So, my new little 4 month old kitten, who has had all her first vaccinations & deworming is now doing something really odd- she is kind of dragging her butt and then extending her back legs in an odd manner, even when walking. She looks completely uncomfortable. About a month ago she did recover from the calicivirus (which did make her walk funny) but this looks different. I checked her littler box for worms, checked her for fleas and looked at her rectum but didn't see anything odd. I tried to gently place a warm cloth on her rectum area (there is no poop there or anything) and she seemed to understand I was trying to help. She is now following me around moaning and meowing. Other than that she is acting normal, chasing her toys and eating and drinking fine. Poop seems normal. Any ideas? I hate to rush her to to vet unless I have to....does anyone know what this could be??
Hi there! Glad to hear kitty recovered from her illness - that's great! Since she's been dewormed, and her poo is normal and no diarrhea, the only other thing I can think of is maybe her anal glands are impacted and she's scouting to ease her discomfort and unclog the sacs. I've never experienced this myself...I mean had a cat with such a problem, lol, and really can't say what to look for. The warm washcloth is a good idea and if it IS her anal glands impacted, this will definitely help. I'm sure someone else has had experience with this and will post.
Hey, thanks...is this something I should rush to the vet for? I have read about it online too and it seems I "could" try it at home with gloves and proper technique but I have zero clue as to what I am doing...
I don't think you need to Rush, but I really don't know for sure. Besides the office visit, I can't imagine the vet would charge all that much for this procedure, but again, not sure. Try googling *anal sac on a cat* or something to that affect and see if you can find a picture and example of how to do it. I believe it's really nasty smelling - you're very brave, LOL
NO.....please DON'T try this at home!!! if it is anal sac's a Vet really needs to be doing this. they will charge only as an office visit, here thats in the $50 range....
this is pretty unusual for a kitten to have its usually a problem you would see with a male cat and a few years old...
are you sure she isn't constipated? if not than I would really suspect worms. an office visit would be a good idea.....keep us posted.♥
Hmmm..maybe she is constipated? I just went and looked at her again and she seems FINE all of a sudden (after a day of weird behavior) so now I am confused. I know that our vet charges us 60.00 for the visit and anything requiring "hands on" stuff is 100 plus. Now, I probably wouldn't try it at home, I read more about it-sounds messy,smelly and I'd hate to make a mistake!
Let me ask you this, if it were worms, should I see it in her poop? Crawling around her anus? (I know, tmi, sorry!)
some worms you would see but not all kinds, the best thing for her is to get a check up. has she ever been dewormed?...does she use a litter box? how many days since she's had a poop? is she on wet food(Ihope)...never tmi, never...♥
I have the vet info that she was de-wormed at the vet prior to our adopting her. She has had a check-up a month ago (everything looked great once she got over the calicivirus-which, she was ALSO vaccinated from but still got!!). She uses her littler box (we didn't see anything in the poop...gross, I know, but we did check) and she has pooped (as far as we can tell) today (we have another cat so sometimes determining who is pooping when is tricky). She is on wellness kitten dry and I also give her 1/4 can of wellness kitten moist food 2x a day. Hopefully that is all ok, food wise?
Jade-are your anal glands acting up.....AGAIN????? LOL
Okay, joking aside, from what you describe, it sounds like your cat has anal gland issues. The vet can help "express" the anal glands and you'll see know more booty gliding. It would also be a good idea while your there to bring in a fresh poop sample from the litter box to test. I'm talking fresh out of the litter box, and not refrigerated(Yes...I know...YUCK, but you'd be surprised how many people do this...LOL).
Good luck! This is a very simple, inexpensive fix so you should have no worries!
Well, apparently I did some more research (and a vet answered on the vet forum) and it appears that while it could be a gland problem...my poor little kitty who we were told is only 4 months old, must be older...because she is probably in heat! We had thought we had until mid-March (they only will spay her when she is 5-6months old around here) and now I am afraid I missed that window. Has anyone ever had a female kitten in heat? Do they do weird things??
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