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Kitsunetsuki is one of many abilities possessed by Kitsunes in the novels series used as their form of possession. It is a power that can be used by kitsunes to influence the people around them and affect their surroundings.
The Vampire Diaries Novel Series
Kitsunetsuki literally means "the state of being possessed by a fox." The fox, or kitsune, was believed to enter the body of victim-- typically a young woman-- beneath her fingernails or through her breasts. In some cases, the victim's facial expressions were said to change in such a way that they resembled foxes.