Cat constipation symptoms
When your cat is showing constipation symptoms you may wonder when it is time to visit the local vet. Today we cover possible causes and treatments of this condition.
Signs and symptoms my cat is suffering from constipation
- Check the litter box. Are the bowels as expected in amount, shape and size? A constipated cat will pass little stool
- Stools will be dark in colour (more so than normal)
- Smaller pieces of stool will be present
- Stools will look and feel harder
- Visually you might observe your cat looking uncomfortable while trying to pass a stool
- When your cat is straining during a faecal movement and the stool “struggles” to move, your cat is possibly constipated
- Walking uncomfortably or whining because of pain is a common symptom of severe cat constipation
When are the symptoms of cat constipation a concern?
Monitoring frequency of constipation is key because there is a difference between occasional constipation and frequent inability to produce healthy bowels. A day or two of constipation is not an immediate cause for concern. On the other hand, chronic inability to pass healthy stools may warrant a visit to your veterinarian for further assessment.
Causes of constipation and possible treatments
- Lack of fibre and water in the diet are common causes for your cat’s constipation symptoms. You may therefore want to switch your cat’s food to wet food. Wet food automatically increases water intake. Alternatively, add a food that is rich in fibre
- Lack of exercise, play and movement may also cause constipation. Ensure there are lots of toys available to stimulate your cat to move
- A constipated cat may have hairball formation. This is often as a result of overgrooming. Royal Canine Cat Hairball Care assists by preventing hairball formation and enabling excessive hair to pass through the digestive tract. Additionally, Laxapet assists with softening the bowels and relieving constipation symptoms in cats with hairball formation
- Diabetes, kidney disease, internal blockages and impacted anal sacks. These are serious conditions which require veterinarian treatment
If your cat shows occasional symptoms of constipation it is not necessarily an emergency. However, chronic constipation may require medical intervention, and the sooner your vet can make a diagnosis, the better the outcome for your cat.