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What a week! Constipated Sonic emergency.

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Sonic

First the most important thing: He’s been fine since after the Vet visit. He’s a happy Sonic again, flopping all over the apartment as always.

Originally, I started to write a post for Tuesday, which I never got to finish because Sonic became unwell due to sudden acute obstipation.

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It started during the night from Monday to Tuesday. I woke up to Sonic being very restless. He was up and down from the bed, going to the toilet and back up on the bed again. He did it repeatedly, so I got up with him and noticed he was straining to have a bowel movement. He was really trying hard, but nothing would happen.Β This went on for a while, but eventually Sonic curled up beside me and we all fell asleep.

As I got up the next morning, I came into the living room to Sonic happily playing with one of the strings they have hanging around the place. He also ate and drank properly and because I had put more of his medicine in his food that morning, I was hoping it would resolve itself.

Later that same Tuesday morning we also had a Lady come by who had a look at our bathroom tiles, so she can prepare the right ones for us when they come to change the tap in the shower.

It was all very busy that morning and into the afternoon. But at around 2pm I tried to have a little nap, and Sonic was with me on the bed as well. We slept for a little while, but then I woke up to him straining to have a bowel movement again. The periods of rest between him trying became much shorter, until he was basically straining the whole time, even while being on the bed. I think he was becoming really exhausted. His back legs were moving and kicking and he was unable to relax at all anymore.

He also started feeling hot to the touch and he was now complaining when trying to press out a bowel movement, without anything happening. He was glowing hot and seemed to get weak. He got worse quickly suddenly.

I knew I have to get him to the Vet instantly. I called our Vet office, which was closing at that time of day, to ask which Vet would be on call for emergencies right now. But instead, the Vet told us to come over right away and he’ll wait for us.Β Our Vet office has two Vets. The Lady Vet is doing the mornings and the male Vet is doing the late afternoons. I know both of them, and he is just as great and kind.

My hands were shaking, my heart pounding in my head, I was so worried about our sweet boy. I picked Sonic up from the bed and put him into the carrier and called a Taxi, which thankfully came within just a minute.

Sonic was complaining loudly all the way to the Vet about being in the carrier. Since he can’t hear me talking to him, I just put my hand into the carrier and laid it on him, which helped. Traffic was thankfully not bad anymore, since it was more than half an hour after the evening rush hour. We arrived in maybe 6 minutes.

At the Vet
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Sonic in the carrier, just as I got in the door at the Vet office and put him down on a little chair. The carrier is the wrong way around… There are windows with netting on both ends and on the other side of it, as well as on the top

Just after I got in and put the carrier down, the Vet already came to us to take us into the examination room. Sonic was put on the examination table and checked out, while I was right there, next to him. The Vet hooked Sonic up to a drip for rehydration and then a bit later, two tiny cat size appropriate enemas were given.

Sonic was just lying on his side with his head in my hand, which he always likes to do, while we had to wait for the medicine to do its work inside his digestive tract. He was obviously totally exhausted. But even if he weren’t exhausted, Sonic is always relaxed and patient at the Vet. He never complains or struggles. He’s the most patient cat.

After the medicine had enough time to work, the Vet started massaging Sonics tummy. It took a bit of effort for Sonic, but eventually, the whole problem was resolved and that poor boy was relieved of his blockage. The Vet even gave Sonic a big clean up with warm running water, cat shampoo and then dried him off. Even with that, he remained as calm as anything.

Then as the carrier got put on the table, Sonic just went in by himself right away. He’s had enough at that point, I’m sure. Though he must have felt so much better already.

The Vet gave us some more medicine that helps with Peristalsis in the digestive tract. I have to put 0.3ml in his mouth with a little syringe three times a day.

InΒ  addition, I’ll give him the fibre-rich dry food again. I had stopped giving it because Sonic kept throwing up from it. But the Vet explained to me why that was likely happening… The fibre-rich food was being digested in his stomach quite quickly and easily, but then could not move on fast enough out of his stomach into his intestines, because it was working too slow, which then caused him to throw it back up.

Now with the medicine and smaller portions, he seems to keep it down just fine! Which is a good sign that his intestines are now working better.

How Sonic is doing now
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Sonic the next morning, after the Vet. He was still tired, but obviously feeling well and comfy now.

Sonic was already feeling so much better right after we got home from the Vet at about 8pm. His temperature had already dropped down to almost normal again and he was flopping down on the floor, as he always likes to do. Then he just went to sleep and slept all the way through to the next morning.

The next day he was already up for playing again, feeling hungry and drinking properly. He was fine and a happy little kitty boy again!

He’s been going to the toilet without a problem since and is all back to normal.

So how did it come to this?

Sonic needs a bit of medicine on his dry food that helps his digestion work properly. Unfortunately, he refuses to eat wet food. I tried and tried, he does not want to know anything about it. So dry food it is, although it’s high-quality dry food. He drinks plenty of water, so he’s well hydrated normally.

Now I am sure I know what happened that it came to this… Samantha must have eaten his medicated dry food. The medicine is a syrup that gets put right on top of his food, and normally he’s already waiting to have his food when I put it down. But he was not feeling that hungry I guess, so I just put it down for him. Samantha must have gotten to that food before Sonic did, without me noticing… I put Sonic’s dry food WAY OUT of Samantha’s path. His food is right next to our bed, on my side of it and normally it works out like that.

Samantha must have eaten Sonic’s medicated food on Sunday and Monday, because she had a light case of the runs on Monday morning and Tuesday morning.

The next problem was that Sonic did not drink like he usually does. In fact, I think none of the cats drank normally Sunday to Tuesday. I have a feeling that the extremely high humidity we have right now made them less thirsty. They might have felt like their throats aren’t feeling dry ever and did not feel the need to drink as much.

This combined must have Sonic caused to get severely blocked up.

Now I learned more and will make sure that nothing like this happens again. We already have two cat fountains that they all love to drink out of. But I think I’ll add another small one, which I will move around.

I found that putting a water bowl somewhere on a new spot will make the cats curious about it and then drink out of it, just because it’s suddenly right there. Having more water bowls around generally always helps. With Sonic, Samantha and Murli I found that their water intake increased by a lot after we got the water fountains.

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Playful Sonic – He was watching the lens cap of the camera, which was dangling from it on a string…

It’s so wonderful to see him feel happy and well again. We have a beautiful sunny summer day today! Murli is out on the balcony and Samantha at the window in the living room, enjoying the sun. Sonic is wandering around the apartment after he having a little play fight with Samantha.

Have a lovely Caturday! Love from me and the cats!

24 thoughts on “What a week! Constipated Sonic emergency.

    1. So true! We really do suffer with them. What a scare that was… We’re so happy Sonic is back to normal now. His tummy is working perfectly. Yes, the Vet was amazing!
      Thanks for stopping by! Have a great start into the weekend!

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    1. Thank you so much! Oh it was such a bad scare! He was so bad all of a sudden, I feared he might not make it. But he is perfectly fine! His tummy is working even better than before with the fibre rich food and he’s not throwing it up either. So it’s all working well.

      Yes, it’s so awful if the fur kids are unwell. It feels like the end of the world, just as if a human family member would be very ill.

      Thank you for your kind comment! Hope you have a lovely Friday! πŸ’•

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  1. EEEKKKK!! Poor Sonic that was sum ‘crappy’ xperieince you had mee frend! Miss Natascha iss a star isn’t shee? Her quik thinkin an THE Vet saved you fore sure. Yore such a guud man cat; mee wuud not have bin so well bee-haved….
    Pleese rest lotss an drink yore water an take yore meddycin OKay??
    Miss Natascha do you have a cat food called Weruva inn pouchess?? Mee not all wayss inn-terested inn Pate foodss so LadyMew getss mee Weruva pouchess an mee LOVESS it! There iss a lot of gravy which iss liquid an helpss keep mee regular…
    Sendin POTP an purrsss BellaDharma

    Hi Natascha: WOW that was not a lot of fun for any of you. Thank goodness you acted quickly. Sonic must have scared the life out of you. I’ve been there with Mingflower & her bowel issues years ago. I was a basket case a lot….
    Very relieved Sonic is all right now & you also!
    {{hugs}} Sherri-Ellen

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    1. Crappy iz rite! Waz no fun dat day. Me felt horribul nd me waz in pain nd reely hot! All at once, all of a sudden. Me thougt me iz goin to pass out. Mum waz wif me all afternoon, jus sittin wif me, brushin ma fur nd playin wif me. Me waz gud until da late afternoon all of a sudden. Then me felt pawful. Nd then me got putted in da carrier nd then ended up at da Vet. Wuz no worried bout da Vet tho, cuz Mum waz wif me. Nd after da Vet waz dun wif ma tummy, me felt sooo much better, jus tired. Once Mum nd me waz home, me curled up in one of da basketz nd me slept all da way thru till da next mornin.

      Me iz feelin pawsome nd ma tummy iz causin no moar problemz. Iz all gud! Me hopez u nd LadyMew iz doin fine? We iz so sorry, but Mum iz soo busy all da time, jus doin householdz nd cat stuffz nd thingz. Her nd us wud luv to be on da internets all da time if we cudz.

      Me, Murli nd Samantha iz sending u nd LadyMew lotz of purrs nd paw hugz!
      Luv, Sonic!

      Hi sweet girl BellaDharma and Sherri Ellen!
      What a scare that was with Sonic. I was so worried he was not going to make it all of a sudden, he was that bad, or at least he seemed like it. Especially because he was overheating, and that can get dangerous very fast. But thankfully, the Vet got Sonic all well again and he is doing purrfectly now. No problems at all with the fibre rich kibbles.

      I wish he would eat wet food. I tried so many different brands and kinds, all sorts of them. He used to like wet food with lots of juice years ago, but stopped wanting any of it. I think it has to do with the fact that he has no teeth and it is so much easier for him, and less messy to eat kibbles. Still, I will try to find wet food that he might like.

      Yes, I can get the Weruva pouches! I’ve heard from other kitties about them and they all seem to love it. Might be worth a try! Thanks for suggesting it!

      Aww, it’s really so scary if the fur kids are not well all of a sudden. So scary! I was a basket case myself too, and kept being all beside myself for a few days after the scare with Sonic lol. But I’m good now.

      Thank you so much for your lovely comment! Going to stop by your bloggie in a bit!
      Sending lots of love and hugs to you both.πŸ’•πŸ™‹πŸ˜½πŸ˜½πŸ˜½πŸ’•

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    1. Thank you so much! We’re so relieved too. It was so scary! Sonic is doing really well now and the fibre rich food is helping a lot. His tummy is working all normal now. Wishing you a lovely weekend! πŸ’•πŸ™‹πŸ˜½πŸ˜½πŸ˜½πŸ’•

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    1. Thank you! Oh it was so scary! But the Vet was awesome. I have never hurried to a Vet so fast… So happy to see Sonic doing perfectly well now. His tummy is working like it is supposed to now and he’s a happy little kitty boy!
      Sending purrs and paw hugs! Have a pawsome Friday! πŸ’•πŸ™‹πŸ˜½πŸ˜½πŸ˜½πŸ’•

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    1. It was so sad to see him so unwell. It was so scary too! But he was feeling better real quick after the Vet and he’s doing perfectly fine now. It’s wonderful to see him well and happy again.

      Have a lovely Friday! Purrs from the kitties and thanks for your sweet comment πŸ’•πŸ™‹πŸ˜½πŸ˜½πŸ˜½πŸ’•

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    1. Thank you so much! So happy he’s all well again. We were so worried… But he’s his normal happy self and his tummy is doing it’s job perfectly again. Even better with the fibre rich food.
      Have a wonderful Friday! Love from us all and purrs from the kitties πŸ’•πŸ™‹πŸ˜½πŸ˜½πŸ˜½πŸ’•

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    1. Aww what a sweet comment! Thank you so much! It really was horribly scary… But he’s doing really well. His tummy is doing it’s job perfectly now. The fibre rich food helps a lot. It’s wonderful to see him happy and well.
      Lots of love from us and purrs from the kitties! Have a wonderful Friday! πŸ’•πŸ™‹πŸ˜½πŸ˜½πŸ˜½πŸ’•

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    1. Thank you! We’re so happy as well! Haha they do keep me busy!
      They all have their own special food. Samantha has the right food for her sensitive stomach, Murli has her own special food for her needs and Sonic had special food as well. His food was already helping his digestion, along with the medicine he gets with it. I had tried the fibre rich food before for a while, but he kept throwing it up all the time. So the Vet said to add olive oil with his normal food. But it needed the right balance between his stomach and the intestines, and now it’s working with the fibre food. It would be so much easier if he would accept wet food, but he completely refuses it. I will still try though, because maybe one day I find wet food he accepts.

      But thankfully it’s all good now. With the additional meds and the fibre rich kibbles, it all works fine. He’s been able to keep it down. His tummy is working as it should now.

      Wishing you a lovely weekend! Hugs and purrs πŸ’•πŸ™‹πŸ˜½πŸ˜½πŸ˜½πŸ’•

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    1. Thank you! Yes it was very scary. But he’s doing so well now! It’s all good and Sonic is his happy self. His tummy is working perfectly fine!
      Have a wonderful weekend! Love from us all! πŸ’•πŸ™‹πŸ˜½πŸ˜½πŸ˜½πŸ’•

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