I'm going to post on a cat forum, but thought I'd also ask here. Has anyone used a thunder shirt on their cat? If so, why were you using it and did it work?
Our poor Lance seems to have never ending issues. He has always had strange episodes where he is in distress, running from his tail. He will hiss and paw at it and randomly run from it. It's hard to watch. It usually happens for awhile and then will calm down for months and then start happening again. Well, it started again this week and tonight has been the worst we've ever seen. He bit his tail so hard that we spent quite awhile wiping blood off of the walls, floors, etc. I feel so bad for this guy and don't know what to do.
We had cleansing solution and kitty polysporin from the last time he had an infection so we've cleaned him up and tried to hold him in a blanket for as long as he'd let us while the cream soaked in. He was meowing every time I touched his tail.
To give some history, we have talked to the vet about this before but since it wasn't very bad he didn't think treatment was necessary. Anti-depressants, etc. are reserved for severe cases. We have tried a rescue remedy type collar (which was horrible because it said it was quick release and we found out it wasn't when it got caught in his mouth) and feliway plug-ins and sprays. I'm going to spray a regular collar with feliway now and put it on him.
It seems that he has feline hyperesthesia. Sadly they don't know what causes this and treatment varies from food changes to amputation of the tail. He hasn't actually been diagnosed with this, but has every symptom.
I'm wondering if a thunder shirt would help at all? He seems to be pacified when we wrap him in a blanket when he has an episode. Not sure if it's just because he can't see his tail or not.