Well, I got Delia from the Humane Society back in October. When I got her, I noticed two things:
a) she had a bald spot on her front leg
b) she was very smelly around her bottom area...
Well, I took her for her vet check up right after I adopted her. Said nothing about the smelly issue but did tell the vet about her bald spot. I also let him know that Delia is always obsseive about licking her arms and stomach and inner legs. She also has had red ears and itchy chin. The vet thought it could be allergies and gave her a shot of Cortizone. I brought her home and she seemed to be doing better with not licking her self as much.
However, she's been at it again and has even more baldness on her legs and stomach. I took her in today to the vets and he gave me some of his opinions on what he thought could be the problem:
a) she could have an early fall/winter allergy in which we'd hope he got better come spring
b) she could be allergic to her food in which we'd have to put her on a prescribed diet
c) or it could be something more serious like diabetes (I notice she drinks a little more than Oliver)
So, he gave her another shot of cortizone and said if it was something that we got to doing every other month, it could signal that she could have something more serious. So let's HOPE it's just a seasonal allergy thing....for her sake and for my wallets sake!
Now, I also mentioned to my vet about how bad she has smelled since I got her. I have a cat at my parents who has had irritated anal glands before. That's what the vet said could be Delia's problem. So he had an assistant come in the room and he used a probe up Delia's bottom to drain out her glands and boy, did she SMELL! The whole ROOM stuck so bad that they said they couldn't use the room for a while and the nurse even went to get a candle to light in the room to help dilute the smell.
(Poor Delia. I said "Man, she's stinky, no wonder my other cat doesn't like her!" And the doc said, "You're other cat is Oliver, right? He doesn't like anybody
!" Looong story behind that but those of you who know me, know of Ollie's behavioral problems
Anyways, Delia is home now and very sleepy from the shot which is good because that means she's not cleaning herself. And, her bottom smells like ROSES! It's soooooo amazing how draining them made all the difference in the world. She smells so good now.
I think someone just didn't want to deal with her stinkiness and her OCD licking problem and then dumped her at the Humane Society. I'm so glad they did because I'm so glad to have her!
Oh, and I was there for about 10 minutes and between the exam, shot, and anal probe, I was charged $77!
That makes me so sad.
ANYWAYS, to the point of my post...
...does anyone else have a cat that overly grooms to the point of creating tons of bald spots in their fur? And does anyone have a cat with very overactive anal glands??
Here is a pic of little Delia resting. (You can kinda see her red ear in this pic...)