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can I use baby suppositories on my cat he is straining to

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can I use baby suppositories on my cat? he is straining to pass stool and and when trying periodically screams like some stepped on him? he had projective vomiting last night. he is 17 years old and being trated medically for hypertyroid.

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just got back from emergency vet clinic as recommend by Dr Andy - $100 lighter. Cat has no obstructions or other evidence of instestinal disorder.

Once home cat urinated fine but when attempting to pass stool he SCREAMED! No stool was passed. We need an option - glycerin enema? What?
Submitted: 6 years ago.
Category: Cat Veterinary
Expert:  Dr. Andy replied 6 years ago.
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Dr. Andy :

Hello. I am sorry to hear about this concern. When did you see him last defecate?

Customer:

I was out yesterday and have 3 other indoor cats - I have not seen him defecate - besides, he prefers to sneak behind the toilet - only excuse is being 17 and hyper thyroid but that's excuse enough for him

Customer:

hello

Dr. Andy :

Okay. No. I would not use it. Often, cats get very impacted, and they need more treatment then that.

Dr. Andy :

Also, it would be very hard on Balky and he probably needs a better enema product to be deposted further into his colon.

Customer:

recommedations?

Dr. Andy :

Also, constipation, at this age, can very easily be due to dehydration resulting from concurrent kidney problems or other underlying health issues.

Dr. Andy :

So, in cosideration of his age, a desire to remedy this situation quickly with low stress on him, he really needs a vet.

Customer:

kidney deficiency is confirmed -

Dr. Andy :

Also, the vomiting....That is usually due to the straining to defecate.

Dr. Andy :

Yep...not surprised. So, with the concurrent kidney issue, he would also greatly benefit from getting some fluids.

Dr. Andy :

Now, not necessarily an IV, but maybe some under the skin to rehydrate him.

Customer:

what to do until vet's office optens?

Dr. Andy :

I wouldn't wait. Pick any vet open on a Sunday.

Customer:

thank you

Dr. Andy :

Good Luck. I would feel bad offering over-the-counter suggestions, that I know, really are not going to get the job done, and postpone the treatment Balky really needs. I hope you still find my answer acceptable.

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Customer: replied 6 years ago.
just came back from the emergency vet clinic $100 lighter;vet said cat was not impacted and had no intestinal blockage; cat SCREAMS every time he attempts to pass stool.we need some relief.
Expert:  Dr. Andy replied 6 years ago.

I am sorry to hear that. I saw your other question about enemas. I am hoping you are not planning on giving anything. If he is not impacted, you will only cause severe diarrhea.

I think this was mentioned in the other answer.

How confident are you that he is peeing normally?????

 

He may actually have a urinary tract infection, bladder stones, or cystitis (inflammation of bladder wall). That can resemble squatting and attempts to defecate.

 

Ideally, a urine test needs to be done. Also, with so much pain, he really needs a good pain medication like buprenex.

 

Unfortunately, you cannot safely give over-the-counter non-steroidals to cats, so he needs something, anything, for pain from a vet.

 

Dr. Andy