7 June, 2011 at 10:44 pm #45603
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?7 June, 2011 at 11:45 pm #667914
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.8 June, 2011 at 12:01 am #667915
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?8 June, 2011 at 12:03 am #667916
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.8 June, 2011 at 12:04 am #667917
Buttercup, I have never felt around there before? Where is her bladder?8 June, 2011 at 12:13 am #667918
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?8 June, 2011 at 12:15 am #667919
She seems normal. Its been really hot the last two days and I am wondering if she is also dehydrated too?8 June, 2011 at 12:19 am #667920
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;8 June, 2011 at 12:24 am #667921
Several drops of a good quality vegetable oil or olive oil in the food can help alleviate constipation.8 June, 2011 at 12:24 am #667922
Thanks so much! Good idea with adding water to wet food.8 June, 2011 at 12:25 am #667923
Thanks Moonshadow! I will do that. Is Oliver oil good or should I try pumpkin? Which is better?8 June, 2011 at 12:50 am #667924
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.8 June, 2011 at 12:52 am #667925
Thanks! I will report back!8 June, 2011 at 1:26 am #667926
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/311068 June, 2011 at 4:10 am #667927
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?
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