I suggest that before reading this article, you should just go and feed your cat something wet (like milk).
Go, I am waiting …
Okay I hope you are back now.
So why did you had feed your cat something wet and why your cat hasn’t pooped since 2 or 3 days?
Seems like your cat was dehydrating because of which its poop had hardened. And so the poop was not coming out. But if you listened to me and fed your cat some wet food then your cat is most probably out of danger and congrats on acting just in time. But you still need to take your cat for a check-up from a vet.
Is Your Cat Blocked or Constipated?
But there might be more to it than your cat being dehydrated.
Keep reading to find out all the other causes for your cat’s constipation and also their treatments.
Causes Of Cat Constipation
Cats need to be well hydrated to have a healthy poop. But dehydration will lead the poop to become hard and the cat will hold it in. Eating more dry food will also cause constipation.
Diseases like diabetes, kidney disease and hyperthyroidism can affect the how your cat poops. If it’s got an anal sac problem then the pain will make it difficult for your cat to poop and will result in constipation. Other diseases include bowel disease and arthritis.
Constipation can also happen when your cat is stressed or is facing anxiety because this effects how your cat’s intestines work and move.
Some other causes are:
- Lack of exercise
- Low metabolism
- Low-fiber diet
- Side effects of medication
There are some serious causes of constipation which require a serious look by a specialized vet:
- Neurological disorder
- Stomach or intestinal tumors
- Anal gland cancer
- Enlarged anal sacs
- Ingestion of a certain object
- Intestinal or stomach infection
Mostly cats can recover form constipation quickly by drinking more water, eating wet food or eating food that is high in fiber. Cats can also recover by losing weight.
But if your cat have not pooped in more than 3 days, then take your pet to the vet as fast as possible before it’s too late.
Continue reading to find out what happens when it’s too late to take your cat to a vet!
Symptoms Of Constipation
A cat’s healthy poop is more moist and soft than dry and hard. Dr.Liz Bales says: “A healthy stool has enough moisture that litter will stick to it.”
So if you notice that your cat’s poop is getting dry and hard, then it is because of constipation.
Another sign that your cat has got constipation is that it will start meowing/ vocalizing while pooping and will be straining while using the litter box. This might mean that your cat is facing some serious problems like anal sac problem or urinary tract issues.
Here are all the symptoms of cat constipation:
- Excessive peeing
- Drinking less water
- Walking uncomfortably
- Decreased appetite
- Harder stool
- Small stool
- Will visit litter box without pooping in it
- Straining while pooping
- Meowing with pain while defecating
- Less interest in grooming
- Weight loss
- Muscle loss
- Mucus or blood covered stool
- Unwilling to lie on stomach
If you notice these symptoms in your cat, take your cat to the vet.
To learn what you can you do about your cat’s constipation at home, keep reading.
Treatment And Diagnosis
Here’s the deal:
If the feces stay blocked for more than 3 days, it can lead to requiring a surgery where the feces have to be taken out manually! So please pay close attention to your cat.
Taking your cat to a vet is the best thing to do but before you do so, you can follow these treatments just in case to make the situation better:
1. Increased Water Intake:
Since dehydration is the cause of constipation, giving your cat more water and keeping it well-hydrated will help prevent constipation.
Cats are rather reluctant about drinking water and prefer to drink from a running water source. Buying a cat water fountain will help.
Or you can feed them wet food which is the best way to keep your cat well-hydrated according to vets.
Make the water more preferable to your cat by adding tuna juice or beef broth in it.
2. Change Of Diet:
For dogs and cats alike, they need consume sufficient amount of fiber in their diet for them to defecate in a healthy way.
Consult a vet and ask for a fiber-favorable diet for your cat.
Also, food allergies can cause constipation and intestinal inflammation.
So find out the food in your cat’s diet that it is allergic to and remove that thing from your cat’s diet. Again, consult a vet in this matter.
3. Increase Exercise And Minimize Stress:
Exercise can help to make the movement of intestines back to normal which treats constipation.
Try to play more with your cat. Take it out for a walk or just do anything to make it jump around.
Spending time and playing with your cat will also decrease its stress and anxiety. Or you can use some supplements, medicines or herbs to calm your cat.
4. Get Rid Of Obesity:
Obesity can cause your cat’s intestines to slow down their work. Because of this, more water is absorbed from the stool and causes constipation.
The fat in your cat’s body makes it difficult for your cat to defecate.
Watch this video to learn how to help your cat to lose wait:
5. Use Of Laxatives:
Laxatives can allow your cat to poop normally by pulling more water into the intestines and making the stool softer.
But use of laxatives can further increase the problems for your cat by worsening some underlying diseases.
So make sure to choose the best laxatives for your cat. Ask your vet about the laxatives.
If any of these methods do not work, then take your cat to a vet. The vet will run some blood tests to determine the cause of constipation.
If the cause is cancer of some sort, then a regular veterinary care would be needed and your pet might have to go under some serious medication.
Watch this video to understand how to relieve a cat from constipation:
How long can a cat go without pooping?
Cats mostly poop every 24 to 36 hours. You should keep a close eye at your cat’s litter box. If it’s been empty for more than two to three days, then it means your cat is constipated or there are some other problems that require a visit to the vet.
How can I stimulate my cat to poop?
There are some things that you can add in your cat’s food to provide it with fiber. Fiber is very good for your cat to have a healthy poop. So you can add one to two tablespoons of either pumpkin juice or wheat bran in your cat’s food.
Should you feed a constipated cat?
You will have to consult a vet to know the answer. Your vet might say that you should keep your cat well hydrated and give your cat a fiber-efficient diet. Other than that, he might prescribe the use of laxatives.
Can constipation kill a cat?
Constipation in cats can lead to some serious problems. It leads to the blockage of the urinary tract and blockage of the colon. The colon gets blocked with faeces and can cause loss of appetite, vomiting and lethargy. It depends on the seriousness of your cat’s condition but the colon can get permanently damaged, making your cat unable to poop properly.
From now on, follow the methods above and develop such care for your cat by keeping it hydrated and feeding it proper diet that it would never got constipation again.
I wish you the best of luck. Hopefully, your cat will not be facing any chronic diseases or any serious issue and would get better soon!