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Cat keeps going n the litter tray every few minutes

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miniwedge · 03/09/2012 19:54

Hi, she is four yrs old, normally solid poos, once a day.

The last 24 hours she keeps getting in the litter tray, looks like she's trying to take a crap and then flies out of the tray and has a mad run through the living room. Confused

Any thoughts?

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cozietoesie · 03/09/2012 19:59

I think she's constipated - trying but not managing to get it out and then becoming annoyed (maybe even sore.) I'd get her down to the vet unless the situation changes. You might have a think about her diet as well and discuss that with the vet if no other problems are found. A cat that young shouldn't normally be having bowel problems.

miniwedge · 03/09/2012 20:00

Hmm, ok, could it be her food? The vet told us to just give dry food and plenty of water after she got repeated diarrhoea?

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miniwedge · 03/09/2012 20:01

Oh, and she has pooed, did one this morning that looked pretty normal just not as big .....

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stinkyfluffycat · 03/09/2012 20:09

Is she peeing? If not vet asap, ours did that (going in tray, nothing coming out) and it was a blocked bladder, which can be fatal if not dealt with. Vet said it's much more common in boy cats though, so hopefully that's not it!

cozietoesie · 03/09/2012 20:10

I've hardly ever used dry food on mine so I'll have to leave that to others' views - but if the vet asked you to give that post-diarrhoea, maybe it's had too much of the opposite effect ?

If she's had a poo this morning, keep an eye on her. If she's done one that's not as big as you'd expect she's likely got more to expel to clear herself.

(By the way - also check round the house carpets carefully in case she's been dashing around at other times to dislodge another poo that's got stuck. Sorry 'bout that but it does happen.)

Even if she does evacuate completely this evening, I'd give the vet at least a phone to let them know what's happened and ask advice on the appropriate diet from now on.

Did the vet tell you what the likely cause of the diarrhoea was?

cozietoesie · 03/09/2012 20:11

Hopefully not, stinky. I'd assumed that the OP was seeing the 'high squat' which is quite distinctive.

Meowmi · 03/09/2012 23:08

I'd be more inclined to think it was her bladder.

My cat did exactly the same when he had a UTI, took him to the vet and he was borderline for forming crystals. It's the dried food that causes it and was told to either not give dry food or i could buy perscription food formulated for the problem.
I have only just introduced dry food after 8 years. but still only give it once in a while for a bit of variety.

My mums female goes through stages of the same behaviour and she stops the dried food for a while then the cat goes back to normal.

I'm sure i was told that dry foods with a high protein content are ones to avoid.

cozietoesie · 04/09/2012 07:45

Well I hope we can get to the cause of this. I've never given dried food to my current senior boy because his teeth (those that are left) aren't up to crunching - he's more of a slurper upper of wet food which seems to suit him fine. I'm therefore not very well versed in the merits or otherwise of dried.

Hopefully, the OP can update us.

goodtimesarecoming · 04/09/2012 07:48

My cat had this and it was cystitis, quick course of antibiotics cleared it straight up.

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