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What is Intestinal Obstruction?

When an intestinal obstruction has occurred, the cat’s health will continue to decline until the condition becomes life-threatening. Early diagnosis and treatment is a leading factor in the likelihood of a full recovery. Signs of intestinal obstruction should be taken seriously and prompt veterinary treatment is strongly recommended.

Intestinal obstruction is a common condition that occurs when the stomach or intestines are partially or completely blocked. The blockage may restrict the flow of nutrients and/or secretions within the stomach and intestinal area. The condition is generally very painful and the presence of objects in the intestines can reduce blood flow, which may ultimately lead to tissue necrosis.

Symptoms of Intestinal Obstruction in Cats

Cats who are experiencing an intestinal obstruction generally will feel unwell and will display one or more of the following symptoms:

  • Vomiting
  • Unwillingness to eat
  • Weakness
  • Lethargy
  • Diarrhea
  • Abdominal pain
  • Abdominal swelling
  • Weight Loss
  • Dehydration
  • Subnormal body temperature
  • Electrolyte imbalances
  • Crying or whimpering
  • Unwillingness to lie down
  • Depression
  • Shock

Causes of Intestinal Obstruction in Cats

Ingestion of foreign bodies is the primary cause of intestinal obstruction, and it tends to occur more commonly in younger cats as they tend to be more likely to ingest inappropriate objects. Other possible causes of the condition include:

  • Un-expelled hairballs
  • Tumor
  • Inflammation of gastrointestinal tract
  • Pyloric stenosis
  • Hernia
  • Intussusception (may be caused by intestinal parasites)
  • Intestinal twisting
  • Polyps
  • Overgrowth of stomach tissue

Diagnosis of Intestinal Obstruction in Cats

After a full review of the cat’s medical history, the veterinarian will discuss the onset of symptoms, the cat’s eating habits, and whether it has access to objects such as string and sewing needles. If owners suspect that the cat may have ingested a particular object, the vet should be notified. 

A physical exam will be completed and a standard set of lab tests ordered. This will often include a complete blood count (CBC), blood chemical profile, urinalysis, and electrolyte panel. Abdominal palpation may indicate swelling or other intestinal irregularities. Visual diagnostics including X-rays or ultrasound imaging may be ordered and an endoscopy will likely be performed. In addition to providing a visual image of the intestines, an endoscope may also be used to extract tissue samples for biopsy and/or to remove foreign bodies that have been ingested.

Treatment of Intestinal Obstruction in Cats

Intestinal obstruction in cats often requires hospitalization. The course of treatment will depend on the severity of symptoms and the size, location, and source of the blockage.

Stabilization

If the affected cat is experiencing extreme dehydration or electrolyte imbalance, it will need to be stabilized before any other treatments can be provided. Fluids and electrolytes will likely be administered intravenously and in some cases, plasma may be provided. 

Non-Surgical Treatment

When the obstruction is caused by a hairball, the veterinarian may choose to administer laxatives and monitor the cat for several days to see if the ball will pass prior to recommending surgery. This treatment option may also be recommended when the presence of a linear foreign body such as string or yarn has been detected soon after ingestion. Laxatives should only be provided under veterinary supervision and owners should never attempt to remove objects that are protruding from a cat’s rectum. 

In most cases, the veterinarian will attempt to remove foreign objects using an endoscope. This is less invasive than surgery, but it is difficult to ensure that no residual items remain in the intestinal tract. Endoscopes are also unable to remove large objects such as rocks.

Surgical Removal 

When attempts to remove the foreign body using an endoscope have been unsuccessful, surgical removal under anesthesia will likely be needed. During this process, the veterinarian will locate the blockage and make a small incision in the stomach or intestine in order to remove it. Once the surgeon has confirmed that all foreign materials have been removed, incisions will be closed using sutures.

Recovery of Intestinal Obstruction in Cats

When veterinary care is provided promptly, prognosis for affected cats is generally positive as long as there are no surgical complications. Following surgery, pain medication and antibiotics will be prescribed and the cat may need to remain in the hospital for several days. Once the cat is able to hold down food and liquids, it will be able to return home. It should then be kept calm and given a quiet place to recuperate away from children and other pets. Care should be taken to keep the cat from licking the sutures and an Elizabethan collar may be needed.

Owners should closely monitor the cat for signs of dehydration or infection. Only bland foods should be given for the first few days in order to avoid further irritation. Sutures will need to be removed 7-10 days following surgery, and follow-up appointments will be needed to ensure proper healing.

Precautions should be taken to prevent the cat from ingesting objects in the future. This may include covering trash cans and keeping dangerous objects such as string and yarn out of reach.

Intestinal Obstruction Questions and Advice from Veterinary Professionals

Beanie Boo
American Shorthair
3 Years
Moderate condition
0 found helpful
Moderate condition

Has Symptoms

Constipation
Vomiting

what happens during an obstruction? Our cat has been vomiting 2 to 3 times a day. She is lethargic and enjoys sleeping on a heater. She enjoys playing with rubber bands and maybe she ate one and it caused an obstruction.She has always been a small cat and has morning sickness but she hasn't played as much. She usually runs around the house and up the was. She hasn't had diarrhea but I have not seen her use the restroom that much or drink water. She was a bottle baby and has had kittens but she is spayed. What can we do?

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Dr. Michele King, DVM
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Clare, thank you for contacting us about Beanie Boo I'm sorry that she seems to not be feeling well. I'm not sure how long she has been vomiting for, but 2-3 times a day is quite frequent for a cat to vomit. I'm concerned that you are describing her behavior as lethargic, and that she may be eating and drinking less, as well as using the litter box less. A foreign body is possible if she platy with rubber bands, as well as a pyometra if she isn't spayed, intestinal parasites, infectious diseases, or systemic disease. The best thing would be to take her in to your veterinarian and have a good check up in the next day or two. They'll be able to see how she's doing, if she's dehydrated, if she needs further testing to figure out what is going on, or if she just needs some medication to feel better. I hope that she is okay!

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Opie
short haired tabby
15 Years
Mild condition
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Mild condition

Has Symptoms

Blood In Stool

My cat has been having issues with his bowels for a few months now; he’s 15 and is losing his muscle strength to properly push out his bowels as well as heave up anything. Recently we discovered blood in his stool and noticed his bottom is very irritated. He tries to pass a bowel movement every 30 minutes or so. To preface this more; he was having some constipation issues and were told to mix some pumpkin in with his wet food. He is also known for eating everything that can fit in his mouth. While we are very cautious of our living conditions it is possible that he might have eaten something foreign but I wanted to provide everything we’ve been doing just in case.

Health Expert
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
1712 Recommendations
Pumpkin (plain canned pumpkin) is great for help to increase the fibre content which helps to keep the faeces moist to assist defecation; you should also treat for parasites to be on the safe side as they may also cause intestinal obstructions in severe cases. If there is a foreign body, then a visit to your Veterinarian would be required for an examination and possibly an x-ray to locate and determine whether surgery is required or not. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

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Wally
dsh
3 Years
Mild condition
0 found helpful
Mild condition

Has Symptoms

Lethargy

Our cat ate some string from a kite tail yesterday. He seems a bit lethargic today and I have not seen any evidence of him passing the string yet. He has done this before with string and passed it later. How long does it take to pass and when should I be concerned if there is a blockage?

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Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
1712 Recommendations
With string, I am always concerned about string foreign bodies; it can take around 24 to 48 hours for a cat to pass string, but issues may occur before they are passed. I would keep a very close eye on Wally for the time being until he hopefully passes the string, but if he shows any concerning signs you should visit your Veterinarian immediately. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

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Maumau
tabby
6 Years
Moderate condition
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Moderate condition

Maumau, a large cat looking like an egyptian mau has been throwing up since early childhood. Drs have forever advised to change his diet, and we gave him RC prescription soft and hard food, which he also threw up. When he started to throw up 2x day weeks ago, a new Dr. prescribe a slushy and famotdine to control the throwing up. It helps. We had blood tests, urine tests, an xray(2 yrs.ago) and 8 mo. ago a sonogram of the intestines, which revealed very small crystals in the kidney. Recent blood tests don't seem to signal that things got worse. A FPL test on Nov.1 was normal. Has slowly lost weight (1 lb in 2016, then 3oz/mo), now weighing barely 10+ lbs+, considered "ideal". WHAT can be one next? Cat does not tolerate the prescription food, but likes Purina Beyond dry food as well as Friskies mixed grill better than anything, including plain home made chicken. Very finicky. Cat is complaining, eye contact, miaus and rubbing my legs, definitely not "hello's". Should we do CT scan or will endoscopy reveal? There is a test I heard about, done by a lab in Texas. I am at the end of the flagpole.

Health Expert
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
1712 Recommendations
I would recommend having another ultrasound done to look at the abdomen to see if there are any changes or other issues there since there is a point of comparison from eight months ago; before going for a CT scan, I think it would be wise to consult with an Internal Medicine Specialist to determine if there is anything they can do for MauMau or even direct the diagnostic path in a better direction. With the case notes, blood tests x-rays and ultrasound images you have now, you could send them to a company like PetRays for review to get their input. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

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Shyla
Manx
14 Years
Moderate condition
1 found helpful
Moderate condition

Has Symptoms

Pain, diarrhea, vomiting,

Medication Used

Miralax

Hi my cat is 14 yr old female Manx. She has had issues with her bowels and intestines for 5 yrs now. She had surgery twice to get the mass of hard poop stuck 5 yrs ago she even has a rip in the intestine. I have her on soft food now for 4yrs she gets Miralax in her food everyday now for 4 yrs and she has been just fine I have she as to stay at a very very soft consistency so she don't block do to the damage that was done yrs ago from the blockage. They said that her intestine was stretched out from being blocked so now I have to keep her runny almost. They also said her nerves are probably not working properly. I have kept her good for 4 yrs now. And a few mths ago she started getting wobbly in back end can't jump much and skinny in back end also. I took her in and he said since she is 14 that if she is going poop good and I have her figured out that we wouldn't fix rip in intestine he said it might mess up what I have going on. Well then last night she started acting and doing all the same things like when she had a block 4yrs ago . Straining , vomiting , won't eat or drink, acts like she is in pain. She is even having some diarrhea. When she did this before u could feel a hard mass. But this time it's all soft so I don't understand what's happening she won't get up out of her bed . Last night she was crying . I have fed her the same for years with Miralax in her diet everyday. Is there anyone anywhere that has a surgery to just fox this . She is my baby I do anything to fix her 🙁 Ian 37 yrs old and just had heart surgery and that cat never left my side When I was in pain everyday she was there she is TRUELY a remarkable cat. She was there for me I want to help her. Is there any were that can fix intestines or damaged nerves or whatever is causing this. Please help Sincerly Chardale

Health Expert
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
1712 Recommendations
The issue may not be with the intestines but may be a spinal problem especially if she is getting wobbly and losing muscle mass on her backend. You should first visit your Veterinarian to discuss whether there is an obstruction or another issue, then look for a Specialist in your area if needed to perform the surgery. I cannot recommend you anywhere specific as I don’t know where you live and I receive questions from all over the world. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

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Captain
Abyssinian
1 Year
Moderate condition
0 found helpful
Moderate condition

Has Symptoms

Vomiting
Tired
Loss of Appetite

The day before yesterday, my cat may have eaten a plastic object. An xray last night confirmed this. He was treated with fluid therapy, and antacids and anti nausea meds with the hopes of making him more comfortable and moving the object along so it can be defecated. How long until it passes? Is surgery the only option?

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Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
1712 Recommendations
It all depends on the size and shape of the plastic object, some objects pass with ease whilst others require surgical removal; if there are sharp edges or there is an unusual shape it can slow down the transit of the object. Some foreign objects may move slower through the gastrointestinal tract than faeces so it is difficult to put a time frame on it. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

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Cinder
dsh
6 Months
Moderate condition
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Moderate condition

Has Symptoms

Loss of Appetite

My cat suddenly lost her appetite entirely. She is still behaving otherwise normally but for the last three days, she turns her nose up at pretty much anything I offer her. I've gotten her to eat a little bit of turkey baby food. Yesterday, I brought her to the vet and he checked her temp. and massaged her all over and said it was probably stress. He gave her a pill but it hasn't helped yet. He didn't do any blood work or anything. Should I go back and insist? Could she have a blockage he couldn't feel by touching her? I am so worried about her.

Health Expert
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
1712 Recommendations
An intestinal obstruction would be easily found by a Veterinarian during a routine abdominal palpation; there are various causes of a loss of appetite which include an obstruction, parasites, infections, spoilt food, hormonal conditions, liver disease among other issues. Try her with a different food to see if there is any improvement in her condition; also mixing some smooth wet food with water can help you give food by syringe slowly. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

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Bear
Persian
9 Years
Serious condition
1 found helpful
Serious condition

Has Symptoms

Lethargy

Medication Used

Enalapril Diltiazem
Enalapril

Bear, my Black Smoke Persian is 9 years old. He was diagnosed as having an enlarged heart when he was 5 months old. He ingested what looks to be a 1/2 long piece of string or possibly a small piece of plastic. This occurred late Sunday or Monday night. He vomited everything down to bile that morning. He became extremely lethargic and has been lying around, going from room to room, closet to closet. I started giving him water in a syringe up until yesterday, 11/22 then read online that I could give him unflavored Pedialyte which I started giving him last evening around 8:00p, 11/22 in a syringe. He would come out periodically and lay in the kitchen and bathroom for a short time, and then return to one of the closets. He has not used the litter box since Tuesday. I took him to animal emergency this morning around 10a. They are keeping him overnight. His regular vet is closed today (Thanksgiving) and tomorrow, reopening on Saturday. Surgery is not an option, due to his heart condition. Will endoscopy work? I read about it online. I just don't want my baby to die. Please advise. Thank you.

Health Expert
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
1712 Recommendations
Endoscopy is an option to remove a foreign body or other obstruction but Bear would still need to be anaesthetised for the procedure as it isn’t something you want a cat (or any animal) conscious for; also the reach of endoscopy is surprisingly limited and we are actually only able to access small portions of the gastrointestinal tract from either end. See what the Emergency Veterinarians tell you after observing Bear. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

My 10 year old (also black smoke) Persian, Pancakes, ingested some silver tinsel about two days ago. He vomited the pieces up, but didn’t poop until this morning. He isn’t especially lethargic, has been playful, and is eating/drinking as much as usual. I am still worried though, because his upper abdomen/sides feel and look a bit tight/full. Should I take him to our vet to see if any tinsel is blocking anything, or is the fact that he had a decently sized, normal looking, bowel movement enough to prove there is no blockage? Thank you.

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Clatita
european
8 Years
Serious condition
1 found helpful
Serious condition

My cat was sick for two months and shed a lot. My cat shed and had very soft chairs, I was at a veterinarian who made several injections of antibiotics and vitamins, took medications for the stomach and probiotic gas because there were noises in the cat's stomach. Blood, pancreas, thyroid, liver tests were good. One evening the cat threw plastic pieces. Now I asked the vet to open the cat's stomach to see what was there. The veterinarian found the strangulated bowel because of a ring that grew around the bowel. The veterinarian removed that ring from the gut but also found inflammatory gastric lymph nodes. The veterinarian extracted a lymph node and sent to the analyzes because it suspects the cancerous cat. After 4 days of surgery, I heard noises in the cat's stomach. Do you think it could be cancer? Thank you very much!

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Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
1712 Recommendations
This is a very stressful time for you whilst waiting for the results of the lymph node histopathology; a noisy stomach doesn’t mean cancer, it can just be gas or anxiety. You should wait for the results of histopathology before jumping to conclusions; lymph nodes may be enlarged for a few reasons including infection, inflammation as well as cancer. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

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Sherlock
tabby
5 Years
Critical condition
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Critical condition

My cat died suddenly this week and I'm having a hard time understanding it. He was 5, mildly overweight, had a healthy shiny coat, and appeared to be in great condition health wise. When I found him, he was already stiff, his mouth and eyes were open. He had no blood or still around his mouth,and despite the fact that he must have passed a few hours before I got home, he had not expelled his bladder or bowel. He was an inside cat. Why do you think he died so suddenly?

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Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
1712 Recommendations
It is always distressing when a loved one dies, especially as sudden as Sherlock at his age; I couldn’t start to guess on a possible cause of death but statistically after trauma, heart disease is the second most common cause of sudden death in cats. Poisoning, respiratory disease and gastrointestinal disease are also common causes of sudden death in cats after trauma and heart disease; for a full picture of Sherlock’s passing, a necropsy would be advised especially if you have other cats in the house. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

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Stripey
Maine Coon
6 Weeks
Serious condition
0 found helpful
Serious condition

Has Symptoms

Disorientation

Please help me if you can!! I have a 6 week old kitten who I believe has a bowel problem. He has been very weak and leathergic his mom wasn't feeding him so I started supplmenting with kmr. His tummy is very distended and very taunt. When I rub his tummy I can feel an area that is like a rock the size of a quarter. I have tried the triangle method which has produced no results. He keeps shaking really bad and I'm afraid he is in shock and dying. I don't have the money to take him to a vet or emergency room. I found him on my farm and have been trying to help him. I am so scared and stressed please help me!!

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Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
1712 Recommendations
Without examining Stripey I cannot say what the specific cause is which may be attributable to parasites, foreign object, other obstruction, congenital issues among other problems. I would continue to try the triangle method but without an examination I cannot really give you any productive advice as we don’t know the specific cause. You should try to contact a shelter or charity clinic in your area for help; the cost of a visit to a Veterinarian should be reasonable $50-$100 for a basic examination. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

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Peaches
Domestic Short haired
4 years
Moderate condition
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Moderate condition

Has Symptoms

Vomiting,

My cat has been getting sick for 3 days now. It started as just a little bit yesterday he started to not eat his food. I also notice yesterday he had diarrhea. And I didn't think he was drinking. Last night I started to give him wet food but he still got sick about an hour after eating that. This morning I give him wet food he again got sick about an hour or 2 after eating it. At about 130 I took his food away and I started forcing plain Pedialyte down him with a medicine syringe. The first time I did that he got sick about 45 minutes after but I give him 2 syringe full(10ml each) after that at about 3pm I started giving him only 1 syringe full every hour and so far he has not gotten sick again but his stomach is making noises. When he used the kitty litter last I noticed his stool is not all liquids. My cat is a male about 5 years old. In very good health

Health Expert
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
1712 Recommendations
There are various causes for the symptoms you are describing which include infections, parasites, foreign bodies, other obstructions among other causes; it is important to keep Peaches hydrated and encourage eating with a few mouthfuls of wet food every few hours. If you are not seeing any improvement or the severity gets worse you should visit your Veterinarian on Monday morning. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

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Barry
Siamese
4 yrs
Serious condition
0 found helpful
Serious condition

I think my cat has a bowel obstruction. I pray he doesn't This started yesterday morning. After eating and drinking per usual; he went to cat box. He growled and hissed and moaned and got out of box w/o using it. I thought maybe he had been bitten by a scorpion or spider. I immediately checked him out and found nothing...and checked the catbox, the entire bathroom, and deep cleaned everything. He drank and ate per usual the rest of day. He attempted to use cat box that evening and did the same. He acts as though he is in pain and cant pee/poop. It is now day 2- he acting normal- ate and drank- went to box and hissed and cried when he attempted to use the bathroom. His belly is soft. He doesn't mind when I palpate it. He will not let me look at his butt under his tail- he leans to bite me (which is super not like him). When I woke up this morning he had vomited on the floor- regular looking- no hairballs. Please help. Thank you!

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Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
1712 Recommendations
It is difficult to determine what the cause may be without examining Barry; sudden inability to defecate or urinate is a serious issue and should be addressed as soon as possible. Foreign objects and foreign bodies are the most likely culprits, but back injury and nerve injury may be involved too. I would recommend visiting your Veterinarian as it seems both his bowels and his waterworks are affected which is unusual and should be seen as soon as possible; I cannot think of anything at home for you to try. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

My cat Lucy accidentally ate too much candy without permission.

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Maggie
Domestic cat
Approx 4-6 years
Serious condition
2 found helpful
Serious condition

Has Symptoms

Straining to Defecate
Bloody Rectum

Medication Used

none

Please advise if possible. I first became alarmed after discovering drops of blood around the house, which by process of elimination and examination, lead me to it's source; my cat, Maggie.
Through further observation of her after these findings, I saw that when trying to use the litter box, she would strain profusely, and very little feces would be produced and was of a liquid consistency.
There are three other cats and four dogs in the household. They are all free from any such issues. I had considered the possibility of inadvertent poisoning of some sort, but as she is the only pet of the household with these issues I think it unlikely.
As of yesterday the litter has been changed from clumping to non clumping, as I suspect that perhaps she has ingested enough of it over time in grooming herself that some sort of clogging digestive problem has been induced, but I am only guessing at that as a possibility.
What could be causing these symptoms?
What can I do to help her heal?
Thank you so very much.

Health Expert
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
1712 Recommendations

Obstructions may occur for various reasons, the problem is the severity and type of an obstruction; obstructions may be caused by foreign bodies, parasites, tumours and hairballs (to name a few). Mixing some mineral oil into Maggie’s food may help lubricate the passage of a possible blockage. If the problem persists, visit your Veterinarian for an examination. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

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lil key
calico
10 Years
Moderate condition
0 found helpful
Moderate condition

Has Symptoms

high blood pressure

Medication Used

amlodipine

how is an mri performed on a cat does the cat have to be put under sedation is this the best way over an above an ultrasound and xray to see why the small intestines are clumped together with changes in the intestinal wall in some areas my cat is eating unbelievably drinking a good amount of water walking around and jumping up on coach and bed laying on her stomach stretching her paws on trees to scratch her nails urinating etleast four times a day will go to litter box to try to poop pushes a little but nothing violently two weeks ago she lost her ability to walk and stand up on her rt side looked as if she had a stroke immediately went to vet and was told her bp was over 300 now on 2 bp meds amlodipine and benazepril last appt bp was down to 120 to help w her bowel movements i give her 1/4 teaspoon of miralax twice a day and 1 ml of lactulose twice a day i started her on miralax on last wed and she has been on the lactulose since march 10th there is no significant change in her bowel movements at all last good bowel movement was thursday 03-16 in the shape of 2 individual tootsie roll candies they are hard the litter does stick to them and i can slightly push them in upon squeezing my fingers together she has done 2 very small poops the shape and size of a raisin which are so hard i could have sworn it was a small stone

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Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
1712 Recommendations

Animals are usually sedated during MRI’s as movements can blur images rendering them useless; but in circumstances where sedation isn’t appropriate they may be held in place with non-invasive devices, but normally sedated. Before an MRI is recommended, x-rays and ultrasound should be performed to see if there is any obstruction in the intestine. An MRI will give a greater resolution and is reserved for cases where x-ray and ultrasound have been unable to find a cause. A clumping together of the intestines may be caused by a string foreign body which would need to be surgically removed. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

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Stormy
Siamese
6 Years
Serious condition
1 found helpful
Serious condition

Has Symptoms

Bowel Movements

My cat isn't eating. He doesn't have pancreatitis desease, per vet test. We have given him nausea meds, appetite meds, vasoline, and mineral oil. He is showing no pain symptoms and plays without any restrictions. It has been 16 days and he had only about six ounces of food during this time. [email protected]

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Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
1712 Recommendations

Various cause may be causing Stormy to have no interest in food; dental problems, intestinal obstruction, dietary changes, food spoilage, liver disease, kidney disease or a large hairball can all cause a loss of appetite in cats. An x-ray or ultrasound may be useful to see if there is anything in his abdomen. Appetite stimulants may be prescribed by your Veterinarian (if appropriate) to encourage Stormy to eat. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

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Cookies
Burmilla
6 Years
Moderate condition
1 found helpful
Moderate condition

Has Symptoms

Vomitting out food

Hi.. My cat vomitted out parts of a nerf gun foam bullet yesterday. I do not know if he had ingested the whole bullet as i cannot find the rest of the bullet in the house. When i gave it canned food last night, he vomitted all of his food out. Twice. Does my cat need veterinary care asap? Its still active. Not sure about his drinking today and he has not eaten yet.

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Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
1712 Recommendations

It would be best to visit your Veterinarian especially as you are unable to find the other part of the Nerf bullet which may be causing an obstruction. It is better to play it safe as intestinal obstructions may become medical emergencies. Until you visit your Veterinarian ensure that Cookies stays hydrated. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

Our cat grayland used to weigh18or19pds,he is down5,I had him exrayed and it showed a blockage in his intestines,it showed a lot of air pockets where the food I guess had no where to go,the intestines looked like there are like a lot of paint scrapple,can you please tell me what I can do to try and help my cat with out paying out a lot

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