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Shelter kitten - rectal prolapse? Constipation?
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Shelter kitten - rectal prolapse? Constipation?

We just adopted a 2.5 month old kitten from a shelter 3 days ago.  She appears very happy and healthy.  She is eating and drinking well (dry kitten food from shelter mixed with Iams kitten food) and seems to be urinating and moving her bowels normally.  However, last night we noticed a slight strain upon moving her bowels.  The feces was a solid shape (as her other BMs from the litter box) but did seem a little large for a 2-pound kitten (about 2 tootsie rolls long).  Post BM she had a small bright red ring protrusion from her anus.  After about 5 minutes it retracted back into the rectum.  This happened again today.  She does not appear to be in any kind of pain or discomfort, as she continues to play and run around.  What to do?
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Please eliminate all dry food from her diet immediately!  

Add extra water to her wet food.  Also add 1/4 tsp of non-flavored Metamucil (the Metamucil composed of Psyillium only) at every meal.  

Have her prophylatically treated for parasites using Strongid, or Panacur, which are safe in kittens.  Have your vet check for Giardia and Coccidia.  

Please also have her checked by your vet.
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