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Treat Cat Constipation:

Animals too are susceptible to colon problems like both diarrhea and constipation. Constipation can be highly uncomfortable for your cat and can even make your cat cry out in pain. There could be a number of reasons for the same and in a lot of cases cat constipation is due to unknown problems with the colon. It often has to do with something in your cat’s diet or that your cat might be ingesting such as plant matter which is not really edible, even for cats. Cat constipation can be slightly worrying as it could be a symptom that your cat has some other underling illness. This is why treating constipation in cats becomes so important. You should be able to identify cat constipation symptoms rather easily. If your cat has not been visiting the litter box very often or not at all, you know it is time to start worrying. Another thing to make a note of is your cat’s behavior every time he or she tries to defecate. Look for erratic behavior or discomfort and unusual positions. It could be that your cat cries out a lot while attempting to pass stool or that the cat is straining a lot. Sometimes your cat might be able to pass a little stool, but not enough. Often cat owners get confused and conclude that the problem is diarrhea because of a little watery bit that comes out when the cat strains. However, this is yet another sign of constipation and not diarrhea. Later on, signs of this issue could present itself as dehydration, listlessness, bringing up and rapid weight loss.

Treating cat constipation would naturally be dependent on the causes for your cat’s problem. There are different ways in which owners as well as veterinarians prefer to deal with the problem. If you want to know how to treat constipation in cats, it is imperative that you get to the underlying issue which is the reason why your cat is constipated. Treatment typically revolves around getting your cat’s colon to be free from feces. In some cases, treatment may involve manually getting rid of the hardened feces, after the cat has been sedated, with the help of some kind of enema. In some cases, psyllium could be used so as to increase fiber content while treating cat constipation. In general, fluid therapy along with exercise goes a long way in helping cats deal with constipation in addition to preventing this problem.

 
  Submitted on May 7, 2010  
 
 
 
 
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