Cat licking around anus-hair missing

My one-year old kitten had a freak accident last weekend and dislocated her jaw. She was taken to a vet on an emergency basis and she was given a shot of a pain killer, then we took her to the animal hospital right after that and she was sedated and had her jaw relocated. I have her oral pain meds for the next several days and switched her over to wet food. I noticed a few days ago she seemed to be licking her butt a little more than usual, and while I haven't noticed it very recently, I have

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    By: Julie Ann El Segundo, CA

    Replied on 04/19/2011

    Licking around the anus in a cat is the result of some source of irritation.  This can be anal sacs that are too full or infected, diarrhea, fleas or other allergies.  Since your cat just had a major injury and surgery there is the possibility of trauma to the area.  A sudden change to canned food was necessary in your cat's case due to the jaw dislocation, however a sudden diet change can cause diarrhea.  Check your kitty's litter box to see if this is the case.  If so be sure her anal area is clean after using the litter box.  If diarrhea or licking persists check with your veterinarian for recommendations.

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