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My cat hasn't pooped in 2 days

KBH
March 9th, 2011, 10:04 AM
My husband and I recently lost two cats and it has taken us a little while to be ready for another cat. Last week we finally decided it was time and we adopted Zoe. Zoe is a 1 year old long haired cat. We had her spayed and brought her home last Thursday. She did great for the first few days, but now she hasn't pooped since Monday (it's Wednesday). She threw up a few days ago, but she is still eating and drinking. We called the vet and they suggested that she might have a hairball that is stuck. Yesterday we gave her the hairball medicine that comes in a tube (which she hates) and some pumpkin (which she loves). Still no poop. After what happened with our last two I am super paranoid and trying to resist the urge to overreact. How long do I give the treatment to work before rushing her to the vet? Please help.

Love4himies
March 9th, 2011, 11:20 AM
I am so sorry to hear about your other 2 kitties :grouphug:

I would be taking her in today! Two days is too long, especially if there is vomiting involved.

Good luck and please keep us posted. :goodvibes:

BenMax
March 9th, 2011, 11:29 AM
Having to deal with this myself, do see a vet. It may save you an enormous vet bill in the future.

lindapalm
March 9th, 2011, 10:03 PM
I would take her in to the vet for some meds, it will be a lot cheaper, if they work, than waiting and taking her in for an enema. Easier on her, too.

BenMax
March 9th, 2011, 10:15 PM
I would take her in to the vet for some meds, it will be a lot cheaper, if they work, than waiting and taking her in for an enema. Easier on her, too.

Indeed...I learnt the hard way....and it cost a heck of alot more...and worse..the cat endured alot more stress and discomfort.
Great advice.:thumbs up

Belliffin
March 10th, 2011, 12:55 AM
I would also have to agree, the vet sounds like a very good option right now. But also, when my cat was clogged the vet said to try some dairy products in moderation as this can sometimes give cats diarrhea which obviously isn't a good thing either but if there is a blockage it could soften things up enough to push it out. It worked for me but obviously seeing the vet would be the best bet. Oh and just for the record I just gave her 1/4 cup of skim milk and a tsp or two of plain yogurt per day and within 4 or 5 days she had diarrhea and was unclogged so I stopped. Hopefully this helps and good luck!

Hazmat
March 10th, 2011, 08:22 AM
What goes in must come out.

Are you sure that she isn't pooping somewhere and you just have not found it?

BenMax
March 10th, 2011, 09:12 AM
What goes in must come out.



Not necessarily that easy for some cats. They may require some intervention. Mine has been 3 times at a clinic to help her relieve her discomfort due to impacted fecal matter.

KBH
March 10th, 2011, 09:53 AM
Thanks so much for all the encouragement and advice. We visited the vet last night and she was indeed constipated. He gave us some medicine and said if she didn't go by Friday we would need to bring her back for an enema. We brought her home and about 2 hours later she pooped! I've never been so glad to see poop. :laughing: Anyway, I'm not totally convinced that it was enough, so we're keeping a close eye on her, but I feel much better. Thanks for all the support!

BenMax
March 10th, 2011, 09:55 AM
Thanks so much for all the encouragement and advice. We visited the vet last night and she was indeed constipated. He gave us some medicine and said if she didn't go by Friday we would need to bring her back for an enema. We brought her home and about 2 hours later she pooped! I've never been so glad to see poop. :laughing: Anyway, I'm not totally convinced that it was enough, so we're keeping a close eye on her, but I feel much better. Thanks for all the support!

I understand only too well about celebrating poop!:laughing:

chico2
March 10th, 2011, 09:59 AM
KBH,we all love a good poop:laughing:
Sorry about your other two kitties,but I am Zoe finally pooped:cat:
Maybe she needs a change in diet?

quincymycat
March 10th, 2011, 09:59 AM
I understand only too well about celebrating poop!:laughing:


Me too YEAH POOP....YEAH POOP!!!!!!!:laughing:

reanne
March 10th, 2011, 02:21 PM
I'm happy to hear your kitty had a poop! In hospital and residential care, humans start receiving laxatives and stool softeners on day 2 if they haven't had a bowel movement, and on day 3 will get an enema. I would definitely not have let it go longer than that in your kitten. Stool retention can lead to build up of toxins, tears, infection, all kinds of bad things. Hopefully it was just the stress and the change of hormones for her, and all will be well now!

KBH
March 11th, 2011, 09:09 AM
We're doing okay, but she's still not pooping as much/often as I would like. I am thinking that a change in food might be necessary. Right now we are just feeding her hairball control MeowMix. Does anyone have any recommendations for a good high fiber cat food?

quincymycat
March 11th, 2011, 10:03 AM
We're doing okay, but she's still not pooping as much/often as I would like. I am thinking that a change in food might be necessary. Right now we are just feeding her hairball control MeowMix. Does anyone have any recommendations for a good high fiber cat food?

The cost will be more...but there is a new prescription formula available from your vet called Royal Canin Medical diet.....Gastrointestinal FIBRE RESPONSE
Be sure it is the Fibre Response formula and not just the older FIBRE formula....it is newer and several people here have had excellent results from it, including myself.

chico2
March 11th, 2011, 10:10 AM
KBH,I believe MeowMix could be the problem,too much junk :yell:
If you can get her to eat canned,it's the better choice for any cat.
There are several different kinds,grain-free being the best,even Fancy Feast is better than MeowMix dry.
My cats like Wellness,Natural Balance canned and some others,here available only in Petfood stores,not grocerystores or departmentstores.

lindapalm
March 11th, 2011, 09:49 PM
We put our cat on Wellness, but I still occasionally have to keep an eye on her. When I see her appetite is off, or that shes straining in the litter box and or throwing up, I immediately give her the Lactulose syrup and Laxatone for a couple of days. My husband insists she needs more fiber, so we give her a little Frohms duck kibble once a day along with the Wellness.

chico2
March 12th, 2011, 08:28 AM
Lindapalm,I have a bag of Blue Buffalo dry,they get as a treat once daily,just a little since one of mine is kind'a hefty:cat:

sugarcatmom
March 12th, 2011, 10:50 AM
Right now we are just feeding her hairball control MeowMix. Does anyone have any recommendations for a good high fiber cat food?

She may not need high fibre food, which can actually cause constipation in some cats (fibre isn't natural to a cat's digestive system). But more importantly, she could probably use more moisture in her diet, so a switch to a good wet food is what I would recommend first. I'm of the opinion that the Gastrointestinal Fibre Response food should be a last resort in situations where absolutely nothing else has helped. The ingredients are pretty bad, so while you may improve the constipation issue (or maybe not, if extra fibre isn't the answer), you could also end up with diabetes, IBD, bladder/kidney issues, dental disease, etc.

lindapalm
March 12th, 2011, 10:39 PM
Chico2, I'd like to try the Blue Buffalo, but I have to stick with the Frohms cause they are very tiny pieces. Hazel has half of her larynx closed, so she can't swallow chunks too big, and shes too dumb to chew them up into small pieces. I don't know if the Frohms helps with constipation, but my husband thinks so, so I give it to her to make him happy.

chico2
March 13th, 2011, 01:01 PM
Linda,actually the Blue Buffalo/for cats is small round thingys:cat:it is not something my cats eat by the bowl,rather it's a replacement for Temptations as a treat.

lindapalm
March 13th, 2011, 11:50 PM
I'll have to look into the Blue Buffalo and see if they sell it at our pet store, thanks.