Fiber in diet not resolving cat's constipation problem
My cat has a constipation problem. The vet put him on a fiber diet.
The doo was soft and the cat now didn't want to wait until finished. The rest ends up on the floor.
The vet said to add in regular food. That worked for a while. I went back to the vet and he gave us some medicine and said to get two litter boxes.
The problem is now chronic with doo outside the box. I had to pull doo from anus.
I just went to the vet again, and the stand-in vet suggested psyllium fiber powder mixed with food. The cat is having a fit because he knows there is something in the food. Any other suggestions?My thoughts:
I'm sorry to hear your cat is having so much trouble, Lydia.
For a natural remedy for constipation, some holistic/integrative vets recommend adding un-spiced, canned pumpkin to your cat's food. Those I've talked to who've used it said that it worked, and that their cats didn't mind it being in the food.Amazon
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organic pumpkin for pets.
For a less natural but effective remedy for constipation, Teddie used to get Lactulose. That always seems to do the trick.
You should be able to get it from your vet, but I'm not sure if that's the medicine that you refer to?
It comes in a tube, and you just wipe this gooey stuff on their lips, cheek, nose or paw a couple of times a day, and they lick it off.
It sounds like your cat may have too much hair in the intestinal tract, so if possible, I would up the grooming schedule and brush him twice a day for a while.
Many cats do not drink enough water, which leads to constipation, so anything you can do to get your cat to drink water would be helpful. Cats often prefer moving water over still, so sometimes a water fountain leads to more drinking.
Once the bowel problems are solved, he may get right back to good litter box habits. If not, isolation retraining is the way to get him there.
If you have questions at that time, let me know. I hope that helps and please keep us updated on his progress.