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Constipation is common in cats. Most often it’s a mild condition where acupressure and other home remedies can help. Be mindful though that feline constipation may be indicative of a more serious health issue and need the immediate attention of your holistic veterinarian.
Constipation is characterized by infrequent stools or stools that are difficult to pass. Most cats defecate about every 24-36 hours. If your cat is defecating less frequently and straining, she may be constipated. While there is some variation, if more than 48-72 hours passes without a bowel movement, contact your veterinarian.
Common indicators of constipation include:
• Dry, hard stools • Muscle Loss • Straining in the litter box
• Walking stiffly • Decreased appetite • Difficulty jumping up
This chart gives you the acupressure points you can use to help relieve mild, non-threatening constipation in your cat.
Other suggestions to help resolve constipation are:
• Increase water intake
• Increase exercise
• Change in diet
• Reduced stress