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Questions about Hyperesthesia in Cats

What is hyperesthesia in cats?

Hyperesthesia or rolling skin disease is a type of disease that causes a cat to have agitation, self mutilation, and rippling of the skin. When there is hyperesthesia is present in a cat, touch may cause severe pain. Signs may include rolling of the skin, twitching of the skin, biting or attacking the tail, or aggressive behavior towards the tail area. Some cats may have a form of epilepsy that causes hyperesthesia, but the actual cause may still be unknown. When a cat has hyperesthesia, questions may arise regarding the cause, treatments and cure. Below are some questions regarding hyperesthesia in cats that have been answered by Experts.

Will topical flea treatment cause hyperesthesia to become worse?

When a cat has hyperesthesia, using a topical ointment generally can cause other issues. Flea treatment generally needs to be given in a pill form when a cat has hyperesthesia because of the condition being inflamed by any topical flea treatments. Switching the cat to a non-topical treatment may help reduce the sensitivity in the skin as well as help reduce any itchiness or inflammation.

Can hyperesthesia cause anorexia or weight loss and what can be done to treat this?

When a cat has anorexia or loss of weight, the cause may not be hyperesthesia, but instead liver disease. When hyperesthesia is treated with certain anti-seizure medication, liver issues may be a side effect of the medication. The vet may want to test the liver to make sure there are no other health problems and treat any health issues that are found. Once the problem is identified, treatment to help the cat gain weight can begin.

What is involved with testing for hyperesthesia and what can be given to help with skin irritation?

When testing for hyperesthesia, generally other medical conditions are ruled out first before a definite diagnosis is made. If the tests all come back normal, hyperesthesia generally is diagnosed. The skin generally is more sensitive, causing the cat to react to allergies severely. Prevention of allergies may include:
• Flea treatments to stop fleas from biting the skin
• Benadryl to help with the itching
• Medication to help with the seizure type symptoms

What is the treatment for itching in a cat with hyperesthesia?

Hyperesthesia in cats may cause skin allergies to become more intense. When treating skin or other allergies in a hyperesthesia affected cat, itching generally is the focus of treatment. The cause of the itching may need to be determined before treatment can be started. Fleas, food allergies or skin allergies may cause a cat with hyperesthesia to become more agitated than a cat that does not have this condition. Treating the itch may help calm the cat down.

A cat that has hyperesthesia may have issues with oversensitivity to touch, allergies or anxiety. Self mutilation may also be an issue that causes concern for an owner of the cat. When dealing with hyperesthesia in cats, questions may arise regarding the treatment, causes or cure. Answers to these questions or any other questions regarding hyperesthesia in cats can be found by asking an Expert.
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