About Constipation in Kittens

by Naomi Millburn, Demand Media
    Keep your kitty's bathroom patterns in check.

    Keep your kitty's bathroom patterns in check.

    Constipation is a relatively common problem for wee kittens. Normally, a healthy kitty should go number two about once or twice daily. If you notice that your little one is suffering from belly aches or just doesn't seem to be eliminating regularly, get to the root of the problem.

    Regularity

    No two kittens are the same, and no two kittens will share the same exact healthy bathroom schedules either. Some kitties simply go with more frequency than others. However, to ensure that your kitty is healthy, it is important that she has at least one bowel movement a day. It also is vital that she passes firm stools instead of ones that are watery or runny. Monitor your pet's stools every day to ensure that they remain consistent and healthy looking.

    Signs

    Constipation in your fluff ball should be pretty easy to notice. After all, all you have to do is glance over into her litter box! However, other telltale signs may indicate whether your kitten is suffering. Look out for key symptoms of kitty constipation such as appetite loss, throwing up, swollen belly, weakness and exhaustion. If your pet does indeed try to eliminate, examine her stools. If they are bloody, watery or especially hard in texture, waste no time in consulting her veterinarian.

    Causes

    Many different potential causes can lead to constipation in kittens. Maybe she doesn't drink sufficient H20 and is dehydrated. Perhaps she doesn't feel that her litter box is clean enough and feels uncomfortable using it. The poor thing may be experiencing some gastrointestinal distress due to an oversized hairball. You also may not be giving her enough fiber in her meals. In many cases, cats who are especially stressed out and anxious have problems defecating, as well. Various prescription medicines also might occasionally lead to constipation. Go through in your head all of the potential reasons why your kitten is having difficulties passing stools and figure out what you can do to change them. Also consult the veterinarian about ways you can modify your kitten's diet for the better. Kittens have very fragile stomachs -- much more so than adult cats -- and sudden diet changes may be the culprit behind her bathroom woes. If you have to change your kitten's food, do so gradually and slowly. Abrupt dietary changes can be very hard on the delicate constitutions of young felines.

    Health Conditions

    Constipation also can point to a bigger underlying health condition. The ailment isn't always linked to dietary problems and stress. Because of this, it is crucial to take your precious pet to the veterinarian for regular checkups. In some cases, constipation can be a sign of medical conditions including prostate problems, tumors, neurological issues, anal sac obstruction, cancer and kidney failure. Your kitten's health is worth it, so waste no time in uncovering the issue.

    About the Author

    Naomi Millburn has been a freelance writer since 2011. Her areas of writing expertise include arts and crafts, literature, linguistics, traveling, fashion and European and East Asian cultures. She holds a Bachelor of Arts in American literature from Aoyama Gakuin University in Tokyo.

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