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My cat has been to the vet this week twice as shes been

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Hi my cat has been to the vet this week twice as shes been having trouble going to the bathroom, shes fine with weeing its just the other one.. the vets gave me noroclav 50mg to give her 1.5 tablets twice a day and they also gave me laxatives, but tonight she managed to go toilet but it was like diarrhea nothing wrong with it though, she also had a bit of gas but i think its just because she had her anal glands empted this week twice.. but is the diarrhea due to the medication or laxitives? I was planning on not giving her anymore laxatives anyway as shes been on them for 2 days now. also should i give her some rice and chicken to settle her stomach? or maybe i need to stop giving her noroclav as that might be giving her diarrhea too..
Submitted: 11 months ago.
Category: Vet
Expert:  Dr. Michael Salkin replied 11 months ago.
It would be prudent to stop administering both laxatives and that antibiotic - both of which can cause the diarrhea you're seeing. A bland diet of chicken breast (sans skin) and white rice is reasonable but more important when we want to settle the upper GI tract rather than the lower which appears to be the problematic area in Tillie. Can you tell me, please, if Tillie was proven to be constipated by her being palpated (felt) or X-rayed? It's not unusual to assume that straining to defecate indicates constipation when, instead, it's actually being caused by irritation in the lower bowl which then is evidenced by diarrhea.

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