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my cat keeps dragging his butt across the floor, and cant

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my cat keeps dragging his butt across the floor, and can't get the poop out. He got part of it out, it looks like a passed hairball. what do I do?
Submitted: 2 years ago.
Category: Cat Veterinary
Expert:  Dr. B. replied 2 years ago.
Thank you for your question.

When kitties drag their bottom on the floor, it can be due to a few differenti issues. We can see this when cats have tapeworms, impacted anal glands, and with constipation when they cannot pass all the feces they are trying to pass.

If he hasn't been wormed recently, consider doing so now. You can get good quality wormers (ie. Drontal) from either your vet or pet store.

If it is because he is struggling to pass feces (and you are seeing lots of hair in the feces he did pass) there are a few tricks you can use at home to help relieve mild constipation. First, you can offer some cow milk. Kitties are like little lactose intolerant people, and while the love milk it can move things down the gut a bit quicker (ie. Cause mild diarrhea in an unconstipated cat). If they are mildly constipated, this might just get things moving in the right direction.

You can also treat them with hairball medication (ie. Catalax). This is available from the vet or the pet shop. It works to lubricate the gut and can facilitate the movement of hard feces out of the rectum.

Furthermore, if he is eating you can mix in some canned pumpkin or a 1/4t teaspoon of unflavored Metamucil. Just like people, these can restore fecal output regularity. I would offer these with wet food to ease him eating of it, while making sure we are getting water into him (as canned food is 35% water).

I would also encourage them to drink as constipation can be complicated by dehydration. Make sure they have fresh water and you can even offer low sodium chicken broth if they won’t drink.

While you are doing this, I would advise that you monitor fecal and urinary output.
I would advise trying the above measures, but if you aren't seeing feces in the next 24-48 hours, or your cat begins to vomit or worsens, then they should be evaluated by a vet.Severe impactions of feces are usually secondary to more serious diseases, so if he doesn't respond to our gentle colon cleaning treatments, then he may require more aggressive treatment (ie enemas under sedation). As well, if he doesn't settle and is still dragging his bottom despite your treatments, then have the vet check his anal glands (and express them if necessary).


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Customer: replied 2 years ago.
thank you. yes, he has passed a bit of feces and it looked like a passed hairball.... but he can't get the rest of it out... it is stuck in his bum. Would cod liver oil help at all? he is a very picky eater, so it's hard to get him to eat anything but exactly what he wants.
Expert:  Dr. B. replied 2 years ago.
You are very welcome.
All of the above should help move the feces down the gut, but it is fine to try some cod liver oil as well to speed things up. As well, if there feces caught in the colon, you can try a Miralax (LINK) enema for him (though cats aren't always amenable to anyone messing at their back end.

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