My cat just did something I have never seen him do. Basically he was licking himself near the anal area but was also pooping some. He did this a few times. I put him in the litter box and he jumped back out. The poop was solid, small turds. I tried stopping him verbally or touching him each time he was trying to lick if he was pooping and then again after when he was just licking himself.
He did scoot his butt on the carpet for a second (which I thought was more of a dog behavior). He was standing in the hall and crying out some earlier, but he has cried before bowel movements before, moreso when younger.
He continued to lick himself, but was calmly laying by me. He got up and has been drinking from his water bowl for longer than usual now.
Do I need to be concerned about the pooping and excessive licking?
My roommate did just get a puppy and our apartment is fixing our fire alarm so it keeps beeping (which scares him each time), so could it maybe be stress or attention? Please help! I will call my vet in the morning but too late at night now.
Doesn't look to be any swelling. There does seem to be maybe a white-ish material on the hair above, like the tail base area. I also noticed, or thought I did, some white-ish discharge on one of the stools. I can try to attach a photo if it would help, but looks mostly normal to me
His stools vary sometimes, but are usually hard, and often in smaller segments, but these did seem smaller than usual.
He is back laying by me again...I was worried having never seen him licking so intently and while having a BM
Thanks so much! We were just at the vet for annual checkup last week and she also suggested adding some wet food (he is also a big cat [but not hugely overweight, just a lb or so more than target], so thinking less carby food could be good for that and for softening stools some.) I also will try the fiber suggestions too!
Would there be anything I should look out for tonight that might warrant having to bring him in to an emergency clinic?
I will keep an eye on him for more licking or dragging. Thanks again for your timely response...I can stop being so worried now!