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I think it hurts

post #1 of 10
Thread Starter 
So, I'm sitting here in the computer room and my cat starts to meow. Loud and alot. He just stares at me and is holding out meows for about 4 seconds if not longer. He is licking his bottom and then gets up and walks around some. The he just drops a stool 'bout 2.5 inches. It is hard and even looks like it is full of hair. Not strands, just fur. Almost looks like carpet, but no color. I am thinking he may be constipated. He has done this once before, but it was almost a year ago.
Is there something out there for constipation for cats? Or is this something totaly different?
post #2 of 10
Iam not sure of anything that you can buy that is not over the counter or requested by the vet.

I would suggest taking your little guy in and having him checked out by the vet, It's hard` to tell if they are in pain, but you wouldn't want him to be in pain. I would just have the vet check in out.

Some vets are great and you can just give them a call, and they generally have AWESOME suggestions!!!

Good luck!

Keep me posted please.

Jayme and Jackson
post #3 of 10
Call your vet.

In the meantime, give him either a couple spoonfulls of plain pumpkin (comes in a can, use 100% pumpkin, not the pie filler), OR you can give him a few spoonfulls of plain yogurt.
Either of these will help simple constipation, but they do have to be digested first.

Again, call your vet, there is a possibility that is is more than simple constipation.
post #4 of 10
I would agree about taking your cat to the vet and having him checked. I have read a number of posts on this site seeking advice about bloody or unusual poop and would like to relay my sad experience with one of my cats a few years ago. This is not to alarm anyone, just a heads-up that it may not be what it seems. Romeo was only 7 years old when I noticed that he seemed to strain sometimes when pooping and he sometimes had a little blood mixed in. I took him to the vet and they said it was not that unusal for cats to have a little blood in their feces, expecially if they are constipated, but they did blood work, took xrays, etc. and said they found nothing other than a fairly large hairball which needed to be moved along. They suggested a product such as laxatone. I gave him the laxatone, but his straining did not improve in the next month or two. I did not call the vet again even though my gut said that something more than simple constipation might be involved. I figured a vet would know best. Stupid on my part. One night Romeo began a frantic running up and down the hallway, then over to his litter box where he would strain and strain, with only a little poop coming out and a little blood. He was also vomiting a little. I saw that his bottom was impacted. Needless to say, I rushed him to the vet first thing in the morning. They did a rectal exam after giving him an enema, and found a growth in his colon which was blocking his elimination when straining. After much agonizing, I decided to put Romeo to sleep because they would have had to surgically remove much of his colon and I didn't want him to have to go through that. I still to this day, every day, beat myself up for not having listened to my instincts. An early rectal exam may have caught the tumor earlier, which I blame on the vet, but I should have pushed for something more as well.

Again, my situation was unusual, and I am not trying to scare anyone, but I felt I needed to pass this along.
post #5 of 10
Thread Starter 
thanks for sharing that story. That is sad and I'm sorry for your loss. When I get across some $$ I will surely take Avedis to the Vet. I have not taken him since I bought him. That was almost 5 years ago. He is freakin' big. Not the biggest cat I have ever seen, but he is weighing in at around 21 lbs.
post #6 of 10
If he has not seen a vet in five years, I hope you find the money soon.
post #7 of 10
Here in New Zealand you can buy products that help with constipation called Fur Lax and similar names. You don't need a vet to get them and they're natural so wont cause any harm.
post #8 of 10
Thread Starter 
I know some of you may have been anxiously awaiting this post. Last night I took Avedis to the Emergency Vet. He had been crying again and he looked pretty bad. I explained the situation to the Vet on the phone and then drove him over.
It turns out that it was not poo at all. It was his bladder that was hurting him. The Dr. said that the food he was eating was causing Crystals to form in his bladder and he was un able to pee. The doc proceeded to "Juice" my cat right on the table. Yeah, juiced. Avedis was pretty upset. Oh, by the way, the food was Meow Mix.

In the past 5 years, I have never "Fed" my cat. I always left a despencer out so he could eat when he wanted to. My philosophy was, "If I can eat when I'm hungry, he should be able to eat when he's hungry". Well hell, he would eat out of bordom.
I now have him on a science diet and am only feeding him twice a day. Once in the morning, and once for dinner. I feel bad, but it is what I have to do.

He is taking some meds right now, but should be doing better. After the juicing, he looked alot better.

Thanks for your concerns and help. When I learn how to use this forum, I will post a pic of him for y'all to see.
post #9 of 10
I'm glad he is feeling better! Poor little guy!!!

post #10 of 10
Wonderful that you took him to the Vet. A Urinary Track Infection is bad but especially bad in males - there it can be fatal if not treated.

Thanks for taking care of him and yes PICS are always a pleasure.

Please let us know how he is doing.
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