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  • #45603
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    iliketea
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    Hey all, Sophie is about 3. I noticed today she kept going in and out of the litterbox. She would go in, come out a minute later and then go back in the box a couple of minutes after that. She did this a few times.

    During the last time, I went in with her and I noticed that she was straining and nothing really came out. A little bit of pee I think. I did however scoop her litter to see what is in it or not and it seemed normal.

    Is this something I should be worried about? Or is she just being a cat?

    #667914
    Avatar of Buttercup
    Buttercup
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    Hi ILT,is sounds like a Urinary tract Infection and it’s an emergency when they can’t pee. She needs to go the the vet now. And yes female cats can get them I had one who did.

    #667915
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    iliketea
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    Well it looks like she did pee, but maybe it is a pooping situation? She went to the box again while I was in there, and there was pee but no poo?

    #667916
    Avatar of Buttercup
    Buttercup
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    Can you check her tummy and see if her bladder feels full? It will feel like a little balloon if it’s full and she will act uncomfortable. Don’t press too hard.

    #667917
    Avatar of iliketea
    iliketea
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    Buttercup, I have never felt around there before? Where is her bladder?

    #667918
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    Buttercup
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    Feel on her abdominal area near the lower area below where her belly bottom would be. I just checked the cat nearest to me who is definitely not sick and I got a really dirty look. If she peed a lot and you think it’s constipation maybe you could add some plain pumpkin to her diet.

    Others will have other ideas. Does she seem distressed or is she acting normally?

    #667919
    Avatar of iliketea
    iliketea
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    She seems normal. Its been really hot the last two days and I am wondering if she is also dehydrated too?

    #667920
    Avatar of Buttercup
    Buttercup
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    Yes she could be dehydrated. I get my kitties to drink more by adding ice to their water and getting them interested.If you have wet food for her you can add water to it and make it more “juicy”.

    Here’s a link for constipation;

    http://www.ehow.com/how_4423058_stimulate-cats-constipation.html

    #667921
    Avatar of Moonshadow_NZ
    Moonshadow_NZ
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    Several drops of a good quality vegetable oil or olive oil in the food can help alleviate constipation.

    #667922
    Avatar of iliketea
    iliketea
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    Thanks so much! Good idea with adding water to wet food.

    #667923
    Avatar of iliketea
    iliketea
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    Thanks Moonshadow! I will do that. Is Oliver oil good or should I try pumpkin? Which is better?

    #667924
    Avatar of Buttercup
    Buttercup
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    Hi ILT,whichever one you have is best. Most people have good quality vegetable oil or olive oil. I hear Pumpkin is hard to get sometimes.

    #667925
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    iliketea
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    Thanks! I will report back!

    #667926
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    jcat
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    ILT, if you still think there’s any chance it could be her bladder and that she’s straining to pee, BC is right, it’s an emergency and she needs the vet.

    If she did pee and it’s a dark yellow in colour, she’s dehydrated (don’t forget about the tent test to also test for this). I would add pedialyte to her food for dehydration — that will also help with constipation: http://www.dailykitten.com/chat/topic/31106

    #667927
    Avatar of iliketea
    iliketea
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    I did see her pee in her litter box, and when it clumped it was a bit bigger than a golf ball. So hopefully it is not that?

    #667928
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    iliketea
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    Well the good news is, Sophie is eating and was playful last night. She kept me up! She has peed a few times and no painful meows or blood in the pee. I am waiting for her to go No 2 and hopefully she has a movement today. If not, I will take her to vet tomorrow morning.

    #667929
    Avatar of Buttercup
    Buttercup
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    OK sounds good.:) I’m glad that she is playful and eating. It’s good that she has such a careful,caring meowmy. :)

    #667930
    Avatar of iliketea
    iliketea
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    Aw thanks Buttercup! We have poop today! After 3 days :) Should I keep putting pumpking in her food? Or should I lay off now that it has passed?

    #667931
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    iliketea
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    Yay we have even more poop! Ah only animal owners can get excited over poop.

    #667932
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    jcat
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    Yay, doing the happy poop dance!

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