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    Eight year old Maine coon with chronic constipation

    That's good to hear. I posted that last comment, and then within 12 hours Lindsey strained to poop to the point of vomiting for the first time since I started giving her pumpkin. So I doubled the amount of pumpkin to about two tablespoons today. She didn't object to it, but if this amount...
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    Possibly still in pain 3+ weeks after tooth extractions? Does anyone else see it or am I just crazy?

    The one teeth cleaning where I consented to extractions, and there ended up being three of them, cost over $1,000. The subsequent half dozen cleanings where I did not consent to extractions cost around $400 each. Different vets, but same clinic and if anything, the pricing went up over time...
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    Eight year old Maine coon with chronic constipation

    After about a month of daily pumpkin added to her canned food -- about one tablespoon mixed with three ounces of canned food, with some water added -- Lindsey's constipation seems much improved. I wouldn't quite call her poop normal -- still a lot of little bits and sometimes two or three...
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    Possibly still in pain 3+ weeks after tooth extractions? Does anyone else see it or am I just crazy?

    I really hope you and Contessa have a good resolution to this. In my experience, vets are way too eager to pull teeth, especially canines, which are deeply rooted. Multiple vets recommended extracting broken upper canines (the teeth weren't cracked, but were missing their tips) on two of my...
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    Eight year old Maine coon with chronic constipation

    I'm researching other vet options. Some of the online reviews are frightening, especially with regard to emergency care.
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    Eight year old Maine coon with chronic constipation

    Interesting. I had not considered egg yolk. I read the information from the link you posted. I didn't think to mention this earlier, but Lindsey throws up hairballs once every week or two. Generally there is no food, just the hairball and some yellow/brown fluid. She seems perfectly fine...
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    Eight year old Maine coon with chronic constipation

    I have some concerns about Miralax. One of them is this: https://www.cbsnews.com/news/miralax-side-effects-in-kids-should-parents-be-concerned/ I'm not sure that polyethylene glycol has even been studied in cats. I know that ethylene glycol (antifreeze) is lethal. I understand that these...
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    Elderly cat hasn't eaten or drank all day

    I had two sibling cats, each 15 years old, both lose interest in eating and drinking last year. For one of them, Xena, it turned out to be the start of a long, slow decline, and in the end, there wasn't much that I could do. But for her brother Casper, all that was needed to perk him back up...
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    Eight year old Maine coon with chronic constipation

    I've been using one heaping teaspoon of pumpkin, mixed with Lindsey's canned food, once each day. She has no problem eating it if it's thoroughly mixed in with the canned food. There hasn't been anything close to diarrhea yet. However, I don't see much evidence so far that it's resolved her...
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    Eight year old Maine coon with chronic constipation

    No constipation on pumpkin so far, but it's only been three days. I have a question: What is a "teaspoon" for pumpkin purposes? Are we talking about a "heaping" teaspoon, or a teaspoon with just enough pumpkin to fill it to the top of the sides. Because the former is twice as much pumpkin as...
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    Eight year old Maine coon with chronic constipation

    I'm in the USA. Chewy.com wants a prescription for lactulose.
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    Eight year old Maine coon with chronic constipation

    I have three water bowls available to her, each in a different room, changed daily with fresh water from a Brita pitcher (same as I drink). Maybe a fountain is worth a try. I've never had a cat before who would not drink water on her own. I add a lot of water to her food. Initially she hated...
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    Eight year old Maine coon with chronic constipation

    Thank you very much for the detailed reply. I appreciate the time you put into that. The organic pumpkin should be here tomorrow (I had to order it online if I wanted it to be organic, as that wasn't sold locally). It sounds like lactulose might be worth a try if pumpkin doesn't do the trick...
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    Eight year old Maine coon with chronic constipation

    No, just chicken. I've read that high levels of iodine in fish can contribute to feline hyperthyroidism. I'm hoping that Lindsey will be my first cat not to develop that condition. As for duck, beef, etc, it's just a question of finding a food that she will eat, that is relatively low in...
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    Eight year old Maine coon with chronic constipation

    Thanks for the suggestions. I'm going to start with the organic pumpkin puree that I ordered last night and see if that works. From what I've read, it should at least be safe for Lindsey. If it doesn't work, I'll probably try one of the supplements.
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    Eight year old Maine coon with chronic constipation

    You've been very helpful before, responding to several of my other threads. You may recall from one of them that my go-to vet clinic of 17 years botched what should have been a routine wound cleaning for my other cat, Casper. When I expressed concern about his apparent neurological damage --...
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    Eight year old Maine coon with chronic constipation

    My eight year old Maine coon, Lindsey, has had episodes of constipation -- repeated litter box visits, little pieces of poop left outside the litter box, and more rarely straining to poop so much that she vomits -- for most of her life. She will not drink water from a bowl, so I add it to her...
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    Tremors after Surgery

    I have a choice of vets, though I plan to keep going to the same practice for regular (non-emergency) care since Casper's regular vet is very good. For emergency care, there are very limited options. I'm basically left with one, which is more expensive, with longer wait times, and of course...
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    Tremors after Surgery

    I finally got a call back from the medical director of the practice (it took her a month). She literally called back just to tell me that I was no longer welcome to take Casper there for emergency care. I didn't even dispute the bill; just complained about their quality of care, which was...
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    Bump Adjacent to Cat's Anus

    A couple days ago, Lindsey's bump exuded some more white paste, followed by some brown fluid (neither of which had any odor), then disappeared. Now she looks completely normal. I think an anal gland issue was probably the cause, but it appears to have resolved on its own.
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