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Weird 'scratching' in my old cat, worried it's not actually scratching but some kind of fit

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oopslateagain Tue 22-Jan-13 19:20:51

OopsCat is 17, he's been doing this for about six months, not every day but a few times a week. We think he's just scratching, but it just seems very odd - he starts by just grooming, then licks more and more vigorously then does this full-body shaking thing - but he's still licking and gnawing at one spot. Then he sort of collapses and 'huffs' a deep sigh.

Is he just scratching really vigorously and wearing himself out? He's arthritic so he can't really groom very well, so we are hoping thinking it is just that he can't quite reach an itchy spot. It just seems a bit odd, especially the way he is a bit 'vacant' afterwards.

I've uploaded a video to youtube, it's here.

The meowing is normal for him, he's very vocal, he was telling me not to stand in the middle of the living room pointing a camera at him!

cozietoesie Tue 22-Jan-13 19:40:13

Are you grooming him yourself as well, oops? With that coat and his arthritis he almost certainly needs help with it - he may indeed have some awkward clumps that he can't tackle properly which could be the cause of the 'atttack'. (Just my initial thought.)

oopslateagain Tue 22-Jan-13 19:41:58

Yes, we groom him a lot - almost every day. Surprisingly, for a longhaired cat, he doesn't get the 'lumps' of fur that some longhairs get, his coat is in really good condition - even the vet said he is in excellent condition for a cat his age.

cozietoesie Tue 22-Jan-13 22:26:40

Beats me then. Maybe someone else has an idea.

(Keep it clean, guys!)


oopslateagain Wed 23-Jan-13 11:03:01


southdevondelight Sat 02-Feb-13 07:41:15

Well despite taking precautions, whenever one of mine does this, a flea has been the reason! Luckily the cats are pale coloured so it's not hard to root around and find/catch the culprit. Do you think that may be the case here?

Lonecatwithkitten Sat 02-Feb-13 08:05:55

Iam also going to bring up fleas. Whenever someone brings a cat to the clinic with these symptoms I find fleas.

thecatneuterer Sat 09-Feb-13 19:52:04

Sounds like fleas to me too. Or mites. What flea treatment are you using? Frontline has stopped working for lots of people recently as the fleas seem to be becoming resistent to it. Adovcate kills fleas and mites. Worth a try?

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