Constipation, associated with hardened feces and painful bowel movements, can develop for various reasons. It occurs in both cats and dogs, but is more common in older cats. It is important to observe your pet's bowel movements to distinguish constipation from other bowel issues like diarrhea, which can look similar in a pet straining to defecate.
- Observe your pet's bowel movements. Note the amount of time between bowel movements, the consistency and size of bowel movements, and any discomfort or straining.
- Provide plenty of water. Dehydration can lead to constipation.
- Contact your vet to determine the best treatment for your pet's constipation. They may recommend a diet supplement, Miralax, an enema or other medications.