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Hasn't pooped since Sunday. Prior to that she had blood in…

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Hasn't pooped since Sunday...

Hasn't pooped since Sunday. Prior to that she had blood in her stool for which she gets steroid injections every 3 months. She is 13 and her appetite is normal.

Veterinarian's Assistant: I'm sorry to hear that. What is the cat's name?

Kiki.

Veterinarian's Assistant: Is there anything else important you think the Veterinarian should know about Kiki?

She's had the blood on and off for a few years and when she does have blood the stool is like pudding and stinky. We believe she has IBS, but this symptom is new.

Submitted: 10 months ago.Category: Cat Veterinary
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Cat Veterinarian: PitRottMommy, Veterinary Nurse replied 10 months ago
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Cat Veterinarian: PitRottMommy, Veterinary Nurse replied 10 months ago

Has she had diarrhea along with the blood in her stool?

What diet is she on at this time?

How often does the blood occur?

Is she attempting to defecate and unable or simply doesn't appear to have the urge?

When was bloodwork last performed on her?

Is she drinking well?

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Customer reply replied 10 months ago
to the diarrhea with blood. She was on an Rd diet but wouldn't eat. Switched her to Blue Buffalo Sr. Cat grain free wet food 1-1/2 oz 2x a day and grain free dry. She seems to drink enough. The blood is every day if she hasn't had her injection, but she had one about 3 weeks ago, but it started again. Think last blood work was about a year ago.Upon getting home from work today I noticed she did go but it was very hard.
Cat Veterinarian: PitRottMommy, Veterinary Nurse replied 10 months ago

On the Blue Buffalo, is she producing normal stools?

Is she on any medication aside from the steroids given by injection?

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Customer reply replied 10 months ago
Tried antibiotics by mouth when the symptoms first started but it was too difficult to give to her.
Cat Veterinarian: PitRottMommy, Veterinary Nurse replied 10 months ago

Which antibiotics were given? Can you tell me the dates they were given?

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Customer reply replied 10 months ago
Can't remember and records not accessible right now. Can't take her to the vet for another week so I thought I would check her symptoms online and that landed me at this site.
Cat Veterinarian: PitRottMommy, Veterinary Nurse replied 10 months ago

Antibiotics, particularly medications like metronidazole, can induce hard stools and that may be what has happened.

To start, we can see a gap in when cats produce normal stool following diarrhea. The fluid-laden stool often exits the body in volume and leaves the intestines empty. With this, it can be days between bowel movements particularly if normal stool is produced. It will be even longer if the stool is hard.

For the time being, I would focus on strong eating and drinking habits. Typically if these are normal, defecation will follow. If you see hard stool again, consider giving 1/2 tsp of regular cow's milk twice daily to soften the stool mildly so it's easier to pass.

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Cat Veterinarian: PitRottMommy, Veterinary Nurse replied 10 months ago

Checking in. How is Kiki?

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