If you cat refuses to eat, and if you haven’t already done so, please make an appointment with your veterinarian for a full exam. Especially important is to ask your veterinarian to do a blood test to see if any cat health problems are revealed through the blood work.
Agitating with Feeding Sessions – Some cats are a breeze to assist feed, others… well, I guess some cats just aren’t too happy with the idea. Refer to Feeding Techniques to see if changing your techniques might make a more peaceful feeding session. Additionally, try perking up your cats interest in food with Enticing Kitty Treats. If the session gets worse as you go, you may need to feed less during each feeding with more feeding sessions to get in the required calories. You also might try Rescue Remedy. I’ve heard of people rubbing the ears and head and even dropping a single drop on the tongue.
Cat Constipation – There can be many reasons for constipation and it’s very important to take action to help your cat. Constipation is likely anytime you see your cat really straining when trying to poop or if the poops come out bullet hard. Dehydration can cause constipation. A cat that has not eaten in a while can also become constipated when food is reintroduced or the amount of food fed increased. Not taking care of constipation can lead to an impacted bowel, enlarged colon, prolapsed rectum, to name a few. Constipation can either be a temporary thing or chronic (long term). If your cat vomits after visiting the litter box, constipation may be the culprit.
You have several options to try to resolve constipation.
CAUTION: It used to be common practice to give Kaopectate to cats for diarrhea. The makers of Kaopectate recently changed the active ingredient to bismuth subsalicylate, an ingredient related to asprin which can be toxic to cats. Use only under the strict supervision of your vet.
Canned Pumpkin (somehow works for both constipation and diarrhea…fiber.)
Pet Pectillin Diarrhea Medication for Dogs, Cats and Birds
Linda F. writes “Pet Pectillin has the ingredients that the old Kaopectate had.”
Messy rear end – Ask your vet to trim the fur back there. Your cat will probably appreciate this. Use electric pet hair trimmers for less chance of injury. Do NOT use scissors. The skin is this area is quite delicate and if there is a cut, your cat could develop a terrible infection. If you are uncertain on how to trim your cat, ask your veterinarian or vet tech to show you with the first trimming. Some veterinarian don’t charge very much for this service so if you prefer, have them trim once a month or so depending on how fast your kitty’s hair grows back.
Ulcers – Mouth, throat or stomach. Any of these will certainly make your cat feel lousy and not want to eat. Stomach ulcers can bleed un-noticed and cause anemia and death so it’s important to seek treatment. Carafate (Sucralfate) is commonly used to treat ulcers. It works by applying a protective coating to the surfaces that it comes in contact with so that the area does not receive further damage and hopefully the ulcer can heal. This protective coating DOES hinder absorption of nutrients and medications so it’s important to give food and medicines 2 hours before or after giving Carafate. This product is NOT a long term usage product because it does contain aluminum. Watch your pet closely and work with your veterinarian because one side effect of Carafate can be constipation.
Vomiting – Early Morning
Is it 5 a.m. and your are awakened from a deep sleep by your cat throwing up white foamy liquid? This is so distressing.
You cat probably is extra hungry and has a build up of stomach acid. This is often called “bilious vomiting.” Here are some ideas to try to stop this viscous cycle which could damage the esophagus:
Call your vet and ask if it would be ok to try. Dosages vary per cat so work closely with your veterinarian. A common dosage is 1/4 of a 10mg tablet every other day, or every day if necessary. Also, not all cats tolerate Pepcid. If vomiting continues or become worse, discontinue the Pepcid AC and talk to your veterinarian again.
Vomiting – After Feeding
If your cat has not been eating for quite some time, or just barely eating, he or she may not be able to tolerate much food at one time. Perhaps start with 10ml of food per feeding and work your way up.
Vomiting – After Visiting the Litter Box
If your cat throws up after pooping or trying to poop, there is a good chance your cat is constipated. It may not take much constipation to cause vomiting. In older cats, the muscles needed to poop may be weak which causes the cat to strain harder than a younger cat. The firmness of the stool should be ”adjusted” to whatever makes your cat comfortable … observation will help you be the judge. See Cat Constipation.
Teeth Grinding – this may be stress related. Does it happen every feeding?
Disclaimer: Kathy Fatheree is not at all a medical expert. Contents of this web site are a collection of Kathy’s assist feeding experiences as well as the experiences of other cat owners who have assist fed their cats. While every effort has been made to ensure the accuracy of the information, Kathy Fatheree or anyone associated with this web site cannot be held responsible for anything that may happen as a result of using the information on this site.