Feline Constipation — 4 Important Issues

March 15, 2014

in Cat Health

by Kurt Schmitt

Feline constipation is rather common among house cats. Too much fur in the gut, commonly referred to as hairballs, is the number one cause of this condition. Litter box aversion, kidney disease, and other physical and psychological causes may be a factor.

For the average cat, a little bout of constipation every now and then is probably normal. Perhaps it’s from too much fur in the gut, or a recent change in diet.

Senior cats are more likely to get constipated than younger ones. Also at higher risk are those cats with other health problems. This includes those cats with kidney trouble, and untreated pelvic injuries. No matter what, you’ll want to be aware of a few issues on this condition.

Warnings and issues concerning feline constipation problems:

1. Don’t use remedies for people — Preparations made for people may be harmful or fatal when given to cats. You should never give a remedy designed for people to your cat unless recommended by a cat health professional. Talk to your veterinarian first to make sure it’s cat safe.

2. Home made remedies — Mineral oil has been suggested as a home remedy for constipation in cats. Do not use this. Mineral oil is easily inhaled into the lungs, and never breaks down in body. Consult with your veterinarian on any suggested remedies.

3. Enemas for relief — Enemas can be administered, but you should probably not attempt this yourself. The experience probably will not be very pleasant for either you or your cat, and you could end up being scratched or bitten. If you attempt this yourself, get advice and instruction from your veterinarian first.

4. Chronic feline constipation — With long term constipation, it’s possible that other more serious underlying medical conditions exist. Some cats may develop a condition known as megacolon where the colon swells with stool that size of the stool in the large intestine grows too large for it to leave the body. Sometimes pelvic injury can be a contributing factor in this condition. You should have a conversation with your veterinarian about the potential issues and risks.

Whatever the cause and severity, you’ll want to have a talk with veterinarian if your cat suffers from feline constipation.

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