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    Please help, something VERY wrong with my cat

    My cat is almost 1 yr old. Today, for seemingly no apparent reason, he started acting very crazy. All of the sudden jumping while hissing and growling all over the place like a maniac. However, is not at all aggressive toward me. He is now scared of everything and had me convinced that there was something dangerous in my room. This insanely wild behavior has happened three times in about 8 hours. His nails are bleeding and sides of the nail seem to be flaking off/deteriorating... he tore out a piece of his fur that was stuck in his claws during one of the episodes and now he just sits in our bathtub with his fur up. He also urinated while just sitting there. I have a vet appointment in 2 days. Any advice of what I can do would be super helpful. Does anyone know what is going on?

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    Took him to vet

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    @[replacer_a] What was the diagnoses at the vet?

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    Quote Originally Posted by manydogs View Post
    @[replacer_a] What was the diagnoses at the vet?
    They're not sure what it could be without running more tests and seeing a recording of what he was doing. They think it could be seizures. I left him at the vet overnight and he was there for about 18 hours without any episodes. So, I took him home, and not even an hour later he had another episode which I got a recording of (and then 3 more last night). So, I'm taking him back today.

    I noticed that the episodes start with him growling very aggressively, then he starts chasing his tail, running in circles like his life depends on destroying it. Sometimes, he rips some of his tail fur out. Then, he does some weird howling/meowing noises and then, in this particular episode, he jumped at his food bowl and hissed and swatted at it. He then sniffed it, and got startled. It was then pretty much over. After these episodes, he just sits in one spot, completely emotionless until a few hours later when the next one starts. I did more research on my own and am thinking it may be hyperesthesia.

    Will follow up after today's vet visit

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    @[replacer_a] I can remember when my Aunt(now deceased) had a wonderful cat, who was her companion. The cat one day flipped out, and started doing just what your cat does. I had forgotten this. They may prescripe phenobarb for your cat. My Aunt's vet told her to get one of those plug in pheromone dispensers. This was the right thing for her cat, as she started being "normal" again, and had no more episodes. May be worth a try for yours. Hope things get better.

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    Quote Originally Posted by manydogs View Post
    @[replacer_a] I can remember when my Aunt(now deceased) had a wonderful cat, who was her companion. The cat one day flipped out, and started doing just what your cat does. I had forgotten this. They may prescripe phenobarb for your cat. My Aunt's vet told her to get one of those plug in pheromone dispensers. This was the right thing for her cat, as she started being "normal" again, and had no more episodes. May be worth a try for yours. Hope things get better.
    Glad she found cure. I did buy Feliway and plugged it in yesterday. Not sure how long it takes to work but so far nothing's changed. Next time I go to the vet I'll ask about phenobarb. They gave use anti-inflammatory medicine and gabapentin. They haven't helped much. What I have found out though, is that when I put him in his small cat kennel where it's dark and only a few holes to see through, he is very calm. In fact, I left him in there overnight and when I let him out in the morning, he was like normal again (playing, purring, eating, etc.). But it was only for a couple hours and he was back to his episodes. Thanks a lot for your comment

    Edit: here's a video I took of the last ~40% of one of his episode
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