Question by angel: cat w/plain ole constipation?
i noticed this morning one of my cats has constipation..and i KNOW w/out a doubt its from lack of water b/c my other cats are mean to him so he stays in the closet all day and doesn’t drink alot, but he eats his dry food just fine.. i gave him some milk this morning before i left for work, does anyone have any suggestions for home remedies that will help.. i saw online giving him plain unspiced canned pumpkin..any ideas?? thanks!
i called my vets office, and she told me it was a result of dehydration from lack of water, that the milk i gave him this morning was ok, but not to give anymore.. b/c cats are lactose intolerant, thus the reason i gave him the milk hoping for loose bowel movement as it did that to my other cats before i knew not to give it to them… she told me to give him 1/2 teaspoon of mineral oil.. i’m going to try that, but that you for the advice about the dry food.. i’m definately getting canned food (good canned food) for him today… although he’s never had a problem at ALL eating dry food, he loves it actually!! and usually i water it down some, my cats tend to like the watered food….please still send me some advice.. i’m interested in trying the pumpkin thing?
Answer by Ken S
If it is constipation and NOT a blockage, you can give a small dose of miralax.
You are right, it is from a lack of water but not from not drinkling, it is because of what you are feeding. That is the problem
Nutrition since there are so many bad things out there is very important to your cat’s health
Contrary to what you may have heard; dry foods are not a great thing to feed a cat.
Please read the label on what you are feeding? What are the ingredients? Do you know what they mean? Is the first ingredient a muscle meat like chicken or meal or other things?
Dry foods are the number 1 cause of diabetes in cats as well as being a huge contributing factor to kidney disease, obesity, crystals, u.t.i’s, constipation, and a host of other problems. Male cats are especially prone to blockages
from dry food. Food allergies are very common when feeding dry foods. Rashes, scabs behind the tail and on the chin are all symptoms The problems associated with Dry food is that they are loaded with grains and carbohydrates which many cats (carnivores) cannot process. ( Have a fat cat?)
Also, Most of the moisture a cat needs is suppose to be in the food but in Dry, 95% of it is zapped out of dry foods in the processing. Another thing, most use horrible ingredients and don’t use a muscle meat as the primary ingredient and use vegetable based protein versus animal. Not good for an animal that has to eat meat to survive.
You want to pick a canned food w/o gravy (gravy=carbs) that uses a muscle meat as the first ingredient and doesn’t have corn at least in the first 3 ingredients if at all.
THE BEST CAT FOODS CONTAIN NO GRAINS NO BYPRODUCTS
Cats are meat eaters not cereal or rice eaters
Fancy feast is a middle grade food with 9lives, friskies whiskas lower grade canned and wellness and merrick upper grade human quality foods. I would rather feed a middle grade canned food then the top of the line dry food.
Also, dry food is not proven to be better for teeth. Does a hard pretzel clean your teeth or do pieces of it get stuck? http://www.felinefuture.com/nutrition/bpo_ch4a.php
Please read about cat nutrition.
Vetinarian diets The reason your vet thinks so highly of the pet food they sell probably has more to do with money than nutrition. In vet school, the only classes offered on nutrition usually last a few weeks, and are taught by representatives from the pet food companies. Vet students may also receive free food for their own dogs and cats at home. They could get an Iams notebook, a Purina purse and some free pizza. http://iml.jou.ufl.edu/projects/Spring04/Perhach/PetFood/Vets.htm
Nutritional Education Program website page for the American College of Veterinary Nutrition. Notice who they are receiving grants from for this program
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