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Unread 05-14-2009   #1 (permalink)
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Hello Everyone,

This is my first time posting in this forum.

I have a cat that is now 6 years old. I found out about a month after adopting her (when she was 5 months old) that she has a pretty rare health problem. Sorry if this is gross, but her anus is not attached to her intestines and she has to poop out of her vagina. When she was younger she amazingly seemed to not have much of a problem. As she got older I started to give her enulose (a natural laxative) when she had a problem. Currently, I give her enulose 4 times a day and feed her small meals after medicating. That worked for a while, but she seems to be having problems more and more frequently. The vet told me that there is an option of surgery, but of course it is expensive and not guaranteed to work. I don't know what to do. I love my cat and want to do what is best for her. Has anyone ever heard of a cat with a similar problem and if so, what did the owner do to help their cat out?

I appreciate any advice I can get.

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Hi & welcome to the forum!

I see you have a big trouble with your kit, poor thing! What's her name?
I never saw a cat with this kind of problem, so I cannot give you any advice, sorry. Maybe another member will help you.
In the meantime you can google, did you try?
Hope you will find a solution ASAP.
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Hello and welcome pixel. What is your beloved kitty's name?

My gosh, I have never heard of such a thing, and hurray for you for sticking with her all these years.

The first thing I want to say is the laxative should not be given with food as it will interfere with her absorption of nutrients. You should wait at least an hour after giving the enulose before giving the food.

later I will try to do some research on this for you, I don't have time right now, but wanted to answer so you don't feel so alone.

The only thing I ahve to add for the moment is, have you thought of getting a second opinion on this. I am not suggestion you mistrust your vet, I'm sure s/he has been working as a team with you all these years for your cat.

But perhaps there is an internal medicine specialist that might know a little more about this. Are you near (within 3 hours drive) a veterinary teaching hospital perhaps?

Has your vet ever done this surgery?

I have more to say, but no more time at the moment., I'll be back later tonight.
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Hello Pixel, welcome ! Is Pixel your name or your kitty's name ? However, I'm really proud of you, taking a real good care of your kitty. I wish you and Acer could come up with something helpful as you do some research. Always getting second opinion is my bottom line.
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Hello again Pixel75, I've had your kitty on my mind all night while working

I'm having trouble coming up with terms, to search for this disorder. Can you tell my what it's official name is?

In the mean time this is what I advise.

Write down all your questions. Even the tiniest concern is important. Don't leave out anything that worries you.

Some things you will want to know is:

What exactly will be done in this surgery?

How long does it take?

What will happen afterward?

Has he done this surgery before?

Does he know of any vets who have done this surgery and will he consult with that other vet, or refer you to him/her?

Will she continue to need laxatives?

What does he think will happen if you leave things the way they are?



Ask these, and all your questions of your regular vet, and the ones he can't answer, ask him if he is willing to research and find the answers.

Ask for a referral to a specialist, or to another vet for a second opinion. Your vet should be professional and not take offense at this. You want to gather as much info as you can, and cover everything you can think of. Two heads are better than one.

Having said all that, this is my own personal opinion about the surgery:

Once I had all my questions answered, and felt confident of the vet who was going to do the operation, I would risk the surgery.

Since your cat's quality of life is now starting to be affected, there isn't anything to lose, right?

That's the trouble with laxatives. They have to be continually increased. She's only six. She can only take so much laxative!

The surgery may improve her life, and from what you say, quality of life will soon be an issue. All surgery is a risk. If it doesn't go well, at least you know you did all you could for her.

I know it's not as easy as I make it sound to make such a decision, but clearly things cannot go on as they are.

It would be much appreciated if you will stick around and keep us updated on your beloved kitty, and tell us what you have learned about this disorder and the surgery to cure it.

Be sure to let me know what the disorder is called so I can run some searches for you.
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I'm so sorry to hear about your poor kitty, I have to say that under the circumstances I would have to try to go for the surgery, to give her a better chance of a better life! Good luck and please let us know how she is.
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