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She’s kind of arching her back and tapping her back feet

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The behavior you're describing, where your cat is arching her back and tapping her back feet, along with meowing and rubbing against everything, can be indicative of a few different things. Given that your cat is a 9-month-old female, one possible explanation could be that she is in estrus, or in other words, she may be in heat. Cats in heat will often display behaviors such as increased vocalization, affectionate behavior like rubbing against objects or people, and may assume a mating position with their hindquarters raised, which could explain the arching of the back.

Another possibility is that your cat is exhibiting these behaviors due to some form of discomfort or irritation. This could be due to a skin issue, an allergic reaction, or even fleas, although you've mentioned no flea and tick preventatives are currently being used. It's important to check her skin and coat for any signs of parasites, rashes, or irritation.

In the meantime, providing a calm and quiet environment may help soothe her if she is feeling stressed or agitated. Ensure she has a comfortable space to retreat to, with familiar bedding and toys. If she is in heat, this behavior may continue for a few days to a week.

Keep an eye out for any changes in her eating, drinking, or litter box habits, as these can be additional indicators of her health status. If she stops eating, seems lethargic, or you notice any other concerning symptoms such as difficulty walking, hiding more than usual, or any signs of pain, these would warrant immediate veterinary attention.

If she continues to exhibit these behaviors for more than a few days, or if you notice any other changes in her health or behavior, it would be wise to schedule a check-up with a veterinarian to rule out any medical issues. They may recommend a physical examination, and if she is not already spayed, discuss the benefits of spaying, which can prevent future heat cycles and reduce the risk of certain health issues.

Remember to provide plenty of fresh water and maintain her regular feeding schedule. If she is seeking attention, engage with her through play or petting, as appropriate, to help meet her behavioral needs.

If you have any additional questions, please don't hesitate to come back to us! Thank you.