Have you fed her Elk before? She might be sensitive to it.
:goodpost: ... I'm also thinking stress since you were gone for so long and she is probably very attached to you... I'm betting it will grow back out now that mommy's back where she belongs!Maybe it's stress, though? Our fluffs are so sensitive emotionally also. If I leave Casanova on the same floor as the cat overnight (even with a gate), he will get diarrhea the next day. Never fails. Maybe Sophie was stressed you were gone?
Thanks for the update, Sarah. I hope she stops tear staining soon. I know how hard it is to figure out.Well, the good news is that Sophie doesn’t have any sort of infection. I guess I already knew that she didn’t have one, but I took her in, just for peace of mind, I guess.
My vet pretty much explained to me what we already know, LOL-- that food sensitivity and stress could both have contributed to Sophie’s tearing and staining, but he was leaning more toward seasonal allergies. He wanted me to start Sophie on a two-week course of an antihistamine, and if her tearing lessened during the course, a chronic course of an antihistamine would be the best option, according to him. I politely declined. He said I could also give her a vitamin C supplement, which I’m going to look into, but I’m thinking she gets enough in her vegetables?? Ugh, I don’t know... I’ve also read some stuff on zinc, which I’m looking into further. I’m not even fully convinced this is due to seasonal allergies. Shouldn’t her eyes be itchy? Shouldn’t she be tearing excessively? She’s not showing any signs of discomfort, and it doesn’t seem like her eyes are itchy. She is tearing a little more now than she was before I had left, but I wouldn't say it's excessive.
For now, I'm just going to continue to feed her home-cooked meals for a month or so, and then go from there. I just hope I see some improvement soon! :smpullhair: