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Linny
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From:Little Chute,Wisc 54140
Registered: Jun 2003

posted 06-18-2003 12:47 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for Linny     Edit/Delete Message
Hi, I'm new to this forum.
I have seven rescued cats and one rescued black lab. All are very well taken care of,spayed/neutered and very much loved and spoiled.
My question is:I have just noticed that one of my cats, my quiet sweet shy Ally has gotten a very round bloated looking stomach, She was spayed on Feb 3 2003, has had all of her shots and had blood work done, everthing was normal. Her stomach has been this way for the past month.I thought she was just eating to much kitten food. She sleeps as much as all my other furbabies, and has a normal appetite, she has her crazy playful moments, like the rest. Sorry this is so long but I am so very worried about her. I was just downsized from my job so money is tight but I would still make sure that she is taken care of, even if it meant cutting corners some where else. I should also add that all my cats are indoor cats only but every day in the summer we all go outside (on leashes) and spend an hour in the garden which is all fenced in.
Should also add that Ally will be a year old (as close as the vet can tell)July 2003
I was wondering if anyone else here has had this problem?
Thank you in advance. Linny

[This message has been edited by Linny (edited 06-18-2003).]

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katkrazy
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From:Cleveland, OH, USA
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posted 06-18-2003 08:47 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for katkrazy     Edit/Delete Message
Yes - I have. I too have 7 indoor cats and just last month one of them became very bloated and her stomache was hard and distended. I came to find out that the problem was constipation. Food was going in but not out. If your cat has not had any bowel movements - I reccomend a laxitive called "laxatone" you can purchase at your local vet for about $10 - $15 depending on the vet. It's made up of mineral oil and molasses (sp?) and other nutrients. However cats don't like the taste of it. Just put a bit in his/her mouth (about a teaspoon) or put a little bit on his/her cheecks or chin to stimulate the licking process - cause we all know how they like to be clean. Do this about 2-4 times daily until you see a BM made. Than continue to give it for another couple of days but only half the dosage. If this doesn't help and kitty doesn't make a bowel movement - kitty may have colon blockage which requires an enema performed by your vet. Be careful because if kitty continues to eat but does not expel waste there could be some serious problems that could be going on. Hope all goes well and good luck to you both. Keep us posted.

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Linny
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From:Little Chute,Wisc 54140
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posted 06-18-2003 12:41 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Linny     Edit/Delete Message
Thank you. That makes me feel better. I'll give that a try and watch her close. With seven cats sometimes it's hard to tell who does what in the litter boxes.
Thanks again for your reply. And it's very nice to meet you.
Linny

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megnyc
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posted 06-18-2003 03:12 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for megnyc     Edit/Delete Message
The other option is just plain mineral oil. It is tasteless and depending on your cat, pretty easy to give via a large medicine dropper. I was giving my cat 5ms twice a day and it did the trick.

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Linny
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From:Little Chute,Wisc 54140
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posted 06-18-2003 08:11 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Linny     Edit/Delete Message
I never thought trying mineral oil. I just assumed the worst,was wrong with her, like maybe cancer or FIP. My husband just hates it when I read all the cat health sites, because I sometimes jump to conclusions. But all my rescuced cats were special need kittens when I found them outside. A couple almost died, so I tend to be over protective.
I'll watch her close. Thanks for your reply. And it's nice to met you. Linny

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woofdoggy
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posted 06-19-2003 02:37 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for woofdoggy     Edit/Delete Message
Hi Linny, Just to add to the others - Paraffin Oil. I give it to all my pets when necessary , including the goldfish. Also good for humans. Cheap too.

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