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Poor Coco keeps getting Constipated

post #1 of 19
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She was just in the pan Crying again. The Vet said to try Hairball stuff. She said Coco can not have Pumpkin because her Bladder Infections she gets. Anyone else have old cats that get Constipated? Whats strange is when she is on Antibiotics she isnt Constipated. Her Asthma is acting up too and her Allergies. I sure hope i will not have to take her to get a Depo Midrol Shot.
post #2 of 19
Yes, my older cat Buster suffers from chronic constipation. He was diagnosed with megacolon, which means that he can not pass stool on his own. He tried hairball gel and pumpkin but it got worse. He now requires daily medicine including Cisapride, Kristalose, and Senna. This condition will most likely involve enemas too. It's a chronic condition and there is no cure. You will have to maintain it for the rest of your cat's life.
post #3 of 19
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Thanks,
I will ask the Vet about those Meds. She dosent have Megacolon though. she started getting Costipated over a year ago.
post #4 of 19
Those meds that Buster requires are only for advanced stage constipation when nothing else works. I think if Coco can pass stool with hairball gels, then you should definitely stick with that treatment. I used those methods (pumpkin etc.) for several months until Buster's condition worsened. At that point, I had no other choice but to introduce medication.

Also, ask your vet about low-fiber foods. A lot of people mistakenly feed their constipated cats high fiber foods thinking it will help the situation. Paradoxically, it only worsens their condition because the fiber bulks up in the colon and can't pass through. It's better to eat a low-residue diet, which produces smaller poop and can exit the body easier.
post #5 of 19
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Thanks,
Coco can not have the Pumpkin. The Vet said because her Bladder Infections it isnt safe for her. She is on C/D. How old is your Cat? Coco will be 16 any day. The Vet said to get hairball stuff but did not say what kind to get.
post #6 of 19
You might consider using Slippery Elm Bark.

Here are a couple of references
http://www.littlebigcat.com/index.ph...em=slipperyelm

This is more comprehensive information, including some cautions. Ignore the fact that the site itself deals with renal failure - the SEB info is generic.
http://felinecrf.org/holistic_treatments.htm#SEB
post #7 of 19
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Thanks for the advice.
post #8 of 19
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Originally Posted by mews2much View Post
Thanks,
Coco can not have the Pumpkin. The Vet said because her Bladder Infections it isnt safe for her. She is on C/D. How old is your Cat? Coco will be 16 any day. The Vet said to get hairball stuff but did not say what kind to get.
Buster is somewhere between 10-13 years old. He was using Laxatone hairball gel but he hated it. It is meat-flavored but Buster refused to eat it. I put it on his paws but he flung it all over the room and it got very sticky. My vets think it works though. You should definitely give it a try and see what happens.
post #9 of 19
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Thanks,
I better ask the Vet if its ok first just to make sure. Is it in Petco or Petsmart?
post #10 of 19
I think all the chain pet stores sell it. It comes in a tube and it is a vaseline-based product. It costs about $6.00.
post #11 of 19
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Thanks,
I will ask the Vet
post #12 of 19
My Popsie recently started suffering from consipation and the vet presribed lactulose solution. I also figured out that giving him frequent treats was causing a problem as well. I hope you find something that works.
post #13 of 19
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Thanks,
I will see what the Vets says.
post #14 of 19
Do you think prescription food for hairball can help constipation?
post #15 of 19
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It might but I never tried it. They gave Coco Lax Aire but she still is getting Constipated. I hope your Cat feels better.
post #16 of 19
I think i will give it a try because i've been giving laxatone and he hasn't go since friday afternoon (i monitor closely because 2 weeks ago we went to the vet for that) i also give him milk. he always had a small constipation, just in the past month it has been too much.
other thing that i've been doing is giving him grass from the garden he loves it but i do not know why it does not work well. Also milk but it does not help, and he does not like yoghurt. have you tried butter or tuna in oil (letting him lick the oil - I've heard also that tuna is not good at all)
I also wish coco will do better...
post #17 of 19
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Thanks,
Coco can not have any Fish she is Allergic. Does your Cat cry from the pain too. I hate when she cries when she is trying to go. i can not give her Milk either it makes her Sick. I tried more Canned C/D but she dosnt like it to much. She likes the Dry. She is on C/D because of her Bladder Infections she gets. What food does your Cat eat? I forget how old your Cat is. Mine is 16 and her Constipation started about 2 years ago. I just bought Cat Grass yesterday at Petsmart.
post #18 of 19
Yes he does and I hate the sound of it !
he is 10 yrs old and constipation got worse in the last month...i have no idea why. i wish i could take him to a vet and do a senior pannel, but now he is too scared of the carrying cage, too many uncomfortable visits to the vet (enema about 3 weeks ago and shots last week ) he is a very stressed cat in general... so if i am going to make blood tests i have to put him to sleep, and i prefer to go to athens (greece - i live in an island) and have it done with someone that has the animal lab (here they send blood to human lab, i've heard results are not very accurate)
It is not easy for me now specially because i have to monitor 2 cats, one almost 17 with a little of renal failure and this one too. so i get really worried for everything. I am thinking that I cannot even go on holidays any more because no one will really count poop balls on the litter box nor will differenciate his poops from the other cat (2yrs old ) ..
I'll let you know in a week how he does with prescription hairball food.
See you !
post #19 of 19
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It must be harder living there. Here we have alot of Vets. I hope he does ok. I am afraid to take Vacations too.
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