My boy has a mild case of FHS, which manifests in aggression when he is overstimulated. The FHS is not a formal diagnosis since the protocol is to rule out other causes, such as allergies, first. At the time, Sunny and Shadow were still alive and all three rebelled at eating the hypoallergenic cat foodso we were unable to complete the tests.
In Sol's case, I keep a watch on his eyes, body language, and vocalizations. I deal with his episodes by first trying to divert his attention with a toy. If that doesn't work, and he starts nipping, biting, even attacking, I cover him up and move away or put him in the pantry closet in the dark for a few minutes.
Since I know for a fact he is allergic to eggs, I also minimize exposure to other common allergens such as milk, soy, wheat, and corn.
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My cat Sweety who is 6yrs old I believe has this. I was reading an article in a newsletter about 3yrs ago on this condition. I never paid attention to that my cat had this. About a week after I read this article I was really looking at her I noticed her skin rippling. I went back to the article and reread it. She seems to have some of the symptoms. I have never had her officially diagnosed. She doesn't lash out when her back is petted i or attacks her tail. She will sometimes just bolt through the house. She does go downstairs in the basement to howl sometimes. None of this behavior is excessive. The rippling of the skin is the most noticeable with no physical touching from us. She is a pleasant cat to us and my grandchildren.
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Thanks for all your kind words everyone! She is doing okay. She has moments where she is fine and other moments where she has these "attacks". Luckily she does not self-mutliate, so it's really just some very panicky moments for her, as well as the rolling skin where the condition gets its name from. I started Rescue Remedy for Pets earlier this week and that seems to possibly be helping some, but it's hard to tell.
"Feline hyperesthesia syndrome, also known as rolling skin disease, is a rare illness in domestic cats that causes episodes of agitation, self-mutilation, and a characteristic rippling of the skin when touched. It is often described as a seizure disorder but the cause is unknown."
It sounds horrible! I hope someone will have some info for you.
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My sweet 2 year old kitty was just diagnosed with Feline Hyperesthesia Syndrome (FHS). There doesn't seem to be any definitive treatment for it, but I was wondering if anyone has had any experience with it or even better has had a treatment that has worked for their kitties in the past?!
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