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How long after an enema is administered, does it take

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How long after an enema is administered, does it take for a cat to have a bowel movement??
Submitted: 11 years ago.
Category: Cat
Expert:  Cheryl K. replied 11 years ago.
After an emema it usually happens within 30 minutes. In some cases of severe constipation it may take to 45 min to one hour but not longer then that. If they do not have a bowel movement within that time they may have to be seen as they may have an impacked stool they are unable to pass.
Customer: replied 11 years ago.
Reply to Cheryl K.'s Post: I guess I need to be more clear. My vet administered an enema to my cat on Wednesday. This of course cleared out any backup problems. But since we've had him home, he has only urinated, no feces. Should he have have had a bowel movement by now ??
Expert:  Cheryl K. replied 11 years ago.
OK if he was cleaned out then it may take a couple of days for any food he is eating to make it through his intestional tract so this can be normal but he should not go longer then three days without a bowel movement after an enema, so if he has not had a bowel movement by tomorrow then he may still be constipated. I would recommend a spoonful of pumpkin added to each meal and this alllows for looser stools so this could help him to get back to normal with his bowel movements.
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