Signs of constipation in the cat are usually easy to spot, and include:
Sometimes it’s difficult to decide if a cat is straining to urinate or defecate. If you are in any doubt please phone us. Difficulty urinating is life-threatening.
Causes of constipation:
Cats can be reluctant to defecate if the litter tray is dirty or they don’t like the type of litter. If cats have a bad experience using the tray, especially with rival cats, or if the tray is in a noisy or busy place they will hold on and become constipated.
Arthritis that makes getting in and out of the litter tray or adopting a position to defecate painful, may lead to constipation.
Dehydration or inadequate fluid consumption, especially in older cats with kidney disease, causes constipation.
Management of cats with constipation: