Elderly cat and milk

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  • [Deleted User]
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    He has now started to smell rank - it is not his "rear end" that is clean - it seems to permeate his whole body
    Could it be his anal gland is blocked? 

    Could be - has he been 'scooting'? (rubbing his bum on the carpet)

    No he hasn't - I have had cats that did that in the past
    Not this one! 
  • [Deleted User]
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    edited 8 May 2021 at 11:30AM
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    yksi said:
    When you say rank, is it like urine smell all in his skin? Because that's kidney failure. It's incredibly common in cats of advanced age, I'm afraid.
    No it's more like poo smell - only not quite as strong
    I wondered whether he had been rolling in fox poo but don't think that he has 
  • Savvy_Sue
    Savvy_Sue Posts: 46,104 Forumite
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    What can we do to stop him from drinking milk ?
    We have tried speaking to neighbours but they all deny that he is visiting them - he could be going several hundred yards - so we cannot track him
    We tried the "Paper collar" trick but that was ripped off by him as soon as he left the house
    He doesn't wear a normal collar - never has done
    Any chance that you could follow him one day? 

    It could also be worth putting something on NextDoor, local FB groups and the like. 
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    Savvy_Sue said:
    What can we do to stop him from drinking milk ?
    We have tried speaking to neighbours but they all deny that he is visiting them - he could be going several hundred yards - so we cannot track him
    We tried the "Paper collar" trick but that was ripped off by him as soon as he left the house
    He doesn't wear a normal collar - never has done
    Any chance that you could follow him one day? 

    It could also be worth putting something on NextDoor, local FB groups and the like. 
    No, we've tried in the past - he runs quite fast for an old man and disappears quickly 
  • TBagpuss
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    Talk to your vet.
    They may be able to advise about the smell, and whether it is a symptom or something needing more investigation.

    It may be that he has some digestive issues and is less able to clean himself as well as he used to, so even if his bum looks clean he may not be washing as much or as effectively as he used to. If he's stiff of achy then the vet may be able to offer suggestions to make him more comfortable, which might help if that's the problem.

    I's also agree with the suggestions to try him on lactose free milk at home to see if that reduces the  amount he looks for it elsewhere, and consider posters / positing on local groups to identify whoever is giving it to him (ideally they probably shouldn't be giving it to their own cat, either, of course! )

    All posts are my personal opinion, not formal advice Always get proper, professional advice (particularly about anything legal!)
  • [Deleted User]
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    OK The vet reckons that it may be colitis and has given us a "syringe" of a probiotic to give him orally every day..
    We tried last night and he spat most out straight away
    Doesn't look very good - he is getting very thin around his rear haunches
  • Fiona236
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    My cat is on glandex. Its for anal glands but its a pro and prebiotic. Done my old cat wonders. 
  • coffeehound
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    OK The vet reckons that it may be colitis and has given us a "syringe" of a probiotic to give him orally every day..
    We tried last night and he spat most out straight away
    maybe try a drop every few minutes, he should get used to it 
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    The vet didn't think that it was caused by his anal glands - and didn't empty them
    He has a cyst behind his left ear as well - which the vet wouldn't touch !
    We gave up on the medicine - he was getting extremely stressed
  • sheramber
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    The vet didn't think that it was caused by his anal glands - and didn't empty them
    He has a cyst behind his left ear as well - which the vet wouldn't touch !
    We gave up on the medicine - he was getting extremely stressed
    Can you not mix it with  some tuna or some wet food?
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