Feline hyperesthesia, known as the Nervous Cat Syndrome, it is a condition that many cats have. Although it does not put your life in danger, the quality of it can decrease considerably.
Let's know what the hyperesthesia in cats, what are its causes and, most importantly, how to treat it.
What is hyperesthesia?
The word hyperesthesia means "abnormal increase in skin sensitivity." It is a condition where the skin on the back of the feline curls from the shoulders to the tail. Sometimes it is not seen with the naked eye, and at other times it is not seen at all if not with the help of a veterinarian, but You will know if he has it if he suddenly starts running as if something has scared or chased him, and if he licks or bites the area very insistently.
Another thing I could do is start looking for things that are not really there, having dilated pupils during these episodes. In severe cases, harm can be done, biting, and removing hair.
What are your causes?
The main causes are:
- Allergic dermatitis to flea bitesThese parasites can cause itching and irritation of the skin.
- Obsessive-compulsive disorder- You may be obsessed with grooming.
- Stress- When you live in a tense environment, unable to go anywhere to relax, you can start to hurt yourself.
- Injury to the muscles of the spine- If you have damaged muscles in your spine, you are likely to end up with hyperesthesia.
How is it treated?
Initial treatment consists of Reduce stress level of the cat. To do this, you have to spend every day playing with him, giving him affection (without overwhelming him), in short, keeping him company. But, in addition, it is highly recommended to give him a quality meal, which contains high levels of animal protein.
If despite this, the cat still does not improve, then you could choose to treat it with antidepressants, anticonvulsants or with medications to stop the obsessive behavior.