By Dr. Ritu Krishnatreye, BHMS
Treatment of cat constipation
Unfortunately, constipation in cats is not rare. It is more common in older cats, but is not at all uncommon in younger cats, either.
After we discuss signs of cat constipation and what may be behind it, we will look at a number of ways to treat it.
The causes of constipation in cats is quite similar to what is experienced by humans.
• A lack of dietary fiber
• Not enough physical activity
Fortunately, this distressing condition can be easily managed with some dietary and lifestyle modifications. Let us have a look at them these great treatments for cat constipation.
There are several things that you can do at home so that your can have a better experience with bowel movements. These methods are natural, safe and effective for relieving constipation in cats.
This is the most important thing a person can do to deal with cat constipation.
Your cat may have sluggish bowel movements due to a lack of physical activity.
For older cats, try to find ways to keep them physically active. For younger cats, make sure they have room to run around and play.
Exercise not only promotes healthy digestion, it also helps to keep your cat healthy; this makes a fantastic natural treatment for your cat's constipation needs.
An effective home remedy for cat constipation is to give your cat a little Ionic Sea Minerals.
Each day, give one drop for every 2 pounds of weight in some milk or cream. Make sure it is diluted enough so as not to be bitter, not more than 1.5 drops per ounce of milk.
Sea minerals is a natural supplement rich in magnesium. Magnesium draws extra water into the colon, to help keep stool soft and moist. They also contain beneficial trace minerals.
Regular brushing helps to remove excess fur that might otherwise be ingested by kitty as she grooms. Hair balls can result in digestive problems, including constipation.
Your cat may be avoiding defecation because of a dirty litter box, so make sure and clean the litter box regularly.
There are numerous tried and tested home remedies for cat constipation. They include psyllium husk, milk, broth and petroleum jelly.
If the above home remedies do not work, consult your vet. There is a chance that your cat might be suffering from an underlying medical condition.
Overuse of antibiotics and other medications, hypothyroidism, anal conditions, megacolon and other neurological conditions are some of the medical causes of constipation in cats. In case any of these are suspected, a trip to the vet is in order.
In the case of impacted feces, your vet may prescribe a laxative.
Do not give laxatives to your cat unless you consult your vet first. If not dealt with, impacted feces may result in intestinal obstruction.
If this happens, it can be life threatening. If your cat hasn’t defecated in a couple of days and you notice any signs of anxiety or stress, consult your vet immediately.
Regular visits to the vet can help to catch health problems before they become severe.
It is advised that older cats visit their vet every six months for a rectal and anal sac examination. This will help to detect any problems early so that necessary steps can be taken.
Constipation can be a very troublesome and uncomfortable condition for your little furry friend. Of course, your cat can’t tell you what’s wrong, making it important to look for constipation symptoms.