Issues Involving Feline Constipation Problems

By: Kurtschmitt
Feline constipation is a common condition among house cats. The number one cause of this condition is hairballs, but there may be some other causes as well. Both physical and psychological factors may be at work, including kidney disease and litter box aversion.

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 and warnings on this condition.

Warnings and issues surrounding feline constipation problems:

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 made solutions -- Do not use home remedies without the advice of a veterinarian. For example, mineral oil is an old suggestion for constipation in cats. Mineral oil is easily inhaled into the lungs, however, and your cat's body won't break it down.

3. Enemas -- Enemas are sometimes used to relieve constipation, but you should probably not attempt this yourself. It's highly unlikely that your cat will be cooperative during the process. You may end up with scratches, bites, and it's possible that your cat will become afraid of you. 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.

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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