Are there any products (over the counter) that work to soften the stool of a constipated cat? 6yrs old.?
Topic: Are there any products (over the counter) that work to soften the stool of a constipated cat? 6yrs old.?
June 25, 2019 / By Aggi Question:
I have a 6year old cat that is recently battling constipation. I took him into the vet for the first time, and he had to use an anema to remove the solid stool. He gave me a tube of "Laxitone" to use but sofar it has not helped. I have noticed my cat is not drinking much water for some reason. We have tried changing from dry food to canned, but im more concerned about the lack of liquids. Has anyone come across this problem and have any ideas besides (canned pumpkin? laxatone? a saline anema?)
Best Answers: Are there any products (over the counter) that work to soften the stool of a constipated cat? 6yrs old.?
Tiernan | 1 day ago
Is he ingesting lots of his hair? If so, you might want to brush him out more frequently so that he eats less of it.
You might try seeing if you can get your cat to take in more liquids. Some cats prefer distilled water, others like those plug in cat fountains and other will drink out of a dribble at the bathroom sink.
Does your cat enjoy cat grass? You can mimic it with some finely shredded lettuce. Some cats like melons like cantaloupe although mine never have. I have one cat that likes homemade beef stew which is just beef, tomatoes and greens put into a slow cooker. He just likes the soupy part.
You might try getting him moving, literally, with some toys for him to chase around. Exercise can also make him more thirsty and more regular. Milk causes the opposite problem so a little bit may help. You might ask your vet about adding something like metamucil to his food.
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I have used laxatone.but I also have used some other things..my cats do not like canned pumpkin...I have used some oatmeal in the food.I take some plain one minute Oatmeal and mix some in the wet food...there are some cat foods with oatmeal in them as well...I can suggest you give the kitty some higher fiber food...that could help and if he is not drinking enough water..it will be so hard for him to poop..there is a prescription the vet can give you to help him as well besides the laxatone....If you use some oil that may help...I have used some made for cats..
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I agree with your concern about the lack of liquids, and the "not drinking much water" part of your question concerns me because dehydrated kitties are even more likely to become (and remain) constipated. Constipated kitties feel bad, then they don't want to eat or drink. Vicious cycle.
Talk to your vet about fluid therapy. We give constipated cats fluid under the skin (subcutaneously) if they are reluctant to drink. Many people learn to administer subQ fluids at home.
Does your cat prefer to drink from a running tap? If so there are kitty fountains that are sold just for that purpose. Does he prefer toilet water? It's gross, but clean toilet water is better than no water. Try adding a spoonful or two of milk to a bowl of water, just enough to get him interested. Don't let it sit out too long or it can go bad.
If it's hairball related, you can try having him shaved...this can help enormously, again, if it is hairball-related.
I would recommend having a bloodwork panel done to at least check liver, kidneys, thyroid, and urine. Did your vet take an x-ray of your cat? They probably did. This is just another thought, but some cats can develop 'mega-colon' from chronic constipation. The muscle wall of the colon becomes flaccid and fails to function normally, and unable to expel feces. Feces builds up and becomes impacted. An x-ray is usually diagnostic because the colon is huge and full of feces.
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Laxatone will help a lot but you are correct to observe that lack of water intake is causing a problem with the stools. It can also cause problems with the kidneys and bladder, especially in neutered males, that can result in blockage of the urethra as well (which is life threatening).
Talk to your vet about a urinary prescription diet (I recommend Purina U/R). It is formulated to help keep the urine pH low to discourage sand and stones from forming, but it also contains more salt, which encourages more water consumption to keep urination frequent.
This will help a great deal in keeping your cat hydrated, and in conjunction with the Laxatone he should soon find relief from his trouble with the constipation as well.
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before everything are you giving her entire milk? in case you're cut back it to low-fat till she's a minimum of two and may want to address the milk fat that reason the constipation. attempt orange juice watered down or the Gerber Prune juice blended with water. My pediatrician replaced into an old fart yet boy did he understand his stuff! you are able to also pass the drugstore and purchase stool softeners that pass into the rectum. If she's been compacted for some days i'd propose getting a Q-Tip and dipping it in olive oil and swabbing it round her rectum, it will make the "elimination" plenty extra worry-free on this is way out, you would possibly want to even might want to assist it out. i understand sounds gross yet a mom does what a baby needs. confirm your daughter receives a balanced eating routine of vegetables, meats and fruit there is effortless of the custard stuff. besides the undeniable fact that it sounds to me that it might want to correctly be the Milk in case you've switched her to entire milk. That handed off to my daughter's nephew, I reported the replace and viola!
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Originally Answered: What are natural remedies I can take to soften stool?
Go to the health food store and buy some Psyllium husks. Take about 2 teaspoons of that and then drink at least a quart of water. Continue drinking water and that will help you greatly. That is a good thing to do each day.
To get an immediate result, do the Salt Water Flush.
The Saltwater Flush provides an internal bath for the body, drawing out toxins as it cleanses the entire intestinal tract. Remember, it can do no harm at any time. The digestive tract needs a good washing, but do it the natural way - the saltwater way.
How you do it:
2 level teaspoons unrefined mineral salt (rounded for the Canadian quart)
1 quart lukewarm water
Put salt in quart jar. For best results, use unrefined mineral salt, not ordinary iodized salt. Add water to jar and stir. Drink the entire quart of salt and water first thing in the morning. This must be taken on an empty stomach. A straw makes it easier to drink.
The salt and water will not separate but will stay intact and quickly and thoroughly wash the entire tract in several hours. Multiple eliminations will likely occur. The saltwater has the same specific gravity as the blood, hence the kidneys cannot pick up the water and the blood cannot pick up the salt. This may be taken as often as needed for proper washing of the entire digestive system. Use it on an empty stomach whenever you need help with elimination.
After drinking the saltwater, lie on your right side for 30 minutes. After the 30 minutes, you are free to get up and go about your duties.
You should have an elimination in 1 to 2 hours, though everyone is a little different. Be careful not to pass gas, except on the toilet, since it may be liquid coming through.
The exit of the stomach into the small intestines is on the lower right hand side of the stomach. When you drink, the saltwater goes to the bottom of the stomach, below the opening. To get the saltwater into the small intestine, you need to tip the stomach like a teapot so the saltwater flows out. That's why you lie on your right side.
Once the saltwater is in the small intestines, the muscle contractions will carry it down the rest of the way. In about an hour you should be able to massage the left hand side of your lower abdomen and hear liquids gurgling. These are liquids that have flowed into the large intestines almost ready for evacuation.
Salt has been used throughout the ages as a preservative and to draw out poisons. Salt will not do harm when used this way and will sterilize and make it possible for the body to repair itself. When you have a wound on your arm that gets infected, soaking the arm in saltwater draws out poisons. If you have damaged the intestinal tract with fissures or diverticula (small pouches in colon), the salt will cleanse in a similar way.
EDIT: Yikes! "the flush doesn't work? The specific gravity is not as indicated?" What salt was used to determine the specific gravity issue? Use only a good sea salt because it is loaded with electrolytes. Anyone that says this doesn't work is IGNORANT. I'd absolutely love to see that person do the flush and then deprive them of a toilet and see what happens. lol. The proof is in the results, not some stupid calculation that cannot possibly know the specifics of any particular salt! There are a lot of want-a-be intellectuals here that are pseudo book learned, rote indoctrinated genetic trash cans that have very little credibility. Do what works, not what these people think that have no experience with real health and an agenda to protect.
Centuries of this process working. One patient just e-mailed me from a foreign country with severe gastrointestinal problems. Went to the doctor and got 3 medications. She asked me what to do and I suggested the flush first before taking the medications that were also harmful. The flush worked and she was well within a few hours and did not want, need, or use the medications.
good luck to you