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Giving cat lactulose?

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May 26, 2019 / By Chet
Question: Before anyone says " call the vet! " ... let me start by saying that I take my cats to the vet regularly and I would be in the office today but when I called this morning, the office is closed til Monday. One of my cats is 18 years old. I have noticed signs of constipation the past day. I know the signs well since one of my adopted cats suffers from megacolon. The vet has her on lactulose for constipation but the 18 year old is not on any medicine because this is her first bout with constipation. I have given her a little bit of whole milk, a little vedalax and tried canned pumpkin. All tricks the vet has told me before my adopted kitty was diagnosed with megacolon. My question is, would it be okay to give the 18 year old a lil bit of lactulose to see if that helps move the bowels a long?? Everyone always tells me that they cant believe my cat is 18 years old. Most of my cats have lived very long lives so I guess I consider 18 years normal.
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Alyster Alyster | 1 day ago
Lactulose is very effective at softening newly forming stool, but it won''t do anything for stool that is already constipated in her system, and it won't increase gut motility. I'm unfamiliar with vedalax, but if it's a hairball remedy type of thing, that's probably the best option for lubricating her bowel to help her pass any constipated stool. Water is also key to managing constipation. If your cat is eating kibble, it would be advisable to switch her to an exclusively canned or homemade diet to help increase hydration. It's also particularly helpful to mix warm water into canned food to make a "canned food soup" that she can lap up. Hopefully your old gal will successfully pass the constipated stool on her own tonight, but if she does not, you should take her to your vet for an enema tomorrow. You could also have your vet teach you how to administer an enema at home should the need arise, so that you're prepared if this happens again. At your cat's age, it's important that you have bloodwork run on her regularly (every 6 mos) to keep an eye on her organ function. Constipation is a common symptom of chronic renal failure, which I'm sure you know is a disease familiar to way too many elderly cats. If you catch it early, though, it can often be successfully managed for a significant period of time - sometimes years. I hope your girl can move the current problem out of her system successfully.
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Alyster Originally Answered: Any one here ever treated your kitty with Lactulose for constipation?
You can not treat a cat for constipation with lactulose - or almost anything given through the mouth. Constipation is a blockage in the intestines and oral treatments won't clear it. However, you can use lactulose as a preventive to minimize future problems if your cat is prone to constipation (usually caused by dehydration). Typically, you have to visit a vet and they can determine the best method to correct it according to where it is located and how bad it is.
Alyster Originally Answered: Any one here ever treated your kitty with Lactulose for constipation?
I seriously worry about humanity when I see questions like this. Seriously. "Lactulose is useful in treating people with chronic constipation due to forgetting or ignoring the need for defecation." -- Wikipedia It sounds like maybe you're not gonna get the gold medal for decision making, eh? First thing you need to do is go to your doctor and request a permanent form of birth control for yourself first. "How good is it?" -- NOT AT ALL. Lactulose is a drug made for HUMANS. Which is a DIFFERENT SPECIES than a CAT. "I got it on my kitties face" - sounds like you got it on her face when you were trying to shove it down her throat -- NOT SMART. PSA here, people: Drugs in your cabinet, whether prescription or over the counter are NOT for your pets. They are for HUMANS. Many drugs that are for humans are toxic to cats and/or dogs (and lions and tigers and bears, oh my!). NEVER yank something out of YOUR medicine cabinet and give it to your pet. It is in YOUR medicine cabinet for a reason. IF and ONLY IF your vet says you can just get XYZ medicine for your cat, you can give your cat that medicine. NEVER NEVER give your pets stuff that was meant for YOU. Yeesh.

Tibby Tibby
your older cat is pretty old, dont give him lactulose. He is much older then the average lifetime of a cat and that can be bad for him. Wait till monday and ask the vet.
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Roslyn Roslyn
You may want to ask the doctor about DSS capsules. They're gel capsules that also can help with constipation. Sometimes they are given in conjunction with Lactulose, sometimes they're given on their own.
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Roslyn Originally Answered: 17 year old cat not tolerating lactulose anymore and still losing weight?
Hi For the constipation, get some over the counter miralax. Just add a bit to the food. When was the last time you had a blood test for the thyroid. If it is not controlled, that explains the weight loss I hope you are feeding canned foods. Dry would be a reason for constipation 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? http://www.catinfo.org/#Learn_How_To_Rea... 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. http://www.newdestiny.us/nutritionbasics... http://www.catinfo.org/feline_obesity.htm http://maxshouse.com/feline_nutrition.htm#Dry_Food_vs_Canned_Food.__Which_is_reall I hope you are feeding canned foods.

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