Causes of Constipation

Is your cat constipated? One of these causes may be to blame.

Posted: Wed Dec 18 00:00:00 PST 2002

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Constipation is defined as infrequent or absent defecation associated with retention of feces or stool within the colon and rectum. The following circumstances lead to constipation:

1. Ingestion of indigestible material: hair, bones, wool, cloth.

2. Lack of exercise: illness or debility, obesity.

3. Painful defecation: abscessed anal sacs, tumors, draining tracts around anus.

4. Obstruction: pelvic fractures causing narrowing of the pelvis, masses obstructing colon or rectum, congenital lesions such as imperfect opening at anus.

5. Neurological disease: megacolon, paraplegia, spinal cord deformity, dysautonomia (autonomic nervous system disorder seen primarily in English cats), inflammation of spinal cord/brain.

6. Other: potassium deficiency, dehydration, certain drugs, soiled litterbox.

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janet    bethlehem, PA

12/10/2010 4:37:01 AM

important information, thank you very much

Janet    Bethlehem, PA

9/6/2010 6:45:12 AM

good article thanks

Gina    Rochester, NY

7/16/2009 7:43:27 PM

Very interesting.

S    3 Oaks, MI

7/16/2009 5:34:14 PM

Thank you!!!!

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