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Unread 04-03-2008, 12:24 PM
 
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Default Stinky Cat Butt?

My 1 year old Calico smells! Every time she walks by me I can hardly stand it!

Her bum is clean, and even when I wash it, it still smells.

What does it smell like? Try a mixture of semisweet chocolate and poop!

Is this an anal gland problem? A few vets I have spoken to say that cats don't get anal gland problems.

I had the glands released back in December, and I think the smell went away for a while, but the vet had said that the glands weren't full when he expressed them.

Is there anything else this smell could be from? I have tried changing her food 3 times, and she has always had the same smell!
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Unread 04-03-2008, 03:51 PM
 
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That was my suggestion. Her glands need to be expressed. Here's a small article about your cats glands possibly having ruptured, causing a need to have the glands expressed more often.

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Cats have anal glands just as dogs do. Sometimes they will not empty due to a conformation problem with the way that the ducts empty outside the body, they become plugged with debris, or some veterinarians believe it may be due to not enough fiber in the diet.
The rest of the article is here: Q&A Archives - Cat/Anal Gland Problem (http://www.petservice.com/ask_the_vet/qa_archive/cats/2_4-14.html - broken link)
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Unread 04-05-2008, 04:14 AM
 
Location: The Great State of Arkansas
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Watts, I know zero about cats - ZERO. The smell you are describing, though, is completely what I smelled with one of my dogs who ended up having an intestinal yeast infection. I started feeding a couple of tablespoons of yogurt daily and it cleared up. I keep them on it now because I feed raw and just mix it in with their other stuff.

A quick google search shows mixed reviews on dairy products for kitties, but the general concensus is that a very small amount won't hurt. Why don't you try a teaspoon of yogurt on your cat's food or a treat a couple of times a day and see if it helps? If it doesn't, vet time for kitty to find out what is causing a chronic case of Stinky Butt!
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Unread 04-06-2008, 01:05 AM
 
Location: New Mexico to Texas
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I have a calico,she dosent have that problem but she can sure stink up a room.
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Unread 04-09-2008, 08:31 AM
 
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I took her to the vet on Saturday, and it was one of her anal glands that was plugged up. They gave me some powder fiber supplement to sprinkle over her dry food, to help firm up her stool to help release the glands on her own.

Oh, and she doesn't clear a room when she walks by anymore!
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Unread 04-10-2008, 11:44 AM
 
Location: Denver
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Default lil' Stinky?

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Originally Posted by Watts76 View Post
My 1 year old Calico smells! Every time she walks by me I can hardly stand it!

Her bum is clean, and even when I wash it, it still smells.

What does it smell like? Try a mixture of semisweet chocolate and poop!

Is this an anal gland problem? A few vets I have spoken to say that cats don't get anal gland problems.

I had the glands released back in December, and I think the smell went away for a while, but the vet had said that the glands weren't full when he expressed them.

Is there anything else this smell could be from? I have tried changing her food 3 times, and she has always had the same smell!
I understood my veterinarian say one day that there is a spray you can use on your cat's food which may reduce the smell. However, even for me, I've had a couple of stinky, stinky cats! My Yosemite Sam got loose and went outside one day! She was gone for a whole week before I finally grabed her off of my porch. In that time, she had been bitten by a raccoon on her rear end! Her rear became infected from the bite and I had to take her in too see the best vet I knew. She was one stinky, stinky, very unhappy cat! I struggled to give her two types of medication my vet had given to me! She'd come off my lap backwards, sideways, upside down, or frontwards, any way she could think of and I'd have three seconds from the time I gave her her first medication, a topical on her annus, til I gave her, her liquid medication by mouth, or she was off my lap and I couldn't get her back.., I was sure glad when the medication was all gone and I couldn't give her any more. WHEW, what a relief!

Romeo is another one. He was very stinky! He isn't that way any more! Don't know what happened. My vet said that just like us when we go potty, sometimes they are stinky too! Some are just more stinky than others.

Have you tried a different kind of food? Just a thought. Oops, forgot you mentioned that.

For mine, I like dry food because it doesn't allow tartar to build up on their teeth like canned food does. On the other hand, maybe your cat will outgrow it if you're patient.

There are two glands inside the annus of a cat. When they're full of ....., whatever it is..., it adds to the smell. Question, does your cat scoot on the floor with its butt? If so, it may be an early sign of an infection. Cats tend to hide it when they're not feeling well. Another suggestion is to borrow the Readers Digest book on Cats from your local library, copyright 1993. Its very good! It describes everything you need to know about caring for your cat, cat diseases, etc.

I've had cats for ten years. Each is different and I love every one of them!

Last edited by in_the_gloaming; 04-10-2008 at 12:00 PM.. Reason: adt'l info
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Unread 04-10-2008, 01:37 PM
 
Location: Loss Wages
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I took her to the vet on Saturday, and it was one of her anal glands that was plugged up. They gave me some powder fiber supplement to sprinkle over her dry food, to help firm up her stool to help release the glands on her own.

Oh, and she doesn't clear a room when she walks by anymore!
great job Watts! Thanks for letting us know how it went. I will remember that if my female has these issues! All I have to deal with right now is keep her butt shaved so her poop doesn't get caught in her semi-long fur.
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Unread 04-13-2008, 10:16 AM
 
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great job Watts! Thanks for letting us know how it went. I will remember that if my female has these issues! All I have to deal with right now is keep her butt shaved so her poop doesn't get caught in her semi-long fur.
So glad to know someone else has the same problem! I take him every couple of months to get the "bloomers" shaved down.
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Unread 04-13-2008, 11:54 AM
 
Location: a primitive state
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My young cat had terrible gas when I first got her. After two treatments of worm medication the problem went away. She was also one of those who could clear a room!
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Unread 04-15-2008, 08:02 PM
 
Location: Home of King Willie the not so great
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my siam/tabby had a problem the vet gave me Metronidazole PLO it was applies to her ears seems to have helped and her anal glands needed to be expressed...the fluid was greenish and not clear and doc said there was an infection.
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