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My cat hasnt had a bowel movement for at least 5 days. What

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My cat hasn't had a bowel movement for at least 5 days. What can I safely give her to get things moving?

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Dr. Andy :

I am sorry to hear about this concern.
I assume she is still eating and drinking normally.

Some options to possibly help with constipation include:

- Offering a little milk. Cats and dogs can be lactose intolerant, and just like in people, this can result in a laxative effect.

- Offering some canned pumpkin, Metamucil, or bran (1-2 teaspoons). The fiber pulls water in from the colon and this can help to move stool. Make sure your pet is drinking water if giving any of these supplements.

- Encouraging water intake is very important. You can add some canned food to the water or some canned tuna juice to make it more tasty. Make sure to change frequently as the water will spoil.

- Often, severe impaction can occur, where the colon is overly distended with firm feces. This is called a Megacolon, and you need a veterinarian’s assistance. This condition can often require repeated enemas by a veterinarian, and none of the above will work.

- An over-the-counter product you could get is called “Laxatone” (for cats)



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Dr. Andy :

About the most I can suggest, but you may really need to get into a vet for assistance.
Good Luck
Dr. Andy

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