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What do I do about a constipated kitty?

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  • leahandhercats
    Hey all, My Alec is doing really well with keeping fluids from backing up in his lungs but I am afraid it (lasix)is causing him to be constipated. When he
    Message 1 of 4 , Nov 1, 2005
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      Hey all,

      My Alec is doing really well with keeping fluids from backing up in
      his lungs but I am afraid it (lasix)is causing him to be constipated.
      When he finally relieves himself, he gets very weak and lays down and
      pants for a few moments. I read in a cat book that bulk fiber, like
      Metamucil, will help without hurting him. Any thoughts? I have bought
      some Benefiber that is sugar-free, no-taste, grit free that I can put
      in some water for him. I just don't want to do something wrong and
      make him more stressed so that he has another episode, as I call them.

      Leah and Alec
    • Deena
      ... wrote: My Alec is doing really well with keeping fluids from backing up in his lungs but I am afraid it (lasix)is causing him to be
      Message 2 of 4 , Nov 1, 2005
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        --- In feline-heart@yahoogroups.com, "leahandhercats"
        <leahandhercats@y...> wrote: My Alec is doing really well with keeping
        fluids from backing up in his lungs but I am afraid it (lasix)is
        causing him to be constipated.

        Hi Leah,

        My favorite for GI issues is slippery elm powder. It comes in
        capsules or you can buy bulk and add to food. It tastes "mapley" and
        most cats don't mind the taste. It regulates the GI tract, so will
        work for both constipation & diarhea. Products which address
        either/or situation often go too far the other direction, in my
        experience. Plus, slippery elm is highly nutritious. It's the stuff
        Washington's army lived on while no food was available at Valley
        Forge.

        To correct the problem from reoccuring, take a look at his diet and
        make sure it's species appropriate. If my cat gets constipated, I
        just up her meat and/or intake for a few days.

        Deena
      • turkishangoraathumanesociety
        Leah, My Lillie had a consipation issue that really went too far (we almost lost her), so now her specialist writes me an Rx for Lactulose and we get it filled
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          Leah, My Lillie had a consipation issue that really went too far (we
          almost lost her), so now her specialist writes me an Rx for Lactulose
          and we get it filled at any pharmacy. It is NON-systemic, so it is VERY
          SAFE...and probably a good idea for heart kitties because many of these
          meds cause constipation. Lillie's a big water drinker too, but it
          still happens. It's a cheap liquid that I give her with an oral
          syringe 1 ml 2 times a day (with her other meds)...you can play around
          with the amount to see what works the best for your cat. The lactulose
          has been wonderful...you don't want to have to put a heart kitty under
          anesthesia like we had to do, because nothing else would work. Good
          luck. :)
        • mjj_007
          Hi Leah, I am a new member here (just bumped over from the CRF group, although my little Rupert has had HCM for three years!). One of the things that works
          Message 4 of 4 , Nov 1, 2005
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            Hi Leah,

            I am a new member here (just bumped over from the CRF group,
            although my little Rupert has had HCM for three years!). One of the
            things that works well for him (and for his brother Bimmer) is
            Slippery Elm Bark. I put 1/8 - 1/4 tsp of the bulk powder form in 2
            Tablespoons of meat babyfood. It is wonderful for motility:
            constipation, acid tummy (calms the vomiting) and as an added bonus
            of helping the little guys' coats look & feel wonderful (the ilatter
            is not a priority when we're treating such serious conditions, but
            it is certainly a nice side effect.

            I get Rupert's SEB in bulk at Whole Foods and if there are none
            close to you, you can order online. Let me know and I can send you
            a few links as options.

            Best regards and good wishes to little Alec - hope his constipation
            improves soon!

            MJ & Rupert & Bimmer
            >^..^<

            --- In feline-heart@yahoogroups.com, "leahandhercats"
            <leahandhercats@y...> wrote:
            >
            > Hey all,
            >
            > My Alec is doing really well with keeping fluids from backing up
            in
            > his lungs but I am afraid it (lasix)is causing him to be
            constipated.
            > When he finally relieves himself, he gets very weak and lays down
            and
            > pants for a few moments. I read in a cat book that bulk fiber,
            like
            > Metamucil, will help without hurting him. Any thoughts? I have
            bought
            > some Benefiber that is sugar-free, no-taste, grit free that I can
            put
            > in some water for him. I just don't want to do something wrong and
            > make him more stressed so that he has another episode, as I call
            them.
            >
            > Leah and Alec
            >
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