4.5.12

Goma Had Emargency Vet Visit—Cats In Constipation

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Hi Everyone, I have a bad news to report. Goma got really sick yesterday morning and I needed to take him to Vet immediately... Don't worry he is back home, resting now but I wanted to tell you guys what happened in detail.

May 3rd, 6:30AM: I noticed Goma is going to litter box a lot and staying there very long. Last time he did this was when he had urinary tract(blockage). I knew I need to take him to Vet immediately. I called Dr. Moore and she was kind enough to see Goma at 8AM.

8AM: Goma is examine by Dr. Moore. I explained his behavior and she also suspect that Goma might have another episode of urinary tract. She felt Goma's stomach and find that his bladder is almost full. Goma will be staying at the Vet for surgery...

12PM: Dr. Moore calls me and told me that he doesn't have urinary tract, but he is severely constipated. She took an X-ray and it showed large amount of poop in his stomach, almost to his back... I paniced because I didn't notice anything wrong a day before... but Goma has been constipated all along! Poor baby...

2PM: Dr. Moore calls me again and she told me Goma is ready to go home. At the Vet, Dr. Moore showed me Goma's X-ray and I was Stunned. I can not post X-ray so I will illustrate it here...
constipated-cat-xray
Goma had given enema and little poop came out at the surgery table, but after he woke up, he produced large amount of poop, in Dr. Moore's words "Goma had the most impressive post enema poop I have EVER seen!" I can not even imagine how much pain he was in with all that poop in his stomach...I felt like I am a worst mom in the whole world...

The cause: Dr. Moore thinks constipation came from not drinking enough water.

The solution: Give wet food instead of dry food. Add more water to the wet food and mix in 1/4 teaspoon of Metamusil(non-flavored). Also give 1.5ml of Tuna flavored jelly(Laxatone)
for hair ball every other day. A lot of people also suggested to give Can of Punpkin too. Basically I need to do whatever I can to make Goma drink more water.

Today May 4th 10AM: Goma is doing much better. He was mad yesterday. He didn't even let me touch him, but today he came to me and wanted to be petted little bit. He pooped little bit but mostly urine. I think he pooped out everything yesterday at the Vet(sorry Dr. Moore!). I separated Goma from Kuma, so I can monitor Goma's litter box. I would do that next couple of days to see the status of his constipation.

After thoughts... well, what a day we had!! As you can imagine I was freaking out. The most important thing is I need to learn how to recognize constipated cats. The signs are listed below:

How to recognize constipated cats
  • Infrequent bowel movements (or NO bowel movements)
  • Frequent trips to the litter box
  • Straining in the litter box
  • Crying in the litter box
  • Constant licking of the anal area
  • Loss of appetite
  • Lethargy
  • Unkempt appearance (dry, brittle hair, lack of grooming)
  • Outward signs of abdominal discomfort, like scrunching into a ball or hunching
  • Vomiting
  • Runny, blood-tinged diarrhea
Via: Cat Suite 101.

When you read this I can now see maybe Goma was licking his butt a lot but what really made me realize something wrong was frequent trips to the litter box and straining inside of it. I didn't really paid much attention to litter box before, but now I know it is important to make sure cats are pooping and urinating regularly. Because what they produce in the litter box are the reflection of their health.
kuma-cares
Kuma cares about his brother Goma!!

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17 comments:

IndyRose said...

Poor little guy had a cork in his bum!

Repositório said...

OMG!!! Sending my best vibrations!

jmuhj said...

Our *PRAYERS* going up and our PURRS out for/to GOMA-CHAN!!! Very GLAD you took him in and they were able to diagnose and help him, Sachie-san.

The pumpkin suggestion is one I've seen many times. Another helpful thing is Laxatone, available at "pet" supply sources. And maybe the most important of all, something our family loves, a DRINKING FOUNTAIN kept clean and well-maintained. Cats drink more water when they have a fresh source that's moving and aerated. We just have the Drinkwell regular, but you can get fancy ones as well, from all the "pet" sources. You might also check with Kate at moderncat.net -- she has links to a lot of the really nice ones on site.

Pattyskypants said...

Sachie, you R not a bad mom! It is more difficult with two kittehs, though . . . hard to tell who has been in the litter box. I heard another suggestion about making more water available: put a bowl of water in as many rooms as possible and make sure it is always clean. Although I have a collection of lovely porcelain bowls for Bhu's water, he always prefers to drink out of one of those plastic 1 lb deli containers. He's such a silly kitteh! xxoo

Sparkle said...

My human frequently follows me to the litter box and STARES at me while I'm trying to do private things! I think it's really annoying. Feh. I'm just glad Goma is feeling better and I hope this problem does not come back - I have never needed an enema but Binga has and she says that they are NO NO NO fun!

jenpen said...

LOL sparkle, I do that too. Fin turns his back at me now. I put a water dish in many rooms for Fin. He tends not to drink enough too. Sachie you know how Fin has constipation problems & diarrhea. I give him dried pumpkin treats that he just loves. They help a lot. Get better soon Goma, prayers. Glad you have Kuma there too.

Angel and Kirby said...

Kirby went through that, once! We are glad Goma is feeling better!

Judy said...

SO glad Goma is doing better now. I bet he is so relieved. And very pooped out from his day at the vet. Love your X-ray diagram! I mix water with my cats wet food. They must get enough that way because they hardly drink water out of their bowls. Hammacher sells a nice ceramic cat fountain.

8GR8CATS said...

Another wonderful medicine to give in these cases is called Lactulose or Enulose. It's a liquid and you can just syringe it in their mouths very easily. It really works well. You can't really give them too much- overdose. It's very effective! I hope he is feeling much better! Poor little Goma- kisses and hugs!

Sweet Purrfections said...

We're so glad Goma is cleaned out now!

Mom Paula: Sachie, I had to rush Sweet Praline to the vet a few times because of blockages. I was giving her Vetasyl (which is a capsule you open and sprinkle on her food daily) and Fiber Formula Cat Treats (which she loved) and that really helped her. You can find both of these for a reasonable price on Amazon at
http://www.amazon.com/Fiber-Formula-Cat-Treats-2-1-Ounce/dp/B000FUMH4W/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1336190537&sr=8-1.

IndyRose said...

We have had problem with Haiku too loose! Poor guy could not get squatted down fast enough and kind of blasted the wall! He was so embarrassed...

Terri and Lily said...

Awww! Poor Goma! Sachie you aren't a bad Mom it can happen to anyone! Lily has the same problem sometimes and she's a Himmy too. It may run in the breed, but probably because they are longhair. we give Lily a little Nutri-Vet Hairball Paw-Gel everyday. (Yes, that's the real name of the product! lol) She licks it off her paw and she's good to go. We haven't had a single episode with a bad tummy in a long time now. So good to hear Goma is doing better!!!!

Josie said...

I'm so glad Goma is feeling better! Big hugs to you, and small-kitty-sized ones for Goma.

T said...

I am SOOO happy he will be OK. you are a GOOD and very observant mommy! imagine if you hadn't taken him in! oh no!!! lucky Goma! i loved your xray :)
Same thing happened with the older fellow i fostered, Max...they had to give him an enema too.
Kuma is sooooo cute! I love them together! xoxoxox
PS - are you going to blogpaws this year? i want to but the tickets are $$$$$

Oskar said...

I'm glad that Goma is all better. It does sound scary. It's a good thing you knew to get him to the vet. We will be watching our kitties thanks to this information you shared.

Nubbin wiggles,
Oskar

Dobson said...

Yes! Drinking water is key. We can't force them to drink, but it's so super important.

The Cat Guy said...

oh my, you've all had quite the day. glad the poops are coming now. oh, and you're not a bad mom, you did the right thing taking him to emergency.

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