Vet prescribed appetite stimulant to a constipated cat?
Topic: Vet prescribed appetite stimulant to a constipated cat?
September 18, 2019 / By Elyse Question:
Well, for a few days I've noticed my cat has been lethargic and eating very little. I took him to the vet yesterday and they couldn't find anything wrong with him (urinalysis and bloodwork all came back normal). So, 170$ later, they sent me home with a dewormer (under some suspicion of tapeworms based on his weight loss) and an appetite stimulant. Today, the appetite stimulant has clearly kicked in fully, and he ate normally. However, it's been about 6 hours since dinner and now he is showing clear signs of pain and has not had a bowel movement since our return to the vet.
I'm fairly certain this was the cause of his original appetite loss, now, and since he had a large meal today, (thanks to the appetite stimulant) he's only just now expressing pain (he did not act as if he was in pain before). Could I be wrong? Could the constipation be from the fact he just has not had any food in his system for a while? If I'm not wrong, and the vets missed the constipation, do I have the right to request some money back from the vet?
And, is there any safe product I can give to him tonight to alleviate his discomfort tonight (such as mineral oil)?
I had told him he had not had a bowel movement for two days, however, they told me this was likely because he was not eating enough food to make him need to go.
Yes, the stimulant is cyproheptadine.
Yes, they did a palpitation. He's had the stimulant in him for more than 24 hours, how long does it usually take?
No, no X-Ray was done. I assumed that, you know, they knew better than I did if he needed that, so I didn't mention it. I regret that now.
Best Answers: Vet prescribed appetite stimulant to a constipated cat?
Christiana | 6 days ago
Get the PUMPKIN. I agree with sunshine....I would use hairball treatment or just plain Vaseline petroleum jelly tonight AND the canned PUMPKIN, NOT the pumpkin pie mix! Get 100% pure pumpkin, the kind you have to add sugar and spices to for pie. Get that in him asap! You will most likely need a feeding syringe. If he's in pain, you may be stuck and not be able to wait until Monday. Go to the Vet ER if you can. They can do an x-ray or may give him an enema.
If you really can't afford, you can Google how to do the enema yourself or use a baby suppository, but it VERY risky if you don't know what you're doing...I don't recommend it.
You can also try Miralax, Some people would say this is also risky without experience, but it sounds like the benefits may outweigh the risk by what you are describing. He's your cat, so it's your call.
We lost a cat over the summer from an intestinal blockage digestive situation.
Regardless, I would get a new vet after this, but you may need this vet on Monday if you get through the week end.
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Originally Answered: Appetite stimulant to increase weight?
Take a daily supplement vitamin with all sorts of vitamins. If you lack a vitatmin, you can eat another vitamin supplement that has specifcally that vitamin you lack. Don't do drugs.
If you took the cat in with the suspicion of being constipted did you mention that to the vet?
First i would get some hairball..catlax..it has different brand names and give him this. You can also use canned pumpkin,,a little added to his food..start with a half of teaspoon.
To be honest 170 dollars for blood work,,urinalysis , dewormer and appetite stimulant is a STEAL..lol. My vet charges 140 for the blood work and that doesn't include the 50 office visit.
What the vet should have done..(my vet would have done it first)...is to do an xray to see if there is any stool in the intestine. You can see if there's a blockage there also sometimes.
I would call the vet on monday morning and tell him if the cat still did not go to the bathroom and tell him you want him to look at the cat again or ask what you should do.
If there is no blockage (he didn't get into anything he shouldn't have..plastic,,rubberbands etc)..the hairball stuff given 2x a day should get him to go to the bathroom. If he goes and he still isn't eating you might have to look a little further.
Giving an appetite stimulant isn't the cure all for this..you need to find out why he isn't eating.
Did you get cyproheptadine as the appetite stimulant?
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Before this becomes a blockage get some miralax and give 1/8th a teaspoon a day sprinkled in the food. It is safe. if it is really bad you can give 1/4 tab of senekot 2x a day maximum for 2 days
To prevent this from happening again feed proper food for the species
Nutrition since there are so many bad things out there is very important to your cat’s health
Contrary to what you may have heard; dry foods are not a great thing to feed a cat.
Please read the label on what you are feeding? What are the ingredients? Do you know what they mean? Is the first ingredient a muscle meat like chicken or meal or other things?
Dry foods are the number 1 cause of diabetes in cats as well as being a huge contributing factor to kidney disease, obesity, crystals, u.t.i’s, constipation, and a host of other problems. Male cats are especially prone to blockages
from dry food. Food allergies are very common when feeding dry foods. Rashes, scabs behind the tail and on the chin are all symptoms The problems associated with Dry food is that they are loaded with grains and carbohydrates which many cats (carnivores) cannot process. ( Have a fat cat?)
An even bigger problem is that it IS dry and it dehydrates no matter how much your cat drinks
Most of the moisture a cat needs is suppose to be in the food. Cats are not naturally big drinkers.
95% of the moisture is zapped out of dry foods in the processing. Think about it.
Another thing, most use horrible ingredients and don't use a muscle meat as the primary ingredient and use vegetable based protein versus animal. Not good for an animal that has to eat meat to survive.
You want to pick a canned food w/o gravy (gravy=carbs) that uses a muscle meat as the first ingredient and doesn't have corn at least in the first 3 ingredients if at all.
THE BEST CAT FOODS CONTAIN NO GRAINS NO BYPRODUCTS
Cats are meat eaters not cereal or rice eaters
Fancy feast is a middle grade food with 9lives, friskies whiskas lower grade canned and wellness and merrick upper grade human quality foods. I would rather feed a middle grade canned food then the top of the line dry food.
Also, dry food is not proven to be better for teeth. Does a hard pretzel clean your teeth or do pieces of it get
Please read about cat nutrition.
Vetinarian diets The reason your vet thinks so highly of the pet food they sell probably has more to do with money than nutrition. In vet school, the only classes offered on nutrition usually last a few weeks, and are taught by representatives from the pet food companies. Vet students may also receive free food for their own dogs and cats at home. They could get an Iams notebook, a Purina purse and some free pizza. http://iml.jou.ufl.edu/projects/Spring04/Perhach/PetFood/Vets.htm
Nutritional Education Program website page for the American College of Veterinary Nutrition. Notice who they are receiving grants from for this program
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My vets had me use a human baby laxative (liquid) called Colloxyl on a kitten with a serious chronic constipation issue.
Long story so I won't bore you with too many details other than it was due to being taken from his mum at three weeks and fed god only knows what for a week before he was dumped at my vets premises on deaths door step.
There are many reasons he could be in pain but I would be thinking the same thing as you. Did the vet do an x-ray to make sure your cat didn't have a gut blockage?? I would be insisting that the vets did this and ONLY charged for the x-ray and meds. Definately refuse to pay consultation fees as that should have been done at your visit.
Can you get hold of any human parrafin oil? If you can syringe 2ml into the back of his mouth over the tounge.
The safest oils if you can't get baby laxative or parrafin is olive or sunflower, but take care not to get it in his lungs, as you will have to syringe or dropper it into his mouth.
If he starts to show really serious pain, panting, high temp, spaced out or becomes really verbal, seek an emergency vet, gut blockages and other damage to their insides can be fatal. Also when they take a bad turn they can go down hill VERY quickly.
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Didn't the exam have abdominal palpation to it? The vets generally do some pretty extensive prodding to check for constipation or organ tenderness/enlargement. I've never had an appetite stimulant work this fast - ever. How much weight had he lost? Did they take a stool sample to check for tapeworms? If you really feel he's in pain, either contact your vet or take your cat to an emergency clinic; it's a pet owner's responsibility to provide all the medical care they need, regardless of the cost.
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Originally Answered: What is a stimulant laxative?
It's a drug that stimulates your digestive tract to get working.
Don't take them often, and if you need laxatives at any kind of regular basis means you either need to change your diet (more fiber) or see a doctor.