Dear Vicki, My six-year-old Bichon Frise, Louis constantly chews and licks his paws and they have become red and sore. Our vet gave us steroid tablets to try and help this problem, but one hour later Louis was sick. Why is he chewing his paws, and do you have any advice? This must be a nightmare for you and Louis. I recommend contacting your vet for advice about the medication and vomiting. They may be able to prescribe another medication or something to settle his stomach. It is important to sort this problem as it will be affecting Louis’ quality of life. If the current treatment isn’t working, there are other treatment options your vet will consider. Dear Vicki, I recently adopted a stray cat, Frankie. When she goes to bed she grabs a mouthful of bedding and pads about on her cushion for ages. Why does she do this? Kneading’ is often a sign of contentment in an adult cat, much like kittens do when they knead their mother when feeding. However, there are also other reasons why a cat will lick or suck compulsively, and it may be that Frankie is reacting to stress. Cats can find changes to their environment such as a new home, as Frankie has, difficult to cope with. You first need to get Frankie checked out by your vet to find out if there is an underlying medical cause for her behaviour. If she gets the all clear then the vet can recommend a behavioural programme to help her to deal with stressful situations.