Our furry friends can sometimes have constipation problems, either because the food we give them is low in fiber, because they have formed a ball of hair or because they do not like their litter box. In all these cases, it is very important that we observe it well, because if we do not do so, the stool will be absorbed by the body again, thus creating a layer in the intestines, which it's very dangerous for your health.
To avoid it, I'm going to tell you how to treat constipation in cats.
How do I know if my cat is constipated?
The most common symptoms of constipation in cats are the following:
- Loss of appetite: It is likely that it will approach the feeder, but you will see that it does not feel like eating. You can take a couple of bites and little else.
- Vomiting This is a symptom that will appear especially if you have hairballs, or if you have swallowed something that you should not. The body tries to get rid of it through the animal's mouth.
- Stop combing your hair: the cat may feel so bad that it will stop combing and grooming itself normally.
- Leave their droppings out of the sandbox: If you don't just like your tray, you will be leaving your stool out of it, which will be shaped like small, hard balls.
- Presence of blood or mucus in stool: If you see blood or mucus, it is a clear sign that your cat is constipated.
How is it treated?
To treat constipation it is necessary to first know what is causing it, so it is highly recommended to take him to the vet to tell us exactly why you are constipated, especially if you vomit, because as we said, it could be that you have a hairball or that you have swallowed something that you should not.
At home we will also have to do some things, which are:
- Give him a quality meal, without cereals and with a high protein content (of animal origin). If you can afford it, it's even better if you feed him raw meat.
- Comb it daily. This way we will eliminate dead hair, and thus reduce the risk of hairballs forming.
- Play with him, keep it active. We will spend several minutes a day (for example, 10 in the morning and 10 in the afternoon) to exercise the furry.
- Give a tablespoon of apple cider vinegar if you have occasional constipation.
- And of course, keep the litter tray clean and in a quiet place, where the family does not make a lot of life.
With these tips you will see how your cat can go to his private bathroom much better 🙂.