(I apologize in advance for the length.) My 4 year old overweight cat Mitties has been suffering with severe constipation for about the last year and a half. Following the vet's advice, we tried increased fiber, lubricant laxatives, stool softeners, and enemas. I even bought her a water fountain to increase her water intake. She definitely drinks plenty, but the stools were still rock hard and large. I was then advised to try a combination of Eukanuba Low Residue prescription food and Lactulose stool softener. This worked fairly well for over a year, then slowly stopped working. Well she was plugged up fairly severely, and I took her in and they gave her two enemas which cleared her out, and sent me home with Science Diet w/d (prescription weight loss and increased fiber food) and a couple more enemas just in case. I had to use the enemas 3 weeks later. Desperate for answers, I found a website and paid to have a vet answer my question. I told her what Mitties was on, and she proceeded to tell me that Eukanuba, Iams, Science Diet are terrible foods, and vets like to push them because they sell them and make good money on them. But they are filled with corn and by-products. I checked the label, and sure enough, it was true! She recommended a natural food. I immediately researched and decided to buy Wellness wet and dry. IMMEDIATE IMPROVEMENT!!!!! Mitties absolutely loves the new food and has been going great ever since. Once a week I squirt a bit of mineral oil on it just to "keep things moving" and that seems to be great. I'm so glad I discovered this and feel bad for practically poisoning my cat for the last 4 years! YAY NATURAL FOOD! I have since converted a co-worker to feed her 12 year old cat Wellness too, and that has gone well. I would love to hear from other people with similar problems with chronic cat constipation and what worked for them.
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7/6/07 at 5:58am