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simplydevastated posted 10/2/2013 14:03 PM


We took her to the vet today. There's good news and bad news. The good news is that it was just her tooth. It was so loose the Dr. pulled it right there, he wasn't out of the office more than two minutes. He showed us the tooth She's on antibiotics for fourteen days, and the smell she had is gone. Now for the bad news. She had a tumor in her abdomen about the size of a half dollar. He said there is all sorts of tests and surgeries he could but since she's 17 years old he wants to watch it.

She had her first dose today and she did really good.


We've had two cats since we moved in together in '96. One cat is pretty lazy and sleeps most of the day. She's a tad on the heavy side, maybe 10+ pounds. The other cat has always been more active (running everywhere), has always been on the lighter side (about 7 pounds). She's super fluffy and has always groomed herself. She always smelled like cotton. You could literally put her up to your face and she smelled good.

This is the part that is starting to worry me. She's never matted, I never had to brush her and now she's starting to mat really bad (my sister had to come over with her special grooming clippers because the mats were up to the skin) and she smells. It's so bad that you can tell she's next you without turning your head.

Could there be health issues with her? Could it be because she's 17 yrs old? She's still very active. I'm just starting to worry about her.

[This message edited by simplydevastated at 8:29 PM, October 5th (Saturday)]

StrongerOne posted 10/2/2013 14:08 PM

Please take your very old kitty to the vet. There are all sorts of reasons for not grooming, some minor and some, unfortunately, pretty serious.

Could be teeth -- that can be minor or serious.

Could be digestive problems -- minor or serious.

Could be a bad illness.

I'm so sorry. I have kitties too, young ones and an old one -- they're my fur-babies! Please get your girl checked out by the vet right away.

tushnurse posted 10/2/2013 14:10 PM

YES!!! Get her to the vet. Most common problem in cats is urinary issues. That will make them smell, and if she isn't feeling 100%, or doesn't have enough saliva grooming will suffer.

I had a mut that was part maine coon, and he would only matt when he had his big shed in the spring, and when it started I would shave him down. No more matts.

The other thing is if the matts were at the skin level she may have some skin infection, and that has a nasty smell.

ETA: Hoping it's nothing or something minor for you all.

[This message edited by tushnurse at 2:10 PM, October 2nd (Wednesday)]

simplydevastated posted 10/2/2013 15:14 PM

She doesn't seem to have any issues using the litter box. We haven't had any "accidents" outside the litter box either. I just sent my husband a message about the cat. I hope it's nothing serious. She's such a sweet little kitty. You could carry her around all day and pet her and she'll just sit in your arms and purr.

longtimewife posted 10/2/2013 16:43 PM

I am not saying your cat has the same issues but that's how my then 7 year old cat started off. It turns out he has stomatitis (allergy to his teeth). His mouth hurt so much he wasn't grooming himself at all. His smelled horrible from the mouth infection. We've since had all but 4 of his teeth removed and is on daily medication but doing wonderful now. I would take her to the vet and let him determine her problem. It may be as simple as a cavity.

jo2love posted 10/2/2013 19:17 PM

Poor kitty. I think a trip to the vet is a good idea.

simplydevastated posted 10/2/2013 19:53 PM

Our original Vet opened up a new practice. He was awesome! He closed up early today so I'm going to call him tomorrow. I hope it's nothing. My son is sad. He thinks that a trip to the Vet automatically means she's going to be put down. I told him that we're just going to find out what's wrong.

jo2love posted 10/2/2013 20:03 PM


Good luck tomorrow. Please let us know how it goes.

simplydevastated posted 10/2/2013 20:21 PM

Thank you. I will

tushnurse posted 10/3/2013 12:01 PM

What did the vet say????

simplydevastated posted 10/3/2013 13:10 PM

I literally just hung up them.

She has an appointment on Saturday.

The lady I spoke with was very nice. She said that at her age it could be a host of reason's why there's a smell to her and that she's not grooming herself anymore. She said the more basic reason could be an infection in her mouth. She also said it could be a reaction to something more serious.

She told me that the Dr. may want to do a full blood work up because she's 17 yrs old, but that could all be discussed at the appointment on Saturday.

Now, I just have to tell my husband she has an appointment.

still2suspicious posted 10/3/2013 15:16 PM

yep, have had a couple of cats do this.

Mostly they weren't feeling all that chipper, so they didn't have a lot of saliva to clean with. Also, if it is a UTI you might not necessarily see any accidents outside of the litter box. They go into the box thinking they need to go, but just don't. Meds would perk them right back up, tho.

Good luck on Sat.

simplydevastated posted 10/5/2013 20:30 PM

I updated my first post.

jo2love posted 10/5/2013 23:40 PM

I'm glad they found the problem and were able to take out the tooth. I'm so sorry about the tumor. Sending cat mojo.

simplydevastated posted 10/6/2013 06:22 AM

I'm glad, too.

Thank you. I hope it stays the way it is and she had a "normal" ready of her life.

tushnurse posted 10/6/2013 15:28 PM

Yippee. Just a tooth. She's 17 and that tumor could have been growing the whole time. Meaning at that age its like prostate cancer and men. It's something she will die with, not from.

So glad you got good news. Love her treat her like a princess and enjoy her.

simplydevastated posted 10/6/2013 17:47 PM

TN, that's my thought exactly.

Thank you! I'm glad it's good news, too. She's definitely a cuddler

tushnurse posted 10/7/2013 09:11 AM

I am always at how cats and dogs can tolerate pain. I really think they are amazing.

Have you ever had a toothache, or bad mouth pain, no wonder she wasn't being herself. Poor thing.

I remember when my Dane popped out her spay staples, and had to have a redo surgery to clean out her belly, and what they did to her, and seh did to herself, and yet she was still sweet, tailwagging, happy. They are just amazing.

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