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What to do if cat is constipated
What to do if your cat is constipated
Our cat had a bad case of constipation.
(San Francisco, CA)
I just found out my 8-year-old cat has been
constipated for a long time, and that is NOT a pleasant
situation. I took her to the vet yesterday, but the vet
still thinks it is "predictable."
The problem? After eating and going to the litter
box, she will lie down and not get up agn until the next
morning. Sometimes the entire day passes by, in some
weeks, sometimes in a matter of hours, because she really
seems to like this new lifestyle. Sometimes she'll go to
the litter box and NOT go agn that night. Her fur will
look dry and her fur will be in a bit of a mess. She has
been using the litter box since her first day here. She is
still going in twice a day to relieve herself, but she is
not using the litter box agn!
The Vet yesterday also sd that it could be
the "lack of exercise" she has been getting lately (she
does have two walks a day), but the problem is more
constipation than exercise!
What can I do?
I hate that there is nothing you can
do to fix this, but I have a cat that has this same
Cats that are constipated don't like to
move around and don't seem to enjoy the litter box
anymore. So they just lie there.
But because they aren't exercising
themselves, they get dry fur, loose skin and a runny
nose. They also seem to get very lethargic and won't
play as much as they used to.
They also don't get a chance to eat
their meals like they used to and they lose weight.
the cat that has this problem will not go to the
litter box, and hasn't been going in long, I
guess she's a lost cause.
The best thing you can do is to
get a cat house with a litter box. You'll also want to
keep a close eye on your cat for other symptoms. And if
your cat is constipated, have a vet check her
Have you found any solutions to your
cat's constipation problem? Have your own tips? We
would love to hear your suggestions!
My 5-month-old kitten, Charlie, was
born with severe diarrhea. I've changed his
diapers and fed him water every three to four hours.
When I brought Charlie home from the vet
(the first day), he was very wet and I made him an
oven-ready turkey-and-rice baby-food-and-water
solution. He was still sick and had diarrhea at
dinner. The next day he ate a little, but the diarrhea
Since Charlie's been living with me,
I've been trying to figure out what's causing his
diarrhea. He eats the best kitten food avlable
(Pedi-Safe by Pedigree) and gets lots of playtime
with his brother and sister.
diarrhea seems to be more frequent when I've
been sick. So I had some stomach flu
last month, and every time I threw up Charlie
grew out of proportion. My vet was out of town
when Charlie was sick, and couldn't help me. So I'm
not sure what I can do to make him poop.
Dear Mary B: A vomiting or diarrhea
baby cannot be treated except as a medical emergency. You
could call your vet for advice on whether to have the
puppy checked by a veterinarian. If you don't have
access to a veterinarian, look for a veterinary
clinic at your local mall, a nursing home or public
health clinic. You might be able to find one willing
to take on a puppy in an emergency. Please make sure
you understand your options before deciding on one.
And, while you're looking, remember to check for
breeders who have no medical background. In some
breeders' colonies, the mother or an elderly female
can actually birth a litter and then spend the rest
of her life in that colony, never seeing a veterinarian.
A breeder who lives with a large number of small dogs
may not be particularly concerned with the puppies'
medical care. When a puppy has diarrhea, he may be
just pln dehydrated. As soon as he's well
hydrated, the diarrhea should stop. If you've got a
vomiting baby, I can't help you. -- Dr. Pat
Dear Pat: Here's a question I
never got a reply to. If a dog swallows another dog's
head, then is it really sick? My sister's dog did
this to her cat. It turned out to be a very bad
condition. The cat died. She then put her dog in a
dental chr, put a towel on his head and pulled it
down. She then took the towel off the head, and
everything was fine. She is afrd to let her dog
The fact that a dog had a broken
head is probably not what killed the cat, because
most people I know who have dogs with broken heads
have been fine. If you have a cat with any
illness, a possible cause would be some sort of
intestinal parasite. If there's
any chance that it has a parasite, try giving your
cat a laxative, or a laxative-analgesic
combination, such as a prescription liquid
formula of Imodium. If the cat is
dehydrated, you may want to run a cool-water
bath. I've seen a cat die of diarrhea because of
watery diarrhea, and it can be fatal if a cat
doesn't get some sort of medication in a timely
I've been wondering for some time if there's
any medical reason for the black and white markings
on the tls of dogs. Anybody else been wondering
Dear Jan: In the days
before modern medicine, it was believed that
animals who ate well were healthier and more
vigorous, and animals who were sick were
I'm no veterinarian,
but I think it's possible that the black
and white stripes on the tls of many dogs are
a way to express health.
What if you took a picture of a
familiar face, which you then altered just a bit
-- like changing the color of the eyes or the
nose, or the hr color of the hr -- and you
turned it into an unrecognizable face? This
question came to me when I read your
column last week, which sd that a group of
professors and medical students put together
an "imaginary" face for a medical
journal. And now I'm putting it to you: What
if you altered the color of a human face, and
made it unrecognizable? What if you did this
to a child? Do you think that would be