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Dinah STINKS! Help?

post #1 of 17
Thread Starter 
I thought it would go away, and that maybe she had just 'been' in something, but she still smells. I noticed the smell a couple of days ago. She literally smells like someones butt. I havent seen runny stools or anything like that, but I have noticed that some of her fur seems a bit stuck together in spots along her tail & hind legs.

I want to give her a bath and have the cat shampoo to do it, I just dont want to become minced meat when I do.

Any thoughts on this?

And WHY oh WHY do I have that Pheobe Bouffet from Friends song in my head... "Smmelly Caat. Smmelly Cat. Whaat are they feeding youuu?"
post #2 of 17
She probably needs a vet. Cat's don't usually smell foul unless they got into bad food, or something nasty. Smells such as you describe can be health related
post #3 of 17
Any chance she has impacted anal glands? Those can smell SO foul!
post #4 of 17
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Originally Posted by Pat & Alix
Any chance she has impacted anal glands? Those can smell SO foul!
How can I tell if they are impacted? Will I need to see a vet to be able to tell?
post #5 of 17
If they are impacted you would know, they smell rank. And yes, you would need a vet so he can express them and get them drained. Unless you want to do it, and a vet would have to show you how to do it without causing the cat pain.
post #6 of 17
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Originally Posted by hissy
If they are impacted you would know, they smell rank. And yes, you would need a vet so he can express them and get them drained. Unless you want to do it, and a vet would have to show you how to do it without causing the cat pain.
Hissy, would she also be doing some scooting/bottom dragging? Or once they are impacted, does it hurt too much for them to do so?
post #7 of 17
My co workers cat gets impacted anal glands all the time. She says it's awful and she has to take the cat to the vet everytime to have it taken care of.
post #8 of 17
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Originally Posted by Pat & Alix
Hissy, would she also be doing some scooting/bottom dragging? Or once they are impacted, does it hurt too much for them to do so?
do you mean scooting her butt across the carpet after using the litter?
post #9 of 17
I mean doing so at any time, related or not to using the box.
post #10 of 17
Thread Starter 
Hmm.. I havent seen Dinah doing any scooting.
post #11 of 17
Hammie had to have his anal glands expressed, but they were not infected. He constantly was "stinky" especially around his bum. I noticed blood and took him to the Vet; they expressed him and said his glands were fine but an intestinal infection caused the bloody bum & well the stinky stuff came from the glands.

It's a really horrid stench, too, kinda 'hangs' around the cat. Sounds like Dinah is having anal problems like that. Vet can help with that!
post #12 of 17
Thread Starter 
I just wonder how on earth do they 'express' them? Are the glands on the inside or outside of her anus? I'm sorry I'm so clueless here... but it's better to ask than not ask at all, right?
post #13 of 17
Dinah probably needs to see the vet whether or not its anal glands causing the problem If it is anal glands, you most likely won't want to do this by yourself. There may be infection involved too, and you'll need antibiotics.

Whatever the problem, a vet is the one with all the answers.
post #14 of 17
Have you tried to give her a bath or are you going to get her to a vet soon? she's such a cutie..... I really hope you get her to a vet. If there is a chance it could be impacted anal glands, it can become critical.
post #15 of 17
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I know this is going to sound horrible, but I'm working 10 hour days, and I just havent had the time, and I certainly wont have the money untill this thursday for a visit to the vet.
post #16 of 17
I hope you were able to get your kitty into the vet. Mine just went in today and the diagnosis was infected anal glands. His little bum is so sore and swollen, and I feel horrid, I didn't really even notice (my sniffer isn't that good I guess, though my kids said he was stinky.) Now he's had a shot, was dewormed, and needs to take meds for 2 weeks and I have a cream to put on him. And his sore bottom literally leaks now. You would have thought I had noticed....not sure why I didn't.

Now I will trust my kids if they say a cat stinks.
post #17 of 17
Is this a smell separate from a fecal smell? Our kitty Lilo's butt just stinks and she often smells like she just "let one." Do you think this is an anal gland issue or is this separate?

Thanks for your thoughts.

EE
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