I have been suffering since I was a teenager, but I thought I was alone. I did not realize that millions of other people are lying awake at night, thinking (as I did) that nothing could ever be done about this problem. I am a sufferer of restless cat syndrome.
If you do have restless cat syndrome (RCS), you are not alone. Up to 10% of the U.S. population may have this felinic condition. Many people have a mild form of the disorder, but RCS severely affects the lives of millions of individuals. In order for you to be officially diagnosed with RCS, you must meet the criteria described below:
- You have a strong urge to move your legs but you are unable to. The need to move is often accompanied by uncomfortable sensations. Some words used to describe these sensations include: "full bladder," "kneading," "rolling," "purring," "poking," or "meowing."
- Your RCS Symptoms start or become worse when you are resting. The longer you are resting, the greater the chance the symptoms will occur and the more severe they are likely to be.
- Your RCS symptoms get better when pay attention to your cat. The relief can be complete or only partial but generally starts very soon after starting an activity such as petting, scritching, or feeding. Relief persists as long as the motor activity continues.
- Your RCS symptoms are worse in the evening especially when you are lying down. Ignoring your cat at night bothers you much more than doing so during the day.