My 1 1/2 year old cat, Penny, has started to run around and bite at her back paws a little while ago. I don't know if she is in pain and I've started to worry a bit. I have noticed that before and after she runs around & bites her back paws, her back kind of twitches and she acts normal again. Does anyone have a slight clue what might be wrong?

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    Take her to a vet. One possibility that comes to mind is that she is having seizures. Or perhaps there's a circulation problem in her back legs.
    – mhwombat
    Commented Jul 25, 2015 at 14:44
  • When you say her back kind of twitches, what do you mean, is it your back side just before he/she runs off? like this youtube.com/watch?v=L7shgb4Jcyk or is it more like this youtube.com/watch?v=-3mjd5vXsTY the first is instinct for attacking, the second is something is irritating it's back.
    – mpop
    Commented Jul 28, 2015 at 1:30

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Your cat might possibly have fleas. When this happens with my cat, she will twitch her fur where a flea bites her and then tend to jump and run to avoid carpet locations where (I suspect) fleas have jumped on her in the past. The chewing of paws might be an attempt to chew a flea she has found.

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