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post #1 of 7 (permalink) Old 12-10-2008, 09:48 AM Thread Starter
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Soft stool tips?

I need tips to get Syble's stool to be consistently soft without the help of a stool softener. We give her laxatone and that helps as well as an all wet/moist diet, but we do have to give her her stool softener about 1-2 times a week, and i would like to eliminate that entirely if possible (for my hand sake and her comfort, she really hates the pill shooter) Not only does my hand suffer immensly, but the stool softener makes her stool so soft it will eek out and I become mrs. butt wiper.

I did give her store brand kitty food once, ran out of cat food and i was broke, man NEVER again, that was worse than the stool softener by 100fold!

but any tips and tricks would be wonderful, I know alot of people would look to make a cat more solid in their stool, not softer (normally solid not rock hard) Syble needs her pool softer than normal. probably by half consistently.
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Re: Soft stool tips?

If she'll eat it, add fiber to her food...pumpkin (no spices), psyllium, unflavored Benefiber or Metamucil, or Slippery Elm.

Slippery Elm can be made into a syrup or open the capsules and sprinkle it on.

http://www.littlebigcat.com/?action=lib ... lipperyelm

I would also suggest digestive enzymes for her. They can also be mixed in wet food.

http://www.onlynaturalpet.com/products/ ... 28003.aspx


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Re: Soft stool tips?

i'll look into that elm stuff. we have some benifiber as well.
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post #4 of 7 (permalink) Old 12-10-2008, 04:00 PM
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Re: Soft stool tips?

If the fiber and/or pumpkin don't work for you, you can get a prescription for lactulose. Its a liquid that you can mix with wet food. My cat doesn't mind the taste.

Doodlebug, what is the benefit of the enzymes? Does it help constipation? I might need to try it.

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Enzymes help ensure that the food gets processed correctly. If a cat doesn't have enough of a particular enzyme, the response may be diarrhea or constipation depending on the enzyme.

Enzymes also ensure that the cat is getting all the nutrients they can out of the food. So if they get an incremental amount of nutrients, that's less food they need to consume and less waste they need to process.


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Re: Soft stool tips?

Thanks doodlebug

This is the first I heard of the enzymes.

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Re: Soft stool tips?

Just wanted to second doodlebug's suggestion for enzymes. I think any cat that is not on raw food will benefit from enzymes. Eating an all cooked diet (as most of our cats do) can deplete their system of all the necessary enzymes so adding them helps them process their food more efficiently.
My cat Sundance, used to suffer from nasty, little stools. Plain, canned pumpkin (not pie mix!) added to his food always did the trick. He was on enzymes as well.

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