Lillibet is a flicky, fidgety, itchy and racey kind a gal and add to that a little bit paranoid. In addition to obsessive nibbling or grooming and running about, another frequently observed sign of hyperesthesia syndrome is a rippling or rolling of the skin on an affected cat’s back. “That’s because there is a skeletal muscle called the cutaneous trunci under the skin that is hyperresponsive when you scratch it,” Dr. de Lahunta explains, “and that makes the skin ripple. The skin can’t move by itself—it has to be stimulated by the muscle.”
Lillibet does this frequently throughout the day, but mainly after food, toileting or a sudden change or upset - like a flying Gracie! She does get a tat upset at being held or touched and is pleasant, but grumbles. This became worse after her Pyometra and the blood poisoning, as did her twitchy skin. We tend to stop her if we catch her by distracting her or playing with her. Calling her name at the moment is enough of a distraction.
It is a wonder if this is related in some way to her little Seizure type thing at Christmas? She has always been very unusual and that, in some ways, it's what makes her so endearing. A sweet natured, kind and all together quirky cat.