How to improve GI motility?

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Musiaka has ibd and his main symptom is vomiting but we're managing that quite ok at the moment. However there's poop outside the litterbox almost every morning recently. I saw how that happens - he doesn't specifically try to poop elsewhere, but his poop gets stuck in his bum so he runs out of the litterbox to try and wipe his bum on the carpet to gets it off. Most often it gets stuck on clumps of hair and just doesn't seem to pass through that well.

I used to regularly give him eggyolk, but I think he eventually developed some sensitivity to it and it got his tummy upset. Psyllium is working so-so. It might be that I'm not giving him enough of it, but he refuses his food if there's psyllium in it...that's supposed to be scent and taste free! Any other ideas? Does slippery elm bark help with motility issues? Could egg lecithin be different from egg yolk and cause less tummy upset? Any other ideas?
 

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I’ve been having some luck with Tiki Cat’s Tummy Topper pumpkin purée recently which comes blended with wheatgrass. Whatever you try, be sure (obviously— not sure why I’m even typing this) not to try alll the new ideas at once, or you’ll never know for sure what works!
 

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What you're describing makes me think the issue isn't that Musiaka isn't getting enough psyllium, but rather it could be either too much psyllium or not enough liquid accompanying the psyllium - both of these scenarios result in poop that is too bulky to pass easily and/or having it get stuck. Psyllium requires a certain amount of liquid to accompany it in order for things to move smoothly through the intestines, otherwise things become too bulky to move (the required amount depends on the specific product).

Slippery elm can be great for IBD, it provides mucilage and supports the intestinal barrier, but you may want to try marshmallow root instead. Marshmallow root also provides mucilage and supports the intestinal barrier but it's primary benefit is to support hairball motility, whereas the primary benefit of slippery elm is to control stomach acid. Many digestive/motility products actually have both in them. One product I've personally used and recommend is Vet's Best Hairball Relief tablets. It has psyllium, slippery elm and marshmallow root, plus a few other beneficial ingredients.
VET'S BEST Chewable Tablets Hairball Control Supplement for Cats, 60 count - Chewy.com
 
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Sounds like a question for daftcat75 daftcat75

Maybe try prebiotics / probiotics and / or digestive enzymes?
I'm giving him Fortiflora daily, but I've heard that it's not the best cat probiotic out there, so maybe I'll try another one after we finish it. Have you heard about Enzyme Miracle? It's a digestive enzyme blend that's supposedly really good
 
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What you're describing makes me think the issue isn't that Musiaka isn't getting enough psyllium, but rather it could be either too much psyllium or not enough liquid accompanying the psyllium - both of these scenarios result in poop that is too bulky to pass easily and/or having it get stuck. Psyllium requires a certain amount of liquid to accompany it in order for things to move smoothly through the intestines, otherwise things become too bulky to move (the required amount depends on the specific product).

Slippery elm can be great for IBD, it provides mucilage and supports the intestinal barrier, but you may want to try marshmallow root instead. Marshmallow root also provides mucilage and supports the intestinal barrier but it's primary benefit is to support hairball motility, whereas the primary benefit of slippery elm is to control stomach acid. Many digestive/motility products actually have both in them. One product I've personally used and recommend is Vet's Best Hairball Relief tablets. It has psyllium, slippery elm and marshmallow root, plus a few other beneficial ingredients.
VET'S BEST Chewable Tablets Hairball Control Supplement for Cats, 60 count - Chewy.com
Will order marshmallow root, is something like this ok or Frontier Co-op, Organic Marshmallow Root, 3.81 oz (108 g) or maybe it's better to buy in capsules and open then up? Oregon's Wild Harvest, Marshmallow, 90 Gelatin Capsules
Musiaka has acid reflux too so we would probably use both marshmallow root and slippery elm bark. The supplement you linked looks great, but they probably don't ship to Europe?
 

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Many members here prepare their own marshmallow root and/or slippery elm (and I don't believe you can give cats marshmallow root in dried form, I think it needs to be made into a liquid?), so I recommend searching for advice relating to these supplements. Making my own makes me too nervous so it's easier for me to buy products specifically made for pets and with dosage instructions for cats.

This is one of many search results about making your own:
Question about marshmallow root

Shipping to Europe is another area outside of my expertise, so hopefully other members can offer better suggestions. All I can recommend is to start looking at UK retailers listed here and check their shipping options, this is a well respected and reliable resource from the US (supplements are referenced near the bottom):
Tanya's Comprehensive Guide to Feline Chronic Kidney Disease - Obtaining Supplies Cheaply in the UK
 
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