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What Should I Do for my Constipated Cat?

Dietary fiber, like that found in beans, can help a constipated cat.
Replacing dry food with moist food might help a constipated cat.
A veterinarian should see any constipated cat.
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If you have a constipated cat, he or she will probably show signs of either straining on the litter box, fewer stools, and may often have stools that are small and look very dry. Conditions that may result in a constipated cat are numerous, and some are severe, so a veterinarian should see any constipated cat.

The constipated cat may have blockages or tumors that are causing feces not to be able to pass easily through the intestines. Most often, the constipated cat is dehydrated, and may need initial intravenous fluids. Dehydration tends to occur most often in older cats, though it can be noted in younger cats. Be certain to always offer clean, fresh water to cats, and refill water bowls frequently during the hot season.

The constipated cat may have a slightly narrowed colon, which can cause difficult passage of feces. This condition cannot be treated successfully in most cases, but one can compensate by giving the cat softer or canned food, and by supplementing the cat’s diet with dietary fiber, as per a vet’s directions.

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Some cats enjoy beans, pumpkin, or even fruits and veggies. If your cat enjoys such, offer cooked vegetables along with soft food to help your constipated cat. In many cases, cats will refuse to eat such things, so one may have to supplement the diet of the constipated cat with over the counter dietary fiber. Be certain to obtain directions from a vet prior to fiber supplementation. In most cases, cats will readily eat guar gum, sometimes called Benefiber® because it has little taste. It can be mixed in the cat’s water, or poured over a dish of food.

Occasionally, one will have a constipated cat because one has changed to a different litter box, or kitty litter. Also, irregular cleaning of the cat box can make some cats reluctant to use the box. In general the litter should be cleaned once daily, and if one has to buy a new litter box, attempt to replace it with one of exactly the same size and dimension.

Try to accustom the cat to the new litter box by leaving it next to the old box for a few days, so the cat can come to recognize the new “bathroom.” Once the cat is regularly using the new box, remove the old one.

In some cases, cats may suffer from obstipation, defined as total absence of bowel movements. This condition is extremely serious as it may indicate a fatal bowel obstruction. A cat that has had no bowel movements for several days, is vomiting, and seems weak should be seen by a vet immediately for treatment.

In most cases, the constipated cat can be helped to have more regular bowel movements by first diagnosing his or her condition, and then following the vet’s instructions. A constipated cat with proper treatment may go on to live a long and healthy life.

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finnoah
Post 117

Another thing that might help your kitty is Hartz multi-vitamin Prebiotics for cats. They can be found at Walmart for about $3.99. They are chew tabs and my extremely finicky kitty likes them. It's so funny watching him take his vitamins.

finnoah
Post 116

I have a cat who gets constipated regularly. The easiest, cheapest and the best way to relieve him naturally is canned pumpkin. I just go to my local grocery store and buy a can of Libby's canned pumpkin for $1.15 and mix about a tablespoon in with a half a can of wet cat food. I do this once a week and my kitty is fine. Since I normally feed my cat dry food, the wet food is a treat and he doesn't seem to mind the pumpkin.

I keep a small portion of the pumpkin in a sealed container in my fridge and freeze the rest, thawing it as needed.

Inca
Post 115

Thank you all for taking the time to post, because the people who are reading are likely to be loving and concerned kitty owners who can't afford veterinary care unless absolutely necessary and are desperately searching for help.

This is such a tough one because in some cases the home remedy is so simple and effective -- just get your cat pooping again, but the veterinary care for it is so damn expensive. Let me add my experience.

Unfortunately, my elderly 18 year old cat died while I was trying to give him a second enema. I think he had a cardiac arrest as he died very quickly after struggling under my gentle grip and panting a few times. He went very quickly and I now realize that he was seriously impacted and not just constipated, and might have died under veterinary care or had to be put down anyway, but I feel horrible that I could have caused it that way by possibly doing something wrong: pushing liquids and laxatives, giving enemas, feeding pumpkin and oils, waiting for results and not taking him in. I really had no money (I've been unemployed) and he was still drinking water and not in obvious pain, so I researched the remedies on the internet adding to my own significant experience with feline care and nutrition, but kept saying "one more day" to myself. But in reality, they need an X-ray and treatment right away if nothing is happening.

If you are weighing out whether to go to the vet or not, be prepared that you are dealing with life or death after a week or more of very hard little stools or no stools.

I have successfully treated my cats over the years and have learned much about feline ailments, so I was pretty confident in my judgment, but I have never had one that required enemas. My advice if you've never dealt with this issue before is to try the baby enema, the pediatric one in the little bulb with the orange tip, if food and supplements aren't working -- possibly a few times, with the mineral oil and warm water solution described by no. 32. That actually did seem to help my cat a bit, but still just one tiny still hard stool the morning after, so it wasn't enough, and then the cat started trying and straining again and I was prepared to try with a bigger enema bottle emptied and refilled with the mineral oil and warm water and soap solution two days later. The cat couldn't take even a few cc's of it.

If the baby enema, whether alone or with the advice to give Miralax or one of the other stool softeners doesn't work, then that should be your last resort, unless you've done this before. Also, I would not give any mineral oil orally. If you absolutely can't afford any expensive procedures, you still may be able to save your cat by going to the vet and getting an X-ray and an enema or seeing what they will say about the prognosis and about home care.

I don't know if I would have felt any better had my cat died under the vet's care, but at least I wouldn't have felt like I killed him. Good luck.

anon347121
Post 114

My cat, who has IBS, loves pumpkin -- canned, not spiced pumpkin pie mix. I add 1/2-1 tsp. canned pumpkin to her wet food every time she eats. She loves the sweetness of the pumpkin and it provides fiber for her bowl movements. I've not had any problem with diarrhea. Try it slowly and work up to the amount I recommended so they get used to the taste. This was recommended to me by a veterinarian.

anon346517
Post 113

From my own personal experience with having a cat with a constipation issue. I've learned to only use "Iams ProActive Health Adult Digestive Care." It's the pink bag. When my cat was about three years old, all the cat food I was feeding him was severely constipating him. I had to take him to the emergency vet because he was vomiting pretty bad. I was scared. They did a scan and realized he was backed up pretty bad. They had to flush him out with an irrigation.

He stayed in the emergency care for two extra days until he was stable enough to go home. The bill was $2,000 and I had no insurance at the time. Now, I have Trupanion and I advise anyone with a pet to use them. They pay 90 percent of the bill.

Now, he goes to the bathroom regularly and he hasn't had any issues since. They have different sizes of the bag. I would suggest try the 3.5 pound bag first and see how your cat responds to it. Watch their litter and see if they go regularly. But after my baby went in the hospital I'm scared to switch to anything else, because it's nothing to play with.

Also, for an emergency you can try Miralax. Yes, I know it's for humans but I researched it and used it on my cat when he was very constipated and it worked. I don't have to use it now because his cat food works fine for him. --

Denise

anon343769
Post 112

The best thing ever is Royal Canin feline fiber response food. It is amazing and works wonders. Ask your vet. It's about $30 a bag, but in the long run you will be saving a lot of money and no more enemas. My cat has been on it for about six months, and poops 1-2 times a day.

anon343627
Post 111

@Post no. 55: I would take my child/husband etc. to the ER if they were sick. The hospital has to treat them even if I don't have the means to pay. Unfortunately, the vet will not take care for your cat if you don't have the funds. I took my sick cat to two vets and an animal emergency center and they would not help her!

Frabruno
Post 109

You will be thankful for this advice. You can try a million things, but they don't work. You can spend $5000 on vet bills and it will work temporarily. From my personal experience with constipated cats:

- mix regular milk with 2-3 tablespoons of Activia and give to cat (mouth) by using syringe once a day for several days,

- if cat is constipated for a long time give him/her enema (that is simple to do yourself without paying a vet).

- give him/her canned cat food.

There is nothing more. End of all constipation problems for your cat.

HeartBreak
Post 108

Re: Mineral Oil and cat constipation

No to mineral oil. Do not choose this method and make the mistake I did. My cat is dying now due to me following the advice to administer mineral oil to him, my dear sweet cat.

Again, no to mineral oil. "Ingested mineral oil also can impair lung function, a condition known as lipoid pneumonia (New England Journal of Medicine 1998; 339:1947-1948)."

Also, when using the internet to search for solutions (as in an urgent situation like cat constipation), please do not panic as I did and make a decision too quickly. Always look and research which ever method you choose and look it up over and over again to see as wide a range of information as possible on it. Please don't leap too fast. It could cause you great pain and suffering, regret.

My kitty is near death as I write this.

I wish to warn anyone who reads this as to the dangers. If only I'd taken more time to research more completely.

anon257727
Post 106

Just like people take Activia and yogurt for digestion, cats can too. Brady was constipated as a kitten so when I realized he was prone to it I did some research. I actually feed my cat a Natural Balance food that has prebiotics (similar to probiotics) in the grain-free kibble specifically for this problem.

The Alpha did the trick and the absence of grains also seems to be good for him. He gets their canned grain-free too – just half a can a day.

anon257342
Post 105

I really want to thank everyone for the posts here. My kitty Mister Orange had been suffering first with vomiting every day, which we took him to the vet for. Without any testing, we were told he had irritable bowel syndrome and given an antibiotic and another medicine for ulcers and sent home.

He continued to vomit and we didn't like the first vet's nonchalant care of him so we took him to another who told us that he couldn't diagnose him without a list of 500 dollars worth of tests. We did not have the money for that, considering especially that the cost of treatment would have to follow, so we took him home and searched many sites while not sleeping and trying everything from pedialyte to water drops.

Finally, he coughed up a hair ball tightly woven -- about the size of a nickel -- and stopped vomiting, to our relief. And then came the constipation. He would run quickly then stop and lick his bum furiously. I was at my wits' end because he had not pooped in two days and we didn't have the money to treat and the vet I called could not give me information over the phone and told me it might be kinder to euthanize him.

I found this page five minutes later. And thank God for people who love animals. I tried the baby enema, poured out and mixed half mineral oil half water after feeding him wet food with a teaspoon of olive oil and water, and my baby finally went. Thank you all again!

anon253099
Post 104

I have read all the above posts, and wonder can anyone help me? My lovely 10 year old maine coon is pretty unwell at the moment (the vet has told us its a matter of time!), and suspects FIP, or maybe an abdominal tumour.

She has had a scan on her liver and that is o.k. but she also has a huge growth on the base of her spine. All the tests have been inconclusive, and she is also anaemic. She is currently on 6mg of prednisolone a day, and I am giving her ES clear which I imported from the states (I live in the UK). She is hugely bloated with fluid, but her appetite is as good as usual, however she was straining in the garden this morning and I had to help her evacuate hard dry stools.

She has lost a lot of mobility and can't jump up at all, but apart from that purrs as soon as we talk to her, and is enjoying her food and doesn't seem to be in pain. Please, could anyone advise me what to give to relieve her constipation as she is very precious to me. --Alison

jesusknight
Post 103

I started to just give my cats wet food only, and it did the trick! It's been a year and no more visits to the cat doc either. Also I feed him a small bowl of warm milk once or twice a week as it helps to soften the stool. No more doctors! No more crying kitties when they go to the bathroom! Yay!

He is back to his old self (at age 16) and is a happy kitty again. Hope this helps!

P.S.: If they have impacted feces in there, you will have to get it taken out first so nothing blocks the exit. An x-ray will tell you for sure if you can afford one, or an ultrasound.

anon241186
Post 102

I have a cat that suffers from severe constipation because he has mega colon. I do not know the reason for the mega colon because I got him from the pound. My vet thinks he has some sort of nerve damage along his spinal cord near his colon that causes him to back up the way he does.

He started developing problems when he was just two years old. After a near death experience with him and no BM in about seven days, he had to be taken to the ER because his stool was backed up to the point he was dry heaving because the stool was pressing against his diaphragm. My poor baby. The ER sedated him and gave him three enemas to cleanse out his colon. I am an RN and deal with severe constipation in the hospital all the time. After no help from the vet's recommendations, I suggested over the counter people stool softeners and laxatives. My vet first gave me Lactulose, but my poor cat hated the sweet, sweet flavor in his food and stopped eating. I then tried to squirt it in his mouth using a syringe and that became a huge mess and lots of scratches! I then asked if Ducolax would be safe for a cat and my vet said yes! I now give my kitty one 5mg tab of ducolax crushed in every meal.

I stopped feeding him dry cat food all together and switched to canned cat food only. Wow. This has helped tremendously! My kitty has a soft bm about once every two or three days and his belly is no longer bloated and sore! If he goes longer than a few days without a bm, I give him pediatric size Fleet enema (I empty out the laxative solution that came in the bottle and fill it up with half mineral oil and half warm water). My vet approved me to do this! This will always produce a good size bm after just a few minutes and my cat doesn't seem to mind it that much!

I hope this helps! My kitty is pain free, as long as I keep an eye on his litter box and make sure he gets one ducolax with every meal!

anon234037
Post 99

My cat was impacted and after fluids and several enemas at the vet the problem was how to keep him defecating on his own. He was on lactulose three times s a day and after four days he still hadn't gone.

I began giving him canned pumpkin, 2ml's in an oral syringe 3x's a day. After 2 more days and nothing I was ready to take him to the vet, when lo and behold, he went! I swear by the pumpkin. The lactulose keeps the feces wet and the pumpkin propels it out. I now adjust the lactulose and pumpkin accordingly.

anon215504
Post 96

I have a old cat of 22 who is a bit on the constipated side sometimes so I give her evaporated milk, just a little each day, about 1/2 a saucer diluted with a bit of water and that does the trick, also she loves the taste. Don't give any more than this. Otherwise, it will give your cat the runs.

anon189673
Post 93

Can constipation cause a high fever in a cat? Our 1 1/2 year old cat is at the animal hospital on IV overnight. His fever has gone down some and we are awaiting test results that will be back in the morning. X-ray shows he is really constipated so we are hoping he will pass once he gets more fluids in him. he hasn't eaten or drunk much for the last two to three days.

anon178632
Post 92

please i need help. my cat is around 10 years old, and i had him since i was 4 years old and now I'm 14. please someone, help me. i love him so much and i don't know what ill do if i lose my best friend. please help me.

i love him with all my heart. he won't poop and he won't eat or drink water. we gave him pelenisina and some water we gave him in his mouth just now. i left water in the room with ice cubes and i left him in there. please help me.

anon166141
Post 91

I read this entire thread and no one mentioned what my cat does: when he poops it is a "double-decker" stool. Seriously-he does this all the time. How is this anatomically possible? He runs around until it comes out. Is this a symptom of the mega colon this I just read about? He always looks too thin, but he is a long and tall 13 year-old unregistered siamese.

anon157359
Post 89

I found Laxatone Natural at the pet store. It doesn't have the petroleum in it which is not good for cats. Also, found NaturVet Natuals soft chews for hairballs which is doing the trick.

anon157168
Post 88

Please take your cat to the vet right away at the first sign of constipation. We just had to put our ozzie down because of kidney failure due to the constipation. We learned that cats can hide the fact until their colon blocks off their bladder and starts to cause kidney failure.

The vet recommended that you need to bring in the cat on emergency basis when this happens because of the fact that they will hide the issue until it is too late. Please don't try any home remedy until the professionals can diagnose what the issue is. It is not worth the money.

anon154056
Post 87

Vaseline (petroleum jelly) is toxic! Yes, some vets will recommend this for hairballs and constipation, which is very irresponsible of them. It cures one problem, but can create more serious ones! It is toxic! Not made for internal use! To the two posters who talked about using it on their cat, and anyone else thinking about it, don't. It will cause more problems. Please use some of the other great natural suggestions on this site.

#63: Please leave a bowl of water out for your cat all the time. Add ice cubes throughout the day to the water bowl if he will only drink cold water. Make sure you make the ice cubes with the bottled water, as it is obvious that your cat does not like the city water. It is very important that all pets have access to water 24/7.

#39: If the only water your cat gets is from her wet food, that is not enough. Such little amounts of water will cause dehydration. Which in turn will cause constipation. If she will not drink on her own, try the bottled water. It might just be the taste of your city water that she doesn't like. If that does not work, you are going to have to inject syringes of H20. Your vet can show you how to do this. Once she is hydrated, I doubt you will see any signs of constipation.

anon151528
Post 86

My young female cat was having a problem with chronic constipation, which included a couple of unpleasant visits to the vet for enemas. For several years now, she has done well on a regime of 1/4 teaspoon unflavored Metamucil and 1.5 ml lactulose mixed in with her wet food twice a day. The lactulose is very inexpensive to refill.

She poops regularly, and we have not had any traumatic episodes requiring a vet visit since she has been on this regime. She currently eats grain-free Evo dry food as well, which may also be helpful in keeping her unclogged.

anon146979
Post 85

Pumpkin puree and 2 Tbl water topped with tuna-like wet food keeps my cat happy, regular and crystal-free. He used to be sick every other month previously, poor little guy! Pumpkin was like a miracle for him!

Treasur04
Post 84

This is to answer #27. The reason milk is "usually" not good for cats is because they become "Lactose Intolerant" as they mature, and stop drinking their mother's milk. If they drink milk, they get "loose stool"! In this case, this is a "great thing"! This is why vets prescribe "Lactulose." It is a form of "Lactic Acid",and because the cat's system can't process it, guess what? It produces soft, looser stools! At least it helps. Sometimes, just giving your cat plenty of milk can help! It isn't as concentrated as Lactulose, but works on the same principle, and is safe.

As for oil? "Mineral oil" works because it is not digested, or absorbed from the gastrointestinal tract. Therefore, it is still in oil form when it reaches the other end, and can lubricate impacted matter, to help it pass. Vegetable or fish or meat oils only get digested and cause weight gain.

To use mineral oil safely, be sure your cat does not get it down their airway! It is a flavorless liquid that your cat may accidentally inhale while swallowing, because it can't taste it. Also, you can't give it continually, because it coats the whole gastrointestinal tract as it passes, and prevents the stomach and intestines from absorbing the nutrients from any food. It takes a while to clear, so that the intestines can start digesting again. Also, pumping more fiber into them, until you get the old stuff moving, is sure to make it worse!

But with these things in mind, they may help. I have a 17 year old siamese with mega-colon, so I understand.

anon140664
Post 82

My cat was constipated and I tried the mineral oil paste, wet and high fibre cat food- nothing worked. My poor cat was stressing every time she needed to defecate. I went to the vet and he prescribed me: polyethylene glycol 3350. I was advised to mix 1 teaspoon a day into her food. I decided to only use half this amount and the results were equally good.

This product is a gentle laxative; it works by keeping stool moist and easier to pass. The price was $30 for a 119 gram bottle. I was pleased to discover that this is product is also adequate for humans and it has an over the counter name of: Lax-A-Day (in Canada).

I buy this product at the drug store now since the cost is only $11 and it is the same chemical formula.

After four months of use, I am pleased with the results of this product and my cat poohs with joy. I highly recommend Lax-A-Day or polyethylene glycol 3350 for cat constipation.

anon139455
Post 81

Our cat had chronic constipation for well over four years. The first vet we took her to wanted to put her on the hills diet, medication and possibly surgery for what they thought was megacolon. We were not happy with their 'put her on meds" attitude.

We found a holistic vet instead, and with her help were able to manage her constipation for years. Here is what we did: we switched her to wet food only, either Wellness or Natural Balance. We gave her 1.5- 3 ml of lactulose every day, twice a day in the food. This is a natural laxative found in most pharmacies for humans, and it works very well for cats.

We monitored her pooping to make sure that she went every few days. We also took her in for acupuncture every three months.

We also had to make sure the litter box was always clean, as she's a fussy cat and will not go if it's too full. So that's it, worked for us!

anon134798
Post 80

My Bo (An adorable 5 year old domestic male cat) is suffering from mega colon. The vet has prescribed him "cisapride" 0.25mL 3 x daily with meals. I am also giving him 2 mL Paraffin oil daily. All this makes him go poo.

I have spent $1000 so far on his enema and cisapride is costing me $75/month.I have no money to take him to a vet anymore. Hope he stays all right with above medicine. Thanks for a good idea of adding water in his wet food. I will be doing that from today. Can anyone suggest if i should swap paraffin oil with olive oil?

anon134281
Post 79

Ours is an older long-hair with kidney problems.

He'll barely eat the wet renal food by itself, but we add in steamed Vietnamese River cobbler from the grocery store (fresh water fish - less chance for problems with salt, also cheapest one) and canned pumpkin (no additives).

The fish keeps him eating and the pumpkin helps him 'output' what he 'inputs'. We also add a couple of drops of that lactulose (sp?) stuff a couple times a month. He does also love yogurt.

The local vet in Japan was the person who put us onto the pumpkin solution. The local vet clinic here in the UK has been both kind and successful in treating our cats.

One of our cats went into full renal shutdown from growths on her kidneys that came on very suddenly. They did not rush the decision to put her to sleep. They talked with us about options, and they did not scurry us out the door afterward.

anon132175
Post 78

I tried supplementing my cat's dry food with wet food but it wasn't helping. I found this site and tried a suggestion- I gave him 1 tsp of olive oil in a syringe (no needle), and within an hour he had a bowel movement. I will try some of the preventive tips as well such as adding water to wet food. I'll try to remember to post whether this helps. This site is a great help, thanks!

anon129038
Post 77

thanks to all writing here.

my cat was acting very strange, running through the house and flopping down and biting/licking at her bottom.

she is almost two years old and an indoor fixed cat.

i feed her dry meow mix. It's about the only thing she won't turn her noise up to, she hates tuna and I've tried several other canned brands. she's just plain picky.

well she didn't want me to touch her and i was having a difficult time investigating because she is long haired angora, so i got a flash light and noticed that her poo didn't fully come out and she was very upset. So, i got a nice warm wet cloth to help relieve herself and noticed that it was normal in color but was basically one nasty long hair ball.

so, I'm trying some of the suggestions: butter, milk, and some fish oil. does anyone know if Vaseline is ok? I've heard it is but seems kind of strange and I don't want to make my cat sick. she is fine now though.

anon127887
Post 76

Nothing worked for my constipated cat, except of the "formula" I discovered after trying all meds prescribed by Vet. and reading all posts on this and other boards. Things didn't worked permanently. They helped for a few weeks or months, and the symptoms came back where they were before.

catcrazy
Post 73

I have two cats that are both constipated. I have been reading all of these great posts. The last vet I went to said use Metamucil but don't get too heavy handed. He said not to use Miralax as their intestines get "lazy". My son takes it and he doesn't seem to have lazy bowels.

Anyway I am grateful for your site. I have just started trying Miralax as well as adding some extra water to their urinary SO wet food. I will keep searching for help for my 16 year old cats. Thanks for everyone who takes the time to post for our animals

anon123060
Post 72

I live in the UK and my cat is 16 and gets very constipated. I have tried lactulose which sometimes works. I also give him Homeopathic Nux Vom, which also helps any tummy ache, and failing that Silica - this helps if the stools begin and then recede. Each time they work within a few hours.

I grind one homeopathic 6x into a powder between two teaspoons and then mix it with some butter and the cat takes it willingly. I have also started giving him Salmon Oil and hope that this will also help him.

anon115241
Post 71

Just spent $300 at the vet to get my elderly cat's bum reamed out. The vet said - feed him pumpkin.

So canned pumpkin and canned cat food, about 50/50. Much to my amazement, he loves it! I'm thrilled! This is also good for dogs with hard stools.

anon115142
Post 70

Just as an FYI, the Benefiber sold in stores is no longer made with guar gum. It is wheat dextrin. However, the institutional version of Benefiber (owned by Nestle) and used in hospitals, nursing homes, etc is still made with guar gum. They actually have in a can or in pre-portioned packages (3g of fiber per serving).

anon110876
Post 69

I'm a little concerned about a stray which has been living with us for four weeks now and suddenly has a big belly. It got really big three days ago and is getting bigger. i have no idea if her nipples are bigger than usual. I wormed her four or five days ago.

She is eating a lot and drinking fine, but i have not seen her go to the toilet in the last two or three days when I'm with her in the evenings and morning, yet I'm away during the day.

Is it possible that something else is happening other than pregnancy? I've felt her belly for kittens, but don't feel anything. she doesn't seem to be in distress. I'll be able to take her to the vet in two days.

anon110689
Post 68

My cat is four years old and was a very large cat but very active, but now he isn't eating his food and just barely drinks his water.

This all started after the loss of our older cat, she was 13 years old. But I noticed tonight that he has poop stuck in his butt.

I don't know what to do. He has little energy, and he's like a different cat. He still likes to be loved on, so that keeps me hopeful. I have no money to take him to the vet, and I need some help.

I love him so much, and I have kids that love him dearly. --mts center

anon110396
Post 67

from POST #32

Thank you, thank you, thank you!

My four year old cat had severe problems for over a month after being wormed. He ate regularly (wet) but pooped less and less frequently, and his droppings were getting smaller and drier day by day. He had already stopped drinking a couple of weeks before today, forcing me to take him to the vet (Banfield, which was a horrible experience), where for $270, they just gave him sub-q fluids for his dehydration, a blood test and said they could not figure out why he wasn't pooping. Mind you, they were the same ones that dewormed him three weeks before and never thought it could have been from the dead worms, since I hadn't seen a single one in his poop ever. I found out because he puked a four-inch roundworm.

Even after I pointed that out, they dismissed my comment without a response. I took him back home and started forcing him to drink with a few syringes full of water, several times a day and with some watered down milk, which he drank from the bowl. I even gave him lactulose and olive oil to no avail.

But then, after no poop at all for two days straight (with full meals) I finally got to this page and gave your tips a try.

Worked like a charm. I gave him 2ml of mineral oil orally, and about one hour and a half later, i put him in the tub and sat like you said and gave him the Fleet enema for kids, to which I added about 3ml of mineral oil as well. It was so blocked that I could not get anything out of the bottle, even squeezing pretty hard -- then it gave all at once, and 2/3 of the bottle content went right in all at once.

I took it out, he got out of the tub straight to the litter box (strategically positioned right next to us) and pushed and pushed and pushed. All at once, about three loads worth came out. some was pretty old and hard as rock, some really soft (too soft even).

It smelled like all graves in the world had come open at once inside that bathroom, but it was worth it! he puked as soon as he got out of the box (surely a reflux from the enema, which was unfortunately squirted through a little too forcefully). I let him chill a little after that.

Then when I saw he was okay (his face and body language already looked better despite the minor trauma), I put him back in the tub and squirted the rest of the enema in.Once again, straight to the box and one more whole load out, without any real straining this time.

Now he's understandably hiding under the couch, but it seems like he's going to be all right! Thank you so much!

anon105825
Post 65

Some posters probably saved my cat's life. He is a long hair domestic, three years, and vet said he has chronically congested gonads, which should clear out when he has a bowel movement.

This cat will not drink water, which the vet said is perfectly normal as wet food contains enough moisture. BS in this situation. He has become increasingly sedentary, no matter what toys are brought him.

I should mention there is a second smaller but more aggressive cat who is slightly younger, and arrived four months after he did. So this summer of extreme heat and he is easily frightened by loud noises, a day care in our backyard with screaming kids, the AC running -- it doesn't bother the smaller, scrappy guy, but Mr. Sensitive prefers a quiet, dark place and has also cut back on eating.

When it's quiet, he comes out, rolls on his back, plays around, and will then eat, but he needs to feel comfortable. And it's the same with his bowel habits. He prefers me nearby but needs his privacy. He is meticulous and I have to keep the box completely free, so its raked at least two times a day.

With all that intro, he was getting snappish, wouldn't let me near his hind quarters and clearly was not moving his bowels. I am now living on disability, so paying thousands to the vet for a solution is not an option. I adopted both my cats from their no kill shelter and both were ill when I brought them home. The second one cannot eat anything except sensitive stomach foods and I'm slowly moving them both to non-grain foods if they can tolerate it.

I came here somewhat frightened, not sure if there was anything safe to do at home. I bought the pediatric suppositories, and the pharmacist kindly mentioned I should slice them in half because they're too big even for a baby. What I didn't realize is that they should also be lubricated. The cat was not happy and I could not get more than half way in when he freaked and flipped himself away from me. However, the Miralax was a huge success. He had a bowel movement that evening and kept head bumping me and coming around for a pat.

He's not a lap cat, so this much contact is a lot from him. I want to thank all of you who come by and may not realize the impact of your time and effort. My big fluff ball is so gentle, and to see him in pain or such discomfort was very difficult for everyone. Thank you all.

anon104672
Post 64

My cat has had megacolon for two years now. We have spent thousands of dollars on vet bills. We give her enemas at home with warm water, and sometimes with a medication called dss. Home enemas are effective, however, when they get a hard plug of feces it's hard to get success from a home enema. Sometimes manual extraction by the vet is needed.

We use a syrupy type medicine called "lactulose". It's a stool softer prescribed by her vet. it helps keep the stool soft, however, its not 100 percent effective in preventing an "episode".

anon104520
Post 63

My cat has always denied water when I try to get him to drink. Now I give him cold bottled water from the fridge, a little at a time and throughout the day and he is drinking it regularly. I keep complimenting him as he drinks as well and this seems to get him to drink more.

anon101267
Post 62

Veggie oil, Olive oil, salmon oil, and fish oil are ok to use but if you kitten/cat is really constipated and you're sure it's not a blockage that cannot be passed, mineral oil can be used as an emergency last resort. If you have a newborn kitten be careful! Only use 3-5 drops on kittens as young as two weeks (any younger and this oil could be fatal). After giving your kitten/cat this oil you should have poo in about 10 mins so be ready. If they don't go within 15 minutes try an enema. Only use 1ml on baby kittens, less if they are newborns.

Call a vet somewhere and tell them what you are about to do and what you'll need to know. (emergency vets can talk you through it). Whatever happens, please do not let your cat go more than 48 hours without a movement.

anon98825
Post 61

My Vet had me give my cat baby oil" to get her going again. They told me baby oil and Vaseline are non-digestible oils and will push their way out. I gave it to her and within 30 minutes she went, after four days of nothing. I had given her olive oil, vegetable oil, tuna oil, and hair ball treatments and nothing worked.

I was told that the hairball treatment is made up of mostly petroleum jelly -ie. Vaseline- and would eventually work though. The other oils are all digestible and won't make an animal go to the bathroom, fish oil is also digestible, they just make an animal fat! Just thought I would share.

jesusknight
Post 60

And getting an x-ray of their colon never hurts to make sure there isn't a real blockage. if there is a real solid chunk sitting right in front of the anus, all the stuff you feed your cat won't help. The blockage will need to go first.

jesusknight
Post 59

I now use real salmon oil, and some olive oil as well, which is medicinal. I don't squirt it in their mouths. I put it in their food and mix it well. So far, both my cats like it and are happier with the wet food I give them.

I should have done this sooner to save me the +$500 to fix a constipated cat! Find a vet who likes using natural stuff first, before using surgery. It might save a cat some real misery!

anon97168
Post 58

is fish oil actually safe to give a cat? are you really sure?

anon95378
Post 56

I just spent 1000.00 on my constipated cat.

He is home now, but no poop yet. Not really sure what I paid for at this point since he isn't better. I went to the store and purchased a 50.00 water filtration/fountain and am about to go on my lunch break (thankfully my employers understand) to buy metamucil and wet food so he can poop already!

Now that I am doing more online research, I am beginning to realize that there were signs that I missed and that kitty constipation is not something to take lightly!

If your cat is showing any signs of being constipated, I recommend trying a home remedy as soon as possible to avoid a ridiculous vet bill.

I find myself counting my own bowel movements at this point!

Will advise if this helps him out. He doesn't have a megacolon yet, but maybe he will if he doesn't get some of that out of him!

renaissanze
Post 55

Other advice:

a) cat must eat within a day or two or can develop hepatic lipidoses, a possibly fatal liver condition.

b) giving mineral oil by mouth can result in aspirant pneumonia if it gets into lungs.

c) some constipated cats don't do well with more fibre; depends on cat;

d) some are helped my Miralax, PEG 3350 (Lax a Day in canada)

e) comment # 18: cat vocalizing and unable to poop or maybe to pee (sometimes urinary blockage is thought to be constipation) is a medical emergency. Find an emergency vet, even if you must travel to another town, beg ride from neighbor etc. If this was your child, or your marriage/common law partner, would you wait till Monday?? (you have internet, are a modern person).

e) if one vet can't help, try another.

jesusknight
Post 54

Cats don't need fiber! If they are clogging up, it will only clog them up more because fiber creates bulk!

Nor should they eat grains of any kind. They are carnivores.

i just found the best one being B.G. (Before Grains) and i mixed some fish oil in it, (and arthritis meds) and they like it fine. it's not sold in Pet Smart but many good pet food stores carry it. it comes in wet food and in dry so at least there is a choice for the cats.

anon94590
Post 53

My container of Benefiber does not list guar gum as an ingredient. The label says "wheat dextrin." It also says gluten-free (less than 10ppm gluten).

I would like to supplement my (irregular) cat's food with soluble fiber, but I'm not sure whether wheat dextrin is an appropriate fiber to use for this purpose. Can anyone advise me?

anon94436
Post 52

Just FYI: I read this site yesterday and decided I would post the good results that happened today. First - the story. My cat is a Norwegian Forest Cat (they're related to Maine Coons) and about 14 years old. She's very fat and a week ago, I decided that she could become diabetic on her dry food diet so I switched her to wet food and she got really constipated.

So yesterday after reading these posts, I tried adding some olive oil to her wet food. And while I was at it, I opened up a fish oil soft gel and squeezed that in too. This morning - it worked! She has now gone twice. Thanks for the advice!

anon94233
Post 51

My daughter found a new born kitten in our back yard and after no success of finding the mother I started bottle feeding her. She was doing great according to the vet last thursday.

Sunday night she stopped using the bathroom for me. I called the vet yesterday and he told me to give her 1/2cc of milk of magnesia. She finally pooped very little but now she seems so weak, I'm afraid she won't make it until morning.

What can I try to get her to use the bathroom. She is about two years old.

anon93995
Post 50

My KittyBoo didn't have any poop in his litter box so I realized then that he had to be constipated. Actually he has always had very small bowel movements, but never showed any sign of being sick or distressed until this one day when I saw that he did not look well and wasn't eating as he usually did.

It came to me to try giving him "George's Aloe Vera" juice, which we always have here for my grandson due to his bowel problems. Since this is a special distilled aloe juice it has no taste, it's just like water, so the cat drank it out of his water bowl and loved it. By the next day he was pooping and by the next week he was pooping a lot of big ones like he had never done before in his life.

This continued and after a few months I noticed that his big belly had disappeared. I had blamed this on his being a confined house cat with not enough exercise, but apparently he had accumulated backed up feces in his intestinal track. I also discontinued his IAMs cat food when I looked at the label and saw that it contained corn meal. There are much better products out there that are made without grains which cause constipation in cats. I also started giving him real food instead of just dry and canned commercial food, and he is so much healthier now, and does not shed hair like he used to.

By real food, I mean turkey, chicken, fish, and guess what? It does not cost any more than regular canned food but is just so much healthier for them. I also give him raw ground turkey which he loves. Animals were designed to eat meat and fish, not man made garbage!

jesusknight
Post 49

well, i had to eventually take him in and they needed to do the express themselves. he was getting dehydrated and we found out the reason he was getting clogged was because he has arthritis (it showed in the x rays) and because of the pain he did not go and just held it in and then it compacted and got stuck. his whole colon was fully loaded. Ugh!

So now that he is cleaned out (he was getting weak and couldn't wait) he is on glucosamine and chondroitin so this does not happen again. He is slowly getting better. i also found him a lower cat litter box by using an aluminum turkey cooking pan (for now). he is much better!

anon93225
Post 48

My cat had a constipation problem and was vomiting because of it. The vet tested her and suggested adding olive oil to her food. This helped slightly in a few days but she stopped eating the food because of the oil. She also began licking the hair off of certain spots.

I talked with a pet supply store and they said it was common in cats and I should try a grain free wet food and grain free dry food. After a couple of tries she really took to B.F.F wet food. Within three days she was going fine and has not had the problem in over a month.

She vomits now and then (three times in the last month) but it is mainly hairballs, which is way better than two times a day. Her hair is growing back and she is doing fine. Try the grain free food and talk to your local pet supply shop. The food may be a little more but the cat will be happier.

jesusknight
Post 47

does anyone know if the suggestions from #32 worked for them? my cat is so plugged up! i just went to the store to get some fleet pedia-lax and some mineral oil. he is 12 and had two express enemas done at the vets last year. thought that was behind us. but here we go again and we can't afford to even take him for the diagnosis now.

Will let you know one way or the other how it goes. thanks for the tips! we cannot always rely on vets as they are too expensive these days and would rather euthanize if we can't afford what they want us to do.

anon91149
Post 45

Sorry to hear of the problems you have been having. I have been reading of a similar problem, on an electrician forum - yes, An electrician forum.

It is UK based but has its own free Ask the Vet Forum too. (Own Resident Vet).

I have been looking at other threads too, and his help and advice is fab.

I will certainly post in there, should I need to.

anon89339
Post 44

I read somewhere that kittens should not use cat litter that clumps. They breathe in some of the dust (because their little faces are so close to it and they like to play, I suppose)--and the dust makes clumps in their digestive tract which can block their bowels. It's okay for grown-up cats.

anon85752
Post 43

I have 15 yea old cat that has had chronic constipation, causing him to have bloody stools not going in the litter box etc. He is a finicky eater so none of the oral laxative meds worked for me, until I discovered Miralax. This is a dissolving powder that I put in his 2 qt. self watering dish. I use one capful. There is no taste whatsoever. He is having regular stools now, and they are all in the litter box.:) He's happier and so am I!

anon83557
Post 42

#22 So very, very true.

I've dealt with a lot of vets in my lifetime and have only come across one who appeared to actually care about animals.

They're almost all in it for the money.

And, in addition to that, there's the high level of incompetence and lack of common sense.

You wouldn't believe the number of clear-cut malpractice situations I've encountered.

I still bring my animals to vets but I take their recommendations with a hundred grains of salt and I never, ever leave my animals alone with them.

Watch out for vets who are quick to suggest euthanization when complicated, expensive surgery is on the table.

And for vets who would rather euthanize a pet than cut rates to help someone with no money.

anon83546
Post 41

#4 It's fine to give your cat the tuna oil to solve this problem, but be aware that tuna is bad for cats and causes 'yellow fat disease'.

anon83128
Post 40

Thank you #32 for you comment. I have tried so many things to avoid a big vet bill again, but it hasn't been working, so I'm on my way to the drug store to get what I need. I am so hopeful your advice will work.

I have a Maine coon cat with what they call "mega bowel". I just started giving her only wet food and it does seem to help to put in extra water also. It may be hard to do the enema but I will do what I have to to help my cat. I'm tired of seeing her suffer.

anon82826
Post 39

Ok we tried the Benefiber treatment for our rug destroying cat. Do not try this! It made her problem even worse! The fiber creates bulk to the stool and did not soften the stool.

Our cat does not drink water. We leave water out for her but she never drinks it. The only water source she gets it from is the wet cat food (canned). Benefiber requires a higher rate of water to be consumed. So if your cat is weird like mine and doesn't drink water, do not use fiber supplements as it may be an expensive trip to the vets!

anon81540
Post 38

I made the previous comment about my cat and using benefiber. I just wanted to add real quick that if you have a problem with your pets and cannot find a solution to make them compatible with your home please continue to try to find a solution. Go the vet's office and try alternative treatments instead of dropping them off at a shelter.

Too many cats are dropped off at shelters because the owner cannot find a solution to the behavior or health problem. As angry as I am about throwing out a 700 dollar rug we are still searching for a solution for our beloved cat. Just a thought.

anon81538
Post 37

My cat is about 10 years old and she is easily frightened. On occasion I have noticed that she will produce a bowel movement on the floor in front of the litter box. Every time she does this I notice the stool is hard, compressed and dry. Now she is frequently having bowel movements on our rug in another room. We had to throw the rug out.

The only thing we can do now as a last resort is to try the "Benefiber" treatment mixed in with the food. We tried olive oil and it didn't work. The idea of using oil to "lube" the stool does not solve the problem of constipation. The actual stool itself needs to be hydrated and softened for the bowel movement to be comfortable for the cat.

I hope the benefiber will solve the problem.

anon81469
Post 36

I want to thank #32 for her comments. I was at wits end tonight debating on another 700.00 trip to ER for an enema.

I went to the pharmacy and purchased the Fleet Pedia-Lax liquid glycerin suppositories. I came home and gave my cat the teaspoon of mineral oil and the glycerin enema. It worked. She didn't appreciate it, but it worked. Thank God and #32!

I believe my cat has a megacolon because when she finally evacuates, it is the size of a large dog! Poor thing. So, it's wet cat food, mineral oil, and the baby enemas as needed. I am even going to give her syringes of H20, as well. One more vet visit averted. Yay!

anon79236
Post 35

my 5-month old kitten had a problem of not making poop and we thought it was constipation and had her taken to the vet. the vet tried giving medicine to induce bowel movement since the stomach area was hard and bloated, but still kitten did not poop; vet later tried enema and still kitten could not poop.

The vet suggested to have our kitten undergo surgery and we agreed, and our vet informed us that our kitten had an obstruction/blockage in the intestine that he had removed; he found that there was considerable amounts of decomposed cat litter and feces matter.

Our kitten stayed at the clinic for one week recovering and later we were allowed to take her home. at home, she has a great appetite and eats a lot - but problem was that she only urinates but does not poop. we consulted our vet and was told that it was normal due to the operation and just observe/wait for three to five days. problem is that for eight days now our kitten still cannot poop and her stomach is not hard like that before the operation.

hope you have any advice on this as we are still waiting for our vet help on this too. /jpt

anon77094
Post 34

Thank you everyone for the advice. I wish I'd read this before my beloved Piky died in January. She was around 20, but I think if we could have solved the constipation problem she might have held on for one more summer which she loved so much.

Now my little Zorro who is only three seems to be constipated. I brought him to the vet thinking that he couldn't pee, then he peed in the office from fright.

Now I'm thinking he is constipated and having diarrhea that comes around a blockage. I thought he looked a bit dehydrated the other day, but I have seen him drinking water.

He still runs and plays and eats but seems more hesitant and indecisive.

I've stopped the hard food "snacks" and put some olive oil in his food. Will try some of the other suggestions, and make a vet appointment in a couple days if he isn't better.

Although an indoor/out door cat, he likes to come in to use his box. He is very well trained by his mother.

anon74376
Post 33

I have two kitties that are Persian, brother and sister. At 3 months I got them neutered/spayed. The male seemed to suffer constipation after; his poops were very hard. I gave him pumpkin and that seemed to help.

The breeder started them both out on the Nature's Variety Raw Frozen Diet of Venison medallions.

They both love this but I wonder if a. The amounts that are given for kittens should be much more than they quote on the bag and

b. If they are lacking in fiber (even though it purports to have enough).

Lastly, my breeder had the kittens on those drip bottles and maybe they don't get enough water since I use bowls, I couldn't get them to use the drip bottles I bought.

anon72677
Post 32

My cat has suffered with constipation for years. I have spent thousands of dollars at vets offices getting enemas, every type of medication that didn't work. Every two weeks it would cost me $350-plus just to unplug my cat. It was a nightmare. One vet said "put it to sleep" there's nothing you can do. That was a lie, there is a lot you can do.

One thing I do know is none of the meds they ever gave my cat worked. There are several things you can do, and believe me when I say I have tried everything.

The first thing is not possible for everyone because it is so expensive. There's an operation where they take out a part of the cat's colon. You have to go to a pet hospital and see a specialist for that. It's not 100 percent effective and can cost $4,000. I did that! Yes, I love my kitty. However, two years later, he's back to being constipated. That's one option. I regret having the operation because it was a very difficult time period. A year of diarrhea everywhere, and no matter how much you love your cat, it's very hard to deal with, and now he's back to being constipated.

Here's what I do now and it works! Now, some of you are going to say, "Oh, no, can't do that," but it's real easy. Give your cat an enema yourself! Don't pay $350+ (and I've paid up to $700) when you can do it yourself.

My cat is mean -- real mean, but when it comes down to an enema, he's as humble as pie. You can purchase baby liquid enemas at Walgreens, CVS, any pharmacy. Forget the bullets, they're impossible, get the those with little orange tops, round, full of liquid and ready lubed. While you're there purchase the bigger bottles too, and a huge bottle of mineral oil. You'll use those bottles (after you've emptied them) to fill up with warm water and mineral oil mixed together with a tiny bit of liquid soap (just a drop) so it breaks up the oil and mixes with the warm water.

Also, get a little syringe (no needle), something you can use for the cat's mouth. Now you have everything you need to start taking care of you cat.

Depending on how often your cat gets constipated, though I'll assume here all of the time, then every day give him a teaspoon of mineral oil in his mouth by syringe. Every "other" day, (and this is the fun part), catch your cat as he/she's walking towards you, kneel down on the floor (and you have to act quickly) put your feet together and sit on your feet so that cat can't run through. Get it's head between your thighs, lift his/her tail and quickly squeeze the baby-sized enema inside the rectum. Trust me, it gets easier and easier as you do this often. So now your cat is getting mineral oil by mouth every day, and a baby-sized enema every other day. This will do the trick.

However, if the cat is severely constipated, this is when use the larger enema bottles mixed with one-third part mineral oil, two thirds warm water and a drip or two of liquid soap. My vet showed me how to do this.

Once again, get the cat's head between your thighs, lift tail and use the enema the same way. Though, it's not quite as easy and your cat will tap dance with his/her back feet. It gets easier with time. Do that, wait four hours, do it again. Next day, do it twice. Warm water, as warm as possible.

If your cat is straining, and nothing comes out, keep doing it. Only now just use very warm water. It will dissolve it eventually. The key is, don't let it get to that point and use the daily doses of mineral oil by mouth, etc.

The last thing is, and this is very controversial do not give your cat dried food. It's like concrete in their stomachs. I only have to give it to my cat one time and he's blocked within a day.

I've had two vets tell me it's not good for cats, it's not natural, that cats are meat eaters and they need juicy meats, not dried food. Mega-Colon, which by the way, is what a lot of suffer from that are always constipated, is caused from a stretched colon. Well, if a cat fills his/her stomach as much as possible on dried food, then drinks water, what will happen? It will stretch the colon. What now does your cat have? Mega-Colon.

My advice is never give your cat dried food. But I must also say, not all cats are prone to Mega-Colon. It seems that long-haired main-coons, tabbies, those types are.

I hope that this helps someone somewhere because I know first hand how it feels to go to a vet and try to help your kitty and not have the money. This is really just advice for those who have no other option, can't afford a vet, but need to help their kitty.

anon72007
Post 31

My 14 year old cat will eat a tablespoon of sunflower seed oil before a meal when he is constipated. I also gave him a tablespoon of canned pumpkin which has a lot of fiber. When he is not in trouble, he will not

eat either of these.

He eats canned food with some dry food that is made to clean the tartar from his teeth. As soon as he begins to throw up, I stop the dry food. Older cats do not have the same

ability to digest dry food and it remains in their stomach. Some cats will drink enough water to manage dry food but others will not. They do not drink water in the same proportion as a dog.

anon71382
Post 30

I am a responsible pet owner who has just been frustrated to tears by the vet. Apparently California state law prohibits vets from providing any kind of advice over the phone (even to an existing patients owner who just dropped over three hundred bleeping dollars for a basic checkup a few weeks ago).

My three year old male cat seems bloated and I haven't noticed him pooping for a few days at least, maybe a week. He could have gone outside, so I'm not 100 percent sure that he's constipated, and without being 100 percent sure, I don't want to spend the $50 it costs for just an office visit.

I'm broke and my car is in the shop. I can't even get the cat to the vet. So everybody who just says "call a vet," I understand, and I agree, but I think that as a community of responsible (and sometimes not rich) cat owners, we need to come up with things we can do on our own (or vets willing to give advice over the phone or for free!)

The system of veterinary medicine is not benefiting cats or cat owners, or vets, for that matter. I'm going to give olive oil and canned food a try and hope it doesn't get any worse. I have spent more on vet bills in my life than on my own doctor bills. Thousands of dollars. This is a problem.

anon65034
Post 29

My cat was going to be 17 years old in early February. She died this past Saturday at the vet's office of constipation.

She had gone in for impactions several times, being anesthetized, and made it. Two weeks ago she was anesthetized for impaction. She was given khristolose, or enulose and cisapride to get her to push. We were unsuccessful with the cisapride. it was too powerful. It was still hard for her after the procedure.

She was taken two weeks later and had two enemas and she was stressed after that. She died the next morning. They also said to put her on WD wet and dry food. I had tried olive oil, but never benefiber or metamucil. Maybe I should have. I did try baby life from the health food store. Good for the digestive tract and helped her to go.

She was starting to get kidney failure from all this also. So sorry to see my pet go. I loved her dearly. I got her from her mother at seven weeks old. She was a big support for me. She will always be in my heart. The Rainbow Bridge has been a great help to me. Check it out.

anon63435
Post 28

can you use vegetable oil instead of the others?

anon62528
Post 27

To the person that said they were going to try milk and metamucil. Cats cannot digest cow's milk. Do not give it to them. It is not good for them and will probably make the situation worse.

The best thing you can do for a plugged up kitty is take them to the vet right away.

anon62280
Post 26

I just tried the benefibre in my cat's wet food. she is 14 years old and was able to go to the bathroom all day. she kept trying to go every 5 seconds. Finally I looked up what i could do and gave her the fibre, and am now waiting to see if she will go. hopefully she does.

anon58405
Post 25

Getting anything down a constipated cat's throat is traumatic so I smear a half teaspoon dab of mineral oil on my cats butt area ( base of tail) which she licks off and poops next day and is great. She'll be 21 in April 2010.

anon56945
Post 24

I have a 16 year old cat that had a fur ball stuck in her bowel. The doc gave her an enema but it didn't move the fur ball.

She was on lactulose or enulose every day for a week until she finally had a movement. Every day I had to take her to get a shot for dehydration too. She was too sick to want to drink or eat. That is a sure sign.

I rubbed her belly in downward strokes several times a day to try to get her bowels to move. Don't ever wait too long. Once they stop eating, check the litter box to see if they are going and then make sure they get enough water and go to the vet.

anon54563
Post 23

Cats love olive oil. I would imagine so. I also tried giving my cat some yogurt. It has live bacteria in it good for the gut. I haven't asked the vet about it yet but the cat certainly loved the yogurt.

anon50801
Post 22

vets are not the answer to everything. there are too many bad vets.

anon43678
Post 21

My cat became constipated once. I took him to the vet and they gave him an enema. They found he had eaten a plastic bag and that was the problem.

anon37501
Post 20

Could It be that they are grieving over the loss of another pet?

anon37492
Post 19

my male cat i just noticed this morning was trying to have a bowel movement on my carpet in my bedroom. he couldnt go. he dosent seem to want to use the litter box. i put him in it and he ran off. He has been throwing up hair balls the past couple days. i thought it was his mother. I just gave him a can of wet cat food i kept as a treat and he has fresh water. I hope this works. I have to open my work in 20 mins so I can only see if he's doing better later this afternoon. any suggestions?

anon37339
Post 18

I'm a little freaked out right now!!! One of my cats started making this very loud horrible noise, than he just laid there and about half an hour later did it again but not near as loud, got up went in the other room than came back and I saw him trying to go to the bathroom on my carpet... he couldn't go but threw up a couple of times than again tried to go to the bathroom a few times but nothing happened.

I found this site, read all the posts and am now really freaking out. I have called every vet in the phone book hoping someone would have an emergency number but cannot get a hold of a vet until Monday morning (it is now Saturday night)

I just sent my son to the store to get tuna in oil and Metamucil. That is my only choice. But I heard giving him that could make things worse, even fatal if it's not constipation but a urinal problem or both.

Do I give my cat the tuna oil, Metamucil and wet cat food?? Do I take that chance and risk him dying?? HELP!!!! I don't know what to do!!!!!!!

anon35094
Post 17

I just dropped my kitty off this morning at the vet. He is constipated beyond belief, I started to notice him having a hard time in the litter box, his stool was coming out in little hard balls, I mean as hard as rocks, and he had some bleeding. Just over the last 2 days he began to vomit everything he ate, so naturally I called the vet, and dropped him off right away, he needed some xrays, and last I heard they were giving him an enema, I hope he does well, I don't know how bad it is, but i was told they may need to go into surgically to remove his old feces. This is something that should not be taken lightly, if you sense your kitty may be backed up, call the vet right away!

brandon8933
Post 16

I think my cat is constipated, I clean the litter box everyday, I noticed him being extra sleepy all day yesterday and not really his normal good, happy cat, cleaned out his litter pan and he did not poop at all, I am very worried my vet is out of town, trying to see if the tuna and the 1/4 tsp. metamucil will help him get relief.

anon30383
Post 14

anon7539- Your cat may be very dehydrated. This happened to my cat before and he almost died. I would suggest giving him 5-10 mL of water with the plunger of a syringe (no needle tip). You could get the syringe plunger from any pharmacy. If he perks up and starts moving around, then you could try the fish oil and metamucil.

smokeycat
Post 13

My recently 'inherited' 3 year old tom was neutered on Thursday and I've noticed that he hasn't gone to the bathroom since the operation.

He's a muscly fit cat who literally eats the amount of a dog normally and today he has had one small meal instead of 4 decent size meals (he's a very active cat, I'm not a feeder!) and little water.

Does anyone know if anesthesia can cause constipation? On my request he was also wormed with tablets I bought for him and I'm worried about the dose of the wormer they gave him.

I'm going to try milk with a small amount of metamucil but I would appreciate any knowledge you could pass on.

anon25729
Post 12

I used the 1/4 tsp of metamucil and mixed it with the oil from a can of tuna and a little of the tuna itself and my cat had relief within an hour.

blnbl
Post 11

I too have had problems with constipation with my 16 year old cat. I finally used tuna in oil, added olive oil, added little water. She would only drink the liquid, now it's a daily routine. Also bi-weekly I use a malt flavor hairball remover. Works for us.

anon17845
Post 10

My 17-year-old cat was constipated for the first time recently and the vet instructed me to feed her wet food with a 1/4 tsp. of metamucil or benefiber powder. Since I usually only feed her dry food I headed to the store only to find a wide variety of wet food options. My cat only likes the little fancy feast cans of tuna and salmon feasts with gravy. For two days, I fed her one can in the morning and one can at night, each with a 1/4 tsp. of fiber. 48 hours later she got relief. Once your cat has a bowel movement you should put out his/her regular food and some wet food, but don't use any more fiber. Basically, be careful not to over do it or your cat will get diarrhea. ALWAYS make sure you cat has plenty of clean water. She's been a much happier kitty since the wet food with 1/4 tsp. fiber powder trick! Good luck!

okgrl
Post 9

My 1 year old male cat has a very bloated belly, he doesn't seem to be in any pain when I feel around abdominal area. he's eating and drinking but I don't think he's using the litter box. he hasn't vomited or wanted to go outside in a few days either.

anon12661
Post 7

I'm not an expert but blood and not moving sound very serious to me. If I were you I would definitely take your pet to the vet as soon as possible. If you can't take your pet immediately, call a veterinarian for advice.

anon8347
Post 6

I would drive 100 klm any day to have my cat examined by a vet. Are you crazy? At least call a certified vet please.!!

anon7539
Post 5

i have just given my cat some fish oil from a capsule, it seems to be helping. he is now moving around and has watery blood coming from him. he has not moved for 24 hours. we live in a remote town and have no vet within 100 klm. i hope this works

mlahodny
Post 4

Re: olive oil and cat constipation

Hi-I just read several articles on the net about this topic, and one holistic site mentioned olive oil or other "cold-pressed" oils as a possibility. I have myself used oil from canned tuna, which works well because the cat can also have a little tuna. I Googled "cats AND constipation" because one of mine is having problems. Hope this helps.

anon3053
Post 1

is olive oil safe also?

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