My poor cat might be constipated?
Topic: My poor cat might be constipated?
June 20, 2019 / By Alanis Question:
I have a 3 year old male tabby. He's been going to the cat box all day today and he looks like he's trying to poop but he can't. Only the tiniest bit has come out. Otherwise he seems more or less OK. Obviously, I'm taking him to the vet in the morning, but the animal hospital doesn't open for another 11 hours.
Is there anything I can do to make him more comfortable or is there anything I shouldn't do? I thought about massaging his abdomen lightly but he nearly bit my hand off when I tried...
What can I do? (- . -;)
Best Answers: My poor cat might be constipated?
Travis | 2 days ago
He may not be trying to poop. He may be trying to pee. A constipated cat doesn't visit the litter box repeatedly. If he is trying to pee and can't, he may very well have urinary crystals and his urethra is blocked. This is a very dangerous condition not uncommon in neutered males, because it can lead to bladder rupture. This would also explain why he almost bit your hand off when you got it near his tummy, because this condition is painful, and frequently, the cat will cry when it is in the litter pan and even when it is not in the litter pan.
If he really is constipated, I have seen vets on this site recommend a teaspoonful of canned pumpkin mixed in with the cat's food. I personally have used an eyedropper ful of mineral oil. Even Petromalt, the hairball remedy, could help, because it is essentially petrolatum, which coats the hairball and permits it to move on through the digestive tract.
Watch your cat really closely, though, to be sure he is not trying to pee and having no success, or alternatively, that he is peeing, but he is passing blood-tinged pee. Constipation can become a problem if left untreated, but a UTI or urinary crystals is dangerous, and needs the earliest possible veterinary intervention.
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Originally Answered: My poor pup is constipated, any home remedies to help her get better? Please Help!?
Depends on why she's constipated, and for how long.
First question to ask, is 'could she have eaten anything she shouldn't'. Given that she's a puppy, the answer is almost certainly yes.
If its only been a short time (<48h), you might consider adding some fibre to her diet to try to sort things out. Canned pumpkin (not pumpkin pie filling), or 1/2 teaspoon of metamucil (unflavored if possible) is a good place to start).
If its been more than a couple of days, there are a number of other possible problems that you're going to be looking at, some of which might be quite serious (intestinal blockage), and you're going to want to see a vet about it.
Best of Luck, just remember --- This too shall pass.
You can get some over the counter miralax and add to the food 1/4 cap or get some senekot and give 1/4 tab 2x daily for 2 days. That should take care of the problem. Want the problm not to reappear? The stop feeding kitty crack aka dry foods!!!!
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 ingrdiant 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 and a host of other problems. 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 carbohydrates which many cats (carnivores) cannot process them. Also, Most of the moisture a cat needs is suppose to be in the food but in
Dry, 95% of it is zapped out of dry foods in the processing. 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. Fancy feast is a middle grade food with 9lives, friskies whiskas lower grade canned and wellness and merrick upper grade human quality foods. Also, dry food is not proven to be better for teeth. Does a hard pretzel clean your teeth or do pieces of it get stuck? http://www.felinefuture.com/nutrition/bp...
Please read about cat nutrition.
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Aww That Poor Kitty.
Make Sure He Is Drinking Lodes Od Water!
I would NOT Try Massaging His Abdomen!!!!
Make Sure He Is In A Sort Place To Lie In And Drinking And He Should Be OK!
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Make sure he's drinking water. Keep him comfortable.
He probably has an infection of some kind. The vet will take care of it.
Careful of the pumpkin -- it's also a treatment for the runs. Too much fiber can make constipation worse.
My advice is to withhold food until you can get him to the vet.
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Look in the yellow pages you may find an emergency 24 hour vet. If you are near a major city you might have a animal hospital that is open all night. Boston has Angell Memorial Hospital, NYC has the Animal Medical Hospital. I an sure other cities may also have 24 hour vets.
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Originally Answered: can poor nutrition or not eating at all cause a miscarriage?
Test for pregnancy and if you are, go to the doctor immediately. You will be given a diet, which you must follow as strictly as possible, if not the fetus will not develop properly and might die. If you feel like you can't follow nutrition guidelines for your baby, you simply aren't ready for it.
And even if you aren't pregnant you should get you diet fixed... what you're doing is very unhealthy and can lead to serious issues in the future. Take care :)