I have a F/S kitty that is around three years old and is fed a mixture of EVO (she gets both wet and dry, every other day in separate meals with the kibble fed in treat balls to get her working for her food) and raw (every other day, two meals a day). She is slightly heavy for her size (has the gut skin folds) but is a small cat at 8 lbs today. I think the kids are slipping her extra kibble in a ball cause they think she is starving, and Jasmine plays along
. Her BMs are hard and formed, small in size with little to no overt odor. Very uniform regardless of the meal and always two to three individual pieces.
She is a pound kitty that was picked up as a stray with severe ring worm, at around six months. I got here very shortly after that. Her only vaccines were those given at the pound and she was switched to her current diet when adopted. Other than that, she has NO medical history.
She is a healthy and fairly active cat with a brave and sassy attitude. Likes to play and interact with all members of the family. When it was just she and I and the dogs at the old house, she was a happy hunter that would catch a bird or gopher a day, but now is a happy, indoor only cat. She shows no interest in going outside at all and will not explore the great outdoors even when a door is left open for her. We moved to this home a little over a year ago with my boyfriend and his two children. She is very comfortable with the kids and sleeps on their beds and voluntarily lies on their laps and initiates play.
Anyway, she has lately begun having an issue with bowel movements. We first noticed it about two months ago. She was jumping over the kids to run upstairs when a BM fell out. It was thought that it had just been stuck to her fur and dislodged by the jump (she is a DLH) so nothing was made of it. Later in the week one piece of BM was found on the stairs. Just laying there with no scratch marks to indicate she was trying to cover it and not in a corner (the only time I have ever seen this cat try to go outside of the box was in a corner and had marks on the floor like she was trying to cover it.) The a few days later, there was a piece in the bathroom where she jumps from to get on the counter to see the fish. As time goes on, we find them about twice a week.
They are ALWAYS in places that involved jumping or exertion (running up the stairs) and in the middle of the floor. She really does not seem to be aware that it is even happening… He box is cleaned three times a day and she is not urinating anywhere else. She is still having her regular BMs in the litter box as well.
I have been observing her closely and there have been no personality changes, not temp changes and nothing different AT ALL to indicate that anything is wrong. The vet ran a blood panel and everything is normal, he chalks it up to a behavioral issue (but then he is not a behaviorist) and saw no reason to look deeper. I posted in the Health forum because while the vet did not find any issues, she does not seem to be aware, so I can't see that it is a behavior issue. It seems to be involuntary.
The boyfriend has obsessive compulsive tendencies, so the twice weekly BM cleaning is not going over well… I am stumped… ANY ideas out there?
PS: I know it is not cool to, out the gate, start asking questions as a new member. I HAVE been reading the past posts for the last week and doing as much searching, here and elsewhere, for any help. I just can't find anything out there to understand what is happening to her. Her pics are posted below… If they are too large, I will be happy to re-size them...