Health conditions of your cat need to be checked upon and one sign of a digestive problem can be its stool. If you see that your cat’s stool is small, very dry and strains on the litter box, these are signs that your cat is constipated. The conditions could be numerous that leads to constipation in your cat. However, it is important that you take your constipated cat to a vet if the condition does not get relieved in a day or two.
Constipation in the cat could be caused by tumors or blockages. That can lead to faces not passing through the intestine easily. Often dehydration can cause constipation in your cat. Often feeding your cat dehydrated pet food that is not supplemented with adequate fluids could be a reason. If the dehydration is severe, you need to give fluids intravenously for which a vet’s intervention is required. Offer fresh and clean water for your cat and refill their water bowls more frequently when the weather is hot. When your cat is older it is more prone to becoming dehydrated. Constipation could be caused by a narrowed colon; this makes feces passing more difficult. If such a condition exists the cat needs to be given canned or softer food and to supplement their diet with dietary fiber as per instructions of the vet.
Cats usually enjoy veggies, fruits, pumpkin, and beans. If your pet enjoys such a diet you can offer cooked vegetables with it which will help to relieve its constipation. If your pet refuses to eat such food you can get dietary fiber supplements that are available over the counter. Benefiber is a product made from guar gum that helps to relieve constipation condition in cats. This can be mixed in the food or water to make your pet consume the same.
There can be serious versions of such a condition, known as obstipation. That means bowel movements and their total absence. In such a case a cat does not have a bowel movement for several days and could also vomit. In such cases, you need to get your pet to the vet immediately.