Megacolon is a disease that generally occurs in middle-aged to older cats, but has also been seen in cats as young as three to four years old. It is usually caused by tumors, foreign bodies and hairballs blocking the colon. Subtotal colectomy is a surgical procedure indicated for cases of chronic constipation non-responsive to medical intervention. Although this procedure may involve removal of most of the colon, the anal sphincter will be left intact, so the cat should not lose bowel control. It usually takes 1-2 months to fully recover.
This happened to the cat that was brought in with the nerves of the colon not working properly. Through the x-rays we saw the complete picture of the problem and acted accordingly.