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Oh, dear

There may be more going on than simple dissatisfaction with the litter box. While cleaning up and attending to the box, I saw traces of blood in his stool.

He has an appointment with the vet on Tuesday morning. Is that soon enough? Should I take him to an emergency clinic?

ETA: I called the emergency clinic, and they said that if he were eating and drinking and acting normally apart from this (which he is, apart from some meowing, which he rarely does) it could probably wait until Tuesday, but if he started getting "worse", then to bring him in. So I'll do that.

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glory_jean
Dec. 21st, 2009 10:07 am (UTC)
Ick. I have one like that. He tends to react to things in an anti-social way. Maybe it's a male cat thing?

Keeping my fingers crossed for you that it's not serious. There are lots of simple things it could be.

**hugs**
np_complete
Dec. 22nd, 2009 02:12 am (UTC)
I've heard that, as semi-rational beings, cats will occasionally reason that if it hurts to relieve themselves in a litter box, maybe it's the box that's the problem.

Thanks for the hugs. I've Googled his symptoms, and they could be for something serious, or something fairly easy to treat. So we'll see.
capemaynuts
Dec. 21st, 2009 11:29 pm (UTC)
Is he snipped? Intact males like to mark their territories. But there are loads of reasons why a cat will pee outside of their litter pans. My Spot poops by the front door whenever he's mad at me. He's very good at getting me to do what he wants..... LOL. As to the blood, he might just have a cut on his anus. My Smudgie gets those and I have to clean her rump to prevent it. She's a bit round and has trouble cleaning herself. Good luck!
np_complete
Dec. 22nd, 2009 02:21 am (UTC)
Well, Jack is going to the vet tomorrow, and hopefully we'll learn what the problem is. He also has a slight swelling on his nose, which I believe can be a sign of an infected injury. (There's no sign of injury, but he does have the swelling.)

He's still acting like a happy cat, so I hope that means nothing serious is wrong.
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