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Our otherwise healthy 7-yr old male cat has been expressing

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Hi, our otherwise healthy 7-yr old male cat has been expressing his anal glands around the house. We had him checked out at the vet and they found nothing wrong physically. He has been stressed out and overgrooming (we moved 6 months ago), so the vet put him on prozac, for about 2 1/2 weeks now. Just today, he zapped the sofa. HELP!
Submitted: 11 months ago.
Category: Cat Veterinary
Expert:  Dr. Alleyne replied 11 months ago.

Hello my name is***** and I am a licensed veterinarian with over 9 years of experience. I am hoping to help you with your pet Little Buddy today. Since I can’t physically exam your pet, I may need to respond with several follow up questions so I can best help you. Remember there is no limit on how many questions you can ask to in order to clarify any information I have provided regarding your pet. I just have a few initial questions to ask to gather some more information if you don’t mind? Has he had any bloodwork done by your veterinarian? Is he on any other medications besides the Prozac?

Customer: replied 11 months ago.
full bloodwork was done, all his levels were good. He's not on any other medications. He behaves normally, no scooting, stools are normal. Only abnormal behavior is overgrooming his belly all the way up to his ribs and inside his back legs. And expressing his anal glands on soft things like blankets that smell like his owners.
Expert:  Dr. Alleyne replied 11 months ago.

Okay thanks for the additional information. Is he strictly indoors or does he go outdoors as well? Is he on any flea preventative? With his licking excessively I would wonder if he developed some type of allergy that has caused him to start licking himself excessively. You may want to ask your veterinarian about trying some type of anti-histamine for him to see if that would help. As far as the anal glands, if the allergies are causing him stress then hopefully relieving the itching may help with the anal glands

Customer: replied 11 months ago.
He's strictly indoors. About 7 months ago, he was around an outdoor cat. They didn't like eachother, but they shared a space. Other than that, he snuck out once over a year ago. You think the stress of itchy allergies would lead him to intentionally make his comfy spots extra special stinky? (I love trying to talk about cat psychology)
Expert:  Dr. Alleyne replied 11 months ago.

In my experience, nothing about a cat's behavior surprises me. I have seen it all from cats being intentionally vindictive which manifests as inappropriate soiling behavior, to cats being extra sensitive so if they are sick in anyway they exhibit very odd behavior. So I wouldn't be surprised if that was the case. You can definitely confirm this if you can get him to stop itching and the anal gland soiling ceases.

Customer: replied 11 months ago.
Very interesting... Do you have any idea what type of allergies? Second question: can we follow up this conversation later, like tomorrow or later tonight?
Expert:  Dr. Alleyne replied 11 months ago.

Yes cats can be allergic to food or things in the environment like pollen, grasses, molds, etc. . It would be hard to tell without allergy testing. Sometimes cats can have contact hypersensitivity where they get in contact with something and over respond to it. We can follow up with this conversation maybe tomorrow evening. You can send me a response and I usually get an email notification then I will try to responds as quickly as I can depending if I have access to a computer.

Customer: replied 11 months ago.
Thanks, Dwight! Will do.
Expert:  Dr. Alleyne replied 11 months ago.

Hello i was just wondering if you have any further questions regarding your cat?