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angus had four enemas and probably the same number of x-rays. he is coming home tonight because he won't eat at the vet hospital and they need him to eat in order to get the rest of the poop out.

once he has started eating again, they want him to be on prescription weight loss / high fiber food and they want me to implement portion control, which means i will no longer be able to free-feed the cats. this stresses me out for two reasons.

1. chasing the cats to different parts of the house a couple of times a day isn't particularly compatible with my own disabilities.

2. i don't want to do things to angus that make him unhappy in his day to day life. he gained a lot of weight on a pretty normal amount of food for a cat (based on my previous experience with cats). when i free feed him, he seems to eat moderately. but if his food bowl becomes empty then once he gets some food he gobbles it so fast he regurgitates. that suggests to me that he has a history of being starved (either because he was feral/stray or because previous owners had him on a diet). since being constipated also makes him unhappy and constipation might be related to his weight, i am willing to give a weight loss treatment a try. but if it comes down to a tradeoff between his living longer vs. living happier, i'd rather that he lived happier.

other things possibly contributing to his condition: he has some arthritis of the spine which may be causing him to not want to "position." he isn't active enough. of course when a creature is constipated it is disinclined to be active, so that's a vicious circle.

advice/comments/anecdata welcomed.

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karenkay
Jun. 25th, 2010 11:36 pm (UTC)
I have no helpful comments, but LOTS of sympathy!
ljgeoff
Jun. 26th, 2010 01:08 am (UTC)
What you say about his food intake sounds very sensible. I would think that there could be something that would alleviate the constipation without decreasing his food.
pachamama
Jun. 26th, 2010 07:05 am (UTC)
My cat also has arthritis in her hips. She's now on a regular anti-inflammatory (just a squirt of oral liquid once a day -- seems to taste ok to her, so she doesn't object) and the difference it makes in her mobility and comfort is amazing! Might that help your little lad be happier about "assuming the position" ?
firecat
Jun. 26th, 2010 04:15 pm (UTC)
That's a good idea. Do you remember what the anti-inflammatory is called?
pachamama
Jun. 26th, 2010 04:49 pm (UTC)
trade name Metacam. Generic Meloxicam 0.5mg/ml
firecat
Jun. 26th, 2010 06:19 pm (UTC)
Thanks!
sarahmichigan
Jun. 26th, 2010 01:31 pm (UTC)
Is he on kibble? Switching him to wet food (or at least occasional wet) might help with the constipation, keep him hydrated and may help slim him down.
firecat
Jun. 26th, 2010 04:14 pm (UTC)
They have both wet and dry food. Angus much prefers the dry.
mjlayman
Jun. 26th, 2010 06:26 pm (UTC)
When Junie made Spirit stay under the end table, my vet asked if I had a room to keep her in. I don't, so we're still dealing with her under the end table. Do you have a different room for Angus to stay in?

I hope things get better soon!
firecat
Jun. 26th, 2010 06:35 pm (UTC)
We could put them in different rooms, for feeding. But they actually enjoy being together so we'd rather not have them in different rooms all day.
tanteterri
Jun. 27th, 2010 10:23 pm (UTC)
I agree about not trying to limit the cat's food. Especially since you have already had bad experience with him overeating when food is withheld. Plus - he's a cat. He's not a dog. Dog's will eat till they fall over; cats pretty much don't.

However something high fiber or some kind of stool softener might be a good idea. Something to keep the "mail moving" so's to speak.

I'm surprised it is taking all these enemas. I was at an animal er where they brought in a cat with blockage and they were showing the owner how to manually move the blockage along so it would come out.

Ask the vet for some other ideas besides a cat "diet" for weight loss; laxatives, stool softener, more fluids in the diet, whatever.
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