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Pocafinha October 24th, 2004 05:33 AM

cat had a colectomy - Answered by Dr. Van Lienden

First of all, I would like to congratulate you for your wonderfull site, that helps many owners in stress like myself.

After years of emotional pain, my vets and I decided to perform a total colectomy on may cat : Tomás (is name is portuguese because I live in Portugal).
There were initial problems: my cat is 4 years old but he is FIV positivo (cats aids), and that increases the risk of surgery. He had his Total colectomy on august 26, and till today, 24 october, he has constant diarrhea and can´t controle it. He drives me crazy at this point because he leaves diarrhea everywhere... I love him very much but i´m starting to question till when ?? When can I expect a "normal and cleaner cat" ?

Thank so much for your web site and your consideration

Patricia Pimentel
Almada- Portugal

Mysts38 October 24th, 2004 02:48 PM

Patricia OI
Ola Patricia

If the problem still hasnt cleared up with your cat,it maybe that something else is causing all the problems..are you able to take him back to the vet? Sometimes we have to make hard decisions when it comes to our pets..and their quality of life...and whether or not we should prolong a life that has a poor quality...something to think about

petdr November 4th, 2004 12:19 PM

Colectomy and diarrhea in cats
Diarrhea with colectomy, either partial or total can take months to clear up. I presume that the iliocolic sphincter was preserved (ask your veterinarian if necessary).

The colon is required to absorb water from the gastrointestinal tract, but in post colectomy many cats will compensate in many cases. Treatment may require anti-diarrheal agents, low-fat diet, oral antibiotics, and/or bile salt-binding agents.

Discuss these treatments with your veterinarian.

Dr. Van Lienden

Dr. Raymond Van Lienden DVM
The Animal Clinic of Clifton
12702 Chapel Road, Clifton
Virginia, U.S.A. 20124

Pocafinha November 5th, 2004 05:07 AM

thank you so much for answering!
thank you so much for answering!

kay9tek July 25th, 2005 06:28 PM

Re: Colectomy surgeries.
My 13 old cat was diagnosed with megacolon and after a lot of thought I finally decided to have the colectomy surgery done. My vet told me she would have loose stools for 2 weeks following her surgery. Well, it's close to 2 months now and after being on flagyl twice her stools have gone from liquidy-semi formed. She has her good days and her bad days but what concerns me is that she seems to be suffering from "gas" and her stomach makes noises. I also think she has cramps and I noticed grass in her stools which leads me to believe she has an upset stomach. Is this a common thing with post-op colectomy surgeries? I've placed her on Feline ID and also tried Science Diet "Sensitive Stomach." Any suggestions would be helpful.

msg September 24th, 2007 05:26 PM

What anti-diarrheal agents, oral antibiotics, and/or bile salt-binding agents are there that might help my cat who also had a total colectomy in august and is still unable to control his bowels? Of course I am checking with our vet but wanted to get an online second opinion.

tgfras November 29th, 2007 02:07 AM

What on average is the cost of a colectomy in cats?

mnbsgh July 13th, 2009 09:56 PM

My cat, age 5-6, had a total colectomy in January 2009, after several years of severe constipation. The appendix and "junction" were removed also due to severity of disease. The surgeon said our cat may have diarrhea for the rest of his life but advised trying soft, moist food, (such as Tender Vittles) which is not readily available anymore. However, we have found that giving our cat 2-3 soft cat treats such as Pounce or Whiskerlickins (soft treats, not crunchy!), twice a day before his meals has helped tremendously in alleviating the diarrhea. These products must absorb liquid because we were unable to allow him those treats prior to surgery as they would exacerbate the constipation. I hope this will be helpful to others!

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