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I have an almost 3 year old tabby/Russian Blue kitty, who up until recently has been very healthy. He weighs 17 pounds, 13 ounces and three vets who have seen him do not think he is overweight, just built large.

It started a couple months ago when he started vomiting liquid and he would fall over and would try to go to the bathroom laying down. We would find hard pieces of poo not in the litterbox. Up until this time he was 100% litterbox reliable.

The vet took xrays that showed that he was totally blocked up. They tried 3 enemas and that did not work so they had to put him under and get it out that way. He was ok for about a month but this past Saturday we had to take him again, similar symptoms, but it wasn't nearly as bad, one enema got it all out along with belly massage.

He is now on different food, Science Diet hairball dry. The vet said this was ok for my other kitty, too. Ozzy also gets a dab of vaseline and Laxatone on his paw in the morning. At night he gets Science Diet hairball wet with a dab of pumpkin and a 1/2 tsp of metamucil. He also gets 1 milliliter of Lactalose and now a half of a Reglan pill 3x a day for about a month.

I'm at a loss if this stuff doesn't work. I have a feeling that the longterm prognosis isn't good for my guy, and I don't know what to do.

Any suggestions/ideas? The vet did mention a surgery as the last resort, but doesn't think it would be good due to Ozzy's young age and the fact that they recently sent a patient to the university for the procedure and it did not help the cat at all.
 

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I'm at a loss... My cat also has constipation problems, but the list of things you're doing for your cat have always worked for mine. The only other thing I can suggest that looks as though you haven't tried yet is to get your cat to drink more water. My vet explained that when a cat doesn't get enough water, his BM's are like wet sand. Imagine trying to pass that! I got a petmate water fountain and Sabby's water intake increased. I'm sorry, but that's the only thing I can think of that might help.

Or maybe your kitty is getting too much fiber?
 

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I guess all of it could be too much. The pumpkin is a new treatment as well as the hairball food, but before when we were using all of the rest he was going 2x a day and seemed perfectly fine. He shares a litterbox with our other cat, but at least when he went the BMs were dark and thick, so I could tell his from hers. Then he went back to his old ways of producing little and then nothing.

He doesn't drink much water, but I do see him drink it from time to time. The cats have their own bowl on the counter, but they also like to drink from the dog'd bowl on the floor.

I haven't found the right combo of thing for him, but what I have read about it it seems like all of this could be a lost cause and he may never go back to "normal."
 

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I'm sorry, Kitties. I don't have any great news or advice for you. I don't expect my cat to ever get back to normal, but he's 15 years old. My vet doesn't think he will either, because he offered to teach me how to give him enemas at home. It just seems to me like your cat is getting a lot of fiber in his diet between the dry food, pumpkin, and metamucil. And, as Dr. Jean told me once, too much fiber will constipate just as well as too little. In comparison, my kitty gets 1/4 tsp of psyllium powder (the main ingredient in metamucil) and a little bit of laxatone every day. I am considering putting him on Lactulose every day, though.

I guess you could get a second opinion from another veterinarian (try to find a feline specialist outside of your current vet's office).
 

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My kitty had problems but not as severe as yours he didn't have to go to the vet. I gave him a laxative and hairball remover(combined) and when i changed his food to about 70% wet (working on 100%) he got a lot better. science diet doesn't seem like the greatest food to be feeding your cat if he has problems with b.m.'s. what about if you fed a premium food like Wellness or Feldae, i even feed Nutro (i would have to get premium foods shipped and would end up being too much money).
 

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Previous to the surgery, was your cat on dry only? You mentioned he's on dry now.

Have you tried getting him to eat canned/wet food? It sounds like your kitty isn't getting enough moisture to help with the "dry" poo that's stuck.

I'm not a vet, but it just seems to make sense in my head. I could be TOTALLY wrong. =o/

I hope your kitty starts to feel better though.
 

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Both my kitties were dry only, which as I have been reading here is not a good idea. I admit I don't know that much about cats, but it seems to make sense that he should get more moisture from the wet food. I think when the Science Diet dry is all gone I will switch both kitties to wet only. He will still get his concoction of metamucil and pumpkin in his but hers will be plain. Maybe that will help with the problem. I use a large rabbit bowl for dry food and it gets emptied about once a day with two cats, and I'm sure it is Ozzy who eats most of it.

Ozzy has not had the surgery, it was something the vet suggested down the line.
 

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Hi Kitties!

I have a lot of experience with this because of my cat, Emma. We have Emma on .5 mg. of chicken flavored Cisapride/Propulsid 3 times a day. This is a motility drug and your vet should be able to help you get this through a compounding pharmacy. This could possibly work better than Reglan.

We also give 1 ml Lactulose 2 to 3 times a day. We feed Emma canned food with a bit of dry.

Emma was still having off and on success with this so we added a 1/2 tab of natural vegetable laxative with 8.6 mg. Sennocides. We give this once daily but on bad days, morning and night. You can get this at Walmart or any pharmacy.

Cat forum is a wonderful forum but for different ideas and suggestions (such as the vegetable laxative idea I received) try this yahoo group:
http://groups.yahoo.com/group/Feline_Megacolon/

Please remember to proceed to with meds slowly and not all at once. For instance the canned food, cisapride and lactulose may be all you need. Some cats need extra fiber but in cases of my cat who has neurological problems, extra fiber produced stool that is so large she simply can't pass it. It is trial and error. Your kitty is young so you have time to work this out.

Also, do not wait until your cat is to the point where his isn't eating and is vomiting. Try to get your cat to your vet for an enema. Ask your vet about enemas especially made for animals and have him show you how to administer one and bring one home to have on hand. That way if you are stuck over the weekend or holiday, you know what to do.

Hope that helps!
 

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Canned food has much more water in it. If I were you I'd switch right away 100% or at least 50%.

Pumpkin is good for diarreah and constipation.
 

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Pumpkin is good for diarreah and constipation.
Pumpkin had no effect on my cat. For most cats though it does seem to help.

The main thing is to start basic and keep trying until you find something that works. It might be hit or miss for a bit with a few enemas in between. Everyone kept telling me to give more fiber and more pumpkin for my cat and I was doing that and she was getting worse. For her, I had to look for other options.
 

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I guess it will be a lot of trial and error. I am going to switch both cats to can only, I guess I can feed everyone at night?

Propulsid was something else the vet recommended if he still has problems. He did mention that pumpkin works well for most cats and that's something we haven't tried. Does all of this stuff he's taking now seem to be too much?

He came home from the vet on Saturday and there has been nothing in the box since. I guess it will take a couple days for things to start moving again. That's what happened the last time, all the stuff we were doing worked great for a month and then he backed up again.

Will this be something that can be "cured"? I don't mind doing all the extra stuff if this will put a stop to the blockages.
 

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Yes, most times it can be managed just fine :) I think the propulsid would be used in place of the Reglan but ask your vet about it. I always thought Reglan makes an animal feel tired but maybe Dr. Jean on here could tell us better. Proceed slowly so you don't overwhelm his system. Pumpkin is a safe additive to use and sometimes works better than the metamucil or is good along with it. When giving a metamucil type product it is very important that your cat drink lots of fluids. If you have to, add a little warm water to your cats canned food to increase the amount.

As for his present problem... contact the vet if you see him often in the litter box with no results and/or he is getting distressed. When he stops eating and/or is vomiting, then he is getting very sick and needs to see the vet ASAP for a clean out. Good luck!
 
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