Tips and Home Remedies for Constipation in Cats Increase Water Consumption. Try a New Diet. Help Your Cat Maintain a Healthy Weight. Increase Exercise and Enrichment. Minimize Stress and Anxiety. Add More Litter Boxes. Try Fiber or Probiotics. Ask Your Vet About Over-the-Counter Laxatives.
Cat constipation symptoms These are some of the other symptoms of cat constipation you may want to keep an eye on: Tense abdomen. Hard, dry, small stools. Straining which can be mistaken by owners as difficulty urinating sometimes.
In general, healthy cats should defecate at least once a day. Cats that stop eating for any reason will obviously have less in their digestive tracts, so they may go less often. But if four to five days go by without evidence in the litter box, it’s time to be concerned.
Miralax ™ (polyethylene glycol 3350): This can be picked up over the counter and mixed with a small amount of canned cat food. Check with your veterinarian first, but I generally use 1/8 to 1/2 a teaspoon every 12-24 hours orally as needed to treat cat constipation .
Try adding pumpkin or natural bran cereal to our cats food. Fiber supplements increase fiber in the diet as well. Some cats will need to try a laxative such as Miralax or Lactulose, to stay “regular.” You may need to consult with your veterinarian prior to starting a laxative.
Feed canned food — increased water content will improve hydration and soften the feces.
You should seek veterinary consultation if your cat doesn’t defecate for more than a day or two.” You should be especially concerned, he adds, if the animal seems to be straining in its litter box, crying out in pain as it tries to defecate, or if there is blood in the bits of stool that it has managed to expel.
Signs of intestinal blockage Common symptoms include diarrhea, vomiting, refusing to eat, weakness and lethargy, abdominal pain or swelling, cold body temperature, crying and even an unwillingness to lie down, among other issues.
Vaseline or Petroleum jelly — Dose: Give a 1/2 teaspoon twice a day. Lactulose — Dose: Give 1 to 3 mL or a 1/2 teaspoon twice a day. Whiskas hair ball control treats “Temptations” — Dose: Several twice a day. Benefiber is a tasteless powder that dissolves in water.
Miralax (PG3350) 1/8-1/4tsp/cat 12hr can also be used. Promotility drugs are also commonly used to help stimulate motility from the esophagus aborally. Cisapride , a benzamide prokinetic drug may help with mild constipation , 2.5 – 5.0mg/cat /8-12 hr.
Cats have a simple stomach anatomy – just like humans. Because cats have a simple stomach structure, once the stomach is filled with food, it will empty within a few hours as food moves into the small intestine. After 8 – 10 hours, an empty stomach begins to send signals to the brain stimulating a hunger response.
How long does it take for MiraLAX to work ? MiraLAX generally produces a bowel movement in 1 to 3 days. Because it works naturally with the water in your body without causing harsh side effects, you do not need to worry about sudden urgency.
The dosage is 0.5 ml/kg two to three times daily . Dosage is adjusted to obtain the stool quality desired. In humans this product is known to cause flatulence and GI cramping. Recently PEG containing laxatives ( Miralax ) have been recommended for use in cats .