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Hello everyone, I just need a little bit of advice. I know nothing is better than just going to the vet and asking, and if there's even a 1% suspicion that she needs to go I'll take her. The only reason I ask for advice is that Missy is still very young, she's almost 14 weeks old and she hasn't had her third round of shots yet. I don't want to unnecessarily stress her and expose her by taking her to the vet if I'm just being a nervous nelly.

She'll be home a week tomorrow, and she's really blossomed in that time. She went from being timid and having litterbox troubles, to using it consistently in a matter of days. Today and last night, she's gone back to not using her box. She peed on my husband's hand this morning, and all day shes been peeing infront of her box instead of in it. Yesterday she started suckling me, and has done so today as well, and today shes been sleeping most of the day. I know kittens are growing and sleep a lot, but it's more than the last few days. And shes been very cuddly, staying next to me and in my lap as long as I'm home. She does still eat like a champ though! I've only had her a week so I don't know if this is her growing personality and her litterbox woes are still from the stress and change of coming home, or if maybe there's something more.

She was spayed before I brought her home, and was a week out of it. We've still been monitoring her activity, keeping her from licking. We took her to the vet the day after she came home (last thursday) and vet said everything was in order. Today though, a bump near her incision is starting to look red. I have photos:
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I don't like the look of it, but it's a small bump. I've never seen a spayed cat before so it's hard for me to tell if its normal.
 

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A vet visit is definitely the way to go. That does not look right and with her peeing on his hand that is not normal and could be a UTI as well as an infection at the incision site. It is a small bump so not sure if it could also be a hernia.
 

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I don't like the look of it either. Together with the peeing outside the litterbox and on your husbands hand I would go to the vet for a health check.

Please let us know what the vet said!
 
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Agreed a vet visit is needed as that does not look normal. Please keep us posted on this little girls progress and hugs for you.

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Got back from the vet, and definitely something wrong but hard to know what for sure, not currently life threatening. Vet thinks it's a reaction to the internal stitching or that it might have popped loose (don't quite know the technical explanation for it).

Because shes still eating well, her temperature is normal and she's still energetic he doesn't want to put her on antibiotics yet. She has a little sock coat to hold some gauze on it with a topical solution to help clean the wound and heal it. If its not a problem with the stitching that has to be corrected, it could very well clear up on it's own with this simple care.

She's booked for another follow up appointment on Monday, and before then we need to collect a fresh urine sample (she woke me up this morning by peeing her full bladder on the bed next to me, so nothing to bring the vet.)

Thanks for all the love and support!
 
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So glad to hear its not anything serious. Maybe she just needs another week to relax. Watching for updates

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positive healing vibes amd head smooches

To collect a sample I bought a soup laddle ( kept in the garage with a pawprint drawn on the handle )
Amd just quietly sleek it under when they squat to pee.

You could also ask the vet to rule out spay incontinence ?

Glad you took her in to the vet - all paws crossed it heals up

Wondering if the litter box is low ? Perhaps with tummy surgery she may not want to go into a high sided or top entry litter box?
 

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Good to hear an update. Sounds like a good vet if you get a follow up time so soon. Fingers crossed and hugs to you!
 

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Will keep positive vibes going. Please continue to update us in this thread. Your information/experience will no doubt help someone in the future. Hoping you get a pee sample quickly.
 
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The vet actually gave us a special litter that won't absorb her pee (plastic pellets) and we swapped it into one of boxes she pees the most in. Our floor is all tile though, and shes been mostly peeing right in front of it these past two days so I'll likely be able to pick it up with the syringe direct from the tile. We need to bring it in fresh though, within six hours. So if we can't get a sample before closing we have to get a different spot tomorrow.

I'll ask about spay incontinence, thanks Yoda Mom! I don't think that's her issue though as she seems to have control. She was using her litterbox like a champ Saturday to Sunday, and her pee behavior seems very deliberate and targeted. But I'd like to know.
 

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Just in case someone else has this issue and finds this I wanted to post an update. I'm sorry I ddint say anything else sooner but the vet still wasn't 100% sure what was going on so I didnt feel I had a thing to report. Missy is totally fine now AND we know what it was!

It was just a reaction to the sutures used in her spay (the internal kind). Shebalso kept licking it, which further irritated it. The original instruction was to keep it wrapped but we found that ended up irritating the area further.

In the end, the best thing we could do was keep a cone on her so she couldn't lick the area. It was a miserable week for her, but necessary. She wasn't on any antibiotics as she was still full of energy and eating well and they didnt want to give it unless they had too. Two to three times a day, we soaked gauze in saline and wrapped the area for about an hour to help draw out any infection or pus. We were also subscribed a topical solution, applied once or twice a day to the area to keep away infection. We were advised to use only a drop. Otherwise we left her underbelly "open" and she did much better than when it was wrapped all the time.

She has now completely healed, no bleeding or infection and vet says shes a-okay! (The appointment was last night) she does have a bit of a scar from it and dies have a sort or bump that she'll have forever...but its just cosmetic and the vet says it's nothing to worry about.

I'm also proud to say that after the first vet visit, she went back to peeing in her box. Has only had one accident since while she was wearing her cone (and I think it was because she had the cone on and just didn't like it).
 

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Very good news, thanx for sharing!
 
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Thanks for the update. Im so glad you were able to find out what was wrong and get her fixed. Love happy endings

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