Feline Hyperesthesia Syndrome Treatment: Home Remedies

Nov 29, 2017

Remedies for FHS/Twitch-Skin Syndrome/Rolling Skin Syndrome
Feline Hyperesthesia Syndrome (FHS) is a feline neurological disorder causing cats to behave oddly for short bursts of time. FHS symptoms include obsessive self-biting, scratching, grooming, or running around. More indicatively, symptoms also include frantic tail twitching and rolling or twitching skin, for which reason the epilepsy-like condition is also called twitch-skin syndrome or rolling skin syndrome.

Hyperesthesia in cats is poorly understood and sometimes ignored as typically unpredictable feline behavior. Fortunately, the condition is rare, but for cat owners who witness their pet enduring rolling skin syndrome, the ailment can be unsettling. As with other cat skin conditions, any resultant wounds for obsessive behaviors should be cleaned and treated. Otherwise, keeping your cat calm and helping it to avoid any evident food or emotional triggers may help keep your cat's FHS symptoms under control.

Natural Pet Care Remedies: You may want to try new cat food for your FHS cat, as food allergens seem to be a trigger in some cases. Regular feeding schedules and sufficient exercise may help to keep your cat calm as well.

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Posted by Melissa (Alexandria, Va) on 11/13/2009
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Feline Hyperesthesia Disorder - I have found that my cat improved 100% when switched to zero-grain food. These foods are usually not sold in major pet stores. You must seek out the mom and pop shops or order online. Also, increased exercise helps.

Replied by Evie
Torrance, Ca

I just switched to a no-grain food that I found at Petco.

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Posted by Jean (Brooklyn, Ny Usa) on 02/26/2013

Feline hyperasthesia disorder : hello they don't really know what this condition is. I've a mature sphynx and he got it as he has aged. You can see it on youtube. Sometimes he's not too bad. In his case, it's not need for stimulation, I find, that sets him off. I am wondering if there's a homeopathic remedy I could try for this. He acts like he's itchy. A pet intuitive says it's genetic and occurs often in males/oriental breeds. Thank you, Jeannie J

Replied by Susan
Myrtle Beach

I cannot tell you why, but my cat, who has feline hyperesthesia, improves on a daily dose of Pro Pet Powder, 1 tsp, twice a day mixed with wet food. Without this, life is miserable for both of us since she growls and bites her tail, and sometimes flings blood everywhere. I can't take her off of it because the symptoms return. With it she is calm and happy. Not expensive and not drugs.