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    How to Treat Kitten Constipation

    Articlecat health and wellbeingThursday 07 April 2011
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    Constipation tends to be a problem that affects older cats, but in some cases kittens can be blighted by the problem, and therefore it’s important to have a strong working knowledge of this area of kitten care.

    Learn more about how you can cope with this area of cat care in the guide below.

     




    Cats Health Issues: Kitten Constipation



    -    Firstly, you need to know when you can diagnose the problem of kitten constipation. It’s fairly obvious as to how you can spot the signs of constipation – the cat’s litter tray may be left untouched and your kitten may be pacing the room in some discomfort. If this seems to the case, your kitten is probably suffering from a bout of constipation.

    -    Constipation needs to be treated quickly – although in most cases, it will have no adverse effect on the long term health of your kitten, there have been some unfortunate cases where the problem has been spotted too late and become fatal. Therefore, act swiftly if your kitten appears to be in pain.

    -    The best way to treat constipation is to provide your kitten with plenty of fresh water. Constipation is often the direct result of dehydration. There’s even a simple cat care test you can do to check for the signs of dehydration, as we outline below

    -    Pinch the skin on the back of the kitten’s neck, just momentarily. Release your grip and the skin should go flat instantly – if this does not occur, it suggests dehydration is at an advanced stage. Plenty of water will encourage the kitten’s bodily functions to regulate effectively, and should help to clear the problem within days.

    -    However, before you begin offering up plentiful supplies of fresh water, check the condition of the water – contaminated, stale water could actually be doing more harm than good. Empty the cat’s water bowl at the end of every day.

    -    Avoid offering your cat dry foods – moist food will help your cat to pass stools. The water and nutrients in the cat food can help your cat stay hydrated and relieve the effects of constipation. Carrying out this method of kitten care should see the cat return to full health within a couple of days.

    -    If the problem persists, it’s always best to consult with your local veterinary expert, as your kitten could suffer long term damage if the constipation is not tackled quickly. The vet will carry out a thorough examination and determine whether the best kitten care option is to provide basic laxatives or consider surgical procedures.


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