Is Your Little Friend Suffering From Cat Constipation

Your cat should be having a bowel movement once a day, if she is going every second or third day its suffering from cat constipation.

When feces is in the colon for two to three days, it becomes dry and hard and results in straining and pain during defecation.

Feline lower urinary tract disease and colitis can be a cause for constipation in cats and you must be sure your cat is not suffering from one of these conditions before treating for constipation.

These disorders, if overlooked is especially serious, since it can cause damage to the kidneys and death.

If your cat is older she may have Kidney (Renal) disease which is a common cause of constipation, and the problem can be intensified if the cat does not drink enough water. Facts about cats, are descended from an arid climate and tend to drink less water than most other animals.

A common cause of hard stools are Hairballs, particularly long haired breeds. If you see hair in his stool, or if your cat vomits hair this is a good indication.

Cats do not like to defecate in a dirty litter box or unfamiliar surroundings. Felines that are less active or older experience reduced bowel activity and the muscles of the abdominal wall may weaken prolonging retention and increased hardness of stools and result in a constipated cat.

Occasionally, chronic cat constipation is due to or results in an enlarged, poorly contracting colon, a condition called megacolon, this condition requires lifelong treatment with stool softeners and special diets. Veterinary supervision is necessary.