Why Does My Cat… Get Constipated?

When the Problem Becomes Chronic

In some cases, chronic constipation can lead to megacolon, a serious condition in which the diameter of the colon becomes so distended, the smooth muscle of the intestine can no longer move stool effectively. For these cats, surgical removal of part of the colon may be necessary.

Hopefully, your cat’s problem will never reach this extreme. Your veterinarian can work with you to devise a long-term plan to help reduce the risk of constipation now and in the future. For some cats, it may mean a change in diet, increasing water intake and exercise, or some simple changes to litterbox location, type or maintenance.

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