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Sun, Jul 01 2007 520 Nekko Nekko is my cat.
Nekko is diagnosed with Feline Hyperesthesia syndrome.
FHS is classified as a seizure disorder.
It is a mental illness.
There is debate on the internet regarding its hereditary qualities.
Immediately upon discovery of the actual disease in question,
I scanned the internet and read in scrutiny all accounts
I could find regarding this illness.
I found there is obvious though not universal correlation
between FHS and the type of cat. Eastern asian cats
tend to have it more often than others.
Also, I found that captive cats who were taken from nature
as adults, also have this mental disorder sometimes.
FHS is therefore clearly hereditary,
it occurs in nature and it is perfect.

Multiple accounts on the internet confirmed this perfection clearly.
All FHS cats, all over the world, of any race,
posses the exact same set of FHS identifying symptoms,
most of which happen to be very peculiar and easily identifiable.

This also implies that in nature,
or at least in some ancient time of the history
of cats in nature, FHS has - or at least had - its merits.
Evolution can not create a disease (to perfection),
unless it has some upside which betters somehow
its posessors chances of survival,
at least some of the time.
It is simple for this purpose, to think of FHS as a virtual
territory of dominance of sorts:
FHS will survive better then its absence in some
circumstances or environments or territories.

While the vets are clueless about treating this illness,
this information is useful.
Learning the advantages of FHS can help its treatment.
The advantages are perfect, and should be easily identifiable.

In summary of the above, I can just briefly state that
Nekko is allergic to reality in various degrees,
and is therefore paranoid, exercising behavior much
resembling multiple personalities during FHS episodes.
Identifying these individual conflicting behaviors distinctly,
is where noSoul helps, and were treatment is aided by noSoul.
Her oversensitivity can be harnessed, both for bettering our
communication and enabling me to better study FHS,
as well as for training her to deal with the illness herself.
The conclusions, thus far, are about as follows:
FHS is similar to epilepsy in its motivational behavior.
The seizures cause much agitation,
and Nekko attempts to attack the part of the body
that seems to generate the seisures.
This condition causes much fear, and as such, hostility towards any surprise.

The main treatment I took from ADHD treatment for children.
I simply hold her, making sure I am sensitive to any
involuntary muscles inside her body, those that cause
the agitation mentioned. Over time, Nekko has learnt
that this type of holding can prevent her agitation,
and through a Pavlovian response, it automatically
does, even if I do nothing else.
In more extreme occasion she will be treated with Valium,
and experience shows that the Valium takes effect immediately,
some 10 minutes before the pill is actually dissolved.
This Pavlovian response I call the placebo effect,
and was tested many times and never worked when a real
Valium is not present.
She seems to know the difference perfectly well.
The combined treatment is very powerful:
By early identification of even the minutest symptom,
I can treat her with a minimal amount of Valium.
While the pill is dissolving, she is already relaxed,
not letting the episode develop any further.
In less recent times,
this would cause a need for more Valium in many cases.
By now, I can judge very well the amount of Valium
needed, as it is automatically compensated by
the placebo effect.
Followed immediately by ADHD style holding,
I can gradually judge her agitation level to fall
below that which (from older experience I can tell)
the Valium is sufficient to calm down.
The net result is judged by the amount of Valium given, on average, over long periods.
An average episode occurs about three times daily (2008)
and average 15-minutes while Valiums of 2.5 mg are given about once in 5 episodes.
About one in 5 of those (1/25) are calmed down after 5 or 7.5 mg.
Before the noSoul guided treatment,
episodes lasted 1 to 3 hours on average, about twice daily,
with Valiums ranging from 5 mg and up,
with rare cases of up to 50 mg in just a few hours.
(cat metabolism is different and with veterinary guidance,
the maximum allowed is 20mg per kg per day.
Nekko weights 4.5 kg).

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