worried about our cat...
June 23, 2012 11:59 AM Subscribe
cat health woes: constipation & vomiting. please help.
posted by austere to pets & animals (10 answers total)
i should first mention that 6-8 weeks ago, our 10-year-old male cat suddenly stopped eating for a couple of days which is highly uncharacteristic for him. i took him to the veterinarian at the SPCA who found nothing wrong with him at all and requested some basic bloodwork to see if anything was off and she was very pleased with the results, saying they looked great for his age. then, a few weeks later (around two weeks ago), he suddenly began vomiting a lot and we observed soon after that he was clearly having trouble with bowel movements. over the next couple of days, we noted that he was moving very stiffly and would always hold his tail downward which is also unusual. he was clearly very uncomfortable so i took him to a different veterinarian. this vet confirmed that he had a fecal impaction and kept him for a few hours to give him some fluids and an enema. while this did the trick, she was unsure of what caused the episode to begin with and suspected that perhaps it was a thyroid problem. we did another bloodtest to specifically check his thyroid levels and they came back okay (his white blood cell count was slightly elevated if i recall correctly, but she said that may well have simply been the stress). the vet released him and told us to bring him back if it happened again. the last two weeks passed without issue and the cat has been his normal self.
then, after eating normally this morning, he threw up quite a bit and next few hours i again observed that he is moving awkwardly/stiffly and holding his tail downward. he mostly seems okay, but he has moments where he clearly seems to be uncomfortable. i did note that he had at least one bowel movement earlier this morning, but just a short while ago i caught him standing in our hallway with his back arched as if he was trying to poop and he was meowing and just seemed weird/uncomfortable. i took him to his litter box but he didn't do anything.
it's still early and we're hoping this will pass while we keep a close eye on him, but how should we proceed if it does become clear that he is constipated again? money is tight so we are really worried about the possibility of repeated veterinary visits or extensive tests but of course we are also very worried about him. does anyone have any idea what could be the problem or if there are any questions we should ask in the event of another visit to the veterinarian? he has been eating the same type of food for a few years now so there is no sudden change in his diet or anything like that.
thank you very much for any advice or insight.