She has had complete blood work, urinalysis, stool sample, two ultrasounds, X-rays, a barium swallow, blood pressure check, and a thorough physical exam. The barium swallow showed normal motility and no problems. All studies were normal except the ultrasound which showed a little thickening of the stomach lining.
Sadie hasn't done this constantly but it has been frequent. I took her to the vet again yesterday and the ultrasound showed what it had before. Our vet, pooties only, who used to teach at Tufts, feels she likely had a gastroenteritis and that she was associating the litter box with discomfort so was going outside of it. In other words the problem is behavioral due to discomfort from a passing physical ailment. To that end she prescribed Prozac, Prednisone, Pepcid and Miralax.
One dose of the Prozac and I decided to put that on hold, she was groggy. I have her in a big dog crate so I can watch her closely as we have other cats.
Here's where I'm confused. We have five female cats in the house and five boxes. The boxes are cleaned twice a day. No change there. This started three months after we lost our Toonces and she wasn't close to him. It also started two weeks before we lost Pooh and she wasn't close to him either. There have been no changes in food for over a year... nothing has changed.
I can understand the vet's thoughts about discomfort but since this was not constant I don't understand why, if discomfort is the case.
She is right now in her crate eating, drinking, purring, ears are cool, she's rolling over for tummy scratches, and she's peeing in the box but not pooping, hasn't in two days. I called the vet and if Sadie doesn't go by morning we have to take her in to be sedated and depooped.
I've tried catnip to relax her but she isn't interested. I am now at my wits end and would like to avoid having to take her to the vet tomorrow.