Constipation in Cats

Although the signs of constipation may be similar in cats and dogs, the circumstances that lead to the problem can be significantly different. 

The most common predisposing factor of constipation in cats is hairballs. While most hairs that are swallowed during grooming are eliminated with fecal material and some are regurgitated back to the mouth, some hairballs become tangled and form hairballs which is an important cause of constipation when they are present in the intestines. Cats that suffer from frequent bouts of constipation as a result of hair balls can be given hairball paste to reduce the problem, however it is recommended that you consult your veterinarian before giving any hairball product to your pet. There may be a need to identify the underlying cause of the problem before your vet may recommend giving hairball paste. Constipation in cats may also be caused by eating non-edible items or when there is an obstruction in any part of the gastrointestinal tract. It can also be one of the symptoms of an underlying medical condition. 

A visit to your veterinary clinic Teller County, CO can help identify the primary cause of the problem so it can be addressed appropriately.  


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