Cat won't go to the bathroom-updated 12/18- back to normal
Sorry in advance for the long post
I am having a problem with my cat and I am just hoping to find someone who has had a similar experience. The problem comes up every now and then when she is under a lot of stress. She simply stops going to the bathroom. She doesn’t go out side the litter box she just holds it.
She holds her urine as long as she can but eventually she can’t hold it any more and will let it go where ever she happens to be. She holds her stool until she needs an enema. Some times on the way to the vet, she will let loose in the carrier and that usually resolved the problem. This time she peed in the carrier but still needed the enema. The vet says there is no physical reason why she should not have been able to go herself. Her colon is normal and she has good mobility.
I always give extra fiber (canned pumpkin) and laxotone to help her go. But the problem still arises every now and then when she is under stress. This time it was caused by a stay at the cat hotel. Actually it is more like coming home from the cat hotel, because they had no problems with her and she was giving the owner purrs and kisses before we left. And they kept her on her special diet, so I know that’s not it. (this place is very good)
I have set up the feliway diffuser, provided her with two clean litter boxes and the one that was at the hotel with her as it was. I am trying the cat attract litter in one. I closed her in the bedroom with all her stuff and hoping that she will relax and take care of herself while I am at work. I may stop in at lunch time with a new litter box and maybe a new kind of litter.
The problem usually resolves itself in about a week, but I can’t stand seeing her so uncomfortable. Any advice would be greatly appreciated. If someone else has experienced this I would like to hear about it. My vet says he has never seen this before. I am looking for a cat specialist, but I can’t find any in my area.