Re: What do I do about a constipated kitty?
- --- In firstname.lastname@example.org, "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.
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
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.
- 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
- 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
MJ & Rupert & Bimmer
>^..^<--- In email@example.com, "leahandhercats"
> Hey all,
> My Alec is doing really well with keeping fluids from backing up
> his lungs but I am afraid it (lasix)is causing him to beconstipated.
> When he finally relieves himself, he gets very weak and lays downand
> pants for a few moments. I read in a cat book that bulk fiber,like
> Metamucil, will help without hurting him. Any thoughts? I havebought
> some Benefiber that is sugar-free, no-taste, grit free that I canput
> in some water for him. I just don't want to do something wrong andthem.
> make him more stressed so that he has another episode, as I call
> Leah and Alec