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Is Feline Hyperesthesia contagious?
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An_256426 posted:
A cat who recently died showed symptoms of Feline Hyperesthesia. He lost hair on his back legs, his back twitched uncontrollably, and he had manic episodes.

Now my female cat is showing the same symptoms.

These cats were not related, but they did live together.

Why do they both have the disease? Can it be passed from one cat to another?

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AMERICAN VETERINARY MEDICAL ASSOCIATION
Sandy Willis, DVM, DACVIM responded:
It is not contagious but flea allergy can cause it, and those little parasites are. I would have the kitties checking for fleas, even one or two. Dr. Sandy