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Post by 47966 » Sun Apr 08, 2001 8:49 pm

We've got a big problem with one of our cats and I was wondering if anyone had any advice on how we can deal with this situation. First of all, she has a bad weight problem but after being on a fairly rigid diet for the last 5 years, she's only managed to actually <i><b>put on </i></b> 2 more pounds. At 20 lbs. she looks like a huge round ball with legs and people actually gasp when they see her for the first time. We have two other cats that eat twice as much as she does, get less exercise, and weigh almost half as much. I can't figure it out, but the weight issue isn't the only problem... it's the fact that she's too big to clean her butt and she smells like a walking litter box. (Actually, she smells worse because I clean our litter boxes every day). Nobody wants her around them and I feel really bad for her. She's very affectionate by nature and will start purring even if you just say her name from across the room. I take her to the groomer fairly often and have her bathed and also have the fur on her butt virtually shaved so nothing can, um, stick to it but she'll still smell really bad again after about 5 days. I can't bring her to the groomer once a week because that would be a huge hassle in addition to being very costly (it's about $65 each time I bring her) so I'd prefer to continue to bring her just once every 6 weeks like I've been doing for a while now. Anyway, my daughter and I put her in the tub and washed her butt today, but it was a really horrible experience for all three of us. I would hate to have to do this every week, but it looks like our only alternative if we want her to not smell so bad. Even the other cats don't really want to be near her. Sometimes they'll go up to her very cautiously and sniff her butt and then run away, but it's only out of morbid curiosity, I'm sure. Those two smell great (like cats should) and get way more attention than smelly cat.

Would anyone out there have any advice for me? I'd be so grateful and so would the cat, I'm sure.

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Post by Darlene 6 » Sun Apr 08, 2001 9:16 pm

<font face='Papyrus'><b>Have you talked to the vet about it 47966? Maybe there's something you could add to her diet that would make her stools at least less sticky... I don't know, it sounds like an awful problem and there doesn't seem to be much you can do. It seems like it could be a health problem for your family too - if she's not cleaning her butt, then traces of stools could be on your carpet and furniture - maybe too small of an amount to smell bad, but enough to cause e coli infection if someone unknowingly touched it and then touched their mouth or used their fingers to pick up food... I don't know, maybe I think too much. </font id='Papyrus'>

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Post by Darlene 6 » Mon Apr 09, 2001 4:53 am

<font face='Papyrus'>Hey - I did think of something. You know those wipes they make for babies when you change their diaper? Maybe you could wipe your cat's butt with them once or twice a day. If they're safe for a baby they must be safe for a cat, and I would think they'd be a lot less traumatic than a whole bath for the cat. Wouldn't hurt to try. :-)</font id='Papyrus'>

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Post by 47966 » Mon Apr 09, 2001 5:17 am

Hey Darlene, the baby wipe thing sounds like a great idea and I'm definitely going to try it. It's a lot easier than bathing her and I think she might actually get used to it if it becomes a daily thing. Hmmm... maybe I could invent Febreze for cats & dogs asses. That would be cool to just use a spray...

About the e-coli thing you brought up... That has always been a concern of mine, too, but not just because of my sweet, fat kitty. All cats neglect to wash their paws when they leave their litter boxes so it's almost something that you just can't control. And because I have her butt shaved every six weeks, the problem isn't really poop sticking to it, but more or less just the odor of it that lingers after she uses the box (she gets a urine smell, too). I think any cat would stink if they didn't clean their butts regardless of whether or not anything actually sticks to their fur down there.

I saw one of those magazine shows once (like Dateline or 48 Hours) when they went around testing places and you wouldn't believe how common e-coli is. It's virtually everywhere you go. They found it on shopping cart handles, telephones in hotel rooms, doorknobs just about everywhere, etc. It really grossed me out. But the cat is 8 years old and since I've had cats for all 42 years of my life, I don't worry too much anymore about their spread of e-coli. I think you can get more diseases going to the grocery store or spending a night in a hotel room (even the Ritz - I think that was one of the hotels the show checked) than in your own home. Maybe we become immune to our own germs.

Thanks again so much for your suggestion. I plan to get baby wipes tomorrow morning for sure. <img src=pix/icon_smile.gif border=0 align=middle>

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Post by Goblin_182 » Mon Apr 09, 2001 5:50 pm

<font face=Georgia><b><font color=purple><font size=3>Damn, and I came here thinking we were going to talk about Phoebe's song. </font id=Georgia></b></font id=purple></font id=size3>

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Post by 47966 » Mon Apr 09, 2001 5:58 pm

Actually, that's my cat's theme song, Goblin, and my daughter sings it perfectly.

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Post by Darlene 6 » Tue Apr 10, 2001 4:33 am

<font face='Papyrus'><b>LOL!! That's what I thought it was when I first saw it too. Glad my suggestion might help, 4. </font id='Papyrus'> <img src=pix/icon_smile.gif border=0 align=middle>

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Post by daydreamr4 » Fri Apr 13, 2001 8:23 pm

<font color="#00cc33" face="Comic Sans MS"><b>Talking to the vet about the problem would be a really good idea too. If she can't help but gain weight there may be some medication you could give her to help. Maybe she's got some kind of thyroid of kidney problem. Helping her with that might help her loose weight and feel better; and might even cure the stinkey problem. </b></font>

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Post by Goblin_182 » Fri Apr 13, 2001 11:23 pm

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Post by Hairball » Tue Apr 17, 2001 2:17 am

<font color=maroon>47966,
has the vet recommended special diet food for yer kitty? like a prescription diet called "R/D" or "W/D"? it's diet food you can only purchase at a vet, and it comes in both cans and dry food. i wouldn't recommend cutting down on regular cat food 'cuz you want to make sure the kitty has enough food to eat. sounds funny, but perhaps true... especially with an obese cat, the smaller food intake can actually hurt the kitty. that's why usually R/D or W/D is a good diet food 'cuz the food portions will still remain the same, just less calories. has the vet taken a blood test for thyroid problems? hypothyroidism can cause weight gain. also, another possible reason for the stinky odor can be caused by the cat's anal sacs. if a cat can't reach behind her butt to clean herself, the smell lingers big time. it's like skunk glands, but on a cat, and these anal sacs secrete a nasty odor.

please do let me know how it goes with yer kitty! <img src=pix/icon_smile.gif border=0 align=middle> </font id=maroon>


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