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Re: What do I do about a constipated kitty?

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  • 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 1 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
      Message 2 of 4 , Nov 1, 2005
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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 3 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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