August 2008 Issue

Caring for the Constipated Cat

Without prompt treatment, an intestinal blockage can put your cat's life at risk. Recognize the signs of trouble.

Your cat has always been a creature of habit when it comes to moving his bowels. Twice a day once in the morning and once in the evening he shuffles to his litter box and gracefully relieves himself. If Plato should ever break that pattern and not move his bowels for a day or two, youd be wise to have him examined by your veterinarian right away. Its possible that he is constipated, a condition that will probably be easily relieved if spotted early. Without diagnosis and proper treatment, however, his constipation could progress rapidly to a serious threat to his health, perhaps his life.

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