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. http://www.exoticcatz.com/carehyperesthesiatj.html http://www.felineconservation.org/husbandry/TJsHyper.asp?key=78 [[[[[images/ExoticCats.jpg]]]]] [[[[[images/FCF.gif]]]]] [[[[[images/candle.jpg]]]]] 1
In a rare short calm-break from an episode, she steps on the living room table, with the confidence she would normally not have during episodes, calmly walking past the Fanta bottle and approaching me. She makes a calm pose of near yawning, but the tail tells all. She suddenly jumps at the tail. Her body spins around, and she hits the Fanta bottle. The interesting part follows: Having been thrown off the Feline Hyperesthesia Syndrome episode for just a few seconds, from the surprise of having knocked the bottle down, she approaches it with care, until she notices it is an inanimated object. Only then, the tail can start wagging again, and on she goes with the Feline Hyperesthesia Syndrome [[[[theora.com/Nekko/FHS/Videos/2006.|episode]]]]. [[[[[images/Fanta.jpg]]]]] 1
In the beginning of 2006, Nekko and I moved to a new apartment. The period surrounding the move was packed of stressful event, with many severe and frequent episodes of Feline Hyperesthesia Syndrome. A week after the move, Nekko suddenly calmed down. Several weeks later, new events took place that trigger new episodes. The new episodes are generally much lower in severity and frequency, except that highest severity episodes are even higher in severity, even though they are rare. Since that time, Nekko would never have an episode when I enter the apartment, having been out. Over time, as I became more alert to this fact, it slowly also became clearer from the looks of the place when I return, that no episode had occurred while I was away. I gradually felt more comfortable leaving the place for longer periods of time. Still, no episodes when I am not in. 1
In the first stage involving self attacking she would only attack her tail and miss most of the time. In next stage, she will lay down angry. From this position it has a better chance of staying close to where it was when she started the jump and she would miss it less often. Attacking the legs is a more [[[[theora.com/Nekko/FHS/Videos/2006.|severe stage]]]]. [[[[[Nekko/attackingHindLegs.jpg]]]]] 1
In this video, during a Feline Hyperesthesia Syndrome episode and immediately after a short series of self-attacks, and while she is still quite upset, I hurry to try and provoke her with the camera, and she does attack it several times, at first! some intro on events today: After she started with few Feline Hyperesthesia Syndrome symptoms, I decided to completely refuse her demand for attention which are typical at that stage. Sometimes this would calm her down, Today, I didn't want her to calm down, so I have enough events for taping videos. I carefully point the camera (mounted on a long stick), while watching the computer screen so she notices as little as possible that I am even with her, and pretend being busy with the computer while the camera stick lies on my shoulder pointing backwards towards Nekko. At this point, I approach her for the first time tonight, pretending to be enemy-like and aggressive. (This actually did prove more successful later tonight in the broom video). At first she is attacking the camera as she is still upset with the episode still in motion. Very quickly my newly discovered attention, as if reassures her that I am still around, and she begins to ignore the nagging camera and her face quiets down to an expression of total [[[[theora.com/Nekko/FHS/Videos/2006.|calmness]]]]. I give up, and the broom incident occurs a while later. [[[[[images/LogitecQuickcam.gif]]]]] [[[[[images/broomstick.jpg]]]]] 1
It is important that tactics are monitored, refined and improved over time. The most important unreliable tactic consideration is my power of observation: The ability to predict the upcoming 20 or so minutes. I am wrong more often than not, making sure I am always wrong to the direction of having given less Valium rather than more. The correction is giving more Valium later, usually at the expense of a bigger quantity overall. This is just a safety measure for my mistake and can not in any significant degree improve my powers of observation even after extended experience with many very similar episodes. This is mostly because episodes vary in Nekko's violent behavior in several orthogonal ways: 1. The time elapsed from the onset of the episode. 2. The overall severity. 3. The quantities of Valium given, and the precise time given, with respect to the then current severity. What I do is take a less scientific route: I describe in the Diary, to minute detail the context of two important center of focus thoughts: 1. The exact external details that affect my judgment. 2. What my judgment is, at the time occurring, especially focusing on predictions. (i.e. I believe this is an episode that 1.25 will suffice to suffocate, if I give it right now, because of so and so) It is also crucial in this method that no Feline Hyperesthesia Syndrome event is to transpire, without having something written on it in the Diary, with exact times and detail as much as practical. The valiumLogBook at least details exact times and quantities given, from which I can deduce the events, correlating with other experiences. With no Feline Hyperesthesia Syndrome activity shortly after, the next log will be long after, since I never write except during episodes. This means she was calm, and I can compare with the written environment and my predictions. If more events occurred shortly after, they will be logged. In any case the information is 'covered'. 1
It is with great pain that I shot this one: This video was taken last tonight. After the previous video, I decided that its getting a bit hairy, and gave 5mg of Valium, as a 'bonus' for success in making the video. I promised this to myself before this entire session. Nevertheless, some 20 minutes, after, when the 5mg would have normally been quite effective, she began a new self-attack series. While I was re-rearranging the video equipment, she calmed down sufficiently, and seemed to start quieting down. I decided to try the broom. I last used a broom before Feline Hyperesthesia Syndrome was diagnosed: In the period of the onset of Feline Hyperesthesia Syndrome, before Valium treatment, episodes were very severe Her then favorite Feline Hyperesthesia Syndrome episode spot was the top of a very high shelving system. She was way too dangerous to approach during those times. I used to use the broom trying to chase her off so that she will go the bedroom, where she can be alone in a darkened room. (This would wear down the episode quicker - small dark enclosed space). The broom then proved to be viewed as a major enemy during Feline Hyperesthesia Syndrome episodes. Outside of Feline Hyperesthesia Syndrome episodes, the broom would be just another toy for us to play with [[[[theora.com/Nekko/FHS/Videos/2006.|together]]]]. To this day, [written 3/2006], Nekko is very youthful and playful when not developing a Feline Hyperesthesia Syndrome episode nor winding down from it on Valiums. [[[[[images/broomstick.jpg]]]]] 1
It seems almost as if, if I were to now move to a new place, leaving Nekko, with the same surroundings, Feline Hyperesthesia Syndrome would be totally gone. Not a very flattering observation to absorb. Moreover, she will almost always bring about an episode, in the hour following my return, if I had been away for more than a few hours, level of episode obviously correlated to the total time I have been away. During the half an hour to an hour upon my return, having been away sufficiently long, a repetitive ritual takes place: At first, Nekko is calm, usually asleep, and becomes awake with my presence. She would then be upset with me, angry that I neglected her for that long. We would play like this together, if I am not too busy, she would bite me a bit, slap me a bit, nail-less, as she always does over-cautiously, outside of Feline Hyperesthesia Syndrome episodes. In the course she might ask for me to serve her some canned food. When I was away she could only get to the dry food. Then I would usually start with non-Nekko things, usually sitting by the computer or building some home thing. It is during this stage that she would often be on her own, developing an Feline Hyperesthesia Syndrome episode. 1
Most peculiar, at the onset of Feline Hyperesthesia Syndrome anger lash-outs, long before diagnosis, I would often express anger in response to her howling and sporadic uncontrolled recklessness. The term 'La Hedder' was coined, as a command from me, in a clear and loud commanding voice. It means 'To the Room', (in Hebrew). Within just a few weeks she started obeying accurately, once in the room, darkened and locked, she would relax or sufficiently be (later) controllable. To this day, I can always put a Feline Hyperesthesia Syndrome episode on suspense for quite a few seconds by simply expressing a lot of anger towards her. It is always at the expense of the severity increasing shortly thereafter. If she is already at a level of severity 2.5mg (this scale is well define, see below). I might not be able to approach her at all. I first go over close the bedroom door while she is outside. This is important because in the bedroom there is one place deliberately designed for her to be able to be without my being able to get to her. During most ordinary Valium servings, the ritual goes like this: I notice something that will make me start preparing the pill. This involves breaking a pill to the right quantity, or taking a pill out of a blister, or just picking up a left over, from a specific cup standing by the refrigerator. The the refrigerator opens so that the chilled canned food can be taken and wrapped around it. By then, she can know I am about to give her a pill even if she is loudly screaming in the distant porch, just by the sound sequence of this repeating ritual, and from her own mental state. There is still the split second event of discovering this event is imminent, at which point she will immediately run the the bedroom in a jerk, halting there, in a position still accessible by me, as if inviting, but safely close to her private hideout. Knowing all that is about to transpire I indifferently walk over to the room to administer it, without any rush. As soon as I cross over the well prescribed imaginary line of territorial space she makes a leap into her safe hideout, under the bed. It is a heavy waterbed, and the hideout is just a passage between the base of the head of the bed and the wall behind it. It is open on either side. I get to sit on my usual side, by the bed table, and put the carefully rolled food ball in a well known plate just by the opening of the passage. Her psychology, as perceived through my human filters, comes to play: I can stay here, and remain stationary and dancing inside with tension, I don't even have enough room to jump at my tail. I can leave the other end, neglecting any hope for attention that will calm me down. I can walk out, but what will he say if I ignore the pill. I can take the pill, and then he will let me do what I want and I can leap over on the bed next to him with joy and he will pet me. The choices are hard, and the episode is pressing, increasing in strength with every minute that goes by. The distribution of her selections is changing slowly over time. For the first six months or so, she would always take the pill by herself. So much did I get used to it, that when it started not to work so well, I used to sit for 30 minutes to an hour at a time, staring at her, until she would volunteer to eat it. It is 4/8/06 at the time of writing this, (despite the title date): She hardly voluntarily eats the pill any longer, and I only give her the option in mild stages where increase in condition is not obvious. Most of the time, she would take about 2-3 minutes to walk out past the pill, sit tensely close to me, and be alert. If I try to approach her with the wrong timing, she would be back in the passage before I finish phrasing the intent in my head. I must be patient and alert, a mood change of hers for just a few seconds of calmness is all I need. I approach her, she stays stationary and lets me, face expression consenting to the imminent pill event. 5 seconds later it is all over. As a bonus, I let her stay on the bed right behind, even though 9 out of ten, this is when she would mange to sneak in one more Feline Hyperesthesia Syndrome tail jump before the Valium actually kicks in. In more severe cases, none of this would work, she can stay in the passage for hours, always being outside, sometimes close enough to touch, but never letting me take her, point at the passage just to tell me not to try anything. Knowing the severity in advance, the tactic is simply different: 1. prepare the pill. 2. be patient. there are many 5-10 seconds breaks during this level of severity in the episode, she be be self-restraining - not noticing me much, or encountering anew distraction, or stopping to care about the Fanta bottle she had just downed in the Fanta video. If I am close enough to approach her then, we are all set. Once in my hands, she will do her best not to her me from ordinary habit, I guess it requires much more concentration at this stage to just keep the nails out of harms way (to me), a youth long habit she observed religiously before the onset of Feline Hyperesthesia Syndrome. Most sever, I am about to give her 5mg, she is totally unapproachable: 1. I go the the bedroom and close one side of the passage with the first blanket. One side closed, she will hardly ever insist on staying there. If she does, I close the other side anyway. If we are lucky, she will fall asleep there and the episode is over. But I must check every 5 minutes because I can not hear her like this. Just like Heisenberg, doing so might interrupt a calm down that would otherwise be successful. In any case, she would walk out at some point, and I would close the other side. At this point the bedroom is the best place for her not to be able to hid at all. I close it if she is still there. If she is not, I get to start yelling at her frantically to go to the room. She can barely hear me, being busy herself yelling at herself, with a much louder voice, while also jumping frantically around as she does. She still obeys. In the room, she sticks to some corner. I still have to catch a split second of relative calmness to get her to be in my hands. To date, there was never a case where she did not receive a pill due to my inability to succeed in administering it. 1
Nekko suffers from a relatively rare hereditary environment provoked mental disease called [[Feline Hyperesthesia Syndrome|Feline Hyperesthesia Syndrome]], Sometimes also called Rolling Skin Syndrome The most important and potentially fatal symptom is self mutilation. This happens while in Feline Hyperesthesia Syndrome anger episodes. During these episodes, Nekko is self attacking, I and others are also attacked, but not at all in the same manner: Others are only attacked as if from over-paranoid self defense, only when she fears an approach. I - am attacked in the same manner - but only if I deliberatly try to approach her, trying to prevent her from attacking herself while she is this agitated. Self attacking occurs in sporadic sudden jumps at the tail and hind legs during an episode, without any known advance warning, except for the overall judgment of the episode severity, affecting frequency and likelihood. Feline Hyperesthesia Syndrome episodes and self-attacks are very vocal and loud, expressing what seems to be excruciating internal pain of an unexplained source, seemingly at the tail. Attacks are strongest at the peak of the Feline Hyperesthesia Syndrome episode. are concentrated solely at the tail and hind legs. [[[[[Nekko/20070917/04.jpg]]]]] [[[[[Nekko/20070917/22.jpg]]]]] 1
Nekko was born on or around December of 2000. I picked her up from the street. Nekko and I lived alone, mostly, until April 2002. April 2002: Tally, age 40, and Shira, age 10, move in. June 2002: Mishmish, their cat, moves in. July 2002: Mishmish is transferred out of the apartment. Reason: Nekko's suffering from his abuse is intolerable. August 2002 - December 2004: Feline Hyperesthesia Syndrome symptoms are evolving slowly and gradually to extreme. During 2004, she was impossible to control, with anger episodes scaring and dangerous to all three of us. I was using a water sprayer to try to calm her down for a while, a trick I learned from her vet. This worked for a while, but later start just contributing to her anger and severity of episodes. During summer of 2004, desperate with thoughts of putting her to sleep, while consulting with her vet, Feline Hyperesthesia Syndrome is finally diagnosed in November, in the form of a gentle approval for me to have her put to sleep. December 2004: After several trials, it is discovered that Valium works for her. January 2005: Me and Tally are hesitant whether I can disappear abroad for 10 days, and Tally is coached on giving Nekko Valiums. Tally and Nekko are bonding, we agree it is safe for me to go. By the time I return, the bond is strong, and Tally and I both treat Nekko as needed, whenever an episode sprouts. 2005 Shira is frequently playing drums in the living room, with my encouragement, adjacent to Nekko being monitored, and Valium quantities increasing. Separately, events are taking place which cause much stress and the upcoming separation of Nekko and myself from Tally and Shira to live in different homes. At the peak, she received Seven 5mg pills - totaling 35mg - in the course of about 5 hours of a very serious Feline Hyperesthesia Syndrome episode. October 2005 - January 2006 Nekko and I remain in the same apartment after separation. She is on average on 10mg a day, with a very gradual decline with high variance. A detailed log of exact Valium dosage and times given starts on December 28th 2005. January 2006: Nekko and I move from Tel Aviv to Netanya. The two weeks surrounding the move were worst. She was again on 10mg on average with 2 peak days at 25mg each. February 2nd 2006: After two weeks in the new apartment she suddenly calmed down almost completely. Almost no Feline Hyperesthesia Syndrome episodes were observed, and no Valium was given for 3 weeks. The dosage log book becomes a detailed diary or Valium-less episode descriptions. February 18, 2006: A singular semi severe Feline Hyperesthesia Syndrome episode occurs, not reaching self mutilation. I let it go without any medication. March 2006: Starting with the presence of a woman in the apartment in February, Feline Hyperesthesia Syndrome episodes are beginning to increase in frequency and severity, with high correlation obvious. Late March: In an attempt to document on Video Feline Hyperesthesia Syndrome episodes, I stop giving her Valiums. She gradually builds up anger and episodes in increasing severity. The following week I manage to catch quite a few symptoms on tape. As episodes increase to the severity of before diagnosis, I start getting really scared for both of us and decide to start giving her Valiums again as needed. The frequency and severity of episodes past this period are much higher with a slow and gradual decline. March 2007 - overall valume for the month reaches 290mg, while a new treatment is discovered to work in tandem: Similar to Holding for kids with ADHD, I can restrain episodes with my presence. Over time, our comunication grows as I am geting used to holding her tight while she has episodes, feeling the tiny internal muscle contraction, signifying an immediately following knee jerk reaction on her part, requiring my resonse restraining her action, and so my anticipation is imporotant. All the while I am holding her quiter gently, while caressing her, only to be firm at the split seconds when it is required. Major episode, or long episodes which are overtiring for me, still demand some valium. By August 2007 she took 70mg. (for the month of august). As compared with [[[nekkoValiumLog#Statistics|April]]], where in a single episode she took a total of 50mg over the course of some 12 hours. At the exteme, I might enclose us both in the bedroom if I don't feel safe enough to actually Hold her just yet. With [[[life/msdbSearchText/story/degree absolute|degree absolute]]] - so I knick named this - she is under dedicated and close supervision. Any little sign she makes to denote escalation will be responded immediately with my voice saying one thing or another, therby distracting her from her anger for her tail. She seems to understand my desire for her not to attack herself, making her restrain herself better, and the reminding voice, occuring at just the right moment, amplifies this effect and helps her exercise better self control. 1
Nekko was diagnosed as allergic to fleas when she was about one year old. She had managed to chew on much of her skin causing major skin irritations and minor wounds all over her body, before it was discovered it was due to a few fleas left un-noticed by me. 1
Nekko's non-FHS asking for food ritual is self trained from early youth, clearly indicating extreme politeness and sensitivity. She would wait patiently until I get to walk into the kitchen and then let out two very gentle meow tones, with their very specific notes, and halt. In a year or so she became a little less polite: if I were to ignore her, she would actually walk over to me and gently byte me on the foot. In another 6 months she started also biting my leg through the jeans, gently, (never if it is bare), much like when she used to keep her claws fully retracted on my bear skin, even if it means, as it often would, falling straight down all the way to the floor, having just noticed that the shoulder she had jumped to sit on just now, is completely bear, being claw-less, it feels glassy. Nekko is not claw-less, nor does she ever need to ask for food. The asking for food ritual is an attention-getter mostly, asking for the canned food. There is always a large quantity of dry food in a separate dish. The amount of food that needs to be there before she asks for a refill has also gradually risen from about 20% when she was young to a near impossible 80% or so nowadays. The food reserves must be higher when one is less confident. She also knows how to ask for dry food in a separate ritual. It is a ridiculous stand off, especially lately, where I almost have no room in the dish to add any food to. After adding a few bits, she confirms she was asking by immediately starting to eat from it. sometimes I would throw away and clean the dish, always after she had asked for food. She seems to enjoy watching me with patience rather than nagging me for the actual food. This has been going on long before Feline Hyperesthesia Syndrome symptoms started. The accuracy with which she performs these personal ordinary-cat rituals, or lack thereof rather, tells me about an upcoming episode at a very early stage. This would be the right time to ask for confirmation by watching her intensely trying to see rolling skin, if I do I would give her a bit of Valium. 1
Notice how she grooms her forelegs on the FRONT side, which is relatively reliable sign of an evolving Feline Hyperesthesia Syndrome episode. Normaly, like other cats, when groominng, the front legs are licked on the bottom side, for later grooming the body. In this case, the fact that Nekko is at all sitting at that location in that position also tells me I had better point and shoot quickly. At first she is upset, as if she were just a cat. Suddenly noticing the surprisingly close and dangerous Thing - her own tail, that is - wagging, she attacks it. I think she suffers great instantaneous short lived pain that is triggering the actual [[[[theora.com/Nekko/FHS/Videos/2006.|tail-jump]]]]. [[[[[Nekko/20070917/05.jpg]]]]] 1
Running wild all around the apartment is a certain sign of a developing Feline Hyperesthesia Syndrome episode, and is somewhat common. It is easy to detect. Being totally out of control, this is when she would most bump into objects, sometimes with extreme speed, as if unaware that objects like walls windows or my body or head are in her running or flying path. It is very hard to catch on tape, mostly because it only happens one to three times at the very beginning of the episode. It only takes her a few seconds in the bedroom to come out of there as if all is normal, only the erect tail giving away that she is in the midst of a developing episode, that had just flipped stages to the next level. Despite what it would seem, The running around stage, which seems much more aggressive, is always an earlier stage than erect tale. During the running stage she would never attack herself. Only later, when she is stationary, past the erect tail stage or in transition, will she attack her tail. As long as she is moving around, [[[[theora.com/Nekko/FHS/Videos/2006.|running amuck]]]], or walking as if proud and in control, she would not attack herself. [[[[[Nekko/sprint.jpg]]]]] 1
She is not looking at me during the hissing. I am not at all present. I was in the kitchen while the camera was set in this second-favored Feline Hyperesthesia Syndrome spot, when this video was caught. Many internet owners claim their Feline Hyperesthesia Syndrome cats see ghosts during episodes. I wonder what ghost she saw when she turned towards to camera and [[[[theora.com/Nekko/FHS/Videos/2006.|hissed]]]]. [[[[[Nekko/airLoop.jpg]]]]] 1
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Strangely, [[[[theora.com/Nekko/FHS/Videos/2006.|chewing on bodily organs ]]]] is a relatively early stage. It resembles grooming in body language. Here is a mixture of both, as well as an attack on the tail. The fore legs are never chewed upon, only groomed. It is typical that when not during a Feline Hyperesthesia Syndrome episode, grooming the forelegs occurs at the bottom of the paws, whereas during a Feline Hyperesthesia Syndrome episode, the forelegs are groomed at the back of the paw. The hind legs are groomed at the upper parts, while chewed upon at the paws, sometimes stretching the fingers apart in a way otherwise not normally seen. The tail is attacked very forcefully and might be bitten but is most often missed altogether. The base of the tail is more subject to chewing. In later stages, the tail will also be chewed upon. This is a later stage that I did not allow to occur, even during the video taping period of two weeks 'without' Valium. Without meaning, she would get Valium only in one of several conditions: 1. A video was shot with much aggression, and she well deserves some relaxation. 2. The episode level increased sufficiently to the point I am not sure I will be able to approach her soon enough. 3. The episode level increased sufficiently that I think her pain is too much to bear or she night hurt herself too much. As far as I know, no other body parts are ever attacked. However, since Feline Hyperesthesia Syndrome automatically cause hypersensitivity to fleas and other skin irritation, many Feline Hyperesthesia Syndrome cats are reported to have been grooming and/or chewing on skin all over the body. I believe this is not a direct Feline Hyperesthesia Syndrome symptom. [[[[[images/Valium5mg.jpg]]]]] 1
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 [[[[[Nekko/20070917/06.jpg]]]]] 3. Appearing to be annoyed with the tail [[[[[Nekko/20070917/04.jpg]]]]] 4. Biting at the tip of the tail, sometimes to the point of mutilation, sometimes also at the hind feet. [[[[[Nekko/20070917/22.jpg]]]]] 5. Behavior may change from loving, to scared and depressed (these shots were taken seconds apart) [[[[[Nekko/20070917/28.jpg]]]]] [[[[[Nekko/20070917/25.jpg]]]]] [[[[[Nekko/20070917/32.jpg]]]]] 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 [[[[[Nekko/20070917/25.jpg]]]]] 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. [[[Nekko/msdbSearchText/title/sprint|Dash Sprints Video]]] 10. [[[Nekko/msdbSearchText/title/rolling skin|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: [[[Nekko/msdbCat/title/Worrying Obsessively|Worrying Obsessively]]] 1
The [[[[theora.com/Nekko/FHS/Videos/2006. 6.25mg).avi|hissing]]]] vocally like cats do when they are scared trying to scare the enemy off, only appears in later stages of an episode after many attacks have proven unhelpful in stopping the enemy tail from [[[[theora.com/Nekko/FHS/Videos/2006.|aching]]]]. [[[[[Nekko/hissing.jpg]]]]] 1
The file [[[[theora.com/Nekko/FHS/Videos/2006. hind leg)-800kbps.avi|eating hind leg-800kbps]]]] is a large download of the same video with higher quality In this video Nekko is literally chewing on her left hind foot. She is stretching the foot nails apart with control not normally seen during Feline Hyperesthesia Syndrome episodes, and is selectively chewing on 2 "fingers". It takes some watching to verify that its her leg (not her tail) and that she is actually chewing on it with her teeth the whole time (not licking nor grooming). For a record mostly for my recollection: I was about one meter away and watching her intensely the whole time It was 2 hours of shooting altogether while on the phone with Reggy and on the computer at the same time. The above is what I saw very precisely, not an analysis of the video. This has not occurred throughout the period she was treated with Valium. Beforehand, it was not observed, but in veterinary inspection wounds were found between the nail of a hind leg (I forget which one). Strangly, I never saw Nekko excercising this ritual with the left leg. Always the [[[[theora.com/Nekko/FHS/Videos/2006. hind leg).avi|right]]]]. [[[[[Nekko/20070917/22.jpg]]]]] 1
The microphone is part of the Logitec Quickcam. When volume is high, the mic break down with a distinctive equipment malfunction noise. Notice the camera is about a meter away. The sound was so [[[[theora.com/Nekko/FHS/Videos/2006.|loud]]]] the shear volume got me real scared, although there was not much to be scared of. [[[[[images/LogitecQuickcam.gif]]]]] 1
The recording is live, unedited. I speak Hebrew and can tell about the imminent tail-jump from the way she is grooming [[[[theora.com/Nekko/FHS/Videos/2006.|herself]]]]. [[[[[Nekko/signNattack.jpg]]]]] 1
The switch from anger to calmness is - somtimes(!) - just as quick, sudden and surprising, as the [[[[theora.com/Nekko/FHS/Videos/2006.|switch]]]] from calmness to anger. [[[[[Nekko/calmBreak.jpg]]]]] 1
The theory behind Nekko's behaviouristic treatment is an independent theory called [[[noSoul/msdbCat/title/Nekko|noSoul]]] [[[[[images/wired.jpg]]]]] 1
The thing which is scaring the guest to a point of shock is the fact that the equipment with which I am petting his fresh wounds was readily available on the living room table. 1
The unit of administration is the lowest quantity that can possibly have some affect. I started with 1.25mg, some rough periods are 2.5mg. During a few months in the end of 2005 it was 5mg. First and most important rule is useless, except as a general guideline: Never give her Valium, but if a Feline Hyperesthesia Syndrome episode will start in a half an hour, give her the lowest unit right now. From my experience with Nekko, I am certain that if this rule could be followed, it will yield perfect results, with the minimum quantities of Valium administered. 1
There used to be her favored seat, where if a guest would sit there they would almost automatically become a target for head biting, given enough time. Except for Tally, who live in the house and she was frinds with and comfortable, and would also be subject to head biting on the sofa. Then there was me, who would simply not allow it as the Feline Hyperesthesia Syndrome episode stage is so immature, that ordinary owner-cat communication can take place with her cooperation. At first there is the watchful intent. Then she starts chewing at the hair, with mild I-wanna-throw-up-like obsession, like cats do when they chew on grass. Next, a small nibble at the head, as if testing the grounds. The a gradual and slow increase in the strength and frequency of the biting. If I were fast asleep, I would be awake by then, letting my wake up laziness yield to her until it feels un-educational to let her continue. With other guests, they would have to be yielding to get to this point, and I would have to be away or distracted to let things go this far. At this point I will surely chase her off, which is easy to do at this stage. When chased off, most often she would run wild, as if I am very scary, and might disappear in the other room in a split second, thereby marking the next stage in the episode. If I follow quickly to close the door and leave her in near silent darkness, I might prevent the episode and she would relax there. More often than not, a full blown Feline Hyperesthesia Syndrome episode will follow in 15 to 30 minutes. 1
This has been reported as typical Feline Hyperesthesia Syndrome behavior, but with high variance, unlike most typical Feline Hyperesthesia Syndrome symptoms. With Nekko it seems very extreme. She was only worried in this way about myself and Tally, throughout her entire Feline Hyperesthesia Syndrome history. It happens, if at all, as the first first identifiable sign of an upcoming episode. It start with extreme gentleness, too obvious to miss, and as such is a dead giveaway sign for an upcoming Feline Hyperesthesia Syndrome episode. "Watching over me" usually occurs when I am stationary for long periods, which happens only when working on the computer, or when I am asleep. In each case, if she did start "watching over", it will likely develop into a Feline Hyperesthesia Syndrome episode, the next step being still semi gentle. If on the computer, she would first sit on the table nearby, staring at me for long minutes, then she would jump at my lap, and restlessly continue to find the right position to sit never really stopping this minor body language motion, often biting my typing hands with increasing force and obsession, until I chase her away. This being the case, she would now be angry also with me, and shortly express it by attacking her tail in screams. When asleep, she would sit silently very close to my head, staring at it for several long minutes. Then she would start chewing on the hair, like cats do to grass. Then she would take a very gentle bite at the head. (She has also gotten this far with several receptive guests, while I was not watching). I am by then wide, awake, alert, and trying my best to pretend that none of the above is true. She know it of course, but lets her obsession prevail. The bites would increase in strength and frequency until such time that I decide that my head has suffered enough for the sake of studying Feline Hyperesthesia Syndrome. On the Internet this is referred to as "attacking heads". It is important to note that with my experience with Nekko, this is a much earlier stage of an episode, it is an obsession, and not an attack by any means, and is not at a stage where she is violent at all. The head bites will become gradually intolerable long before she becomes aggressive, thereby providing an automatic safety mechanism that can be relied upon even during sleep. 1
This is just a notion of mine that helps me understand Feline Hyperesthesia Syndrome. When not during episodes, Nekko is just an ordinary cat, playful, healthy, eats, drinks, goes to the bathroom and sleeps just like any other cat would. Nowadays, this is most of the time. During previous much worse periods, this was still some five hours in the day, even in bad days. During episodes she gradually becomes a completely different cat. Not nearly as alert to real surroundings in a coherent way, at the same time over-alert and jittery with every minor irritation or distraction. From a totally different perspective, the split personality notion takes a different tone when an episode becomes severe: Nekko is literally attacking herself as if specific certain parts of her body are viewed as the pain causing enemy. 1
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. [[[[[Nekko/20070917/06.jpg]]]]] [[[[[Nekko/20070917/13.jpg]]]]] [[[[[Nekko/20070917/30.jpg]]]]] [[[NekkoDiary/msdbSearchText/story/dolphin|diary]]] [[[nekkoValiumLog/msdbSearchText/comment/dolphin|valium log book]]] 1
To start with, I am not a vet: Everything that follows is conjecture based on my own experiences with one cat. It is always environmental irritations that will spring Feline Hyperesthesia Syndrome episodes. All such irritations will irritate every cat, and it is easy to discover what irritates your own cat the most. It is unfortunate that I found Valium to be a practical solution for Nekko while the ideas that follow seem to be much more powerful, yet near impossible to adhere to. Any distraction can spring a Feline Hyperesthesia Syndrome episode. It is best to take the paranoid pre-assumption that your cat is simply allergic to just about everything. Avoid Sudden noises: A motorcycle going by at high speed. A commercial switch on TV usually bumps up the volume. Thunders. Persons accidentally making noise by falling or bumping into furniture. Avoid animated distractions: Absolutely no cats, no kittens, no breeding. Never allow your cat to notice a fly or other insect. No mice. Avoid semi-animated distractions: A catnip toy. A toy constructed from animal fur. (Shadow of cigarette smoke on the wall also drives Nekko crazy). Dogs: Many dogs are pleasant to cats. Boxers, for example, are known for this, by breed. A motherly Dog can be great help and comfort, but juxtapose this with the above and be extremely cautious. If you can move to the country, and have the cat stay indoors there, it is best. Do not move to a busy city. If you do, stay at high floors, where the street is distant, or move to a quiet street. Absolutely no fleas. It is best to de-flea on a regular basis regardless of whether fleas are detected. Fleas are likely to cause major skin problems mostly due to your cat's obsession trying to be rid of them. Fleas enter your home through you: The eggs are stuck on your shoes, fall off to the carpet, hatch, and leap to the cat. Keep Valium on the shelf. Never hesitate in a time consuming manner in this respect. If in the end you gave her Valium to offset an episode, it is always better to have given it a few minutes earlier. Valium is harmful to the LIVER and can be FATAL. If you are using Valium often (like I do) close supervision of the liver is imperative. Only try medical treatments of which the effects are near immediate. Keep written detailed information and review recent events frequently. 1
Videos were taken mostly during a period of two weeks where she was not given any Valiums, and I did not give any support for her distress, so that I can obtain better videos. At other times, when she is treated with Valium, she never has episodes that develop to any meaningful extent. It is important to note that my safety measures are based on a long experience with Nekko, and I was comfortable at all times that the severity of an episode is not truly harmful, nor dangerous to me, within at least about 15 minutes. Enough time to have Valium working if I decide to halt the episode. The camera is a Logitec Quickcam computer camera mounted on a long stick for aiming. [[[[[images/cameraGun.jpg]]]]] [[[[[images/cameraGun2.jpg]]]]] [[[[[images/cameraGun3.bmp]]]]] [[[[[images/cameraGun3.jpg]]]]] [[[[[images/LogitecQuickcam.gif]]]]] [[[[[images/broomstick.jpg]]]]] 1
Wednesday, November 17, 2004 [[[[[Nekko/finalReport.jpg]]]]] The Hebrew University of Jerusalem Koret School of Veterinary Medicine Summary of disease and treatment instructions for the owner ------------------------------------------------ [empty]. . . . Summary of Disease: ------------------------------ Nekko arrived at the hospital after referral from her veterinarian, following complaints of being overly aggressive and personal attacks targeting the tail and hind. Physical inspection of the tail area - no pathological findings. In an X-Ray of the dorsal, waist and tail spine - no significant findings. According to the history and the signs it seems to be Feline Hyperesthesia Syndrome. A syndrome documented in cats without any clear cause, and without any known treatment possible. The disease is described in the literature as aggression of the cat towards the area of the tail, much vocal activity, and sudden episodes. Nekko is released to the owners. 1
When she was about two months old, and we already knew the nightmares of bringing her to the veterinarian, she started acting strange, as if she was getting her period. Being so small, I asked the veterinarian to come over and have a look: "So what do You think it is?", he said. "Well, if it weren't for her being so small and all, I'd say she's getting her first period" "This is so" "So what do we do" "Neuter her" "Go ahead" "I can't. We first have to wait two months until something grows that I can take out" We did. 1
While quiet a few cats like this toy, and use it to mess the place up, Nekko will only do so during Feline Hyperesthesia Syndrome episodes, thought it was also a favored game, in pre Feline Hyperesthesia Syndrome times. 1
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. 1