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Cat constipated and vomiting

Discussion in 'Cat Health and Nutrition' started by sandipandi, Nov 2, 2019.


  1. sandipandi

    sandipandi PetForums Newbie

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    Good evening,

    Our 5 month old kitten Nacho has been having a few strange symptoms since his neutering 2 weeks ago. He's been passing stool less frequently (used to be twice a day, then down to once, and for the past few of days only every other day). They're also much harder and he's straining sometimes unsuccessfully. On top of this, on 4 occasions this week he's vomited his food within 5 mins of eating which is something he's never done before. He's eating a lot less than usual too.

    We took him to the vet yesterday, and were told his large intestine might have slowed as a rare side effect of the general anaesthesia used for the neutering. The vet could feel gas and hard stool in the abdomen but nothing else abnormal. We were given a laxative and antibiotic and told to ring up if he fails to pass stool for 36 hours, or swings to diarrhoea.

    Unfortunately it's nearing 36 hours with still no stool, and he's even more off his food than before, having vomited his lunch again today and only nibbling at dinner.

    Despite all this he's as active and curious as ever, and doesn't seem to be in any pain or have a fever which is all reassuring (he's swatting my hand as I type!). Also, his neutering has healed nicely and there were no complications.

    Has anyone else had their cat experience symptoms like this, and did you eventually get to the bottom of what it was? Seeing as he's not showing any signs of improvement we're not entirely convinced in the vet's diagnosis and are worried it could be something a bit more serious, like a hairball that might be impacting.

    Thanks to anyone who can help shed some light on this!
     
  2. lymorelynn

    lymorelynn UN Peacekeeper in training
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    Take him back to the vet or go to another for a second opinion. Constipation and vomiting are often signs of a blockage
     
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  3. chillminx

    chillminx PetForums VIP

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    Hello @sandipandi and welcome :)

    I am sorry to hear about Nacho's problem with constipation and vomiting. The longer the stools sit in the rectum, the more moisture is removed from the stools and the more difficult it becomes to defecate. It is possible your kitten now needs an enema (given by the vet) to get things moving.

    Which laxative has been prescribed for him - Lactulose?
     
  4. sandipandi

    sandipandi PetForums Newbie

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    We definitely will, we plan on taking him tomorrow (luckily they're open on Sundays) and if they don't seem to take it more seriously we'll seek a second opinion

    Thanks for your response!
     
  5. sandipandi

    sandipandi PetForums Newbie

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    Thanks for the welcome!

    That makes a lot of sense, it explains why his constipation seems to be gradually getting worse. We'll enquire about an enema tomorrow at the vet, and yes has indeed been given lactulose!

    Thank you for your reply!
     
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