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Feline Constipation -- Issues And Warnings

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Feline constipation is rather common among house cats. 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.

At higher risk are elderly cats, and those with other health problems, including pre-existing bowel or kidney problems. In any case, you'll want to be alert to a few warnings and issues concerning this condition.

Issues and warnings concerning feline constipation:

1. Products designed for humans -- Products manufactured for humans may be harmful or fatal to felines. You should never give a product made for people to your cat unless it's approved by your veterinarian.

2. Home made solutions -- Do not use home remedies without the advice of a veterinarian. For example, mineral oil is an old suggestion for constipation in cats. Mineral oil is easily inhaled into the lungs, however, and your cat's body won't break it down.

3. Giving enemas -- If an enema is recommended, it's best to have your veterinarian administer it in order to avoiding hurting your cat and getting battle scars yourself. If you do decide to give your cat an enema, make sure that you use one that has been recommended by your veterinarian so you're sure it's not harmful to cats. You'll also want an assistant to help you restrain your cat during the procedure.

4. Chronic feline constipation -- With long term constipation, it's possible that other more serious underlying medical issues exist. Some cats may develop a condition known as megacolon where the colon swells with stool that size of the stool in the large intestine grows too large for it to leave the body. Sometimes pelvic injury can be a contributing factor in these situations. You should have a conversation with your veterinarian about the potential risks and issues.

If your cat is constipated for an extended period, you'll want to work with your veterinarian to resolve the problem.