Monday, August 17, 2009

Constipated Kitty

Cats are usually less likely to open their bowels when the weather outside is wet and raining, or if their litter boxes are not cleaned regularly. Constipation is also more prevalent in older cats, and it is therefore important to provide your cat with lots of water and to try and keep it active. The most serious complication of constipation is that your cat may develop intestinal blockage. Make sure that your cat can still pass water, if not then seek immediate treatment. If your cat is constipated, it will be uncomfortable and won’t take interest in anything. Your cat will also have a lack of appetite and be reluctant to drink any water. Speak to your local vet, who will be able to prescribe a cat laxative treatment to help relieve constipation. If this is not treated your cat may develop ‘mega colon’ which may be highly painful, as the colon may swell to three times its size. Treatment involves surgery or careful manual removal of the colon’s contents, under anaesthetic.