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Should I worry about my cat not having a bowel movement after being spayed on Monday?

Asked by poofandmook (17290points) April 16th, 2014

She’s peed, but she hasn’t pooped.

At first I thought it was the litter—the clinic said no clumping litter so I bought Yesterday’s News… she got in the box and appeared to be trying to eat it (she spit it back out though). So I worried she would do her business outside the box… and since she’s sequestered in my bedroom that means the bed. I sprinkled a layer of her regular litter over the new stuff and she peed.

She seems to be eating well, so I am a little concerned about not seeing one. I tend to be paranoid about my animals though, so I’m not sure if it’s premature or valid that I am worried.

I called the clinic… I can’t get through to anybody. And I can’t get a vet to give me any kind of advice without seeing her.

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Espiritus_Corvus's avatar

Some anesthetics can cause the mucous membranes to stop producing and, mucous being the primary lubrication of the intestines, this could cause constipation. Opiates cause this in humans. Your cat may simply need some kind of cat laxative. Hopefully there is a natural herb cats take for this, rather than some strong chemical.

If the cat was given antibiotics, this could kill off the natural flora in its intestines, and this could also cause constipation. Natural,unhomogenized yogurt replaces that flora in humans. You might let your cat lap a little up. It won’t hurt the cat if you’re wrong.

Then again it might just be a bolus of hairball coincidentally blocking the intestine and this is easily solved within a couple of hours after giving the cat hairball medicine found over the counter in most drug or pet stores.

poofandmook's avatar

@Espiritus_Corvus: Cats are lactose intolerant… would the yogurt be unwise?

Espiritus_Corvus's avatar

I really don’t know as my forte’ has always been humans. One must often weigh the side effects against the gains concerning medicine. I personally would call the vet who spayed her and ask their advice.

poofandmook's avatar

it’s irrelevant… she finally went :) But thank you anyway!

I tried. I took her to a low cost spay/neuter clinic because I am tapped out and I sort of rescued her; never intended to take in another cat. This is one of those clinics that does most of their business for shelters and animal control so they’re not really good with the folks who are bringing their loved pets. They’re a “clip ‘em and ship ‘em” type place. VERY high reviews on Yelp, so not a chop shop.. just terrible with any aftercare.

Espiritus_Corvus's avatar

Glad to hear it. But I was thinking. If her lactos intolerance results in diarrhea, this would be valuable to remember the next time you suspect constipation.

Good for you, taking in a cat. I had one for ten years until recently, a great little guy. We had many adventures together.

Buttonstc's avatar


Just for future reference, yogurt and Kefir (as well as hard cheeses, Parmesan etc.) are usually ok for lactose intolerance because the probiotics found in yogurt aid in digesting the lactose.

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