First, I'd like to say that I'm sorry I got quiet and didn't reply to some of the new message replies here about Frisky. I did not mean to worry anyone or upset anyone and I certainly understand how you feel. I'll give you the basics nuts and bolts of the situation and then write more after. 1st a lil background and then the current problem after.
If you don't want to read his background I'll understand. Then just skip to the next paragraph that immediately follows this one right after. Frisky is an FIV kitty, he was diagnosed with FIV 3-4 years ago by a vet when he was under the care of the woman who we adopted him from. He's been great since we adopted him, especially after we altered his diet and transitioned him from the commercial poison he was being fed to the additive-free more whole nutrition diet we started feeding him. He was mutated and over-grown, overweight, & very cranky when we met & adopted him, hence his 1st name, "Grumpy" or "Grumps", given by his former mom named him. While under our care, he's been very healthy & he lost weight & turned into the sweetest kitty in the world, hence Frisky. ;-)
The current problem...
For the past month or so, Frisky has had elimination problems & grooming problems. 1st, when he was sleeping with us on our bed we'd awake in the middle of the nite and in the morning to discover gross yucky overpowering odor dark brown diarhea-like residue. I say "like" because it's not always runny, sometimes it's just a gross semi-solid little spot or small clump he left behind. It's been so awful that he's eaten some of it, especially when he bathes and licks himself. I can't always tell if he's eating it because he may be malnourished or because the gross residue gets in the way when he bathes. We had to keep him in the bathroom because especially with this small RV, it's tight quarters and having to step in and find residue everywhere is harrowing and makes us both sick.
Yesterday in tears and feeling sick to my stomach I aggressively cleaned the bathroom floor after 2-3 days of his "bum" butt leaving disgusting soft semi-solid residue on the floor. I cleaned it all up and then cleaned the runny smelly residue around his litter box and then I picked Frisky up and cleaned his butt...he had a couple poops stuck to him and some smelly gross residue stuck to his fur and by his paws...Ack! :-( He hated it but I did what I needed to do and I felt a litte better afterward but still emotionally awful because he's still suffering. At one moment last nite I picked him and held him, not even caring about his stink and what might get on me and I cried missing him so much!
In addition to all the smelly gross soft residue he's left lying around or that falls from his butt, he's lost weight and he's weaker. He's boney and skinny and very sad and depressed at times. I found a poop in his litter box this morning and I was glad, but I still find yucky soft little residue globs and spots on the bathroom floor. Ugh *sigh* He eats and drinks water and he appears to be pooping, although still some yucky clumpy stuff...I haven't seen him pee so I don't know, but part of the pine litter looks a bit wet, not sure.
Okay, I can't write any more and he's calling me so I need to go be with him. Thank you again for listening and for being there. I"ll write more when I can, perhaps later today. Thank you.
From my heart,
Dayna, Frisky's Mom