Constipation Management

Constipation in cats can be a common occurrence if they have certain diseases such as chronic kidney disease. Even cats who do not have any diseases may experience constipation.

Key Points

  • Feline Constipation contains a lot of information about how to recognize and treat constipation in cats
  • Tanya’s Comprehensive Guide to Feline Chronic Kidney Disease also contains a lot of information about recognizing and treating constipation in cats
    • The site focuses on cats with kidney disease, but the information on the constipation page can be used with all cats
  • The Scoop on Poop has a great article on understanding the different varieties of poop and what they mean.
  • If your cat becomes constipated regularly, or is likely to become acutely constipated as a side effect of a medication or medical condition then it’s a good idea to have an enema on-hand to use as needed
  • Eating a water-rich diet can help to provide enough moisture to prevent mild constipation in cats
  • Stool softeners like Lactulose or laxatives like Miralax can be used to treat chronic or acute constipation
  • If your cat becomes constipated, treating the constipation as soon as it occurs will give the best chance for a quick recovery

My Favorite Videos

Learn how to palpate your cat’s abdomen and feel if they are constipated.

See the process of giving an enema and how effective it is.