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alek0
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« on: February 07, 2011, 06:58:30 PM »

My Mitzie is often constipated, especially when she eats a lot of Ziwipeak, and I have tried recently to add more fiber to her diet in the form of a teaspoon of butternut squash or pumpkin, cooked and mashed, mixed in with her canned food. Doesn't seem to make any difference. So what am I doing wrong, is it the quantity, the choice of vegatable or what?
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« Reply #1 on: February 08, 2011, 05:52:02 AM »

Some dogs & cats respond differently to types of fiber, just like people. You might want to try a disolvable powdered 1 mixed into her wet food & see if it works better. Or you may need a liquid like lactulose to start with. Usually once you get things going smoothly, its easy to find a maintenance amount to add to the food. My cats are both ok with pumkin or butternut squash & fish oil, Trooper is ok just with pumpkin or squash. But Remy & Frag both need benefiber added once a day. If Trooper gets benefiber or extra fish oil he gets the runs. I would try upping the squash 1st & go from there.
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« Reply #2 on: February 08, 2011, 08:22:20 AM »

I am thinking increasing the amount and switching to those little japanese pumpkins instead of squash, they seem to have sort of more fibrous texture, amybe they will work better.At least she is willing to eat it, my previous attempt to introduce veggies was a failure.
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« Reply #3 on: February 08, 2011, 09:18:24 AM »

How safe are products like Metamucil and Benefiber? Metamucil was recommended for my cat but I haven't tried it yet. I know cats and dogs would only get a small amount but the product is meant to be mixed with water, not canned food. So wouldn't there be a potential choking hazard, particularly with cats and small dogs? I'd ask a vet but I know they wouldn't know.

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« Reply #4 on: February 08, 2011, 10:04:59 AM »

How safe are products like Metamucil and Benefiber? Metamucil was recommended for my cat but I haven't tried it yet. I know cats and dogs would only get a small amount but the product is meant to be mixed with water, not canned food. So wouldn't there be a potential choking hazard, particularly with cats and small dogs? I'd ask a vet but I know they wouldn't know.



We used psyllium husk, the main ingredient in Metamucil, for the last couple of years for Fizzy.  We mixed it into her canned food with each serving.  She never experienced any problems with swallowing or choking.  We didn't add any water to the food, but we did always add lactulose.  Between the fiber and the lactulose we were able to keep her quite comfy.

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« Reply #5 on: February 08, 2011, 02:20:36 PM »

I just put the benefiber in the food bowl & add a spoonful of water & stir, then add the food. It disolves & soaks into the food. Remy only weighs 12 lbs & has never had trouble with it. Pysyllium husk is the better choice if it will work, it doesn't for Remy & Fragile.
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« Reply #6 on: February 08, 2011, 05:25:06 PM »

alek sounds like the Zwipeak does not digest too quickly, sitting in the stomach longer, which might lead to being constipated with slowing movement thru the digestive tract.
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« Reply #7 on: February 08, 2011, 08:56:50 PM »

I don't think it sits in the stomach since they are all regular, but it makes poop small, non-smelly and quite hard. In Mitzie's case, almost rock hard so she sometimes struggles to get it out. So the main issue is just to make it softer a bit. She still goes every day.

And I think I'll have to feed her and Stefie separately, Stefie's poop has become softer with butternut squash addition, and for him I'd prefer if it was harder to try t prevent those anal gland problems (his frequency of anal gland ulcers went down significantly after we switched to Ziwipeak only).
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« Reply #8 on: February 08, 2011, 11:15:55 PM »

Wow alek for food to remain that hard - instead of more fiber maybe more water/liquid in their system? That also has a good tendency to move things along by not making the poops so hard with addition of more liquid. I know, I know we're talking about cats here and not dogs as far as getting them to drink more water.
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« Reply #9 on: February 09, 2011, 07:12:55 AM »

For Stefie the poop is definitely softer with addition of pumpkin, so I'll try to increase it for Mitzie and see what happens I guess.
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