Hi,
We have a semi-longhair Maine Coon, which we found as a stray (about 3 years old now). He was very friendly when we found him but had a bad coat, so we assume it ran away or was abandoned (why anyone would abandon such a beautiful cat is beyond us.. Maybe he begged too much at the table).
He has a rather odd habit where he will curl into a ball on occasion (about once a week it seems), grasp one of his hind legs with his two front ones, the then look like he's alternately trying to push his face with the hind leg (no claws, fortunately), or trying to pick something out of his pad-fur (he has "tufted paws" that are characteristic of Maine Coon's I'm told) All the while, he will roll around on the floor, and will get rather agitated if we try to pet him until he calms down (if we try to pet him, he usually will attack with claws). He usually calms down in about 3-5 minutes.
There doesn't seem to be any particular trigger that sets off this behavior that we can tell, but the behavior does seem a tad bit like a neurotic defense reaction (whatever that term means when applied to a cat).
Does anyone else's cat do this?
Thanks,
Jim
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He has a rather odd habit where he will curl into a ball on occasion (about once a week it ... neurotic defense reaction (whatever that term means when applied to a cat). Does anyone else's cat do this? Thanks, Jim

Since he is declawed, do you think there may be some declaw complications with the paw iteself that's bothering him? Maybe the vet could x-ray the paw and have a look.
Sherry
My 8 month old Brio (medium length hair, big bushy tail and long tufts on her feet) does that sometimes... and she's not declawed.

Her claws are clipped ... none growing into the skin.
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try to pet him, he usually will attack with claws). snip...,> > Does anyone else's cat do this? Thanks, Jim

Since he is declawed, do you think there may be some declaw complicationswith the paw iteself that's bothering him? Maybe the vet could x-ray the pawand have a look. Sherry

Apparently the cat is not declawed. I think the OP meant that it was a good thing that the cat did not use his claws when he had his foot against his face.
However, a phone call or trip to the vet might not be a bad idea. The cat may have something stuck between his toes.
Annie
He has a rather odd habit where he will curl into a ball on occasion (about once a week it ... (if we try to pet him, he usually will attack with claws). He usually calms down in about 3-5 minutes.

One of my cats at work, Harriet, sometimes attacks her back foot. It happens when she's in a bad mood. She'll be laying down, *** off about something, and start glaring at her back legs. Then she grabs her foot and bites it. She always looks surprised after the bite. She doesn't have anything stuck in it (indoors only) and there was always something that annoyed her before the attack. I figure better her attacking her own foot than my hand.
Liz
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He has a rather odd habit where he will curl into a ball on occasion (about once a week it ... front ones, the then look like he's alternately trying to push his face with the hind leg (no claws, fortunately),

I hope you meant he doesn't scratch himself, not that he has no claws on his rear feet...
If declawed, have the vet check his feet for complications. Botched declaws can cause some nasty problems.
If not, well, my Mom's cat does this when he gets all weird and wild and wants to play rough. He knows he can't play rough with his people and he is an only cat, so he seems to go after his own foot. This is often followed by a mad dash around the house and an intense stalking of his mousey toys. Then he lays down like nothing happened. hehe

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I hope you meant he doesn't scratch himself, not that he has no claws on his rear feet... If declawed, have the vet check his feet for complications. Botched declaws can cause some nasty problems.

A clarification. This cat is not declawed, as you can probably imagine if you've seen my 4 posts to the "declawing thead". I'm just glad he doesn't USE his claws when he pushes his face away with his back paw (maybe he didn't play with enogh chipmunks when he was young..)

Jim Witte
wants to play rough. He knows he can't play rough with his people and he is an only cat, so ... dash around the house and an intense stalking of his mousey toys. Then he lays down like nothing happened. hehe

Well, he doesn't mad-dash around the house after this - though he WILL mad-dash around the house, along with our other cat sometimes (very occasially these days, the other cat is about 18 and sleeps most of the time, dear thing)
It would be nice if he would play with his mousey toys, but ALL of our cats just seem to ignore mousey toys completely. I'm thinking of putting together some plans and building him some "cat track" (a la "The Cats House") this summer.
Jim
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