Issues Involving Feline Constipation Problems

October 10, 2013

in Cat Health

by Kurt Schmitt

Among house cats, feline constipation is fairly common. Usually, hairballs are at fault, but other physical and psychological conditions may be the cause. 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.

As cats age, the chances of developing constipation increase. Also at higher risk are those cats with other health problems, including kidney problems or pre-existing bowel conditions. In any case, you’ll want to be aware of a few issues and warnings on this condition.

Issues and warnings concerning feline constipation:

1. Never give human preparations to your cat — Preparations made for people may be harmful or fatal when given to cats. You should never give a remedy designed for humans to your cat unless recommended by a cat health professional. Talk to your veterinarian first to make sure it’s cat safe.

2. Home preparations — Check with your veterinarian before attempting a home remedy. I’ve seen some people recommending mineral oil as a home remedy, but this is not advisable. Mineral oil is easily inhaled into the respiratory tract, and never breaks down in body. This may cause long term problems for your cat.

3. Giving enemas — If an enema is recommended, it’s best to have your veterinarian administer it in order to avoiding hurting your cat and getting battle scars yourself. If you do decide to give your cat an enema, make sure that you use one that has been recommended by your veterinarian so you’re sure it’s not harmful to cats. You’ll also want an assistant to help you restrain your cat during the procedure.

4. Chronic feline constipation — With long term constipation, there may be other more serious underlying medical conditions that need to be addressed. You should have a conversation with your veterinarian about the potential risks and issues. Some cats develop a condition known as megacolon. In a cat with megacolon, the size of the stool in the large intestine grows too large for it to leave the body.

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

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