He constipation It is a fairly frequent problem in cats, although not in all. Similar to people, some cats have a harder time going to the bathroom than others. It is important identify the cause of your cat not pooping and seek a remedy. If the situation lasts several days or recurs often, it is best to go to your vet to examine it.
In this article we are going to tell you the possible reasons why a cat stops going to the bathroom, as well as the ways to treat and prevent it.
Why won’t my cat poop?
Cats use their tray on a daily basis, both to urinate and to defecate. If you check and clean the litter box every day, you can see if there are any changes in his routine in terms of the amount and frequency with which he urinates. If your cat has not pooped for more than two days, he is most likely constipated. If there is poop but it is very hard and very dry, it is also a symptom of constipation.
Constipation can cause health problems for our feline as, for example, intestinal obstructions.
Causes why my cat does not poop
Here we list some of the most common causes why your cat may become constipated and not poop:
- Drink little water or are dehydrated
- Your diet does not provide you with enough fiber
- Has accumulation of hairballs
- Has ingested meat bones, a foreign object or body
- You are overweight, sedentary, and do not exercise
- You have pain in your back legs, hips, or lower back
- Renal problems
- Digestive problems
- Intestinal obstructions
Another reason a cat doesn’t poop is stress. Cats are easily stressed by changes that may seem insignificant to us. For example, change the type of litter, the tray or simply place it in a different place.
Symptoms of a constipated cat
- Spends a lot of time on the litter tray
- Tries to poop but can’t
- Meows inside the sandbox
- Hard and dry stools
- Bloody stools or mucus
- Abdominal pain
- Has less desire to eat
- You have vomiting
- Is down
Prevention: how to prevent your cat from constipation?
These points promote good transit for your cat to go to the bathroom normally:
- Fresh and clean water at your disposal
- Motivate him to drink more with cat fountains
- Include wet food in your diet for extra fluids
- Give it malt and brush it to avoid hairballs
- Provide you with a high-quality, high-fiber diet
- Avoid obesity and promote exercise
- Place your litter tray in a quiet and private area
- Remove your stool every day and always keep the sand clean
Treatment: what do I do if my cat doesn’t poop?
NEVER give laxatives or human medications to help you go to the bathroom as they can be very dangerous, even toxic, to your health.
If the problem is not serious, sometimes just change your diet: provide a greater amount of fiber, increase water consumption and give it malt, which has a natural laxative effect. For specific moments, we can also add ½ tablespoon of olive oil in their food, which acts as a lubricant helping food circulate better and preventing the accumulation of feces in the intestine; The oil should not be used for more than a week.
Also rule out that the problem is not the type of sand or its tray.
If your cat does not improve and has not pooped for more than three days, take him to the vet to do the necessary tests to find out what the reason is.