|Claire Marsh has lived with animals all her life. With a B.Sc. in Zoology and Ecology it is natural for her to have a scientific turn of mind. It was this natural curiosity that lead to her discovery of a new feline condition. Claire's 3 1/2 year old neutered female Cornish Rex named Jadzia was initially a very shy and nervous companion. Over time, Jadzia had a change in personality that lead to Claire recognizing the condition known as Hyperpat-itis, an usually high need to be petted. Claire thinks the condition may be contagious as her 4 year old neutered male Cornish Rex, Ren, also suffers from the condition although at a reduced level. He does enjoy some of the more 'advanced' techniques of Percutaneous Acupressure Therapy or P.A.T.|
I have finally come to realize why one of my cats needs (demands) so much attention, and thought I should let you all know as it is highly likely that you have one or more cats suffering from the same condition. Luckily, while chronic and incurable, the condition is easily treated.
Jadzia has a clear cut case of hyperpatitis, manifested in her need for human touch over specific areas of her body.
Description: Cats afflicted with hyperpatitis require external stimulation of acupressure points for their general health and well-being. All cats have acupressure points just under the skin all over their bodies. Stimulation of individual acupressure points will affect different areas of the cat. This additional stimulation can be applied using Percutaneous Acupressure Therapy (P.A.T.). The Hyperpatic cat will direct the human to the specific acupressure points in need of stimulation through body language.
Symptoms: A need for Percutaneous Acupressure Therapy (P.A.T.). The cat first asks for, and then demands attention and human contact. If P.A.T. is not applied, temper tantrums may occur. In severe cases, the cat may expire from lack of P.A.T.
Treatment: Instant application of the human's hand to the offered part of the cats' body in a stroking motion, with the lie of the fur. All cats should receive Percutaneous Acupressure Therapy (P.A.T.) when the cat indicates a need. The acupressure points requiring stimulation, and the level of stimulation required, will alter over time, so the human should let the cat guide them during each P.A.T. session. Advanced practitioners of P.A.T. may utilize more difficult P.A.T. techniques, if they know the cat well. Skilled practitioners of P.A.T. often find that the therapy results in purring from the cat.
Length and Frequency: While an immediate fulfillment of the required stimulation of the acupressure points is made following application of Percutaneous Acupressure Therapy (P.A.T.), this will not last indefinitely. The length of time that each P.A.T. Session should run, and how long after it has finished another will need to be instigated, is dependent on how badly afflicted each individual cat is. Individual sessions may last from only one stroke, up to an hour or more. The length of time between P.A.T. sessions may last only minutes, to several days / weeks. Cats become aware of waning levels of stimulation to the acupressure points before they reach critical levels, so it is possible to put off a P.A.T. Session for a short while if necessary, although this is not advisable.
Contraindications: Unfortunately, it is not possible to build up a cat's level of acupressure point stimulation in the knowledge that they may not be able to receive a Percutaneous Acupressure Therapy (P.A.T.) Session in the near future. Over application of P.A.T. May result in the condition 'hyperpissed', where the cat becomes irritable and either vacates the humans' presence, or attacks. All cats have acupressure points already sufficiently or over stimulated, so the human should be careful to avoid these areas. Application of P.A.T. in an anti-furwise direction is highly inadvisable, unless the practitioner knows that the cat enjoys this.
I suspect that a very high percentage of the world wide population of
cats have hyperpatitis, covering cats of all breeds and ages. Occasionally the condition may be masked in nervous or shy cats, but once nervousness is overcome the symptoms manifest. Cats may remain at one level of hyperpatitis for their entire lives, while others may gradually develop increasingly extreme cases where they are unable to function without constant Percutaneous Acupressure Therapy (P.A.T.) at all times. Cats are graded from 0% (not requiring P.A.T. or human touch at all, becoming 'hyperpissed' immediately) to 100% (must receive P.A.T. At all times or hissy fits occur. These cats seldom if ever become 'hyperpissed'). It seems likely that hyperpatitis is genetically inherited, and thus the potential level of hyperpatitis in even a small kitten can be estimated from its parents. It has been suggested that 80 - 100% hyperpatic cats would make ideal pet therapists.
So, how badly afflicted are YOUR cats?