Cat with a dirty backside
Trying to figure out how to describe this accurately but delicately!
First, right off the bat: we have a vet appointment for 7:30 tomorrow morning. But if someone here has had a similar experience it might help me ask the vet better questions.
My overweight cat Chloe has always had difficulty cleaning her butt. 3-4 times a year, she gets the fur trimmed, periodically she has a little sitz bath, and I occassionally wipe her butt with a cat wipe. It's never been particularly offensive, just a little bit of dried feces.
Last night I came back from a long weekend to find her entire backside was wet and inflammed looking. She also seems to be a little sensitive when you pet just above and forward of the hip bones -- where her bladder is? I was gone Thursday night to sunday night, but the friend who came in to feed the cats didn't notice anything unusual.
About two weeks ago, I tried switch cat food. She had been gobbling Purina Pro Plan, and I tried to switch her to the Innova for adult and overweight cats. I did it gradually, mixing the two together, but she did not care for it. One of the cats developed diarhhea for a day or so, and there was some mighty stinky bowel movements. So I am switching her back to what she likes.
Once I saw her "scooting" -- sitting down on the rug, then pulling herself forward to rub her butt on the carpet. (Ick. For her *and* me)
No new litter, but a friend came over this weekend and cleaned and mopped the floors. But he's done that before, so it's not like she was suddenly exposed to anything she hasn't before.
She doesn't seem to be in any outright pain, except if you squeeze her right before the pelvic bones. Perhaps a tad slower and quieter than usual. And she was a bit mnore affectionate last night, licking my hands and cuddling, so I'm pretty sure she feels out of sorts.
Like I said, we've got the first appointment tomorrow morning, and I'm assuming this is some kind of urinary infection or blockage or something like that.
Does this sound familiar to anyone? Anything I should do tonight? Anything special I should ask the vet tomorrow? We're going to the OSU small animal clinic, and usually the omit no teachable moment, but I always like going in with as much information as possible!
Appreciate any suggestions -- it seems like a long time tp tomorrow morning.....