Q. My kitten has compacted poop in his colon. Is there any massaging techniques or other options that I could do to help him pass his feces?
DESTINI R. HOLLOWAY, DVM
A. Massaging unfortunatley won't relieve the poop inside the colon because there is most likely some ileus (gastrointestinal stasis or non-movement) that is the cause. Also dehydrated pets become constipated so make it a point to either add water to the dry kibble or feed canned food. You can try a SALINE enema. These are the only safe ones over the counter, do not use Enemas containing phosphate because these are toxic for cats.
If the enema and giving fluids such as Pedialyte don't work, then a vet visit is necessary for manual evacuation of the feces, especially if your kitty becomes obstipated (unable to defecate) and straining to do so for more than 24 hrs.