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He is licking the same spot and he isn’t playful, Cat,

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He is licking the same spot and he isn’t playful
JA: I'll do all I can to help. What type of animal are we talking about?
Customer: Cat
JA: When did you first notice the cat was acting this way? Does it happen all the time or only sometimes?
Customer: Today
JA: Have you tried anything so far that helps the cat with this behavior?
Customer: no
JA: And what's the cat's name and age?
Customer: Satoshi 7 months
JA: Is there anything else the Vet should know about Satoshi?
Customer: No
Submitted: 16 days ago.
Category: Vet
Expert:  Linda Simmon replied 16 days ago.

Hello, this is Dr Linda, a UK based vet.

I'm sorry to hear Satoshi is not himself.

Where is he licking and is there any cut or swelling?

Does he go outside?

Customer: replied 16 days ago.
There is no cut or swelling just since about 4pm I’ve noticed that area is always wet and he doesn’t want to play he was walking around meowing a bit before but he still ate fine and ran for a treat and no he doesn’t go outside
Customer: replied 16 days ago.
You can see it’s still a bit wet
Expert:  Linda Simmon replied 16 days ago.

Thank you for this additional information.

Licking tends to indicate itchiness which can have many causes including an infection, parasites (less common but possible in indoor cats) or an allergy.

We can also see excess grooming caused by stress.

Does the skin seem pink or broken?

Customer: replied 16 days ago.
There is a lot of fur it was hard to see but no the skin isn’t pink or broken
Customer: replied 16 days ago.
Nevermind I do see a bit of pink on the skin when I moved his fur yes I saw a pink sort of spot , not sure if it was one of a few or one on its own
Expert:  Linda Simmon replied 16 days ago.

Thank you.

If there is a spot, I would wonder about an insect bite or sting.

I would suggest we stop the licking (as this can make things worse) with a buster collar and clean the red skin with some salt water.

If very distressed, we can also give an anti histamine, which may help with itch.

Customer: replied 16 days ago.
Will he need to go to the vets or anything
Expert:  Linda Simmon replied 16 days ago.

If his skin is normal in the morning and he is no longer itchy, it is unlikely.

However, if signs are continuing and/or the skin is worsening, a vet visit tomorrow is sensible.

Customer: replied 16 days ago.
Okay it was hard to see the skin properly in that area as he had so much fur and got a bit irritated after I was sat with him trying to look but I will again in the morning
Expert:  Linda Simmon replied 16 days ago.

I understand.

This window will remain open so you are welcome to check back in in the morning.

Hopefully Satoshi's skin is back to normal very soon.

Customer: replied 16 days ago.
Thank you I hope so