How to treat constipation in cats
Regular elimination of waste products through the colon is vital for you cat’s health. When it becomes clogged inside the colon, constipation develops which manifests itself as infrequent bowel movement or difficult passage of stools. If waste is not removed your cat can become polluted. Colon walls are thin and waste material that stays in the colon for too long can result in the leakage of toxins and harmful bacteria into the body.
Constipation can result from a number of factors but diet is the most important one. For example, a diet low in fibre and insufficient water intake combined with an inactive lifestyle are often the root cause.
You can prevent constipation buy ensuring your cat eats a healthy diet and regular exercise will help not only keep your cat fit and healthy but help with digestion as well. There many home remedies for cats with constipation that can cure constipation without the side effects associated with some prescription drugs.
Feed a balanced, high quality diet; ideally raw food. Adding a tablespoon of olive oil to your cat’s food a couple of times a week will help to maintain regular bowel movements and keep the fur glossy. Feed probiotics to balance the consistency of the stool. Remove any food that has not been eaten at meal times. Periods of fasting throughout the day are important for effective digestion.
Ensure your cat has access to fresh drinking water at all times. Some cats don’t like chlorinated or fluorinated water and filtered or bottled water may be better.
A number of herbal remedies can be used to great effect to cure constipation in cats naturally. If you prefer to buy ready-made home remedies for cats there is Natural Moves from PetAlive. It contains herbs and tissue salts such psyllium husk, green oats, cape aloe, nat mur (6X) and lactose which support regular bowel movements. Psyllium husk and green oats are very high in fibre. Aloe acts as a natural system cleanser while natrium muriaticum helps to maintain the body’s water balance.
Effective home remedies for cats with constipation you can make yourself include a tisane of wild chicory. Give one dropperful of the tisane twice a day. In addition, sprinkle a pinch of plantain seeds into water and give three times daily. These remedies will relive the condition.
Alternatively, give one dropperful of a walnut leave tisane or a tisane made from fennel shoots, three times a day. Fennel shoots can also be chopped and fed raw to your cat. Another effective home remedy is dried figs coated in honey and given as a pill.
These home remedies for cats will cure constipation, but as always, it is best to prevent it in the first place, and the tips given above will help you do this.