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Dear Dr. Gotthelf, About a month ago, I asked about how to deal with a little blood on my cat's poop. You recommended higher fiber food and a little mineral oil, which have worked great! His poop looks normal, if a little dry, certainly better than the smelly, softer stools he was having with the EN food recommended by a novice vet. However, I neglected to ask when I could discontinue the mineral oil. People have begun the grisly stories of overuse/ using too long.
Would slippery elm bark be a good maintenance supplement for a cat who is hairball prone and has consequent issues? If not, I will just feed it to the boyfriend.
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Thanks so much!
I was quite foolish in not asking for the duration of the treatment.
Now that I am calmer, i also realize that some of the old ladies who think themselves experts do not know the difference between aspiration and merely sniffing something. It's true that mineral oil supplied by syringe can aspirate. I doubt, however, than the cat's sniffing his food will do anything to him.
I did check the box that says it is not an emergency, so I don't expect any immediate response.
He's allowed to have a vacation now and then! : )
Thanks so much for replying!
And I was aware that this is *not* an emergency, so I was not upset about waiting.
Just so that I am clear on this: giving my precious furry baby, who is 15 pounds of muscle and meow, a little mineral oil--say 1/2 teaspoon--a day will not cause poor absorption?(I am basically asking what "a lot" is.) How long can I do this?
He seems to be pooping about once a day, which is less than he was with the EN, and it's not as smelly or as yellow, nor is it as soft, so my guess is that he was at more risk of poor absorption of vitamins with the irritated GI tract.