Hi, I was on here over a month ago and several people helped me w/a problem my cat, K.C., was having. Thank you all.
It seems that the situation has not cleared up. She is large (18lbs). She was leaking this foul smelling brown stuff from her butt. I took her to the vet, who said because she's so fat she can't groom herself properly, therefore the waste was sticking to her fur. He shaved and cleaned her.
Soon after the problem reoccurred. Back to the vet, this time we see a different Dr. He says the glands need draining, takes her back to another room. I hear her crying, and he brings her back and she looks much better.
Two days later she is leaking and smelling again. On my bill I see I was charged for an office visit ($30) and a Dexamethasone injection ($6). My question: is that the way the glands are drained? If so it didn't work!

Thanks for any advice. I'm sure we'll be back at the vet ths week..

johnny
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I had something similar with my cat Felix. He's about 2 years old and has long hair. I noticed a piece of *** stuck to his rear end, but when I tried to wipe it off, I realized that it was half in and half out! We took him to the vet, who took an x-ray and said that he was backed up with ***. They kept him overnight, gave him an enema, and then manually (I can't quite picture this) expressed anything else that was stuck. When I picked him up the next day they recommended that I give him Laxatone every other day to keep him from getting constipated and about 2 months later he's still fine. Hope this helps
Judy F
Two days later she is leaking and smelling again. On my bill I see I was charged for an office visit ($30) and a Dexamethasone injection ($6). My question: is that the way the glands are drained? If so it didn't work![/nq]Dex is a steroid generally given for stressed animals, or at least that's what I use it for. The anal glands are expressed manually. There are I think one gland opening on each side of the anus. They kind of squeeze them like zits and all that brown smelly goopy stuff comes out. I took my dog to the groomer once and they told me they'd express his anal glands for free. Maybe it'd be cheaper if you took your cat to the groomer to keep her butt hair shaved and get her glands expressed, or you can do it yourself.

If she's long haired I'd keep the hair on her thighs and under her tail shorter also. You may also have to clean her down there once a day yourself, with a warm washcloth, paper towel. Maybe she could use a little hairball remedy or a tsp of oil added to her food to keep her pooping. And of course put her on a diet and try to exercise her more with toys.
johnny,
i don't know how they drain them, but I was able to contain that problem last year when it emerged. (Did a lot of reading on the Net cause vet was no help.) EXERCISE. My cat was an outdoor cat, and has gotten really fat since I moved to the city for a job and he has become an indoor cat. I went out and got him some cat furntiture that forced him to jump up and down a few times a day. I highly recommednd some cat furniture for this issue.
afr
The anal galnds are expressed (drained) manually - by squeezing them.

Cathy

"Staccato signals of constant information..."
("The Boy in the Bubble") Paul Simon
Oh, gross. She's staying outside.
circa Sun, 23 Nov 2003 11:21:55 -0500 (EST), in
rec.pets.cats.health+behav, Johnny Davis (Email Removed) said,
Two days later she is leaking and smelling again. On my bill I see I was charged for an office visit ($30) and a Dexamethasone injection ($6). My question: is that the way the glands are drained? If so it didn't work!

No, they're drained by squeezing them. Dexamethasone is a steroid that is used to reduce inflammation. Call your vet and advise him/her that the cat's glands seem to have filled again and ask him/her what to do.
Laura

I am Dyslexia of Borg,
Your ass will be laminated.
circa 23 Nov 2003 17:10:19 GMT, in rec.pets.cats.health+behav, Mary (Email Removed) said,
Maybe it'd be cheaper if you took your cat to the groomer to keep her butt hair shaved and get her glands expressed, or you can do it yourself.

Pet owners generally should not express cats' anal glands themselves unless they've been trained how to properly do it.

Laura

I am Dyslexia of Borg,
Your ass will be laminated.
Hi, I was on here over a month ago and several people helped me w/a problem my cat, K.C., was ... If so it didn't work! Thanks for any advice. I'm sure we'll be back at the vet ths week.. johnny

Ask them if they expressed the glands. Call. This does not sound right.

Karen
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