Feline Hyperesthesia

A cat’s tail is like a woman’s hair – they fret about it, you’d best not try to pull it, and it’s state of well-being can be an indicator of their mood (dry, dishevelled and frizzy… run!).

Many “cat people” know that their cat’s tail is like a window to their feline’s soul.  If their tail is waving, fluffy and shiny fur, then kitty is happy and alert. On the other hand, your cat’s tail whips around almost, and their fur is greasy then your cat might be suffering an illness – mental or physical.  A rising condition in cats today that highlights this feature is known as “Tail Twitch, or Feline Hyperesthesia.

Also referred to as “Rolling Skin” syndrome, this affliction is a skin sensitivity. The nerve issue that causes cats to bite, lick or scratch their tails.  Some cat owners have found this behavior quite hilarious. It can be a debilitating disorder that interrupts your cat’s daily life.


 

 

“tail twitch” & nerve disorders in cats

What is hyperesthesia?

Feline Hyperesthesia is a very new, misunderstood disorder.  Not a lot of information is available for what causes hyperesthesia in cats, but this condition has many associated symptoms with other ailments that might lend clues to its source.  Fleas, dermatitis and allergies can have similar causes to tail twitch – stress, anxiety, poor diet, infection or parasites.  It is important to eliminate these other conditions before proceeding with a potential diagnosis of hyperesthesia.

    Some of the most known causes of feline hyperesthesia are:

    Infection – whether your cat was in a fight and received a cut on its tail, has suffered from fleas or dermatitis, any skin injury or irritation can escalate into a nerve-related disorder like tail twitch.

    Skin problems that relates with dehydration or nutrient deficiencies may be due to hyperesthesia. An important note on this cause-effect relationship with skin problems: feline hyperesthesia is a persistent disorder, almost like a nervous twitch.  If you ever find that your cat is fussing over their tail then it may be due to rolling skin syndrome.

    Malnutrition – as with most skin & coat conditions, hyperesthesia is affected by your cat’s diet.  If your pet is showing signs like shabby coat and irritated skin, then, it may be due to deficiency of vital nutrients. These vital nutrients may include protein deficiency or omega-fatty acids.

    Seizures – epilepsy and seizure disorders can be linked with the “rippling” of your cat’s skin.  These small, often “shudder like” spasms on the tail share some similarities with seizures in cats.  Although, hypersesthesia is not life-threatening like epilepsy, it can disrupt your cat’s day-to-day comfort. Also, it includes loss of appetite, severe anxiety and insomnia.

    symptoms of  tail twitch:

    Hyperesthesia has been compared to OCD (obsessive compulsive disorder), and the similarities have lead some studies to look into this association further.  Neurological/behavioral disorders like obsessive grooming, phobias and hyperactivity can be linked to conditions like OCD and Hyperesthesia.  The important distinction between these two is that “tail twitch” is characterized by your cat “chasing, fighting or almost trying to escape from” their tail.  This unique and mysterious disorder is very iconic – once you’ve experienced it, you can discern it from other ailments right away.

    Some other tell-tail signs of this stressful condition are:

    • Rippling, twitching skin & fur from the tail up to the shoulders
    • Manic behavior, such as wildly sprinting from room to room, or wide-eyed confusion (signs of fear)
    • Patches of fur missing on tail and spine
    • Inability to sleep due to constant twitching
    • Loss of appetite
    • Vomiting, loosened bowels due to stress

    what can you do for your cat?

    If your feline suffers from similar symptoms, and you suspect your cat has a condition like hyperesthesia that is not undestood, then what can you do for your furry loved one?

    Although the prognosis is not very promising, there are numerous natural remedies and healing practices that some holistic veterinarians have applied to this unique disorder.  Treatments like acupuncture, soothing skin ointments and focused, one-on-one time with your cat can work towards lessening the effects of this condition.  There are some medications that are being used for dermatitis or eczema that have been used for cats with rolling skin syndrome, but that it up to your vet.

    Minimizing stress is the most potent remedy you can offer as a responsible cat owner.  Consistency, calmness and control of your cat’s environment are some of the best ways to improve your cat’s quality of life, which will also work towards reducing their anxiety and stress-related symptoms of hyperesthesia.

    Remember to always:

    Paws – Think – Act

    Why might my pet be at risk? How can I help my pet avoid this ailment? What changes can I impact to minimize the effects associated with this illness?

    Why CBD can be an effective treatment for your feline  nerve disorders

    CBD – or Cannabidiol – can be an effective remedy for your cat’s anxiety and help to relieve symptoms of skin disorders.

    CBD – or Cannabidiol – can be an effective remedy for your cat’s anxiety and help to relieve symptoms of skin disorders.

    CBD – or Cannabidiol – can be very beneficial for the prevention of skin disorders like dermatitis, and an effective remedy for the symptoms of this neurological diseases caused by stress.  CBD oils and treats can assist in the prevention of infections and reduction of tumors, lessen the effects of lethargy, gastrointestinal issues and skin & coat deterioration.  

    CBD is generally effective and it has been widely used for calming hyperactive pets, including conditions like hyperesthesia. Think of CBD as a supplement that can reduce anxiety, stress and nervousness.  You can take it, under the tongue, or applied topically to the affected areas.  One of the most beneficial components of CBD is that it does not irritate the skin or cause any hallucinogenic effects.  When introduced topically, CBD can soothe irritation, inflammation and reduce pain associated with skin conditions.

    CBD has the capacity to block pain receptors from being triggered, effectively stopping chronic pain or mental fog from taking their toll on your cat.  Cannabidiol does not just block the pain however, it can also reduce swelling and inflammation in the body.  CBD can be ingested, applied topically or added to food/water.

    CBD is a phytocannabinoid that has been shown to have a prominent effect on numerous ailments.  CBD does this by interacting with your cat’s endocannabinoid system. Almost all animals, like people, have an endocannabinoid system; this network of neurotransmitters is integral to physiological processes like memory, mood, pain, stress and appetite.

    CBD can help your cat by producing anti-inflammatory, anti-anxiety, antipsychotic, antispasmodic and analgesic effects indirectly. This is because, CBD interacts with your cat’s ECS (Endocannabinoid System) opposite to THC which directly binds to the Cannabinoid Receptors of the body.  This does two things: makes the positive remedial properties more bioavailable to your pet; and lessens or negates the psychoactive effects, such as those associated with THC ingestion.

    There are many things in which CBD is helpful. Therefore, one must include CBD into their cat’s routine. This will help your cat to maintain health and reduce stress.

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