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Dr. Michael Salkin
Dr. Michael Salkin, Veterinarian
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Experience:  University of California at Davis graduate veterinarian with 45 years of experience.
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What if my cat is anorexic and constipated for 3 days?

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My cat is constipated and weak since he's not eating for 3 days. After applying the enemas he goes straight to the litter box but he's not able to defecate. But I really have no idea for exactly how long he has been constipated since he uses our yard, now I can tell 3 to 4 days minimum because be brought him inside. I can feel his large intestine hard.
Submitted: 2 years ago.
Category: Cat Veterinary
Expert:  Dr. Michael Salkin replied 2 years ago.
If at least 3-4 days have passed and a 13 year old has remained anorexic and obstipated (severe constipation), he'll need to see his vet who is likely going to need to sedate him and manually extract the impacted feces in addition to performing a thorough warm water/detergent enema. These cats should also be administered IV fluids and antibiotics in order to avoid enterotoxemia - the translocation of colonic bacteria and toxins through the irritated colon walls.
Please have Prieto attended to by his vet at your earliest convenience and