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My cat cant poop

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My cat can't poop
Submitted: 4 years ago.
Category: Cat Veterinary
Expert:  CriticalCareVet replied 4 years ago.
Welcome to JustAnswer! I am a licensed veterinarian and would be glad to help!

1) When did this start?

2) Is he eating?

3) Drinking?

4) Vomiting?

5) Straining to defecate?

Customer: replied 4 years ago.
It started this morning. he could not poop and was straining. he is vomiting he ate a little this morning.
Expert:  CriticalCareVet replied 4 years ago.
There are many reasons for constipation in cats (LINK HERE)
It can range from:
- Diet changes
- Dehydration
- Even secondary system problems such as hyperthyroidism and kidney changes

Regarding the bowel movements, these suggestions should help:

- Offer milk. The reason for this is that most cats are mildly lactose intolerant and milk will have a natural laxative effect, just like it will in people that are lactose intolerant.

- You can also try a hairball product such as Laxatone - LINK HERE these are usually petroleum based and will allow for easier passage for the feces.

- Encouarged water/drinking is also recommended as the colon normally reabsorbs water in the body if the patient is dehydrated, thus making more firm stool that is uncomfortable to pass. If we increase water and hydration, we can then get softer stool that is easier to pass.

- Another option is over the counter Miralax, 1/4 teaspoon every 12 hours (LINK HERE)

- Your veterinarian can also prescribe a specific medication, "Lactulose" (LINK HERE)if the signs do not resolve with the recommendations listed above.

I hope this information helps!
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