The cat gets constipated, and vets have cured them by enema. Well, enema could be the best treatment that you might see the effect soonest. But putting a tube inside the body could never be something comfortable with the cats. So what to expect after cat enema?


We would like to share some experience in taking care of cats after the enema. You should know what to expect after cat enema, and then you find the right way to comfort the cat.

ENEMA – one of the most effective cures for constipated cats

Before we know about the enema, we have to know that an enema is used for constipation treatments. So, let’s discover a little about constipation first.

Constipation is defined as the infrequent or difficult evacuation of the feces. Typically dry hard fecal material is seen. Obstipation is one step further than constipation and is characterized by the inability to pass the accumulation of dry hard feces. This can cause impaction of the entire length of the colon and lead to permanent damage if present for a substantial amount of time.

Besides prokinetics or fluid therapy, enemas seem the most popular remedy that vet use to save our felines. This treatment is simple, and you can do it at home if you got instructions. The enemas usually take effects not long after vet fil the fluids to cat’s colon. Treatment could cost much in the vet so you can perform at home. However, watching what is going on with the cat after giving him an enema is essential no matter who did the treatment.

Depend on the way of giving the enema and the cat himself, post-enema symptoms vary. Some signs after cat enema seem not to be so dangerous. You should be careful anyway. Keeping the cat in your eyes 24/7 seems good care after cat enema.

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What to expect after cat enema?

After giving the cat enema, you should keep an eye on the litter box. Cats cannot behave as usual after you insert a tube into its colon and pump the fluid. Each cat will express the shock and changes inside his body differently. Some are expected as common symptoms while some are rare but not so serious. However, there is some expression that none of us expect.

Runny movement of stool

It’s what all of us are looking for after giving the cat an enema. Absolutely, it’s a good result after all. Usually, it cannot be effective in a short time. However, you should observe the situation tightly in several days to make sure that pooping now becomes natural to the cat.

It’s recommended to take care of the food. Food can affect cat stool significantly. The feline digesting system is unable to deal with too many carbs or carbohydrate or fat. Feeding them inappropriate food can cause obesity or diarrhea.


Giving the enema could influence badly on the rectum or even entire cat digestion. If you watch the procedure, you could know why. The vet will insert a syringe into the cat’s colon to put in lubrication. No matter how small the syringe could be, it causes some harm.

Cat receive in a fluid of lubrication oil and the enema passively, and they cannot deal with it. Vomiting is a usual sign after the enema. However, if the situation prolongs and does not show any sign of remission, I advise you to visit a veteran.  

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Diarrhea is an unwanted symptom, but it happens sometimes. Same with vomiting, the fluid can cause some side effects, including diarrhea. Diarrhea can be the worst if it lasts for a long time without reduction.

Because it shows something wrong with the cat and also the enema procedure, diarrhea causes the loss of body water (so-called dehydration). If the situation becomes persistent, your cat might get problems with heart and kidney. Inappropriate diet can cause diarrhea as well. Thus, you have to observe carefully then analyze. Do not hesitate to visit veteran if it is out of your control.

How to give enema safely?

Choosing safe enema

We recommend giving cats enemas which include dioctyl sodium sulfosuccinate (which softens stool by moisture).  Giving enema can cause dehydration and the feces, as a result, cannot come out smoothly. Drawing moisture by natural water is one of suggestion. Water is safe for anybody, besides. Another choice is mineral oil but not for the cat with problems about the kidney. Feline Pet-Ema is our recommendation.

Fleet enema is absolutely forbidden, or anything formula with sodium phosphate. Absorbing sodium or phosphate can cause serious side effects. It even worsens the situation and harms the cats. In the worst case with too much proportion of sodium phosphate, giving fleet enema can cause sudden death.

Performing enema

Giving cat enema can be done at home, in case you are experienced with it. In case you are not, leave the cat with the vet. It’s evident that the vet knows what to do for the best of your pet, they can assure the safety of felines at the same time. For expectation after the enema, you’ve got someone to explain and guide you to the right solution.  Only in the case of simple constipation, you can give the cat enema by yourself. However, take detail advice and perform it if you understand everything.

Final thought

In a nutshell, some people choose enema as the fastest way to cure for constipation in cats. And of course, you should know clearly about this kind of treatment, especially: what to expect after cat enema?

Something you can expect is vomiting, stressed cat (weird behavior) or diarrhea (not usually). If you gave the wrong enema, you should expect the worse such as severe dehydration, bloody diarrhea, ataxia and so on. But after all, the stool should come in runny movement.

If the enema is given in the right way, there could be nothing to expect after the treatment except a bit inactivated cat.

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  • lorraine
    Created on: January 12, 2020

    My cat has been in congestive heart failure since March of 2018. A few days ago he started to have issues with breathing and really wasn’t eating that well. He had a check up yesterday and they found that he had over 300 ml of water in his chest which was removed. He still didn’t seem right and has not been pooping. When he attempts to he begins crying. Today I took him to the vet and they said he was impacted. They gave him an enema and on the way home he threw up so I brought him right back. When they took him out of his carrier they found that he had pooped most of what was stuck. The doc examined him and he seemed fine. When I brought him upstairs he couldn’t really walk at first but put half his body into the litter box. He then came back out and was having trouble breathing. He laid down on his side and I thought for sure that was it. I picked him up and after a while he was better. Could the enema have caused that?

  • Janet Sincebaugh
    Created on: September 26, 2019

    I made the decision to take my kitty to the vet after 3 days of Miralax gave no results (it had in the past). After enema, vet kept kitty for several hours. When I took kitty home and removed her from carrier she totally collapsed. She couldn’t even stand. I immediately returned to vet and they said she was not paralyzed but probably weak from the procedures. They gave her pain shot and sent her home. It was an awful evening as she was still unable to move by morning. I took her back to vet in morning and they gave her a steroid shot to reduce the swelling of the colon that was now resting on her arthritic spine. Within a few hours I returned to say goodbye to my kitty. I am in no way questioning the vets actions or my own. My kitty was over 16 yrs, diabetic and arthritic, however, when I originally took her in, I expected them to give her an enema, she would relieve herself and I would take her home and live happily ever after. I guess it’s the unexpected result that capsules me such angst. RIP Trinity

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