First, I'm putting this in this forum and not the health because I'm hoping some tweaking of the food will help. BUT, Lucy has had problems with her anal glands not emptying on her cheap, mostly dry food shelter diet and on her raw diet (mostly Hare Today ground with alnutrin.) I have read that some cats just have an anatomical problem, where the glands just aren't positioned right to empty properly. So, it is possible that no diet change would help.
Lucy was at the vet yesterday and needed her anal glands emptied again (second time since we adopted her in August.) So far, neither vet who has expressed her glands has said anything about prevention of this problem. I'd really like to ask the best vet there about it when I get the chance...not sure when that will be. Interestingly, her anal gland secretions seem to be thick and almost solid. You can see them, sort of scab like, on her anus...vets don't seem to think this is so unusual, but I'd like to ask the best vet about that too. Anyways, basic internet research says stools need to be firm enough and bulky enough to express the glands.
Her stools are definitely firm enough. My cats have probably been getting too much calcium (working on remedying that) and their stools are all firm. Someone has been making very tiny poops though (multi-cat home so I'm not sure who) and I have a feeling that it is Lucy. She is the smallest cat and eats the smallest meals...just have a feeling these abnormally tiny poops are hers (I don't see them poop often, but I have seen her poop a pretty small one.)
Any experience or advice out there on making poops bulkier on raw? In theory, I hate adding empty bulk to her meals because she eats such small meals. (She has stomatitis so I worry about getting enough food in her.) However, she does get enough nutrition, it seems, and has possibly gained a little too much lately.
I have seen mentioned in some raw recipes psyllium husk. Also, when I researched this there was a mention of adding ground flaxseed for extra bulk and fiber. (I know this will be no use for omega 3's...we do salmon oil for that.) Anyways, I keep whole organic flaxseed in the house and grind it fresh for human use. That would be easy for me to add to her food.
Any thoughts? Would you try the ground flaxseed?