Cat Constipation will Make Them Miserable

white miteConstipation in cats is when they retain feces in the colon for two to three days, where it becomes dry and hard, resulting in pain and straining during defecation.Your cat should have at least one, maybe two stools a day. However, a constipated cat will only have a bowel movement every two or three days.

If you have a constipated cat they will strain to defecate. this condition can also occurs with colitis and feline lower urinary tract disease (FLUTD).

The Bowel Problem That Can Make Your Pet’s Life Miserable…

By Dr. Becker

Although most cat owners encounter bouts of diarrhea more often than the opposite problem, dogs and cats do occasionally get constipated. If solid waste stays in your pet’s colon too long, all the moisture in it will be absorbed and stools will become dry, hard, and difficult to pass.

Left untreated, your pet’s large intestine can actually stretch to the point where it can no longer do its job effectively. This is a chronic condition known as megacolon, and it’s more common in a cat than dogs.

Your goal should always be to prevent your pet from developing chronic, longstanding bowel issues.

Causes of Constipation

In most cases, the cause for a pet’s constipation is simply insufficient water consumption or lack of dietary fiber, but sometimes the problem is more serious.

When the condition is more complicated, it typically involves either an obstruction inside the colon or a problem in the pelvic cavity — for example a fractured pelvis or a tumor growing in the abdomen — that impinges on the function of the bowel. Read full article

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What Is Constipation?

Constipation—difficult or infrequent bowel movements—is one of the most common health problems associated with a pet’s digestive system. Cats usually have at least one healthy bowel movement every day. But if your cat is passing dry, hard stools, straining when trying to defecate or making unsuccessful trips to the litter box, please see your veterinarian. These symptoms may indicate an underlying health problem.

How Can I Tell if My Cat Is Constipated?

If your cat suffers from any of the following symptoms, please consult your veterinarian. These signs may also be symptoms of urinary disorders, so it’s important that your vet helps you to determine the cause right away:

  • Straining or crying out in pain when trying to eliminate
  • Small, dry, hard stools, possibly covered in mucous or blood
  • Frequent, unproductive trips to the litter box
  • Loss of appetite
  • Weight loss
  • Lethargy
  • Vomiting
  • Displays of abdominal discomfort
  • Lack of grooming

Cats and Constipation?    Read full article at ASPCA

If your cat is not having bowel movements regularly and you think he is suffering from constipation, before treating, be sure he is not suffering from colitis or lower urinary tract disease(Fluid). Since obstruction diseases are especially serious, since they can cause damage to the kidneys and death.

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