Cat Veterinary

Have Cat Questions? Ask a Cat Vet Online.

Ask a Cat Veterinarian,
Get an Answer ASAP!

He is constpated I gave him a children glycerin suppository…

Customer Question
He is constpated I...

He is constpated I gave him a children glycerin suppository n it helped for about a week his belly is hard again so I was thing of giving him another one do u think that would be ok, he also seems to have a very leaky bladder I ordered something from petmd that's says it helps with urinary issues that should arrive today. Do u jave any other home remedies they may help him I cannot afford to get him to a vet til I get paid on the 13th

Veterinarian's Assistant: The Veterinarians require payment for their services. It's way less expensive on JustAnswer than face-to-face would cost.

How mich

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

Jakey hopper

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

I don't know if something may have happened to him when he was outside his tail is just kinda hanging down limp but I can move all his extremities n he don't seem to be in pain he just can't poop n when he does its super hard n he is just constantly leaking uring

Submitted: 8 months ago.Category: Cat Veterinary
Show More
Show Less
Ask Your Own Cat Veterinary Question
Answered in 4 hours by:
10/3/2017
Cat Veterinarian: Dr. Kara, Veterinarian replied 8 months ago
Dr. Kara
Dr. Kara, Veterinarian
Category: Cat Veterinary
Satisfied Customers: 18,568
Experience: Over 20 years of experience as a veterinarian.
Verified

Hello, I'm Dr. Kara. I have over 20 years of experience as a veterinarian and I'd like to help. Please give me a moment to review your concerns.

Ask Your Own Cat Veterinary Question
Cat Veterinarian: Dr. Kara, Veterinarian replied 8 months ago

This sounds like Jakey Hopper has damage to his spinal cord, which is a soft tissue structure and so this won't show up on radiographs. He may need an MRI to fully diagnose his condition and give you an idea of whether he can be expected to improve.

If he goes outdoors the most common cause of these symptoms is a tail pull injury or tailhead trauma.

This occurs when a cat falls and lands on his tailhead/back of the pelvis or the tail gets caught (by another animal or a car) and pulled hard enough that the caudal spinal cord is stretched. Sometimes the nerves are just stretched, but in some cases they break and when that happens the damage can be permanent. Cats may not show the full extent of their injury for several days as secondary inflammation and nerve death occur. With poor spinal cord function the colon may not empty as it should, leading to a build up of stool. You can use 1/2 of a children's glycerin suppository to try to help get the stool to pass. But my concern is whether this will be something he can recover from, or is there permanent damage. Likewise poor spinal cord function can cause poor urethral tone and urine dribbling, or a bladder that isn't emptying as it should leading to overflow incontinence. Either would predispose him to chronic urinary tract infections.

Treatment is with steroids. My concern is that he is having trouble controlling his eliminations, that means prognosis for improvement is very guarded.

The other possible causes of his condition are an intervertebral disc protrusion putting pressure on his spinal cord, a blood clot, granuloma (can be inflammatory or from a parasite encysting there) or mass/tumor within the spinal cord canal which places pressure on his spinal cord.

If it hasn't been done I highly recommend that he be tested for feline leukemia and feline immunodeficiency virus which predispose to cancers, and the toxoplasmosis parasite.

He may need warm water enemas on and off to remove impacted stools too if he cannot pass them on his own.

If this is indeed a spinal cord injury it may take weeks to months to heal, and they can get worse before they get better as inflammation after the injury sets in.

I know that you are short on funds but I don't think Jakey can wait another few weeks to be seen. If your regular veterinarian is beyond your means financially now your other option is to contact your local shelter or humane society and see if they run a low cost clinic or know of one in your area.

If not here is a web-page that lists some that may be able to help:

http://www.humanesociety.org/animals/resources/tips/trouble_affording_pet.html?credit=web_id91754962#Assistance_by_state

Other sources of help can be found here: http://speakingforspot.com/?p=Financial%20Assistance%20for%20Veterinary%20Care

Best of luck with Jakey Hopper, please let me know if you have any further questions.

Ask Your Own Cat Veterinary Question
Cat Veterinarian: Dr. Kara, Veterinarian replied 8 months ago

Hello, I wanted to make sure that you didn't have any further questions for me, and I'd like to know how things turned out for your kitty. If you could give me an update that would be great, thank you, ***** *****

Ask Your Own Cat Veterinary Question
Was this answer helpful?
Ask Dr. Kara Your Own Question
Dr. Kara
Dr. Kara
Dr. Kara, Veterinarian
Category: Cat Veterinary
Satisfied Customers: 18,568
18,568 Satisfied Customers
Experience: Over 20 years of experience as a veterinarian.

Dr. Kara is online now

A new question is answered every 9 seconds

How JustAnswer works:

  • Ask an ExpertExperts are full of valuable knowledge and are ready to help with any question. Credentials confirmed by a Fortune 500 verification firm.
  • Get a Professional AnswerVia email, text message, or notification as you wait on our site. Ask follow up questions if you need to.
  • 100% Satisfaction GuaranteeRate the answer you receive.

JustAnswer in the News:

Ask-a-doc Web sites: If you've got a quick question, you can try to get an answer from sites that say they have various specialists on hand to give quick answers... Justanswer.com.
JustAnswer.com...has seen a spike since October in legal questions from readers about layoffs, unemployment and severance.
Web sites like justanswer.com/legal
...leave nothing to chance.
Traffic on JustAnswer rose 14 percent...and had nearly 400,000 page views in 30 days...inquiries related to stress, high blood pressure, drinking and heart pain jumped 33 percent.
Tory Johnson, GMA Workplace Contributor, discusses work-from-home jobs, such as JustAnswer in which verified Experts answer people’s questions.
I will tell you that...the things you have to go through to be an Expert are quite rigorous.

What Customers are Saying:

It was so professional, so personally concerned (as we were) and you answered all of our questions. George and I are so happy that I found "JustAnswer" on my Google search -- you are now in my "Favorites" list! And, yes we do love our kitty - she makes our life complete!

Bev & GeorgeBoca Raton, FL

Wonderful service, prompt, efficient, and accurate. Couldn't have asked for more. I cannot thank you enough for your help.

Mary C.Freshfield, Liverpool, UK

This expert is wonderful. They truly know what they are talking about, and they actually care about you. They really helped put my nerves at ease. Thank you so much!!!!

AlexLos Angeles, CA

Thank you for all your help. It is nice to know that this service is here for people like myself, who need answers fast and are not sure who to consult.

GPHesperia, CA

I couldn't be more satisfied! This is the site I will always come to when I need a second opinion.

JustinKernersville, NC

Just let me say that this encounter has been entirely professional and most helpful. I liked that I could ask additional questions and get answered in a very short turn around.

EstherWoodstock, NY

Thank you so much for taking your time and knowledge to support my concerns. Not only did you answer my questions, you even took it a step further with replying with more pertinent information I needed to know.

RobinElkton, Maryland

< Previous | Next >

Meet the Experts:

Dr. Gary

Dr. Gary

Cat Veterinarian

3,951 satisfied customers

DVM, Emergency Veterinarian, BS (Physiology)

Dr. Andy

Dr. Andy

Medical Director

4,790 satisfied customers

UC Davis graduate, Interests: Dermatology, Internal Medicine, Pain Management

Dr. Bruce

Dr. Bruce

Veterinarian

4,604 satisfied customers

15 years of experience as a small animal veterinarian

Dr. Scott

Dr. Scott

Veterinarian

3,998 satisfied customers

15 years of small animal, equine and pocket pet experience in medicine and surgery.

Rebecca

Rebecca

Cat Veterinarian

3,791 satisfied customers

More than 30 years of companion animal practice.

Dr. Drew

Dr. Drew

Cat Veterinarian

3,076 satisfied customers

Small Animal Medicine and Surgery

Dr. Deb

Dr. Deb

Cat Veterinarian

2,941 satisfied customers

I have been a practicing veterinarian for over 30 years.

< Previous | Next >

Related Cat Veterinary Questions
My 1 year old orange tabby has thrown up 6 times today,
My 1 year old orange tabby has thrown up 6 times today, mostly bile, and has not wanted to eat anything that usually entices him. He'll run to the food, sniff it and not eat it.… read more
DocPaul
DocPaul
Doctoral Degree
713 satisfied customers
I think my male cat has a urethra blockage he's in a lot of
Hi! I think my male cat has a urethra blockage he's in a lot of pain. Can I give him Tramadol (without acetaminophen? he weighs almost 10 lbs … read more
DocPaul
DocPaul
Doctoral Degree
713 satisfied customers
First of all Bonnie she's about 18yrs she's lost a lot of
First of all Bonnie she's about 18yrs she's lost a lot of weight she's eating and drinking water but she's not keeping the weight. She's also has this thing where she constantly walks around my apartm… read more
Dr. Michael Salkin
Dr. Michael Salkin
Veterinarian
DVM
3 satisfied customers
I can't reach my cat's vet. Friday, the cat got a claw
I can't reach my cat's vet. Friday, the cat got a claw caught, tore it loose most of the way, and tore part of the skin. The vet cleaned the area, removed the claw/nail the rest of the way, and cayter… read more
Dr. Leah Hill
Dr. Leah Hill
Veterinarian
Doctor of Veterinary medicine
643 satisfied customers
I have a stray cat I fostered who had a bad case of scabies.
Hi there I have a stray cat I fostered who had a bad case of scabies. He is still under injection treatments but got into a bag of pet nTutr … read more
Dr. Kara
Dr. Kara
Veterinarian
18,568 satisfied customers
I am fostering 5 kittens under a pound each a misread the
I am fostering 5 kittens under a pound each a misread the dosage for doxycycline. I gave them each .5 cc instead of .1 cc. Will they be okay what should I look for for side affects or issues? … read more
Dr. Michael Salkin
Dr. Michael Salkin
Veterinarian
DVM
3 satisfied customers
Tabby cat is 18 years old, and suddenly can't walk on the
tabby cat is 18 years old, and suddenly can't walk on the back pads / feet. He is walking on the full rear leg joint, which is stressful on his hips. … read more
Sarah Snow
Sarah Snow
443 satisfied customers
My cat ate one of my moms thyroid pills. Evie and 4 months.
My cat ate one of my moms thyroid pills JA: I'll do all I can to help. The Expert will know if your cat will be able to digest that. What is your cat's name and age? Customer: Evie and 4 months JA: Is… read more
Dr. Kara
Dr. Kara
Veterinarian
18,568 satisfied customers
My 10 year old cat has lost appetite and lost weight. He
My 10 year old cat has lost appetite and lost weight. He killed a mouse nearly every day last week. Then started to loose more weight. I have given him a worm tablet toady. How long till I would see a… read more
Terri
Terri
Healthcare/behavior specialist
Private
22,237 satisfied customers
He looks like someone shaved his hair short with clippers.
He looks like someone shaved his hair short with clippers. He has a med long coat it is on his lower back and about 2 inches of his budgie rail … read more
Dr. B.
Dr. B.
Veterinary Degree (BVMS)
3,478 satisfied customers
I recently picked up a sick kitten and it appears to have
Hello. I recently picked up a sick kitten and it appears to have fading cat syndrome. … read more
Dr. B.
Dr. B.
Veterinary Degree (BVMS)
3,478 satisfied customers
We have a 9week old kitten. Shes been home with us for a
We have a 9week old kitten. Shes been home with us for a week. She had been sneezing for the last 4 days. Last night and this morning her eyes look like they have a tiny bit of discharge and she hasnt… read more
Dr. Kara
Dr. Kara
Veterinarian
18,568 satisfied customers
Fostering three two week old kittens. Mom is a stray -
Fostering three two week old kittens. Mom is a stray - idiot neighbors decided to rescue kittens when they were about 5 days old. Mom ran away, neighbor can't handle feeding schedule. I started foster… read more
Dr. Emily
Dr. Emily
Veterinarian
DVM
9 satisfied customers
My sister's cat has been diagnosed with hypertension and is
My sister's cat has been diagnosed with hypertension and is blind in one eye already and mostly blind in the other. She said her vet does not recommend blood pressure medicine and seems to be leaning … read more
Dr. Joey
Dr. Joey
Veterinarian
Post-Doctoral Degree
1,710 satisfied customers
Has not pooped for 2 days. Hector. He's 8 weeks old
Has not pooped for 2 days JA: I'll do all I can to help. What is the cat's name? Customer: Hector JA: Is there anything else the Veterinarian should be aware of about Hector? Customer: He's 8 weeks ol… read more
PitRottMommy
PitRottMommy
Veterinary Nurse
Associate Degree
10,661 satisfied customers
He is defecating outside the litter box, very lethargic, has
He is defecating outside the litter box, very lethargic, has a liquid discharge coming out his rear, and meows (I think in pain) when his stomach is touched. … read more
Terri
Terri
Healthcare/behavior specialist
Private
22,237 satisfied customers
My cats eye is very watery and goopy, almost swollen
My cats eye is very watery and goopy, almost swollen looking … read more
Dr. Alleyne
Dr. Alleyne
Veterinary associate
Doctorate of Veterinary Medicine
1,336 satisfied customers
My 15 week old kitten seems to be gagging a lot. She's
My 15 week old kitten seems to be gagging a lot. She's eating fine and super active. Has thrown up 2x but seems otherwise fine. She's given soft food twice daily. I'll be taking her into the clinic bu… read more
Dr. B.
Dr. B.
Veterinary Degree (BVMS)
3,478 satisfied customers
Disclaimer: Information in questions, answers, and other posts on this site ("Posts") comes from individual users, not JustAnswer; JustAnswer is not responsible for Posts. Posts are for general information, are not intended to substitute for informed professional advice (medical, legal, veterinary, financial, etc.), or to establish a professional-client relationship. The site and services are provided "as is" with no warranty or representations by JustAnswer regarding the qualifications of Experts. To see what credentials have been verified by a third-party service, please click on the "Verified" symbol in some Experts' profiles. JustAnswer is not intended or designed for EMERGENCY questions which should be directed immediately by telephone or in-person to qualified professionals.

Disclaimer: Information in questions, answers, and other posts on this site ("Posts") comes from individual users, not JustAnswer; JustAnswer is not responsible for Posts. Posts are for general information, are not intended to substitute for informed professional advice (medical, legal, veterinary, financial, etc.), or to establish a professional-client relationship. The site and services are provided "as is" with no warranty or representations by JustAnswer regarding the qualifications of Experts. To see what credentials have been verified by a third-party service, please click on the "Verified" symbol in some Experts' profiles. JustAnswer is not intended or designed for EMERGENCY questions which should be directed immediately by telephone or in-person to qualified professionals.

Show MoreShow Less

Ask Your Question

x