If your cat doesn’t seem to be leaving anything in the litter box or is straining when pooping, your cat may be constipated. If this only happens occasionally, there is probably nothing to worry about. If it happens more often, you probably need to contact your vet. Constipated poop is small, hard, and dry.
How does a cat get constipated?
Constipation can happen. Some of the causes include:
- Kidney issues
- Spine pain
- Not enough fiber in their diet
- Colon issues – like narrowing or tumors
- Blocked colon – string or bones can get lodged in the colon
- Grooming your cat too much – extra hair can end up in their digestive tract
- Megacolon can happen to cats when their colon becomes very large and cannot squeeze their poop out.
How is cat constipation treated?
Your vet will diagnose the cause of your cat’s constipation and recommend accordingly. Treatments can include adding fiber to your cat’s diet and hairball medication. It is also recommended that you make sure your cat stays hydrated with lots of water, or they may recommend switching from dry food to wet food – or giving a mixture until constipation ends.