I know, it sounds awful to think about constipation, but some cats deal with it on a daily basis. Rocky, for instance, is always constipated. He’s seen several doctors for it but it still remains. Recently, he visited a holistic vet here in Chicago named Dr. C (she’s fabulous, FYI) who suggested that we give him more water and even more pumpkin than we’d been doing, up to a tablespoon daily. Well, we tried, and it seems to be working. He strolled right up to momFOD and pooped in front of her. On the floor. Proudly.
Anyway, if your cat is suffering from constipation, first make sure that there aren’t any other problems. I’m not a vet (just a really well-educated cat), but here’s what we learned from our vet during our recent visit:
- check your cat’s kidney function. If there are any problems there, the kidneys may pull water right out of the body and excrete it, causing your cat’s poop to be too dry and, therefore, difficult to pass.
- check your cat’s thyroid function. Constipation can be a symptom of hypothyroidism.
Constipation can also be caused by:
- intestinal blockage
- certain types of medication
- diets low in fiber
All tests show that, in Rocky’s case, the cause is a low-fiber diet (he eats raw food, 2x per day, plus a dehydrated raw snack in the evening) and is remedied by adding more water and more pumpkin (fiber). MomFOD was giving us an afternoon pumpkin snack with a side of goat’s milk, which we enjoy just fine. However, we just received an email from The Honest Kitchen, the company that sponsors some of our giveaways, that had a wonderful recipe that’s perfect for fall and for helping relieve Rocky’s ailment. We thought it sounded tasty and wanted to share it with you! (We have not received any reimbursement for posting this recipe and do not plan to. You can see our original review of Pro Bloom goat’s milk here)
Cinnamon Pumpkin “Latte”
Mix 1 pack of Pro Bloom with 1 cup of warm water
Wisk in 2 tbsp of pure canned pumpkin
Lightly sprinkle the top with a smidgen of cinnamon*
*Do not use nutmeg. Nutmeg is toxic to pets, so please keep that in the “people only” cabinet.
Sounds tasty, right? This recipe makes a cup, which is usually enough to give to our four cats and dog in two portions. You may need to adjust the amount of pumpkin. Since Rocky is allowed 1 tbsp a day, per his vet’s instructions, we put a little more in his portion. As always, if you have any questions about your cat’s health, please see a veterinarian and rule out anything more serious before trying to change your cat’s diet.
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Sources: Constipation in Cats