Feline Constipation -- Issues and Warnings

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.

Too much hair in the gut, or a recent change in diet can cause a temporary constipation issue. For the average cat, a little bout of constipation every now and then is normal.

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 surrounding feline constipation problems:

1. Products designed for humans -- Products manufactured for humans may be harmful or fatal to felines. You should never give a product made for people to your cat unless it's approved by your veterinarian.

2. Home 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. 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, if your cat suffers from feline constipation and the condition persists, you'll want to have a talk with your veterinarian about a solution.
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