HELP! No bowel movement in 60 hours.

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Justignoreme420:
My cat was having a bad gas problem, so (at the suggestion of a holistic vet) I started him on a diet of chicken breast and plain yogurt. He loves the diet, the gas has stopped, but he hasn't had a bowel movement in 60 hours. Should I not yet worry? Any easy cat laxatives? HELP!
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Luvskats00:
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[nq:1]My cat was having a bad gas >problem...he hasn't had a bowel >movement in 60hours.[/nq]
What did the holistic vet say when you asked that? What did the medical vet say when you asked that?
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Alison:
Hi ,
I'm not a diet expert but it sounds like there is no roughage in his diet and the body needs roughage to pass the faeces a long. I think you take your cat to the vet and change his diet as well .

Alison
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Liz:
[nq:1]My cat was having a bad gas problem, so (at the suggestion of a holistic vet) I started him on ... but he hasn't had a bowel movement in 60 hours. Should I not yet worry? Any easy cat laxatives? HELP![/nq]
When you feed something as highly digestible as yogurt and chicken the volume of stools decreases substantially but 60 hours is too much. Why don´t you give your vet a call?
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kaeli:
[nq:1]My cat was having a bad gas problem, so (at the suggestion of a holistic vet) I started him on ... but he hasn't had a bowel movement in 60 hours. Should I not yet worry? Any easy cat laxatives? HELP![/nq]
Over 3 days? Worry.
Go to the vet. Go directly to the vet. Do not pass Go, do not collect $200.
He may have gotten a blockage completely unrelated to his diet, perhaps by swallowing a string, a piece of carpet, whatever. If he got a bone in the chicken, that can cause problems, too.
A total blockage can kill a cat.
If is is just his diet, it's still better safe than sorry. Make an appointment with your vet now. The vet can give him a laxative.

If it is just his diet, add some bulk to the diet as well as a little oil. Without bulk and solid ***, the cat's anal glands won't empty properly during defacation and they can become clogged over time. Without enough oil in the diet, the *** are too solid to pass easily and the cat will be chronically constipated.
Oh, and I doubt a diet of nothing but chicken and yogurt has all the nutrition he needs. Add vitamins and minerals, too. Talk to your vet about that.

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MaryL:
[nq:1]My cat was having a bad gas problem, so (at the suggestion of a holisticvet) I started him on a ... stopped, but he hasn't had a bowel movement in 60 hours.Should I not yet worry? Any easy cat laxatives? HELP![/nq]
As the others have said, you need to check with your vet. Also, I am concerned about a diet that includes only chicken and yogurt. That sounds like it won't have all the nutrients a cat needs. Could you use canned chicken cat food (Wellness makes a very good one) and add yogurt? Please ask your vet.
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Niels Peter:
[nq:1]My cat was having a bad gas problem, so (at the suggestion of a holistic vet) I started him on ... but he hasn't had a bowel movement in 60 hours. Should I not yet worry? Any easy cat laxatives? HELP![/nq]
VET! NOW!

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Phil P.:
[nq:1]My cat was having a bad gas problem, so (at the suggestion of a holisticvet) I started him on a ... stopped, but he hasn't had a bowel movement in 60 hours.Should I not yet worry? Any easy cat laxatives? HELP![/nq]
Ya gotta be cautious when using laxatives in cats - especially lactulose - because they can cause gas and cramps which can exacerbate constipation. Also, the dose must be carefully calculated to avoid severe diarrhea and dehydration. I wouldn't recommend giving a cat a laxative (or any medication) without first consulting a vet.
Sometimes a little milk gets things moving. Milk causes diarrhea in some cats - just the effect you want in a constipated cat. Milk can be easily dosed to effect to avoid severe diarrhea and minimize gas.

You might want to speak to your vet about a stool softener such as a plain baby glycerin suppository. Some baby glycerin suppositories are available in preloaded applicators - similar to an eyedropper.

Btw, did this holistic vet check your cat's hydration status? Dehydration is one of the causes of constipation in cats.
Do not use human enemas such as Fleet Enemas because they cause severe, life-threatening electrolyte imbalances in cats. Plain warm water enemas are often all that's necessary.
Also, mineral oil should not be given orally because of the lack of taste and therefore, a high risk of aspiration and aspiration pneumonia. Mineral oil should be used rectally only. Finally, if you use a fiber supplement, make sure your cat is well hydrated before beginning fiber therapy to avoid impaction of fiber in the colon.
I suggest you seek a second opinion from a traditional vet without delay. Constipation in cats, whatever the cause, tends to be self-­perpetuating. The longer constipation persists, the drier and harder the *** become and the more painful and difficult they are to eliminate. This leads to voluntary fecal retention and worsening constipation and eventually constipation and acquired megacolon.
I would seek a second opinion as soon as possible.
Best of luck,
Phil.
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