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Constipation in Cats

Some cats suffer from constipation.  If the blockage is very large and for a long period of time, it may be classified as obstipation (intractable constipation) or megacolon (abnormal dilation and paralysis of the colon and large intestine). It is an uncomfortable condition which often will need intervention to clean out the hardened stool.

Most cats eating a normal diet will produce a bowel movement daily. The size and consistency will vary greatly depending on diet type (eg. canned vs dry), volume of intake, activity level, water intake, treats, etc.  Cats who are skipping 2-3 days between bowel movements and/or producing large diameter, hard pieces should be assessed for constipation.

How do you know if your cat is constipated? In many cases these patients will act normal until they reach a tipping point, after which they will strain and make frequent trips to the litter box to “try again”.  This may even be accompanied by vocalizing/yowling while trying to push.  If the situation is not corrected, the discomfort and distress will increase, appetite will decline and vomiting will typically follow.

The blockage can often be removed via a series of enemas which slowly loosen and soften the fecal material to enable passage.  It is quite common for cats to be hospitalized for 1-2 days and receiving IV fluids and anti-vomiting medication during this time.

Once the blockage is corrected a change of diet, increased water intake and stool-softening medication are needed, typically for life.  It is important to note that constipation may develop as a result of other health issues such as arthritis (pain) inhibiting use of the litter box (especially if high sides) and any condition which causes dehydration (eg, diabetes, kidney failure).  For this reason, constipation developing for the first time in an older cat should be investigated for other disease processes and these problems addressed.

Written by: Dr. S. Longridge

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Last updated: June 1, 2020

Dear Clients,

With recent changes to restrictions on businesses, we are pleased to advise that effective May 15, 2020 some restrictions on veterinary practices have been lifted. Based on these changes, below are some important updates to our operating policies.

1. WE CAN NOW SEE ALL CASES BY APPOINTMENT ONLY

This includes vaccines, wellness exams, blood work, heartworm testing, spays and neuters, dental services, and more!

2. SAFETY MEASURES TO KEEP EVERYONE SAFE

3. ONLINE CONSULTATIONS ARE AVAILABLE

If you wish to connect with a veterinarian via message, phone or video, visit our website and follow the "Online Consultation" link.

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We are OPEN with the following hours:

Monday to Friday: 7:00 am - 7:00 pm
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6. GROOMING SERVICES

If your pet requires grooming, please give us a call and we will put your name on a list. Our groomer Stephanie will contact you directly to schedule an appointment.

7. COUNTRY TAILS DOGGIE DAYCARE

As of Tuesday, May 19, 2020, Country Tails Doggie Daycare is open! Their temporary hours of operation are 8:00 am - 6:00 pm. You may get touch with one of our daycare team members at (905) 690-8005 or at countrytails@clappisonvet.com

Thank you for your patience and understanding and we look forward to seeing you and your furry family members again!

- Your dedicated team at Clappison Animal Hospital