Following the demise of Loki, Athena has...done...something or other. I know she's been under stress, losing her buddy, and I'm wondering if it's triggered something, 'cos unless I'm nuts, our six-year-old spayed female seems to have gone into heat. She isn't doing the waving butt thing, thank god, but she is producing some of the most foul-smelling cat-musk-dead-fish vaginal discharge you have ever had the hideous misfortune to smell, very strongly reminiscent of a unspayed female cat who's lookin' for love. I am utterly baffled. (Normally, let me add, I do NOT go inspecting my cat's rear, but after she leapt into my lap, with the misasmic effect of being smacked in the face with a ripe flounder, I made exception.)
I know stress causes yeast infections in human women, and she's displaying no other signs whatsoever of any discomfort or illness--in fact, without Loki shouldering her aside to eat her food, she's not even vomiting any more. If she were a dog, I could hazard guesses about anal glands needing expressing, but I don't know if that applies to cats. She's not in any distress, she's perky, cuddly, good appetite, not listless, no tender spots--she's just sporadically...err... stinking.
I'm consulting my step-mom, the dog groomer, who has Seen It All, and if she doesn't know, I guess it's another trip to Ye Olde Vet, to try and explain that the cat has that not-so-fresh feeling.