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I am sorry to hear you are concerned about your cat. One concern in a male cat is that he is trying to urinate, not defecate. Male cats can get "blocked", where there is a blockage in the urethra so they can't empty their bladder. They will sit in the litter box and strain, will vomit, and eventually will stop eating and get sicker and sicker.The only way to tell if this is his problem is for a veterinarian to feel his bladder to see if it is enlarged. If it is, he needs immediate medical attention.If he was constipated, he would probably not be eating. Again, I could tell you right away, by feeling his colon and bladder with my hands, but knowing where these internal organs are, and what normal feels like, takes some experience and practice.Check his gums by lifting his lip, are they pink in color?
Good that his gums are pink.If he is constipated, he may need an enema. By the time cats get constipated, it is usually past the point of using stool softeners. You can try the stool softener Mira Lax, 1/4 th teaspoon in food twice daily.Do not use any enemas for people in cats, not even ones made for infants. They are toxic to cats.Keep him eating and drinking. If his gums stay pink and he is eating, that is a good sign.
It is OK to give canned pumpkin. It is more helpful to soften stool as it is forming, not once a cat is constipated, but it is safe to try.
If he is constipated, he will stop eating, and possibly vomit. He might be in and out of the litter pan. I really only could tell by palpating his colon.You can give 1/2 to 1 teaspoon pumpkin twice daily.
Good he is eating. It does not sound like an emergency right now. Try the pumpkin or the Mira Lax and try to monitor how much he is defecating.Why are you scared of a senior wellness exam? How old is he?
I worry about cats that drink a lot. It can indicate diabetes, kidney disease, and other conditions. Not jumping can indicate weakness or arthritis.If he does have a problem, the sooner it is identified the more treatment options you will have. Glad he is getting checked out this week.Let me know if this is helpful, what you find out, and what other questions you have.
Surely it is not too late if these have been going on a long time.You are welcome.
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