Q. He isn’t using the restroom even though he’s attempting to. He won’t eat since last night was the last time he ate. My older cat has his pee whole clog up and had to have emergency surgery but he’s not acting like my older cat did. Is he constipated?

Sat, Jul 15, 2023

I think he may be constipated but I’m not sure. He won’t eat and is acting lethargic. Keeps trying to use restroom but idk
What can I do if anything at home to help him I’m poor without the ability to take him to be treated

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I'm sorry to hear that your cat is experiencing difficulties using the restroom and has not been eating since last night. It's understandable that you may be concerned about his well-being, especially considering your older cat's previous urinary blockage.

One possible cause for your cat's symptoms could be constipation. Constipation occurs when the stool becomes hard and difficult to pass, leading to discomfort and straining during bowel movements. This can result in decreased appetite and lethargy.

To help alleviate constipation at home, you can try a few things. First, ensure that your cat has access to fresh water at all times, as dehydration can worsen constipation. You may also consider adding a small amount of canned pumpkin (not pumpkin pie filling) to his food. Pumpkin is high in fiber and can help soften the stool, making it easier to pass. Additionally, increasing your cat's exercise and providing environmental enrichment can stimulate his digestive system.

If your cat becomes increasingly lethargic, shows signs of distress or pain, has a swollen abdomen, is vomiting, or is unable to urinate, it is essential to seek veterinary care promptly. These symptoms could indicate a more serious condition, such as a urinary blockage or intestinal obstruction, which can be life-threatening if left untreated.

While I understand that financial constraints can make it challenging to seek veterinary treatment, it's important to prioritize your cat's health. Many veterinary clinics offer payment plans or may be able to provide guidance on low-cost options. Additionally, there may be local animal welfare organizations or charities that can assist with veterinary expenses. It's worth reaching out to them to explore potential resources.

If you have any additional questions, please don't hesitate to come back to us! Thank you.