Feline: Hyperesthesia

Caroline Ingraham Cat Chronicles

Breed: Somali
Age: 11 - Spayed Female

Cat Belly - HyperesthesiaSterre had constantly licked her belly raw for the past ten years, It was sore and permanently red. I was told that Sterre was nervous and anxious around people and that she had become depressed. Her pet-parent had tried almost everything; she head taken Sterre to a dermatologist, changed her diet numerous times and taken her to many specialists. It was later thought that Sterre may have Feline hyperesthesia syndrome, which is rare in domestic cats. Symptoms include episodes of agitation, self-mutilation, and a rippling of the skin when touched. The cause is unknown. Prognosis: Many cats with feline hyperesthesia syndrome require lifelong treatment or are put to sleep. Sterre had been on medication for skin problems and pain relief; Sporimune (chronic allergic dermatitis in cats) and clomicalm (antidepressant). Neither had worked so she was taken off them.

Sterres' pet-parent was worried about bringing Sterre in to my class in case a room full of students watching her would stress her too much. As soon as Sterre entered the room I immediately began working with her and from that moment she relaxed. Sterre choose to inhale essential oils for pain relief as well as those that support gastrointestinal and spayed issues. These included wintergreen, peppermint, garlic, wild carrot seed, lime, sandalwood and arnica CO2, which were her favorites. During the past ten years Sterre had never been seen to be so calm.