Rags Before His Cat Enema on 6-25-08
When Rags stopped going number 2, he tried giving him all sorts of things from Metamucil to Enulose (Generic Name: lactulose (LAK too lose) to canned pumpkin. He hated it all. I also started giving him fluids, in hopes that would help the kidneys run better and help the motion of everything in that area get-a-movin!
So, as a last result, he has started getting cat enemas. I believe Rags needs this help because of his age (he’ll be 19 in two short months) and his kidneys are not functioning as they once were.
Please see photos of the procedure below.
Different vets do a cat enema different ways. Rags is currently getting his cat enemas done at Mariposa Veterinary Center in Lenexa, KS.
Before he had it done at KC Cat Clinic.
KC Cat Clinic required that he have X-rays done of his colon to see how much poop was in there, then, they would administer the enema and make him stay all day to have it done. Which costs in the upwards of $115 for everything, including, fluid therapy, day ward charge, visit/consultation, etc.
Mariposa, on the other hand, has a relatively quick and painless procedure. They only charge about $29. Dr. Chappell fills a container with water and KY jelly and mixes it up. Then she shoves a small red tube into Rags’ colon and fills the red tube (which eventually empties out into Rags’ colon) with the KY jelly and water solution and squirts it all into Rags’ colon.
Once she is done, he is put in a cage with a litter box and usually does his business in the first 5-10 minutes and then we go home.
As the owner of Rags, I am much happier with this procedure because I know Rags’ stress is kept to a minimum because he isn’t stuck at the vet all day. And certainly, I save nearly $100 by having it done at Mariposa. You cannot complain about that! I think the best thing for me was that Dr. Chappell allowed me to watch the procedure and watch my cat, so that I felt comfortable with everything that was going on.
Even though I have thought about Rags’ dignity with the photos that were taken, I am sure that he is willing to help other cats and their owners so there are a bunch of clean colons out there.
I have talked to Dr. Chappell about giving Rags enemas at home. I will be picking those up next week. So I will start giving Rags enemas at home, which I am sure he will prefer–and I will have no problem doing it, as I hate being constipated myself!
Rags Before His Enema on 6-25-08 – Probably dreading what’s coming…
Rags During His Enema on 6-25-08
Vet Tech, Nicole, holds his neck and body, while Dr. Chappell administers the enema (a solution made up of water, KY Jelly and a little bit of soap!)
Insertion of Red Enema Tube into Rags’ Colon
Dr. Chappell lifts Rags’ tail out of the way and inserts the red enema tube into his colon and then takes a syringe and fills it with the enema solution Dr. Chappell has created (water, KY Jelly and soap)–see this solution in the silver bowl in the picture below.
This is the red tube and the syringe before the Enema…
Rags is given 1 tablet every night of Standard Process Feline Enteric Support to help him with his pooping problems.
Check out the other procedures that Rags received: