- 4 years ago
- Wedding: May 2014
I’m usually not the type to solicit veterinary advice online…but I’m really quite stumped, plus I figure there are more than a few professionals who roam these boards.
A few of you might remember that I was in the middle of working out how to bring our cat Daisy from China to Singapore, and how she would deal with the flight and month of quarantine. The good news is, she handled it like a rockstar, and spent a happy first few months in our new apartment.
Quite out of the blue in December – about five months after she left quarantine – Daisy started to lick her backside very constantly and aggressively and scooting around as well, on the floor and carpet. It seemed to be the inside base of her tail, her actual butt, and the surrounding skin. She did it to the point of the skin becoming very inflamed and irritated, the fur turned yellow and started getting sparse. There was a really strange smell coming from the area too (kind of metallic, which the vet said was the smell of infection).
The vet expressed her anal glands (full-ish, but not too bad), tested her for fleas/ticks/mites (negative, plus I’ve put her back onto Revolution despite her indoor lifestyle) and ultimately put it down to an unknown allergy. A round of antibiotics and a steroid injection fixed her up in a few days.
Daisy was fine for a while, but then in late February the exact same thing happened again. Licking, inflammation, back to the vet. Once again, he put her on more antibiotics (a different type), and another steroid shot. Her anal glands were pretty much empty. Once again, a talk about allergies and how difficult it is to ascertain what exactly she’s allergic to.
Fast forward to about a week ago, and she’d been off the antibiotics for just a few days when I noticed her licking a lot again. FI and I had to go overseas for a few days, and in the meantime the catsitters were wiping her after she toileted and noticed a yellowish stain with dark specks on the wet wipe after they did it. They also started using silver gel on the area, which seemed to help a little. We’re also giving her twice-weekly baths with an oat shampoo for sensitive skin and that seems to help a bit.
Things really started to worsen yesterday, after several days of sort-of improvement. Her backside became super swollen and aggravated again, she wouldn’t stop licking. And THEN (this is incredibly gross) quite suddenly, she was just sitting on my bed and when she stood up to stretch, I hear this gurgling sound and she basically evacuated a small pool of yellowish, oily-looking liquid onto the bed. I picked her up and saw that her butt was continuing to ooze this stuff…it’s probably the colour of pee but didn’t smell like pee, and was definitely very oily and greasy.
This was at 2AM, and when I called the vet (it’s a 24 hour clinic), the junior vet on duty told me to wait it out for today (I had a midday appointment booked already with one of the senior vets).
So I just got back from seeing the vet again today…and still no real resolution. Same same – first he said anal glands, then realised they’re empty, and no signs of an abscess or blockage. He’s put her back onto the first type of antibiotics, gave her another shot, shaved her backside, gave me an anti-bacterial dilution to clean her with, and an anti-bacterial, anti-fungal, anti-itch cream. Put her on a sensitive dry food (Hills Z/D – she’s been on a mix of high-quality wet foot and raw chicken breast). I’ve applied the cream and because she can’t lick with her cone of shame on, she’s alternating between scooting around and leaving greasy deposits everywhere and lying around looking utterly miserable. I’m meant to swap out her clumping litter with newspaper, but I have no idea how she’s going to respond to that.
I really don’t know what to do from here on. The recurrences are happening more and more frequently, and I do not want to keep her on antibiotics and steroid injections for a prolonged period of time. The vet said it could be worsened by the climate (it’s very humid here) but otherwise could be food, cleaning products, airborne particles, litter (none of which we’ve changed, although I suppose she could have suddenly developed an allergy to one of those things). There is an allergy test that can be done but it’s both expensive and apparently not very accurate (tests for stuff that isn’t even in Singapore, and then doesn’t test for stuff that is).
I’ll add that other than this issue, she’s a perfectly healthy and happy cat. Appetite is normal, drinking as normal. Her poop can be a bit on the soft side, but still considered normal I think. She tends to go to the toilet straight after eating which I find a bit weird, but she’s always done that. No health issues other than a bout of ringworm when she was a baby.
Has anyone else had a cat with similar symptoms? Could the vet be missing something? I am concerned that it’s maybe a more internal infection, but the vet (who has 20+ years of experience) didn’t seem to think so. I’d really appreciate any advice. Sorry for the super-long crazy cat-mom post, I appreciate it if you’ve made it all the way through!