Species affected: Cats
Background: This disorder seems to be characterized by pain in the lumbar or lumbosacral region in cats. The etiology may include emotional stress, confinement or lack of exercise and stimulation, obesity, concurrent systemic disease, nutritional imbalances or deficiencies.
Symptoms: Some cats may be so sensitive that they cannot be touched in the lumbar region at all; some cats may have mild seizures when stimulated in this region. There is often intense licking or over-grooming that can cause hair loss and eventual erosion of the skin; this may be followed by secondary bacterial infection.
Diagnostics: Diagnosis is made by location of pain on the body and negative findings for other skin diseases, along with a history that is suggestive.
Special Notes: Treatment needs to incorporate therapy aimed at reducing any pain in the spine, such as chiropractic or acupuncture.
Principles for Supplementation: Reducing stress and calming the animal's anxiety.