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Old 02-09-2017, 08:03 AM
 
Location: Wisconsin
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ITA that she should get to the vet.

I'm wondering if anything happened recently that would have stressed her out--causing her to avoid the litter box?
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Old 02-09-2017, 03:35 PM
 
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Thinking about you and Rowan. Hope all is well...
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Old 02-09-2017, 04:06 PM
 
Location: SW Florida
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I have an appointment for 9:30 tomorrow morning. Came home from my appointment and she had another one of her pony sized poops, half of it in and half out of the litter box. I also see no more pee clumps. Something is just not right with her. I asked the receptionist at the vet if I should bring in a stool sample and she said no. Not sure I agree with that so I will probably bring it in anyway. If she doesn't poop again would this sample be any good now that there is litter on it?


I have never had a cat with these weird issues (other than poor Timmy who only made it 5 days after I brought him home). Rowan eats better than any cat I have ever had and she's strictly an indoor cat - I would think she wouldn't have any health issues. She's also not an easy cat to get very attached to but I try to put myself in her place: dumped at the shelter because her people were moving, then adopted and brought back twice because she wasn't friendly or playful enough. People say we shouldn't anthropomorphize but I can't help it. Even when I see a dead animal on the side of the road I always wonder if they have a family waiting for them, wondering where they are. I'm crazy I know but I love animals, even those that don't necessarily love me back. I see small improvements in the 4 months I have had her but she still won't let me pick her up or even move her closer to me. I realize she is still unsure of me but I feed her, brush her, give her treats, rub her tummy and she obviously enjoys my company as she purrs like a motorboat. She's just so aloof compared to the many cats I have had over the years and I've had some feral cats that were friendlier than Rowan is.
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Old 02-09-2017, 04:16 PM
 
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I hope all goes well with Rowan tomorrow.
She may just be one of those cats that doesn't really like to be held. None of mine really like to be picked up. But, they all love nuggles and attention and most of them like to be brushed.
Just go with it.
Paws crossed for tomorrow.
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Old 02-09-2017, 04:40 PM
 
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I've followed Rowan since her start with you and I think that four months is just a very very short time for her. She's never had any reason to ever trust a human, ever. She's only 6 so you and she have lots of time ahead of you to learn about each other and bond together.

I hate it that she's having these, possible, plumbing problems. Those big poops usually mean the food isn't being digested. It could be an indication of parasites, megacolon, IBD. (Yes, bring the poop. Refrigerate it tonight.)

While she is well fed now, it's not likely she ever was before she came to you. 5 or 6 years on a crap diet is enough to do a lot of damage. I know, I have a cat with that very thing.

In addition, she is stressed, because she isn't fully trusting yet, and that can lead to urinary tract and bladder issues. Even if she doesn't have an infection she may have stress induced cystitis (inflammation) and that hurts. It may make her hold her urine to avoid the pain of peeing, and that is the worst thing she can do.

I hope you will be able to resist any "prescription food" the vet may try to push on you for these issues. There are better ways to help her, if these turn out to be her problem.
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Old 02-09-2017, 04:43 PM
 
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Do you have any Rescue Remedy? Can you get some tonight? It can't hurt, and it might help her cope until tomorrow morning.

All paws crossed for a pee tonight.
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Old 02-09-2017, 07:18 PM
 
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I don't even know what Rescue Remedy is. I have been giving Rowan the probiotics like you suggested but she still has the giant poops sometimes.


And no I wouldn't ever buy any of the prescription food from the vet. Like regular doctors, most of them know little about nutrition other than what the food reps sell them and give them samples for.


I really hope it's nothing serious - can't go through that again. I lost my 2 beloved Chihuahuas and Timmy all in the span of 4 months last year. Although I'm not super attached to Rowan I have a lot of sympathy for what she has been through. When I adopted her I asked the long time volunteer which cat needed out of the shelter the most and she told me Rowan. Hopefully it's nothing serious.


Thank you all for caring.
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Old 02-10-2017, 06:35 AM
 
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Woke up this morning and there were two pee clumps of course. Still taking her in to rule out anything serious and to check out the giant dumps. :-)
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Old 02-10-2017, 07:07 AM
 
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Woke up this morning and there were two pee clumps of course. Still taking her in to rule out anything serious and to check out the giant dumps. :-)
Hooray for pee!!
Good luck today.
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Old 02-10-2017, 08:00 AM
 
Location: Wisconsin
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To answer your question--it does not matter if there's litter on the stool sample. Put some in a baggie and store in the fridge.
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