Why My Cat Constipated? 7 Reasons Why Your Cat Constipated
What about the cat? Does a cat go through the same process?
Well, let’s look into it more in depth!
Over 42 million Americans suffer of constipation according to the National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Disease.
What should you do as an owner of the cat do in this situation? How does it show in a cat's bowl movement?
Make sure that the cat has their everyday stool movement. The problem sometimes is that not every cat is crying or whining when he/she cannot constipate as supposed to. Symptoms of constipation are viewable in form of litter box sand does not glue on the stool as they should.
- The poop has to be moistures and sticky.
Why does my cat get constipated?
- Not enough fiber in their diet
- Low-fiber diet
- Hairballs/excessive grooming
- Blocked or abscessed anal sacs
- Enlarged prostate gland
- Tangled hair on the buttocks
- Swallowed bones
- Swallowed hairball
Ingestion of foreign objects such as string, cloth, bones, etc.
Usually older cats but not only. Kitten also can suffer of constipation. The reason being is dehydration. Why?
They usually eat dry kibble food instead of moister food. The recommended 70 -75 % water ratio of water intake is probably not hit by solemnly feed a little kitty only kibble food. Therefore, dehydration is pretty much guaranteed because only feeding her kibble food they are ending up with a water intake of roughly 10-12% which is far of the targeted 70-75%. Unlike other animals as dogs for instance they do not make up the difference at the water bowl. So, with deprivation of water, chronically dehydration and in the end constipation is almost inevitable. Without necessary water intake the kidneys starts mal- function and stools turn dry, hard and painful to pass at the end.
Another aspect is a cat that is turning to live a kind of ‘Garfield‘ lifestyle; meaning: eating a lot but not doing any kind of exercise resembles the same result at the end. Physical exercise is a must in a daily cat’s life. It stimulates the rhythmic muscle contractions in the colon. As I mentioned already, many domestic cats do not go outside, instead eating a lot without the exercise necessary to make up for the gained calories eating the wrong food and too little exercise.
Grooming a cat and leaving fur hairball can cause constipation as well. Cats tend to swallow fur hair after groomed by cleansing themselves with their tongue. Especially cats already deprived of sufficient water solemnly fed kibble food and insufficent exercise are prolonged to get constipated.
Start adding water to your cat’s food to lubricate the colon. Even better. Why not flavoring the water!
Cola, chocolate, vanilla flavor… just kidding!
No, seriously, tuna water is a great way to entice cat’s food since he/she is a carnivore.
Make sure your cat starts with some exercise even he/she does not like the idea at all (watch the ‘Garfield exercise video’).
Start adding little chunks of pumpkin or coconut fiber in each meal.
If you know that your cat has some residues of hairball start a non-petroleum hairball remedy to each meal or coconut oil as an alternative. This helps to accelerate the hairball movement through the gastrinal index tract. (pic of GI tract) and link to wikipedia.
If you happen to like the idea of natural therapy, why not go the acupuncture or chiropractic way. Many cat’s owner did and swear on its success!
As more the intake of aloe vera juice with their daily food diet.
For specific suggestions on what types of natural laxatives are helpful down the line, please do ask a holistic veterinarian for their opinion and recommendations.
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