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mybigfunny
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posted 10-19-2003 03:20 PM           Edit/Delete Message
...or is it just because my cat is a bit large?

Just wanted to check with some fellow knowledgable cat lovers:

My boy kitty, who is about 7 and weighs 16lbs., has a couple of things going on that I'm wondering about. I may just be overly concerned, but I'd like to hear some opinions. He was at the vet a few months ago and the doctor wasn't concerned about anything, but I'd like to know if there's anything I can do since the vet didn't offer anything. I'm sorry this is getting long already. Anyway, he gets pretty bad dandruff, dirty ears once in a while, wipes his behind on my carpet after pooping!, and once in a while will moan when in the litter box. Does all this add up to something? Oh, I give him fish oil for the dandruff which seems to help. Could this make him constipated?

I'm curious to know if others' cats have had these same things all together.

Thanks for reading! Excited to hear from anyone. Thanks!

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nern

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posted 10-19-2003 09:57 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for nern     Edit/Delete Message
Im not sure if the fish oil could be making him constipated but if you are concerned maybe you can just phone the vet and ask.
As far as rubbing his butt on the carpet goes....(Is he overweight?)Sometimes overweight cats have a hard time cleaning themselves which may cause this type of behavior or it could also be an indication of anal gland problem.

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CatGuy
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posted 10-20-2003 05:57 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for CatGuy     Edit/Delete Message
I've heard that cats may rub their butts on the carpet if they have a parasite.

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mybigfunny
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posted 10-21-2003 04:02 PM           Edit/Delete Message
Thankyou guys for taking the time to read and respond to my post. I guess there's not really anything I can do about him and his butt problem. He doesn't have impacted anal glands or parasites, maybe he's just itchy.

Oh well.

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fleafly
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posted 10-21-2003 08:45 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for fleafly     Edit/Delete Message
My cat was getting dandruff so I started brushing her regularly and her coat is a lot better. It's normal to get dirty ears once in awhile, you might have to clean them out occasionally. Wiping the butt on the carpet is usually 1)an itch 2) worms 3) or anal gland problems. As for the moaning in the litterbox I wouldn't worry unless it is often or he is really straining and nothing is coming out.

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mybigfunny
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posted 10-22-2003 05:11 PM           Edit/Delete Message
Fleafly- Thankyou! You've made me feel better about it all. I do brush him and clean his ears, so I guess he just needs it more than his sister.

I wish there was some way to get him to stop wiping his behind on my new carpet!

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fleafly
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posted 10-22-2003 10:23 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for fleafly     Edit/Delete Message
I've never had cats wipe their butt on the carpet, just dogs. That's kind of weird. Maybe you could put a little square of carpet by the litter box and he would wipe on that instead of the real carpet. I used to use those as doormats, they had them at my dollar store. They were a foot and a half by two or three foot squares. Maybe that would help?

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mybigfunny
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posted 10-23-2003 04:56 PM           Edit/Delete Message
That's an excellent idea! Will try.

Thankyou!!

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nern

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posted 10-23-2003 08:58 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for nern     Edit/Delete Message
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I've never had cats wipe their butt on the carpet, just dogs.

One of mine once dragged his butt across my rug after he had diarrhea....he also used to wipe his paws on my white curtains after he used the litter box.

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fleafly
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posted 10-23-2003 09:55 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for fleafly     Edit/Delete Message
Sounds like a pretty picture, nern. I can't even have curtains b/c the cats think they are for hanging on and climbing!

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krazyK
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posted 10-24-2003 07:57 PM           Edit/Delete Message
Hey moaning while pooping? are you sure its not a man? LOL just kidding, anyways, dogs also wipe they're behinds on the carpet, annoying but completely normal.
Not to much you can do about that truthfully.
As for dandruff, i had the same problem, and using head and sholders, mixed with dove baby wash worked wonders for my pure bred long haired persian worked wonders.
hope this works for you take care

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nern

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posted 10-24-2003 08:03 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for nern     Edit/Delete Message
LOL Fleafly - some of mine used to do that too but only when they were kittens.

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