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  1. I also have a male cat diagnosed with Mega Colon. After several visits to the vet and various meds and dietary changes I purchased a coffee grinder and grind his dry food to a powdered consistency and add a teaspoon to his wet food for flavor along with turkey flavored cisapride.

  2. Thank you or the information.I have never had a kitty with this problem,but I do,I will have no problem with the treatment .Cant be much worse than giving an enema to a child and I have done that many times before.

    • I have gone through that having a child experience. A cat is like a child that just scratches, methinks.

      Cats might be easier, as they don’t start screaming “I HATE YOU! I HATE YOU!! I HATE YOU!!!” when they get about thirteen years old.

      (“Swap Meets” for cats and kids might be a viable social exercise)

    • As long as I am getting this all screwed up and posting a Reply to Dee under Silvia’s comment, I might as well continue and post my Reply to Silvia under the comment from Dee.

      (Ohh… please allow me to add: Dee, I ain’t no hero, dear – but thank you for the accolades. I’m just a regular kind of fellow, “owned” by three wonderful, loving kitties!)

      **Silvia (such a pretty name!) Thank you for the tips on the cat food (and other). The reason for the coffee is that it adds a “kick” when it is absorbed in the colon of mammals (myself included; I personally subscribe to this same ‘hygienic protocol’ when I participate) that supposedly ‘stimulates the liver’ and pancreas to expel stones and toxins from nether ducts.

      (“nether ducts”. Oh, my. I actually wrote “nether ducts” in a comment to an article about cat enemas. If I was on a medication, I might consider ‘adjusting’ it)

      The long and short of it is: I now juice ‘ol Itchy up when he looks like he needs it, and I let him crap anywhere he wants to now. It would be nice if in the wisdom of his years he would choose somewhere other than “anywhere”.

      It truly is a small price to pay – here at the “end of the run” – for near eighteen years of devoted friendship to me, and his lifetime of pure love and dedication to my late wife.

      Cats are why God made Carpet Shampooers.

  3. Hi, Bruce –

    Such a fine little man!

    And an eloquent, polished and humorous post written by someone who loves his cat.

    It was far better your doing this to your fur-man instead of a vet, who would have alarmed him. Nor would a vet have spent more than a couple of minutes with him: he’d have pumped in a quart at one squirt. At least your man’s purring (with lots of eye contact)let you know he trusted his Dad.

    George Sand, a world-famed 19th-century novelist, died a gruesome death while she was still relatively young. The state of medicine being what it was at that time, she suffered prolonged agonies from bowel obstruction (constipation) and no one knew how to save her life. Unbelievable, but true.

    Cats are good at hiding their misery, and good for you for knowing and caring about his plight. Myself, I’d not have injected coffee (because of the caffeine). But your man, with stunning gusto, did what needed doing, and was happy afterwards!

    Canned cat food may be less constipating, though cats can live for years on high-quality kibbles. Yet wet food may pass through him more rapidly. Maybe you could moisten his kibbles?

    Also – don’t know where you live – but there are pet food stores that charge substantially less than others. Down here, in my outpost of civilization, there are two feed stores that sell pricey canned cat food, plus the standard brands (Friskies, Fancy Feast, etc.). I’m not convinced you’re getting that much from the high-enders, all of which have queer-sounding fillers. If you go in the PoC archives, pull up Jo Singer’s articles. She wrote a killer essay, the gist of which is this: the manufacturers, whose motive is profit, are getting around the ‘zero-carb’ adverts by diluting the protein in their canned food with little dried fruits, random greens, squash (which is probably okay), and other ostensibly non-carb veggies that may or may not be all that wonderful for a cat. Her essay drove home that this is, in fact, a marketing ploy. By way of analogy, people these days are being warned about the health risks of ‘hydrogenated fats’ – which is why the manufacturers, on their Ingredients Label, are trotting out the fudge-term ‘intersified,’ in the conviction most people won’t know this type of procedure is even more toxic than hydrogenization.

    Eye-candy labels on costly canned cat food, according to Jo, may or may not be that healthful for cats. I bought these brands once in a while, but her essay made me think twice about shelling out big bucks for. . .what? Marketing hype?

    Different stores, as you know, charge different prices. Though Purina cat food isn’t ideal, Safeway (if you have it where you live), charges much more for the same brands and same flavors than Walmart. Whether you have one where you live, down here there’s a pet food store (‘Pet Sense’)that sells high-end, Fancy-Dan cat foods but also the standard brands at a dime+ to a quarter less than Safeway and other local supermarkets. I buy Friskies and Fancy Feast at this store, paying 56 cents for FF, and 50 cents for F. The difference in price? Safeway whacks you 79 cents for FF and 65 for F, and several hometown markets charge still more. So it makes sense to shop around.

    As a footnote to this, I’ve heard and read that liver isn’t that good for a cat. But a tablespoon of cooked chicken liver once a week is mildly laxative.

    At any rate, you described your best efforts to help your son, and portrayed a magnificent kitty-man who loves his dad!

    • Please forgive my inattention to the post that dear Michael Broad posted as an “article”.

      *Yes, Dee – I agree that some form of prophylactic treatment is EVER so indicated. I have been dosing him (and the other two kitties) with olive oil (and they are almost beginning to ‘like’ it), but it is not nearly as effective as I hoped. My little Dr. Itchy Brother is still ‘bound up’ and possibly “Glory Bound” because of this condition.

      I’ve seen him move from his “early eighties” in cat years to his “late eighties”, in just a few months. In our years, he is soon eighteen.

      I will endeavor to obtain some Lactulose, per your suggestion, Thank you!

      • MirraLax works inside cat by drawing water into the fecal matter, thus moistening and softening it, so it will pass through much more easily. You have to give it for about a week to see a difference, but it’s well worth it! It is completely tasteless and dissolves completely in water and it can be given “long term” safely. Lactulose can also be given, especially at the beginning to hasten results. Vegetable oils (such as olive oil or corn oil or coconut oil) are not effective because they are digested as food (because they are) and they will cause your cat to put on even more weight, which will exacerbate his constipation. ‘Mineral oil’ is the oil used for constipation because it is NOT digestible, thus passing right through the digestive tract and lubricating it to ease out the fecal matter! *BUT*… ONLY USE IT OCCASIONALLY … because it “coats” the lining of the intestines so that no nutrients from his food can be absorbed! This is fine if only used once in a while, but not often. 🙂

        • Ps. Be sure he has access to lots of clean, fresh drinking water, because he’ll need it! Just dissolve the Mirralax (generic is fine) in as little water as you need to administer orally, with a syringe. It thickens with time, so try to give it shortly after mixing. My vet said to “start” with a teaspoon of the powder, dissolved in water, 2-3 times a day. And remember it will take a few days to work, but my cat needed more than that, so I increased the amount over a week, or so, to a Tablespoon / twice a day. Once you get him ‘going’ again, don’t stop giving it to him. But you can adjust the amount and frequency, until you have a working schedule. Remember this condition probably won’t ever ‘go away’, it’s a chronic condition; but you can manage it so he isn’t living in that horrible pain. 🙂

  4. The symptom we noticed was constipation (finding “gifts” anywhere on the floors because he couldn’t get rid of them easily and would try to walk away from the box) and great weight loss (not much fun eating when you’re all bound up).

  5. Well, that is quite a story on how to deal with it!! I now use Lactulose syrup from my vet, 1/2 dropper full twice a day and it works great. My cat takes it with aplomb. He doesn’t get a choice!

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