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From:Nova Scotia, Canada
Registered: May 2003

posted 10-19-2003 12:42 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Cat     Edit/Delete Message
My poor kitty isn't well. She ate dinner last night and threw up. Thikning that she ate too fast (which happens with her) I thought nothing of it but kept an eye on her. After breakfast this morning, she threw up again....could be a coincidence but I didn't want to take any chances. I called the emergency vet and described the vomit (no blood and one hairball). They told me to keep her home and not feed her anything for 12-18 hours. That it could be a "kitty flu" and give it a day to pass. However to bring her in if she becomes lethargic.

So nows it's a waiting game....her temperment hasn't changed....she's chasing flies, purring, cuddling and even goes to her food bowl looking for food. However if I put a few kibbles in there she ignores it. I'm pretty sure she is constipated and have been giving her a laxative all day. This has happened before and the symptoms are identical.

I'm not looking for advice (although if anyone has any....it would be appreciated). I just want to 'vent' my frustration of watching and waiting for my kitty to have a bowel movement or eat without vomiting. I"m sure she is just as frustrated with me following her every footstep! Sigh.....the waiting continues......

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jodi
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From:Lansing, IL
Registered: Sep 2003

posted 10-19-2003 01:00 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for jodi     Edit/Delete Message
How old is your kitty and has this happened to her before? We had a cat who suffered for many years from what was diagnosed Megacolon. Her large intestines had an area that ballooned out larger, then got smaller again which resulted in her becoming constipated to the point where she was impacted. We would have to take her to the vet to be "cleaned" out, or we would give her enemas at home if the vet was closed.

There were times we would even resort to my hubby holding her while I took a finger and actually cleaned out her little butt manually. Our vet showed us how to do this.

Tammy took a human medication for this illness for many year, but that medication is no longer on the market. One thing we did give her daily that helped was a human stool softner pill. The only draw back to the stool softner is if she burped it up, it had a nasty taste so it made her foam at the mouth. She would vomit it up every now and then also.

How you describe your kitty is just how Tammy would get when she was having an episode of constipation. Vomiting always started first. Sometimes she'd go into the litter box and be unable to get the poo all the way out of her. She'd come running from the box, we would have to catch her and help her get the poo the rest of the way out.

If your kitty becomes sensitive to touch, then she is becoming more impacted. If this has happened before, you might want to consider getting some enemas from your vet to keep athome. There not fun to give, but they really help. Once you administer it, confine her to a small room with her litter box. Once the enema kicks in, they really have to go.

Hope I help a little bit. We never gave her laxatives, just stool softners and enemas.

Jodi

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jodi
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From:Lansing, IL
Registered: Sep 2003

posted 10-19-2003 01:05 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for jodi     Edit/Delete Message
I just noticed you are from Canada. The human medication our cat took may still be available in Canada. At the time it was withdrawn from the US market, we actually contacted a vet in Canada who was helping US pet owner get it for there cats who needed it. But, Tammy went to the rainbow bridge before we could get it.

The medication is called Propulsid. It helped Tammy with her constipation problem for years.

You may want to check it out if this happens to your cat a lot.

Jodi

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From:Nova Scotia, Canada
Registered: May 2003

posted 10-20-2003 05:47 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Cat     Edit/Delete Message
Hi

Thought i would update...I took my Ash to the vet and she must have had a BM as the vet couldn't find anything in her bowels. Temperature, heart rate, breathing was all fine. She even has a bit of an appetite! So the vet suggested to keep an eye on her and if she doesn't eat with the usual gusto in 24-48 hours to bring her back for blood work.

With a $50 vet bill later, I'm still playing the game, but with much less anxiety now!

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