How JustAnswer Works:
  • Ask an Expert
    Experts are full of valuable knowledge and are ready to help with any question. Credentials confirmed by a Fortune 500 verification firm.
  • Get a Professional Answer
    Via email, text message, or notification as you wait on our site.
    Ask follow up questions if you need to.
  • 100% Satisfaction Guarantee
    Rate the answer you receive.
Ask Dr. Gary Your Own Question
Dr. Gary
Dr. Gary, Cat Veterinarian
Category: Cat Veterinary
Satisfied Customers: 19294
Experience:  DVM, Emergency Veterinarian, BS (Physiology)
Type Your Cat Veterinary Question Here...
Dr. Gary is online now
A new question is answered every 9 seconds

I have a yellow tabby that has always been very loving and

This answer was rated:

I have a yellow tabby that has always been very loving and wants to always be close. Recently, he has had some sort of issue where he acts kind of crazy. His back and fur starts to ripple then he runs like someone is chasing him. Tonight he was sleeping on my chest and I was just rubbing his tummy while he slept. All of a sudden he opened his eyes, had very large pupils, jumped off of me and sat by me. The minute I got up, he attacked my foot and bit me, when I said no, he continued to do that if I moved. It was like he had this thing about having to bite something. He hasn't been sick and has been eating and drinking regularly. Is it a neurologic thing? or do you think there is something drastically wrong?
Hello, I'm Dr Gary. I've been practicing veterinary medicine since 2007. I look forward to helping with your questions/ concerns.

Sorry about the wait, we have been having some issues with the site tonight.

It sounds like your cat has a condition we call Feline Hyperesthesia Syndrome. This is something we'll see rarely in cats. The signs you are describing are pretty classic- the rolling skin, running around, they're hyper-reactive to touching and they can get aggressive.

We don't know why this happens in cats, but we see these classic signs. There are a few options for treating- Prozac, Gabapentin, Valium type meds, pain meds. The one that I find to be the most helpful is Gabapentin. We use it for nerve pain in animals as well as seizures in some other animals. I find that it helps the most for this condition.

I would try to get a video of your cat doing this behavior and then set up an appointment with your vet to see if you can get him on Gabapentin. It may not be an every day medication, but it can be used as needed for the signs.

I hope this helps, let me know if you have any other questions.

Dr. Gary and 2 other Cat Veterinary Specialists are ready to help you
Hi Sharon,

I'm just following up on our conversation about your pet. How is everything going?

Dr. Gary

Related Cat Veterinary Questions