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Hello
A question demonstrating rather a lot of ignorance - sorry - but in the case of neutered males in some animals, the various biological processes of coming into season still apply. This makes me wonder: does the same hold true for pet cats?
Background: our 3 year old spayed Tabby is acting quite frisky and has been doing so for the last couple of weeks since spring has arrived here in England. We notice two unusual (and possibly concerning) symptoms which have also appeared:
1) A small amount of blood has been seen coming from her rear end - possiblya symptom of constipation
2) She seems to produce small round droppings, without noticing, at random -whereas she normally goes to the toilet outside and digs a hole etc. etc. In this latter case she seems to deposit these small poos around the house without noticing. They are very dry - almost like the dry pellets she's fed on but as if several are compacted together.
We're off to the vets here in England on Friday but would like to gather some background thoughts beforehand./ thanks for any pointers, experiences etc.
x-posted to alt.pets.cats, free.uk.pets.cats, rec.pets.cats.health+behav (follow-ups set to rec.pets.cats.health+behav) Hello A question demonstrating rather a lot of ignorance - sorry ... here in England on Friday but would like to gather some background thoughts beforehand./ thanks for any pointers, experiences etc.

It's possible that the vet missed a bit of ovary so a spayed cat can go into heat. But that wouldn't explain the droppings so let's see what your vet says.
1) A small amount of blood has been seen coming ... to the toilet outside and digs a hole etc. etc.

It's possible that the vet missed a bit of ovary so a spayed cat can go into heat. But that wouldn't explain the droppings so let's see what your vet says.

Thanks for the advice - all understood. We're booked in for Friday evening so we will ascertain more then.
2) She seems to produce small round droppings, without noticing, at random - whereas she normally goes to the toilet ... They are very dry - almost like the dry pellets she's fed on but as if several are compacted together.

Best to get her on a good canned food and dump the unnatural dry kibble.

Here's some good links to start you off to better feed your cat: Feline nutrition information: http://www.catinfo.org / History of dry food (a must-read article):
http://cats.about.com/cs/catfood/a/canned food.htm http://maxshouse.com/feline nutrition.htm
/ by Lisa A. Pierson, DVM
http://www.catinfo.org/zorans article.pdf
http://www.felinefuture.com/?p=630 (dry foods)
www.rawfedcats.org
http://www.catinfo.org#Cats Need Animal-Based Protein http://www.catinfo.org#We Are Feeding Cats Too Many Carbohydrates
x-posted to alt.pets.cats, free.uk.pets.cats, rec.pets.cats.health+behav (follow-ups set to rec.pets.cats.health+behav) Hello A question demonstrating rather a lot of ignorance - sorry ... here in England on Friday but would like to gather some background thoughts beforehand./ thanks for any pointers, experiences etc.

To answer your subject question first: No, not in any real sense. However, I did have a doctored female cat about eight years ago who regularly came into 'season'. She became frisky, readily secreted a strong, sexy (to cats anyway .. I had to change my clothes!) fluid, and stayed out more, although she never strayed.
What you describe is not a cat in season. She may very well, as you say, have constipation, perhaps due to the change in water. If she will drink it, give her a dish of tepid milk or the tomato juice from a tin of sardines (or similar). Either of these may free up constipation, if that's the problem. Even if it helps, keep that vets' appointment as there may be another reason for her symptoms. Even without symptoms, it's a good idea to register your cat with a vet in preparation for future problems/preventative treatments.
Good luck. Do let us know how you get on.
Spider
x-posted to alt.pets.cats, free.uk.pets.cats, rec.pets.cats.health+behav (follow-ups set to rec.pets.cats.health+behav) Hello A question demonstrating rather a lot of ignorance - sorry ... here in England on Friday but would like to gather some background thoughts beforehand./ thanks for any pointers, experiences etc.

In answer to your subject question, no. That's biologically speaking. Behaviorally, it would be within the realm of possibility for old habits to persist. But the symptoms you list have nothing to do with any of that. Glad you have taken her to the vet. Glad also that she is frisky! Whatever is causing the problem doesn't seem to be keeping her from feeling well!
Hope you've been given a simple remedy for her difficulty.

Diana
x-posted to alt.pets.cats, free.uk.pets.cats, rec.pets.cats.health+behav (follow-ups set to rec.pets.cats.health+behav) 1) A small amount of blood has been seen coming from her rear end - possibly a symptom of constipation 2) She seems to produce small round droppings

The vet's given her a thorough checkup and has advised that the symptoms she portrays could be stress-related in that it is worth doing nothing for a short while; we'll consider one of the stress-relieving treatments (e.g. Feliway) and keep an eye on things to see if there is any development to act upon.
Thanks all for the advice.
x-posted to alt.pets.cats, free.uk.pets.cats, rec.pets.cats.health+behav (follow-ups set to rec.pets.cats.health+behav) 1) ... of constipation 2) She seems to produce small round droppings

The vet's given her a thorough checkup and has advised that the symptoms she portrays could be stress-related in that ... keep an eye on things to see if there is any development to act upon. Thanks all for the advice.

Thanks for letting us know and we'll hope that takes care of it.