Hello cat owners. I would like to ask about cat poop.
Srsly. Just as mothers ask each other about their children's byproducts, um, nuclear waste, I am turning to my vox peeps for advice. If you would not like to read about cat poop, please do not continue reading.
So last night I went to clean the happy box and Sally was in it. I waited politely for her to finish, but when I lifted the box lid it was clear that no business had been done. For the next hour and a half I followed her from rug to bathmat to doormat watching her straaaaaain…but nothing (she's very good about the box, but something was wrong). She barfed twice, and I could see that she was getting tired, and her ears were hot and red. I had the carrier out to go to the emergency vet, but she had passed a couple of rabbit pellets–do we go? do we not? Am I a bad mommy or a crazy mommy? Finally she laid down on the cardboard scratchpad and splort! success. Like kittens, but poop. I will be buying a new scratchpad.
We were all quite relieved. Did I mention this incident, this Poop Quest, started at midnight? Yes. We can has constipation and insomnia.
She seems okay this morning. I suspect there might be some hairball issues, but I didn't see any hairballs last night (yes, I did a PM of the BM). I took Sally out to eat some grass, but she does not like the hairball goo. Her kibble is weight + hairball control, and she has hairball-aid treets, but she'd rather eat anything else.
So, cat owners…is this a passing incident? Should we visit the vet? Wait and see? Know any good hairball cures? Kitty laxatives?
Thank you for your advice. I will let you know if there is further movement on this issue.
ETA: I have called the vet and talked to the office manager, who has Seen It All. She said that in cases of extreme constipation the vet would put Sally under full anesthesia for an x-ray, which I would hate to put her through unless it was absolutely necessary. We talked about ways to get more water into her diet, like moar gooshyfud, which Sally thought was a fine idea, and using hairball goo or vaseline, which Sally thought was BAD (I think more ended up on me than in her). So, today we wait and see, with the option of an appointment tomorrow.