Poor Romeo has been in and out of his litter a hundred times today, straining to produce a small nugget of very hard faeces. He’s passing normal amounts of urine with no trouble, so we’re sure his waterworks is in fine shape. It’s his bowel that’s in trouble. He’s constipated.
Romeo is 15 years old and he has a few of the chronic diseases that afflict older cats: early stage kidney disease, intermittent gut issues, and a penchant for dry food. All of these contribute to mild dehydration and constipation. He also finds getting in and out of the litter tray difficult because of arthritis. Sometimes he just goes on the mat next to the tray.
We suggested a few alterations to his lifestyle:
In the meantime, he spent a day in hospital on a drip to rehydrate him. While here we gave him an enema and a fresh start. Probiotics will help re-establish a normal gut flora.