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CAT SPAZZING! Please help!!

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We're trying to figure out what's going on with our two-year old DSH male, Button. A little while ago, he started springing around the room in short bursts, and then furiously licking one of two places (either his right side near his ribcage, or to the left at his lower back). First we thought he had fleas of some kind, then we though he had injured himself, and now we're back to thinking he has fleas. He's really jumpy and on edge.

Our cats never go outside and don't come into contact with any other cats, so I'm hard pressed to figure out where fleas or another bug could have come from. Also, it's been unseasonably warm here the last few days (we're in San Francisco)...maybe that's causing it?

If anyone has any idea of what's going on, or has any suggestions of what we should do, I would greatly appreciate it. Thanks in advance for your help!

post #2 of 5
There's a condition called Feline Hyperesthesia (hope I spelled that correctly). Do a search on it in this forum, and you'll see several threads from other members about it.

Hope it helps.
post #3 of 5
You can get a flea or lice comb and comb through his fur.
If you see fleas or black flea dirt, then you have your answer.

This almost sounds like a mild siezure to me though.
post #4 of 5
I am no expert, but it could be some kind of bug bite. If you suspect an injury, place the back of your hand just over the area without touching him. If you feel extra heat, there could be some kind of injury or bug bite. I would try to get a good look at the area, check for bumps, redness, etc.
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Thread Starter 
I checked out the information on feline hypertesia. It looks very scary. I'm wondering if this might be the result of some static electricity that's been hanging around our house the last few days. I feel like every time I've pet him I've given him a shock. Maybe this triggered a mild brain reaction that will pass in a few hours?

I've been combing him constantly (it seems to calm him down...he sits for awhile and pants, poor guy...we keep trying to give him water). Nothing came up black or anything else. I've also checked the affected areas as best I can (he has really thick fur), and there doesn't seem to be any sort of bumps or redness. At the same time, with the heat we've been getting more bugs than usual, so maybe something managed to give him a chomp.

As of right now he's camped out behind the couch and finally seems to have calmed down. I'll keep you all posted. Thanks for replying so quickly.
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