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Issues Involving Feline Constipation Problems

Jul 12, 2008
Feline constipation is a common condition. Too much fur in the gut, commonly referred to as hairballs, is the number one cause of this condition. Litter box aversion, kidney disease, and other physical and psychological causes may be a factor.

Constipation is experienced by just about every cat at some point in their life. Perhaps it's from too much fur in the gut, or a recent change in diet. These bouts of constipation are 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 concerning feline constipation:

1. Products designed for humans -- Products manufactured for humans may be damaging to cats. You should never give a product made for people to your cat unless it's recommended by your veterinarian.

2. Home made 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. Enemas for relief -- Enemas can be administered, but you should probably not attempt this yourself. The experience probably will not be very pleasant for either you or your cat, and you could end up being scratched or bitten. If you attempt this yourself, get advice and instruction from your veterinarian first.

4. Long term recurring constipation -- If your cat suffers from frequently recurring or long term chronic constipation, she may be on her way to developing megacolon. In a cat with megacolon, the colon swells and the stool builds up to the point that it can't pass. Also, there may be some other more serious underlying medical issue that needs to be addressed. You should have a conversation with your veterinarian about these underlying causes.

If your cat is constipated for an extended period, you'll want to work with your veterinarian to resolve it.
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Author Kurt Schmitt has created a resource for cat lovers and writes about litter box problems, constipation in cats and other cat health problems
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