It is possible to use a human laxative as a cat laxative for feline constipation. Often something that is already in the cupboard can help treat an ailing animal. However, it is better to take advice from a qualified veterinarian prior to home treatments, as constipation could be the underlying symptom of something more serious.
Laxative For Cats
- If possible, try to increase the cat’s intake of fluid. Lack of fluid is one of the main causes of constipation. If the cat has been ill or is reluctant to drink, try using a syringe and administer a few drops at a time orally. If this is done regularly throughout the day it will help immensely.
- To check to see if your cat is dehydrated gently lift the skin on the scruff of the neck. If it bounces back quickly, then dehydration is not an immediate worry. If the skin is slow to go back into place, that means there is a lack of elasticity caused by dehydration. Introducing small amounts of liquid at regular intervals should help. If not, then a visit to the vet is advised.
- Slippery elm bark can also be used as a laxative for cats. This herb is available in powder form and can be administered by sprinkling onto food. Slippery elm bark is a popular herbal remedy for treatment of digestive disorders and can help by easing irritation of the digestive tract.
- Aloe gel is one of the best known herbal treatments for the digestive system. It has lubricating properties and can be administered by adding to food or directly onto the cat’s paw, so they can lick it off while grooming. Vaseline can also be used on the paw in the same way.
- Bulking agents such as psyllium and bran can be used as a cat constipation treatment, but as they need to be taken with a large amount of fluid and absorb fluid from the body, these are not recommended to be administered to a cat suffering from dehydration.
- Bulking agents that are naturally very moist can, however, be ideal for cats that are constipated and dehydrated. Sweet potato, pumpkin, or squash and be mashed and given in small amounts as a cat laxative treatment. These foods will not absorb extra fluids from the cat’s body.
- Lubricants such as fish oils, olive oils, and flax oils for the treatment of cat constipation are ideal, as they can be easily mixed into cat food. Cat owners can also try treating a cat suffering from constipation with a tin of tuna in oil. They love to eat the tuna, and the oil will help to move stools easily through the digestive tract.
- As an added bonus the oils will also help provide a glossy coat for the cat. Lubricants are also ideal for cats on a dry-food-only diet and can be used on a regular basis as a preventative measure if the cat is no longer suffering from constipation.
As already stated, constipation in cats can be a symptom of an underlying condition. If symptoms do not improve after 24 hours, consultation with a qualified veterinarian is advised. A cat laxative should be administered with care.