PetMD Seal

Lack of Intestinal Motility in Cats



As ileus is the result of some other underlying disease, treating the underlying cause is of utmost importance for resolution of this problem. For example, your veterinarian will use fluid therapy to address fluid and electrolyte derangements, which is common in cats with ileus. In some cats, drugs to enhance intestinal motility are also given to stimulate intestinal movements. During treatment, your veterinarian will use a stethoscope to listen to the abdomen in order to find the status gut sounds and motility.


Living and Management


If the primary underlying cause is identified and corrected, the prognosis is excellent in affected animals. But determining the exact underlying cause may be difficult in some animals. Follow directions given by your veterinarian regarding care and nutrition of your cat, and call your veterinarian immediately if you see any untoward symptom in your cat.


In patients with a history of infections, regular temperature monitoring may be required at home. If medicines are prescribed for your cat, strictly follow the exact frequency and dosage of each drug. In addition, do not stop or alter treatment prior to consulting with your veterinarian.



Related Articles

Liver Inflammation (Suppurative) in Cats

The term hepatitis is used to denote inflammation of the liver. In some cats, infections can travel to the liver from other body sites and result...

Stomach Disorder (Loss of Motility) in Cats

Proper digestion depends on the spontaneous peristaltic (involuntary, wavelike) movements of the stomach muscles for moving food through the...

Pouch-like sacs on the Esophageal Wall in Cats

Pulsion diverticula is a pushing outward of the wall of an internal, hollow organ, in this case, the esophagus. It is caused by increased pressure...

Intestinal Tumors (Apudomas) in Cats

Adenoma is a gastrointestinal tumor which secretes peptide hormones -- hormones that play a role in regulating metabolism, growth, development,...