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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.
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Huly is missing half of his tail because of this. We are not sure if his is anxiety or a neurological issue. He has an ecollar he will put on or take off. If he does have an open wound he wears the collar until it heals. He also will use chairs stair railing etc to help from biting his tail.

We have had some relief with liquid rescue remedy and during the winter I will wipe him down with a dryer sheet as static makes it worse.
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Huly is missing half of his tail because of this. We are not sure if his is anxiety or a neurological issue. He has an ecollar he will put on or take off. If he does have an open wound he wears the collar until it heals. He also will use chairs stair railing etc to help from biting his tail.

We have had some relief with liquid rescue remedy and during the winter I will wipe him down with a dryer sheet as static makes it worse.
Aw I didn't know that! It's so sad to see him go through. I'm going to watch him closely and maybe we'll have to get an e-collar if he keeps messing with it. There is most certainly an open wound. Did Huly actually bite off part of his tail or was it amputated? I am going to try some rescue remedy as well. We haven't tried that yet, just the feliway. He's wearing a collar with it on right now.

That's interesting about static. I've noticed with the climate change for the past couple months, I've been getting shocked a lot. We don't use dryer sheets, but I'm going to pick some up to try that. Poor guy.

Oh another question, when you took Huly to the vet, did you gain any useful information? I will take Lance to the vet, but I've read that people who have cats with that condition don't really find out much at the vets other than the diagnosis (unless it's accompanied by seizures or something).
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It is a mess. Huly bit 1/10 of his tail off at 6 months. We have felt spasms, it also gets worse with stress anxiety, and it twitches. We have discussed (old and current holistic vet) amputation tail but if it is a mental issue he might move to another part of his body. Xray were negative when it first started and how bad of shape he was found in. We also wonder if he has missing limb syndrome or nerve damage.

No one can pin point it as testing is negative and he shows signs of mental and physical issues. Holistic vet has tried Silca and it helped but not to a full extent. He manages it for the most part on his own. We call his ecollar his party hat and he has learned over time it helps and he likes his hat. I now do not have to tie it on as he will put it on and take it off as needed.

When he has an open wound as it gets to healing and itchy he gets really bad hence we have to tie his hat on as he will reopen the wound.
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Never tried thunder shirt because I think Huly would kill me lol.
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Oh and over time he has knocked his tail down to 1/4 to 1/2 size.

There is no way to properly bandage and if he does it again I might try honey but not sure how I could wrap it. Every bandage has been removed by Huly even if the vet bandaged it lol
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Oh and over time he has knocked his tail down to 1/4 to 1/2 size.

There is no way to properly bandage and if he does it again I might try honey but not sure how I could wrap it. Every bandage has been removed by Huly even if the vet bandaged it lol
Aw that's so sad. Haha yes I tried to bandage it after I put the cream on and it came off about 2 seconds later. It's on the tip too so a really hard spot. He seems to be doing a lot better now, not sure if it's because of the feliway or if he's just exhausted. Honey would be awesome but you'd have it everywhere!
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Aw that's so sad. Haha yes I tried to bandage it after I put the cream on and it came off about 2 seconds later. It's on the tip too so a really hard spot. He seems to be doing a lot better now, not sure if it's because of the feliway or if he's just exhausted. Honey would be awesome but you'd have it everywhere!
Exactly! Huly's is always the tip too. The hard part is he will not allow me to touch his tail. Only my mom can rub his tail. I think he thinks if I rub his tail I will start looking for something LOL. My mom is the one that felt the spasm as it starts at the base of his tail. Nerve??

Once Gibbs stepped on his tail. Gibbs weighs 60lbs and Huly 11lbs. Huly chased Gibbs into a corner and was boxing his head so hard Gibbs was crying. I had to break it up. I thought there might be pain so I checked his tail but could not get a response out of him. Injury???

Then when I sent him to live with my parents while I sold my house (construction etc had his allergies etc in rare form and he was super stressed) I had to fly to SC as he got real sick (stress), would not come out from under the bed in my room, and bit another chunck of tail. Once he realized that my parents did not catnap him and I brought medicine from my Vet here, his ecollar etc he never had another issue with being there. Mental??
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