A good friend of mine reccomended this board to me and I am hoping to get some personal experiences from you all.
I have a male cat who is now five, and he is just the most loving kitty I have EVERY known--well, his sister is just as sweet!!
Anyhow, I was moving around a LOT during their kitten years, and it was when I settled in my current place now that he was diagnosed with a sluggish bowel. He accidentally ate a ribbon(think a thin one for sewing/hair use) and he did pass it, but I think it may have tripped a condition he already had. I have a GREAT vet close by and he was pretty bad when they diagnosed him. He was put on cisapride 3X a day at 5mgs, and lactulose(I give him 1 cc once to twice a day) and that seems to really have worked.(I also am able to break up his stool with palpations taught to me by the vet--I am used to work with animals)
I just have a few questions:
1. Does anyone have a cat with this condition?
2. Has it progressed?
3. What do you do when your kitty gets cramps? My vet suggested I keep him playing/moving, and that seems to work
4. Bandit doesn't drink water--he is only a special wet food only, but I can't seem to get him to drink--I have started to put water in the wet food for extra fluid--the vet isn't concerned, but I've never had a cat that didn't drink before.(any suggestions--I've tried ice cubes, fountains, bottled water...ah!)
5.In regards to the sluggish bowel, did your cat have surgery and how did it go? What is the cat's life like now?
Bandit seems very happy(he's sleeping on his back right now, and Skye is sacked out beside me) and I want to make sure his quality of life is good. The vets have commended me on my care for him and I want to continue to learn of his problem and how to make him comfortable--he's been the light at the end of a very sad/dark tunnel and any information would be greatly appreciated!