Q. I think my cat has feline hyperesthesia. He has all the symptoms. But I've took him to the vet and they give him flea medicine. What should I do?

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A. Feline hyperesthesia syndrome (FHS) diagnosis is established by ruling out other most common causes, such as flea infestation and pain/discomfort from flea bites, fungal/mites infection/infestations, food allergies. Your veterinarian is trying to rule out other causes before considering it.

Once it has established itself, this condition (FHS) doesn’t progress very much, and the prognosis is pretty good as long as the scratching doesn’t result in a serious infection.

If the diagnosis will be established, recommended treatment will likely include a behavioral component and some ''neuroactive'' drugs such as amitryptyline or fluoxetine, phenobarbital and or gabapentin. Your veterinarian will be able to help your cat with the most appropriate treatment.

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