Constipation In Cats Home Remedy
Constipation in cats is not very common, but it is a problem that you need to be aware of. If your cat is having trouble going to the bathroom, there can be many different causes for this.
Causes of constipation in cats
Constipation in cats can be caused by the following factors:
- Hairballs. Cats with long hair often ingest hair when they groom themselves, which can lead to a build-up of fur in their digestive system and cause constipation.
- Inappropriate diet. A lack of fiber or water could make your cat more likely to suffer from constipation, as well as an eating disorder such as pica (when a cat eats things that aren’t food).
- Medications. Some medications can cause constipation in cats, so check with your vet before administering any medication if you have concerns about its side effects on your cat’s body or bowel movements. These include antibiotics, antacids and anticonvulsants such as phenobarbital and phenytoin; antihistamines like diphenhydramine; barbiturates like pentobarbital sodium; opiate painkillers like morphine sulfate; antipsychotics like chlorpromazine hydrochloride or thioridazine hydrochloride; and steroid hormones such as prednisone
Most of the time, constipation occurs when hairballs block the anus.
Most of the time, constipation occurs when hairballs block the anus. This is known as rectal impaction and can be very painful for your cat. Hairballs are also associated with vomiting and often occur in long-haired cats because they groom themselves more than short-haired cats do. If you think your cat has a hairball, take him to see a veterinarian immediately; treatment usually involves giving him medication to help him pass it so that he doesn’t become dehydrated from vomiting or straining too much when trying to poop out something that won’t budge.
If you’re not sure if your kitty needs help passing a hairball or some other kind of blockage (like stones), don’t wait until after hours on Saturday night at 2 am—call for assistance right away! The longer he waits, the longer his discomfort will last, which means higher vet bills for everyone involved later on down the road if there’s an emergency situation where surgery becomes necessary due to infections etcetera…
Improper diet can also result in the cat becoming constipated.
- Improper diet can also result in the cat becoming constipated. Pets should eat a diet that is high in fiber, which can help prevent constipation by helping to soften the stools and make them easier to pass. Cats should eat a diet that is high in fiber as well, since they are carnivores and don’t have many options for getting enough of this nutrient from their prey.
If they consume too much grass, they may have trouble digesting it and that can result in constipation.
In addition to the lack of nutrients in grass, cats are designed to eat meat and they require a lot of protein. Grass is not a good source of fiber or nutrients, so it’s best if you limit your cat’s exposure to grass altogether. If you notice that your cat has consumed too much grass, you may have trouble digesting it and that can result in constipation.
If a cat does have some digestive issues from consuming too much grass, there are home remedies you can try at home before taking him/her to the vet (we’ll get into those below). This can help keep costs down and avoid having an unnecessary vet bill for something minor like this one!
If your cat is being given regular doses of antihistamines or anti-inflammatory drugs, that can cause constipation as well.
If your cat is being given regular doses of antihistamines or anti-inflammatory drugs, that can cause constipation as well. If you suspect that this is the case, it might be worth checking with your veterinarian to see if the medication can be adjusted or stopped altogether. It’s important to remember that cats are individuals and some may react differently to certain medications than others do.
if your cat seems to be straining excessively or is not defecating at all, she may need to be taken to the veterinarian immediately because there may be something medically that is causing the problem.
If your cat seems to be straining excessively or is not defecating at all, she may need to be taken to the veterinarian immediately because there may be something medically that is causing the problem.
- If your cat has a blockage, take her to the vet immediately. It’s very serious and could cause death if not attended to right away.
- If your cat has an intestinal parasite such as worms or protozoa (like coccidiosis), it can cause constipation and should also be treated by a veterinarian because these types of parasites can spread from one animal to another.
The most common remedy for cat constipation is pumpkin puree
The most common remedy for cat constipation is pumpkin puree. You can purchase canned pumpkin at the grocery store, or make your own by pureeing raw or cooked mashed pumpkin with a little water. Pumpkin is high in fiber and will help relieve constipation in cats, but you must make sure to mix it with water before feeding it to your cat. Never give your pet solid chunks of pumpkin because they could choke on them.
If you have several cats, don’t forget that they might not all like the same flavor of natural remedy!
If your cat appears to be constipated and there are no other symptoms, try giving them pumpkin puree. The fiber in the pumpkin will help to soften the stool and get it moving through the colon. If this doesn’t work, you may have to resort to more drastic measures such as laxatives or enemas.