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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?
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?
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.
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.
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.