Wednesday, February 18, 2009

Cats Have Autism?

The Sept 2008 Issue of Cat Fancy contains an article titled "Is MyCat Crazy?" by Helen Jablonski.

Cats are now suffering from a disorder called "Feline HyperesthesiaSyndrome". It normally affects cats ages 1-5 years of age. They suffer from increased sensitivity of the skin, self mutilation syndrome, seizures (staring off into space), dashing off madly and aimlessly, extreme moodiness, twitching, and frequently may cry out by meowing loudly. Researchers do not know what is causing it (other than possible extreme stress factors), but I did come across another website with more information (see link below).

What exactly is the prescribed treatment? Anti-seizure medication in combination with anti-anxiety medication.

Sounds like Autism to me.

In this same magazine there was another article titled "Vaccine Reactions" by Elaine Wexler Mitchell, DVM. I guess our poor are treated the same way when it comes to vaccine reactions -they are minimized and denied. The article stated that vaccines infrequently cause reactions, most are mild & brief (usually lasting 24-48 hours), there may be discomfort at the injection site, fever, lethargy, and loss of appetite. Tumors at the site of injection occur in 1 out of every 10,000 cats. The article ended by telling the reader that if your cat is sick for more than a week following a vaccine, it usually means something else and you should see a vet.

Proof that vets are minimizing the damages caused by vaccines too after reading that last sentence.

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

Also, lead can be a problem. I stopped letting my cat outside because I found the soil around my house had high levels of lead and he's ok now. Although his skin was bad and it was the wheat litter.