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Cat Scooting for a month plus
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1 May 2019 - 4:10 pm
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Hello,

My cat has recently had to have her rear hind leg amputated due to a tumor located on her thigh. Before her surgery though, she had been scooting for about a month prior and has had her anal glands expressed twice. Her stool sample was also checked and came out clear. The two vets I took her to had no idea why she was scooting. I’m worried because she is still trying to scoot after her surgery and I am afraid she will damage her incision site. I haven’t switched her diet so I’m at a loss as to what to do. I’m taking her back to the vet tomorrow for an amputation related problem but I would really like to hear any thoughts on why she’s still scooting. smiley13

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1 May 2019 - 4:56 pm
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Hi Bluemoon, welcome! Exactly how long ago was the amputation?

I’m hoping that our Fairy Vet Mother Dr. Pam has some good insight for you. I wish I had some but I don’t. Maybe someone in our community will besides Dr. Pam so hang tight OK?

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1 May 2019 - 6:27 pm
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Hi and Welcome
Glad to hear you are seeing the vet again tomorrow. I’m not a vet just a fellow member. I can give you some links to read in case Dr. Pam doesn’t get to you before your appointment.

Everything You Never Wanted to Know About Scooting and Anal Glands

Does Your Cat Show This Dog-Like Conduct? It’s Abnormal and Foretells a Problem

Cat Scooting: What it Means and What to Do

Hoping you find a solution for you both.
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Thank you Holly! These are such helpful links!

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The main causes of this are anal gland problems, fleas, or allergies such as food allergy. I suppose constipation is possible but most of those cats vomit or strain in the litterbox but do not scoot.

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Thanks Jerry, her amputation was this past Monday 4/29. I bought her some comfortable e-cone alternatives but it seems that I might have to stick with the one the vet provided since she now seems to be licking the base of her tail raw which may be related?

Thank you Holly and Pam for your input! I’m thinking that she might possibly have a food allergy so I’m going to look into feeding her less grains overall and hope it helps. If not I may dig deeper into it being a possible skin condition. smiley5

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I suspect the licking at the base of the tail is related to the same reason for the scooting. Just an opinion nothing more as I said earlier I am not a vet.

I would go grain free and switch to a novel protein and see if that helps.

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Hold onto that first article too it mentions arthritis not sure how old your kitty is, but it stood out to me something I was unaware of especially now that she is a tripawd.

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If the diet changes don’t help I would look into a feline-only practice, I believe you will have better luck – that is all they see is cats.

You can search your area here https://catfrie…..erinarian/

Select feline-only and see if you have one in your area. 

Best of luck & let us know what helps, please

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Purrkins said

I would look into a feline-only practice,

Ditto on the tail licking, I don’t think that’s a coincidence poor girl. Her amp wasn’t that long ago, hang in there.

I think seeing a feline-only vet for another opinion is a terrific idea! 

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