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simplydevastated
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Default  Posted: 2:03 PM, October 2nd (Wednesday)

*Update*

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.

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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)]


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StrongerOne
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Default  Posted: 2:08 PM, October 2nd (Wednesday)

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.


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tushnurse
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Default  Posted: 2:10 PM, October 2nd (Wednesday)

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)]


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simplydevastated
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Default  Posted: 3:14 PM, October 2nd (Wednesday)

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.


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Default  Posted: 4:43 PM, October 2nd (Wednesday)

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.

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Default  Posted: 7:17 PM, October 2nd (Wednesday)

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

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simplydevastated
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Default  Posted: 7:53 PM, October 2nd (Wednesday)

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.


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Default  Posted: 8:03 PM, October 2nd (Wednesday)

(((son)))

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


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Default  Posted: 8:21 PM, October 2nd (Wednesday)

Thank you. I will


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Default  Posted: 12:01 PM, October 3rd (Thursday)

What did the vet say????


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simplydevastated
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Default  Posted: 1:10 PM, October 3rd (Thursday)

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.


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Default  Posted: 3:16 PM, October 3rd (Thursday)

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.


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simplydevastated
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Default  Posted: 8:30 PM, October 5th (Saturday)

I updated my first post.


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Default  Posted: 11:40 PM, October 5th (Saturday)

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.

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simplydevastated
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Default  Posted: 6:22 AM, October 6th (Sunday)

I'm glad, too.

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


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tushnurse
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Default  Posted: 3:28 PM, October 6th (Sunday)

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.


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simplydevastated
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Default  Posted: 5:47 PM, October 6th (Sunday)

TN, that's my thought exactly.

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


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tushnurse
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Default  Posted: 9:11 AM, October 7th (Monday)

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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