Crying in the litter box because of the hard pellets may disturb you and your cat both. Constipation in the cat is not a problem to be ignored, if your cat is suffering from that you must take his serious-as it can lead to severe consequences.
Constipation is not a normal process, this uncomfortable feeling if left untreated may lead to enlargement of colon. This problem of the colon can only be treated through surgery. So if you are at doubt that your cat is suffering from this problem, then you must know that what has caused this and how you could alleviate this problem. To know about this continuing reading, and let’s know how to tackle with the unexpected circumstances.
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Cat Constipation Symptoms
Cats usually pass stool within 24-36 hours, a cat who hasn’t pooped for more than 24 hours, shows that he is constipated. You may find stool outside the litter box, as the cat leaves the litter box earlier because of the discomfort. He may also visit the box on and off without using it. Keep an eye on the following symptoms to know whether your cat is constipated or not:
- Dry, hard stools (Normally poop is brown and is rich in moisture)
- Abdominal pain.
- Decreased appetite.
- Straining and crying in the litter box.
- Weight loss and muscle loss.
- Walking swiftly.
- Change in the posture.
- Difficulty in jumping.
Causes of cat constipation
Identifying the symptoms is a crucial step, in the same way tracking down the causes is also very important. There could be multiple factors that cause constipation or obstipation which is the end-stage of this disease. The common thought regarding this is that everything that causes dehydration can cause constipation. Some of the potential causes are as follows:
- Less intake of fiber in the diet.
- Ingesting his hair or any other foreign material
- Sedentary lifestyle.
- Stress and anxiety.
- Allergies and nerve problem
- Decreased water intake.
- A side effect of some medications or drugs.
- Inflammatory bowel disease
It can also result because of some chronic diseases that include:
- Kidney diseases
- Impacted anal sacs
Constipation and obstipation can also be characterized by a factor called megacolon. Megacolon is responsible for decreasing the ability of the colon to pass fecal material naturally. As the feces doesn’t pass so it starts accumulating in the colon, thus results in constipation. Megacolon develops because the prolonged retention of feces in the colon causes its muscles to stretch and damage and that activates this factor. In most cases, we can’t determine the cause of megacolon.
A few of the issues are mild and can be treated by home remedies, but for the serious ones, you must consult a veterinarian.
Treatment of Cat Constipation:
Depending on the severity of the issue treatment varies, and it must be handled accordingly. If the constipation is not very severe, then you can tackle this by simple home remedies. But if it is severe then don’t feel hesitant to go to the vet. Enemas or anesthesia may be recommended in some cases.
In the case of megacolon disturbance, there is a possibility that because of stretching of colon its diameter is damaged, so the affected portion of the colon is surgically removed.
Keeping your cat hydrated throughout the day can alleviate this problem. To ensure this, put the water bowls at different bowls to remind your cat about drinking water. Food bowls should be separated from water bowls. Cats can also be encouraged to drink more water by fountains; this admires the cat and they love to intake more. Make sure to keep the water bowls and fountains clean and pure.
You can also introduce flavored water to cats; just to fulfill the body’s demand for water. But don’t forget to put plain water along with that as your feline may not like flavored one.
Hydration can also be balanced by giving them moisture-rich food. This one of the easiest ways to say goodbye to constipation.
The entire body of the cat including intestines needs to be moved to stay healthy. A lethargic lifestyle can increase the chances of constipation. Keep your cat engaged in some healthy physical activities, and encourage them to expose their playful side. Exercise will also help your cat to come out from anxiety and feel fresh. This will help them to come out of their sedentary lifestyle.
More Litter Boxes
It is quite possible that your cat may not like the location of his litter box, so it is recommended to place a litter box at different places. Keep on experimenting with different types of litter boxes and at different places. If you have multiple cats then the litter box for each cat must be separate.
Improve Fiber or Probiotics Intake:
To ensure the alleviation of constipation health of the intestine is one of the most important factors. Introduce your cat with fiber-rich food and probiotics. Probiotics are good bacteria that support the intestine and make digestion easy.
The intake of fiber feeds the bacteria and keeps the intestines hydrated, this prevents constipation. The amount of fiber that should be given is crucial if you don’t know about that then consult a veterinarian about this.
Tell us in the comments about how your cat behaves when he is constipated.