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post #1 of 14
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This is a new one for me. My friend has a 12 year old female kitty who has occasional bouts of constipation. In the past, her vet has prescribed Metamucil and this has worked fine. A vet visit last weekend resulted in the vet instructing her to give the cat a dose of vaseline to the roof of the mouth daily. Sounds not good to me......

Anyone have experience with this treatment - vaseline????

Thanks!
Pam
post #2 of 14
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Originally Posted by pjleslie_2000
This is a new one for me. My friend has a 12 year old female kitty who has occasional bouts of constipation. In the past, her vet has prescribed Metamucil and this has worked fine. A vet visit last weekend resulted in the vet instructing her to give the cat a dose of vaseline to the roof of the mouth daily. Sounds not good to me......

Anyone have experience with this treatment - vaseline????

Thanks!
Pam
IMO I would not do that!!! ::censor::censor::censor:: Tell her to buy Canned Pumpkin... Give in small amounts that is what the vets here recommend!!!
post #3 of 14
I am familiar with it... Our sweet little Cocker got into some bones from a neighbors garbage a few years ago... She was SO SICK! Our Vet kept her for 4 days and gave her a few teaspoons everyday that she was there.... He said it wouls help the bones pass with out slicing up her intestines ( if there happened to be anything sharp in there) It did help, and did not hurt Fergie at all. He said it was actually good for them to help with hair and other things that keep thwm from having a good BM.
post #4 of 14
Vaseline (aka white petrolatum, or petroleum jelly) is the active ingredient in many of the hairball remedies sold for cats. It won't hurt your cat. It's indigestible, so it goes through the digestive tract. The only precaution is that it does interfere with nutrient absorption, so it shouldn't be given before a meal (else the food is just wasted). I don't know if it's a cure for constipation, though. Personally, for that, I'd try the canned pumpkin a previous post recommended first. Vaseline is fine once a week to prevent hairballs, but I don't think I'd give it every day on a regular basis.
post #5 of 14
I would steer clear of it as well- and use canned pumpkin or cooked and mashed green beans- much better for the kitty
post #6 of 14
My vet cringed when i mentioned how i'd heard of giving vaseline to cats
post #7 of 14
I would prefer liquid-paraffine - this is perfectly safe and widely used.

I guess it is sold in USA as it is in Sweden.

If they dont have it in drug store (Pharmacy) it is OK with this sold in food-shops.

Possibly vaseline is also ok, dunno.
post #8 of 14
Do you have Swedisch soft wheycheese in USA?

Ie butter made from goatmilk (yellowbrown, halfsweet). Something of Norwegian national cuisine.

Anyway, this is very good to loosen hard stomache. Both human and cats.

Hardly dangerous at all, well proven.

And if more sewere cases: paraffin-oil as described above. The perfect lubricant.
post #9 of 14
Paraffin is a petroleum product, as is Vaseline. Cats are lactose-intolerant, so dairy products will cause loose stool. I suppose that's one remedy for constipation. But not to be given on a regular basis. If it's a recurring problem, better to find the cause than treat the symptoms only.
post #10 of 14
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Originally Posted by coaster
Cats are lactose-intolerant, so dairy products will cause loose stool. I suppose that's one remedy for constipation. .
I dont agree with you. They dont get loose stol, they get diarrhea! Ie you try to cure one sickness with another! OK - you may do that if desperate and you dont have anything else to do. A bad decision is sometimes better than none at all... Here I may agree with you.

- Besides not all cats are lactose-intolerant...

Better use wheycheese (= butter from goatmilk) or whatewer competent american veterinary recommends for "hard stomache".

Or paraffine-oil or whatewer competent american veterinary recommends in more severe cases of stop - f.eks. a lot of cat hairs stopping up.

Both are perfectly harmless as such, well proved because widely used.
And is recommended too by swedish and norvegian veterinaries as good home remedy... (surely also by american veterinaries - but I suspect wheycheese is not sold everywhere in USA).
post #11 of 14
OK, didn't realize you meant cheese made from goat's milk. Goat's milk is OK for lactose-intolerant consumption. However, not widely available in the U.S. Almost every type of dairy product here is cow's milk.
post #12 of 14
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Originally Posted by hissy
I would steer clear of it as well- and use canned pumpkin or cooked and mashed green beans- much better for the kitty
I have used the green beans for my dogs for years... I to would avoid vaseline..
post #13 of 14
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Originally Posted by coaster
OK, didn't realize you meant cheese made from goat's milk. However, not widely available in the U.S. Almost every type of dairy product here is cow's milk.
Actually, I do mean butter, as there is both butter and cheese made from goats milk.
I dont understand why they translate the goatbutter as wheyCHEESE, but it is from the manufacturers site, so it must be right.

Anyway, both will do of course, but the butter is easier to administer.

If the cat doesnt want to eat it, you can always use the foul way:

smear it in the cats fur, so she must lick off that...

- not my own idea, read about it...
post #14 of 14
Goat butter is a better translation. I doubt anybody here knows what "wheycheese" is.

Yeah, OK, goat butter. I can see that would make a decent constipation remedy as well as a hairball remedy.
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