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TIRIONMANX Posts: 77
2/25/10 5:52 P

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To help prevent a recurrence of the constipation, try getting some plain metamucil and put a teaspoon in her wet food once a day. Should keep her from backing up again. I've found that there is a high degree of recurrence in cats who get constipated and this is a cheap, safe, easy way to help prevent it.

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2/24/10 10:23 P

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Wow, so glad your kitty is better! Sounds like she just was constipated (Snickers has that problem a lot).



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2/24/10 5:49 P

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I am so happy your kitty is doing better! I had to come back to the team just to see if all was well. I was hoping I would see a positive update.
I am so happy for you and your kitty!

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2/23/10 2:16 P

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Hi that's great news! Since you let her out she is going to be more suseptable to virus's and infections.
It's sad but it will happen. So glad she is on the mend!!
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2/23/10 11:14 A

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Thanks so much for the update. I'm so glad to hear your baby is feeling better. Always a worry when they aren't themselves!

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2/23/10 10:21 A

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That's a relief Ellen! I am so happy she is doing better. Unfortunately, sometimes they just don't feel well, but the blood tests are always a good way to make sure. :)

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2/23/10 10:03 A

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Thanks to all for your concern and advice! The next day she did have a bowel movement, was acting perkier and drank water but just licked the juice off her wet food. But at least she was interested in eating... I took her to her regular vet who did bloodwork and found nothing. Still no temp. He said since she is getting better he would wait on further diagnosis such as Xray but to call back this evening. He thinks it may be a virus. This morning she is acting 90% better. Crying for food... ate the normal amount and is drinking water. She is more active but still a little subdued. I feel she is on the way to recovery. Again Thanks to all who responded!!!! You are the best!

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Chaos stopped eating and drinking when he developed an allergy. After a shot and a couple days on soft food, he was eating again.





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2/22/10 4:51 P

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I would bring her to another hospital asap even tonight. Is she dehydrated today???? check her. Is she going to the bathroom. I would close her in a bathroom or another small room. Put just a small amount of litter in it, NOT scoop. See is she has blood in her urine. Please don't let her out!!!! Is she acting normal? Well not eating/drinking is not normal. Temp.?? Something is no doubt wrong. I agree she needs bloodwork NOW. She may have a urinary blockage, or intestinal or God only knows what. The steroids were probably to get her to eat, it does that.
Do you have any company??? New pets? noises outside? like construction. I would be concerned.
Sorry to alarm you but this may or may not be serious.
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2/22/10 12:49 P

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Watch & see if she's drinking out of the toilet & eating something that falls on the floor.

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2/22/10 7:56 A

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I agree with everyone else. Your kitty definitely needs a more in-depth exam. My vet once told me that cats are very stoic and that even a slight change in behavior can indicate a problem. However, not eating or drinking for 3 days is a BIG change for any cat and there is definitely something going on. The sooner the proper diagnosis is made, the better chance for a good outcome. Please keep us posted on how your sweet furbaby is doing and what you find out from your regular vet.

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2/21/10 5:01 P

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I definitely would take your baby to a different vet.......she probably needs some blood tests run.

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2/21/10 4:58 P

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Ok, thanks for that... we will go to our regular vet tomorrow.

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TIRIONMANX Posts: 77
2/21/10 3:46 P

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MINERAL OIL - NO NO NO NEVER. This vet is crazy. Sorry but mineral oil is dangerous for cats and can lead to inhalation pneumonia. Stop it immediately.

This vet sounds like a quack. Not eating for 3 days can be dangerous and he should have done blood work as a first step. There are many reasons a cat will stop eating. Since this was a sudden thing and not something that developed over time, it is very possible that your cat ingested something. It could be as benign as an upset tummy but, that should have passed sooner than 3 days. It's also possible that what your baby ingested did kidney damage. Cats with kidney damage or failure are notable for stopping eating. Other causes are an illness of some sort or constipation (NOT treated with mineral oil). I don't mean to alarm you but you need to get your baby to a proper vet asap. There is a condition which, in the vernacular, is called fatty liver disease which is caused by a cat going off it's feed. It's very curable if caught in time. In addition, you need to find out what caused your cat to stop eating.

I speak from experience here. I've had experience with cats not eating from constipation, kidney disease, and illness. We also had a case of fatty liver disease due to the incompetence of the first vet we took her to which, thankfully, was cured when we pulled her out of there and went to a new vet.

Please get your cat to a decent vet asap.

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2/21/10 3:29 P

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Sorry I'm not much help.

When my Midnight stopped eating and drinking, it was because he was nearly 18 years old, and his time was up basically.

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2/21/10 3:06 P

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Antibiotics and steroids are vets' answers for everything. He should have done blood work. Not eating for three days is indicative of so much! If the salt was going to affect her, I think it would have been more immediate.

Good luck.

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All of a sudden my 8 yr old kitty stopped eating and drinking. She was perfectly fine one day and the next morning did not come to eat as she usually does first thing in the morning. As today was the 3rd day and I worry about dehydration we went to a vet that is open on Sunday. He does not know what is wrong. Her vital signs are all good, no temp, slight dehydration and sleeping alot. He gave her a shot of antibiotic with another tablet for tonight, a steriod and wants us to give her mineral oil 3 times today and call him tomorrow to see how she is. My only thought was that there was salt in our driveway from the ice last week and she may have licked some off her paws. I told him but he seemed to dismiss that. Any thoughts?

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