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Jordan Martin | 12 months ago
Indoor Cat, Poop Smells Foul.We Have A British Short Hair, She Is 6, We Got…

Indoor cat, poop smells foul.

We have a British Short Hair, she is 6, we got her when she was 3. She is an indoor cat, has never been outside.

All we know about her prior health is that during her 3 years she was bred 3 times and then put up online for sale to us.

She is on a dry food diet, the reason for this is she does not like wet food and if she does try to eat it, she throws it up, we’ve tried everything from low end price to high end, she just doesn’t seem to like it.

She drinks TONS of water, i’ve had 5 cats in my life and i’ve never known a cat to love water as much as she does. We even brought her a mini water fountain.

She eats well, she receives treats, her weight is normal. Vet checks are all fine and dandy.

Bu I would say over the last 6 months she has had some of the most foul smelling poops i’ve ever come across, it’s an immediate stench. We empty & clean her litter box once a week. There are normally 5-6 normal looking solid stools, she doesn’t bury them and she never has.

Does anyone have any recommendations?

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Hello- Have you spoken to your vet about this during her regular visits? That is a good place to start. Also, be sure that she isn’t eating her own feces from the litter box….. some animals do that at times. I would also recommend cleaning her littler box more frequently. We have one cat, with two litter boxes that each get emptied daily. I would also ask abut bacteria or parasites at the vet. Sometimes these can be a cause of bad odors. Lastly, I would ask for information regarding digestion in general. Especially as your cat doesn’t stomach certain… Read more »

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Hello,
I am always very concerned when I hear about a pet who drinks excessively. I worry about kidneys, liver, etc. please see a vet. Your cat meds their help.

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Lorenz Mercado | 12 months ago
Hi! My Cat Is Super Hyper And Loves Eating.. He Always Pee On The Cat…

Hi! My Cat Is Super Hyper And Loves Eating.. He Always Pee On The Cat Litter But He Doesn’t Poop For A Week.

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Jennifer Taylor
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I would be very concerned if one of my cats was not defecating. I would give the vet a call. Best of luck. Hope you can get a plan in place to keep him regular. Feeding my cats a 50/50 mix of wet and dry has done the trick with my cats.

Jennifer Taylor
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That is very important information. Either of those could be very concerning. I would exhaust all resources in trying to raise the funds for the xray to determine what the cause is and how to treat. Some ideas I recommend are; borrowing money from friends or family, pawning or selling an item of value, or contacting rescues and area shelters to see if they offer any assistance to the general public. Best wishes in getting your cat feeling better.

Laura
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Unfortunately, a blockage is fatal if not removed. Please find a way to get your cat the care he needs.

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Chris Strickland | 12 months ago
I Have Two Cats They Were Born Last Year From Different Litters At About…

I have two cats they were born last year from different litters at about the same time and out of about 30 kittens are the only two that have this they both have what I thought was leaking anus but I have a lot of acers and so many cats that it took me a while to actually notice that they also aren’t a third of the size they should be ( and yet as a kitten i named one monster because he was so lg. ) they constantly have feces on their tail and back legs they’re too thin their hair is in bad shape and I noticed today that there fur is falling off there ears. I feed my cats very well as a matter of fact I have to sort of monitor the mall for gaining too much weight except for these two they can’t put weight on it all there undersize it’s horrible so if anybody could please help me with some kind of answer because I cannot afford to go to the vet I owe him money now and can’t pay him. Thank you Chris Strickland

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Krista Magnifico
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Hello,
Is there any way you could see a vet for help? I’m sorry but there isn’t enough information here for me to offer much direction. I always worry about internal (intestinal) and external (like fleas or mites) causing the hair loss. But it sounds like they need to be vaccinated and spayed and neutered too. So I think it’s best to ask your vet for some help before I make any guesses based on not having more information about them and their health status. I wish you the best of luck with them.

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Hello,
Is there any way you could see a vet for help? I’m sorry but there isn’t enough information here for me to offer much direction. I always worry about internal (intestinal) and external (like fleas or mites) causing the hair loss. But it sounds like they need to be vaccinated and spayed and neutered too. So I think it’s best to ask your vet for some help before I make any guesses based on not having more information about them and their health status. I wish you the best of luck with them.

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Kate Stafford | 1 year ago
My 1 Year Old Neutered Male Cat Has Been Singing The Song Of His People…

My 1 year old neutered male cat has been singing the song of his people nightly, starting around 0200. It’s actually more a chirp than a meow, but he doesn’t stop until the sun comes up. He isn’t locked out of the bedroom, food and water needs are met, litter is clean, etc. He doesn’t do this during the day. He seems to keep these shenanigans confined to the hallway or the bedroom. He just walks around chirping with the occasional half meow.

The only thing that seems to stop him is if I kick his brother (littermate and best friend) out of my bed and lock them both out of the bedroom, which makes HIM sad. Choir boy is happy to sleep in our bed any other time of day, with or without human or feline companions, so it’s not like he wants his brother out of the room because he himself is uncomfortable in there.

I should add that there have not been any food, litter, family dynamic, or even furniture changes. Nothing new in his world. What gives?!

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Hello, What an interesting question. My first thought is to wear my veterinarian hat. To look for any signs of illness. An exam and blood work (with urine and fecal) are where I start. From there we talk about behavior. Cats are nocturnal critters and many just like to party after dark. Many also get too much slee due to boredom during the day. So I encourage clients to try to mix up the routine and find a mutually acceptable way to get the entertained and tired during the day so they can sleep with us at night. Things like… Read more »

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Victoria Guillen | 1 year ago
My Cat Has Had A UTI Before And It’s Been Treated But She Keeps Peeing…

My cat has had a UTI before and it’s been treated but she keeps peeing on my bed, i also have 2 dogs, who she gets along with, so I’m not sure if it’s a territorial thing or that it can be more than a UTI, she still uses her litter box. She’s also a indoor cat, and a 3 legged cat.

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Good morning. I’m sure you have washed your bedding multiple times now, but have you tried a pet odor neutralizer? Perhaps your cat can still smell remnants of marking, and will continue to mark there because of that? I know that you said she gets along with the dogs, but dies she have her own space where only she and not the dogs can go? We have done this for our cat, who also gets along with our dogs, and it has helped with her behavior immensely. Sometimes I think they just need a break. You also may way to… Read more »

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Hello, This is best addressed at your vets office. Start with an examination and urinalysis,, too many people assume its a UTI and we have learned that it is only the case about a third of the time. diet, lifestyle and stress are all important things to discuss. also going back to litter box training, and safe housing for them away from other pets or loud places also helps. start with the basics, address stress, make sure everyone is spayed and neutered, no inter-pet anxiety is present, and allow your cat a safe place to retreat to. i also think… Read more »

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Cathy Testerman | 1 year ago
My Sister Has Several Female Barn Cats Who Have Had Multiple Litters Of Kittens. …

My sister has several female barn cats who have had multiple litters of kittens. I am willing to pay to have them spayed and vaccinated. Low cost spay/neuter places have a 6-8 week waiting list. I am willing to pay full price for the spay. I am looking for a clinic where I can bring them one at a time. Have them vaccinated and spayed. My vet is requiring a preop visit and then I would have to schedule spay. This would basically be impossible for me to do. Why can’t this all be done at one time? Trap/neuter/release programs do this all the time. Do you have any suggestions or know of any vet clinics that can accommodate me?

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Hello,
If you are a client of Jarrettsville Vet please call and ask for me or Jen. We can help you make this happen. And I often give discounts for getting a colony of cats spayed and neutered. I’m happy to help. Thank you for helping her. The clinic is 410-692-6171

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Laura Bekkers | 1 year ago
My Almost Two Year Old Min Pin Got Pregnant By Our Other Dog Neither Are…

My almost two year old min pin got pregnant by our other dog neither are fixed but are separated during her heat he stays with someone else our pregnant girl had some health issues which prevented her from being fixed and then her appointment to finally get fixed was cancelled when we discovered she was pregnant. This seems very irresponsible but there are lots of reasons why we didn’t fix and we’re about to and now it is too late. Any advice about keeping one puppy from a litter if you own the mom and dad??

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You CAN spay her while pregnant – it’s called an emergency spay, and it’s expensive, but it’s best for all involved. Please do this.

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Hannah morrison | 1 year ago
I Recently Adopted A Cat From The Local Rescue. She Is 4 Years Old And…

I recently adopted a cat from the local rescue. She is 4 years old and has been returned to the animal shelter 6 times and she was set up to be euthanized. I couldnt let this happen do we adopted her and now even with two litter boxes that are cleaned daily, she is urinating on furniture and blankets and really anything she can get too. We are taking her to a behaviorist to try to help her but idk what else to try and tonight I’m at my wits end. She peed on my quilt that my grandmother handmade me. I just need suggestions on what to do

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Vet first. Then confine her to one smallish room for the time being, and keep the door SHUT. Make sure she has 2 litterboxes in that room, plus food/water/cat tree. Spend time with her in that room every day. Behaviorist is a good next step.

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Hi? Thank you for saving this kitty!!!! Totally agree with confining her to her own space with multiple litter boxes, BUT I wouldn’t have anything valuable (like another quilt from grandma or special piece of furniture or something). And make sure to visit her and play with her and cuddle with her many times a day/evening. And I know that this sounds crazy, but my grandparents had a cat that the toilet trained (like actual toilet?)using treats, so perhaps when you catch her using the littler box a treat right away might help.

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I agree with all of the above. And start meds before you get to your wits end. These cases often take lots of time and patience. But I firmly believe that where there is a will there is a way. I wish you the best of luck. She is lucky to have found you.

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Katy Virasingh | 1 year ago
Hi- I Just Read Your Blog About Minnie. I Am An American Cat Owner…

Hi- I just read your blog about Minnie. I am an American cat owner living in Thailand, so communicating with the vets is difficult. I’m on the verge on having my cat euthanized (tomorrow), and i just can’t make a decision. I hoping you will provide information to help me make a decision. Sammy is a ten year old male. Here is his history:
Dec 7-28- hiding under bed with dilated pupils but eating normally (history of spraying and hiding- not a happy cat so I wasn’t overly concerned, I palpated him and he didn’t seem to have any pain and I figured he got spooked)
Dec 29- I noticed he was a little lame so I brought him to local vet who couldn’t find anything wrong but spinal bone spurs and prescribed him Tramadol. It tasted bitter, he foamed at the mouth and started eating much less. I believe his feeding aversion started here.
Dec 31- I found a neurologist who gave him an MRI and he had surgery for a herniated disc Jan 2, 2019 and was diagnosed with a spinal infarction. He had a hard time clearing the anesthesia drugs bc of his kidney function but it is now normal.
Month of January- Slowly improving in ability to walk but losing interest in food more and more, (doctor says attributable to drowsiness caused by Pregabalin for neuropathic pain) losing weight. (Also, had ataxia from reaction to anti depressant used as appetite stimulant.) He had to be hand fed strips of ham, I believe he developed a further food aversion from me trying to syringe feed him pureed roasted chicken at around Jan 31.
Feb 1- I asked the vet to put an E tube in him because of his refusal to eat on his own. He was doing ok and walking better until his tube fell out and he had to have a new surgery mid-February to replace it. Surgery and clearing anesthesia drugs is really hard on him. Since then, his walking was getting better but then it suddenly got worse and the doctor found that his potassium was low – it got better once he changed to renal diet and Renavast. He has also been on Pregabalin for neuropathic pain, Apolet and Kasavan.

March- His walking got worse again, and I saw him endure one small stroke but the vet was not too concerned. Vet said he has reduced blood flow to his back left leg. He had replaced Kasavan with Apolet, but then added Kasavan back into his medication regimen. He is not improving in the last two weeks with the addition of the Kasavan, he drags himself to the litterbox to poop but pees in his bed. He still grooms himself and responds to me but he has a low growl when I touch him- probably bc he is so sick of all the poking and prodding. He has NO INTEREST in eating. I withheld food for 18 hours this week and withheld Pregabalin (bc the doctor said it makes him sleepy and not eat) and still NO INTEREST.

About 4 times along this journey I’ve decided it’s time to euthanize him but then he perks up and I decide not to. He is normal other than not eating, lying in bed all day (bc he can barely walk) and peeing on himself. He grooms himself and poops in litter box. I don’t think he is in acute pain but his pupils are often dilated, which just may be from stress of being incapacitated. I have varied amount of PG I give him to test his pain, and he doesn’t to be in pain but I’m not sure. I haven’t been able to get him to purr for a week or so, usually he will purr at night if I bring him into bed with me.

The vet says 90% of the time cats recover from spinal infarction. He told me start physical therapy with him but I tried and he hates it and it just upsets him more. I can’t figure out if there is any hope of him getting better. Like I said, he has always been a grumpy, hiding cat and often would growl if you approach him to pet him so that is not new. I was hoping to give him a few last years of his life. I think he is depressed and I don’t know of any way to get him out of his funk, and I still don’t know if he will ever recover use of his legs or will just get worse.

ANY INSIGHT??????????????? THANK YOU!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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Hello, I am so sorry to hear about your cat and the difficulties you have had getting answers. I also want to state that I cannot, and will not ever, make a decision for a pet. That has to be your decision. You know him and you have to always be their advocate. It isn’t fair to him to let others decide. I do think that there are some pretty big holes in the plan as you present it. I don’t know if anyone did bloodwork or xrays or have repeated them as he has progressed. I also think that… Read more »

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hello, the feeding tube stays in for as long as it is needed. I always advise leaving all sorts of food options out at all times and using an appetite stimulant to help encourage the eating on their own. If you trust your vet then follow their guidance and keep pestering them (respectfully and graciously) for direction. I am not going to answer all of your concerns as it sounds like you have already asked/addressed them. I do feel like in the end cats need loads and loads and loads of dedicated patience. I have known some cats who need… Read more »

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Holly Hood | 1 year ago
I Have 3 Cats And Have Some Litter Box Issues. I Used To Have The…

I have 3 cats and have some litter box issues. I used to have the covered boxes, but noticed that one of the cats was peeing outside the box. So I removed all of the lids. The problem seemed to stop, but then started again on occasion. I bought larger boxes, (I have three of them) and the issue still occurs. I finally discovered it was my cat with colitis. She does pee in the box, but gets so close to the edge or stands instead of squats that it goes outside the box. Is she doing this because of the colitis or a behavior issue? perhaps higher sided boxes would help? I keep the areas lined with pee pads, but they are no match for cat urine. Suggestions?

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Hi?
I would try a box with higher sides. I would also discuss this with my vet to make use it isn’t related to the medical issue.

Laura
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I agree with Sarah – get a box with higher sides. You should have 4 for that number of cats, anyway, so it’s a good time to pick that up.