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post #1 of 8 (permalink) Old 09-10-2011, 08:34 AM Thread Starter
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Should I be worried?

My cat is about 3 years old. We've had him for a year, and as two nights ago I noticed him licking himself really hard and noisily and then he takes off running at top speed. It was particularly noticeable last night around 11pm or so. I've been watching him this morning and he licks his chest then down his front paws and then takes off. Then sometimes he'll lick his back legs or his back and take off like a shot. He's been sitting quietly for the last half hour or so, but I assume he'll do it again at some point.

It's very out of character for him. It seems to me that something is irritating him and that's why he's doing it, but I have NO idea what it might be. Anyone here had their cat act this way?
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post #2 of 8 (permalink) Old 09-10-2011, 11:48 AM
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Whenever mine have gotten fleas they acted that way. Is he on a regular flea treatment/medication?
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post #3 of 8 (permalink) Old 09-10-2011, 12:11 PM
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It does sound like something is irritating him, and he's moving to try to get away from it maybe? Is he just licking, or nibbling too? One spot more than another?


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post #4 of 8 (permalink) Old 09-10-2011, 12:43 PM
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My first thought was fleas as well. My ex husband's cat always did that when fleas would start to appear in the house.
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post #5 of 8 (permalink) Old 09-10-2011, 03:40 PM Thread Starter
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Swimkris, my husband mentioned it might be fleas, and no we don't have him on a regular flea medication or treatment.

Fyreflie, I've not seen him nibbling or biting at all. I did see him scratch his neck once today, which I've never noticed before either. Otherwise it's just the hard licking and he's licking different places. Sometimes it's just his down the front legs and chest, other times it's his back and other times it's his back legs, and then running like he's being chased by something.
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post #6 of 8 (permalink) Old 09-10-2011, 03:43 PM
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Look under the chin for fleas also on the belly.
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post #7 of 8 (permalink) Old 09-10-2011, 04:59 PM
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Sounds like fleas to me too. Sherbert would do this the moment fleas appeared. he would lick a spot, or several spots then take off like a shot. repeat.
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post #8 of 8 (permalink) Old 09-10-2011, 09:42 PM
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Pick up a flea comb (a really fine metal comb) & give him a good brushing. If you see any fleas or flea dirt (black specks that turn red when you put them on a wet paper towel), then you'll want to give him a bath with some dawn dish soap & rinse thoroughly. Then treat him with your preferred flea treatment.
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