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Attention Simone: Help needed for cat who is constipated

Dear Simone, my cat vomited white froth last Wednesday and was passing hard stools throughout the house for a few days. I immediately changed her wet food because it contained Guar Gum. I switched to a gum free product. She is still eating, drinking and urinating but has only passed stools twice since Friday. They are small brown hard lumps. I gave her Latex free Aloe Vera liquid, pumpkin and 3 doses of Nux Vomica but nothing is happening. This morning she contracted her abdominal muscles and was trying to vomit.

Will you please suggest a remedy.. I have booked an appointment for her to visit vet tomorrow evening.

Thank you for your help. Declan
  declan on 2023-01-24
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Hi Declan,
You did the right thing changing the food, as many times the food ingredients look the same but the food company has outsourced some ingredients from China (usually) and they can contain toxic elements.
This happened to me with Fancy Feast-ok for years using only chicken or turkey and then both my cats got sick for weeks. I put it online for my city and lots of my neighbors had same thing go on-but nothing was ever recalled.
I would get to vet asap-they need to see if there is some obstruction? If you think it could be hairballs you can give a bit of food with some olive oil or butter to help.
simone717 last week
Dear Simone, I took my cat to vet last Thursday. There is no obstruction but T4 is High at 5.0. Vet said that she is approximately 6 years of age. She has stage 3 Periodontal disease. He recommended Hills Science Diet for Thyroid but it is out of stock due to supply chain issues.

My cat is a stray that wandered into my backyard and adopted my wife. She was diagnosed with Hyperthyroidism due to benign tumor. T4 was greater than 10.0. Vet prescribed Methimazole pills in late 2021. She had severe side effects so my wife and I decided to discontinue the medication. We did our best to give her canned food with no fish and low iodine.

The vet said that the Hyperthyroidism is affecting the colon, causing dry stools. My wife has given cat Lactulose daily since Friday. Constipation persists. Stools are passed every 2 days. They are hard, small brown formed lumps with toxic odor. Yesterday cat had increased appetite and ate a lot of wet food but she passed one small hard lump today. She is drinking lots of water. There are no signs of distress. Cat still purrs.

Olive oil, pumpkin, Aloe Vera and butter have not relieved the constipation. I look forward to your response. Thank you. Declan.
declan 6 days ago
where are you ? ireland?
Researching this:
1. I see best option to have benign tumor removed.
2. There are other companies besides science diet-
For the special food. Like Hills - but I need your country.
3. The vet can give a laxative to help but then water will be pulled from other parts of the body-so I don’t know if then you have to hydrate the cat daily or? ( you can hydrate at home-The vet taught me with one of my cats who needed it for a year-she was 17)
You need to find out about hydration bc the benign tumor is going to start other problems and a remedy for constipation is not fixing the source.
I see vets say that if the med given bothers the cat it should be stopped-
Which you did.
simone717 6 days ago
Hi Simone, I am living in Northern California. The options given for benign tumor were, low iodine diet, surgery and radioactive iodine. Vet did not think surgery was a good idea. I was considering radioactive iodine but I am concerned about contact with cat after treatment. I live in an open floor plan home and it is impossible to stay 8 feet away from cat. Thank you for your response. Declan
declan 6 days ago
I have a a book, Homeopathic Care for cats and dogs by Don Hamilton DVM.He used to think the radioactive iodine was ok, but now does not as his clients who tried this had complications later and cats died. His brst option is to have the surgery if it is one sided.
He says if you use homeopathy you need to have an experienced homeo vet.
Did you check the Hills cat food for this?
I would ask the vet about laxative and home hydration. I can research homeo vets for you and second opinion vets on surgery if you want.
btw, I lived up there for years/socal now..
[Edited by simone717 on 2023-02-02 01:27:06]
simone717 5 days ago
Look up dr todd metcalf-holistic vet. He’s near Santa Barbara but He seems to do online consults.Maybe you could do facetime or zoom -but I have a feeling he can give you some good advice.
simone717 5 days ago
Dear Simone,
Thank you so much for your help. My cat Bu-bu was euthanized last night. On Friday she had XRay to check bowel. Mild enlargement of lower portion of colon was visible as well as Pleural Effusion. Heart and lung visibility was poor due to the presence of fluid within the chest cavity. Thoracocentesis performed on Saturday. Stage 3 kidney disease diagnosed. Subcutaneous fluids administered.

Yesterday, Pathologist report showed chylous effusion. Possible causes are heart disease, tumor or unknown causes.

My cat received subcutaneous fluids at vet office. She was home within 30 minutes. I noticed rapid, shallow breathing, 40 breaths per minute. When I saw invoice today I noticed that I was charged for 1litre of subcutaneous fluids. I think that my cat received an overdose of fluids. I drove 1 hour to a vet for emergency treatment. Oxygen given, chest cavity was full of fluid. My wife and I knew that our pet was suffering and it was time to let her go.
declan 3 hours ago
Hi Declan,
I am so sorry to know about your cat. The cat was well taken care of and much loved…they all have such unique personalties, like people. They are part of the family. Sending peace and love to you and your wife during this difficult time. Thank you for letting me know what happened.
simone717 2 hours ago

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