poop + cats = problems. How do I keep my sanity, save my nose, and help my kitties?
Back in June, my adult male cat had one of his anal glands rupture (I asked a related question here
). About a week and a half ago, he had some trouble with waste removal, shall we say. I had to help him a little bit and this concerned me that maybe he was having gland problems again. A trip to the vet and it was decided that he didn't have problems, but that he was awfully irritated back there. I was given ointment and told to wait to see if things improved.
He had another problem a couple of days later which resulted in poop "presents" in the living room. I took him back to vet with a stool sample. They found nothing in the sample that was of any help. Due to the irritation around his anus, the poop problems, and the itchy ears he's been having, the vet suspects food allergy. I was feeding both cats Orijen dry and Natural Balance wet food. He has been eating both of these for awhile now, so I was surprised that this was possible. Currently, we are transitioning to a prescription low allergen food in order to see whether it is actually a food allergy. I'm supposed to feed him the prescription for 6-8 weeks to see. I am not thrilled about this.
Meanwhile, my 1 year old girl cat is now developing a scooting problem. She has done it every once in awhile and has had very stinky poop for as long as I've had her, I think. It's not always smelly, but when it is, it's very bad. I never thought to check the consistency of it until tonight. She scooted after using the box, though there didn't appear to be anything on her. The poop was not firm but not diarrhea loose either. She is transitioning onto the dry prescription food with my male cat, as it would be next to impossible to feed them separately. She is eating the same wet food that she's had for the whole time she's lived here (about 6 months or so).
So I am looking for a bit of help on both of these. I would love to hear from people who may have pets with food allergies about how they were discovered, managed, etc. After the 6-8 weeks are up, I have to try and transition them to ANOTHER food ("over the counter" food, if you will) and now I am unsure what to go to. Orijen has been wonderful up until now and I like the idea of low grain, high protein.
I am also looking for advice on the girl cat. Should she be going to the vet also because of her looser stool? Or could it just be from food transitioning? What if she's had a problem all along that was indicated by her smelly stool and it's somehow gotten into the boy cat?
I haven't had a lot of problems with my cats in the past, so to now have two cats that are showing signs of problems is making me a little nervous, I guess.