Stool Softener for Cats

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According to Mar Vista Animal Medical Center, occasional constipation in cats does not warrant concern. It can be caused by a number of reasons, but is often relieved by a change in diet or the use of stool softeners.

Occasional constipation in cats is common.
Occasional constipation in cats is common. (Image: Chang Ching Hwong/iStock/Getty Images)

Causes

Constipation may be caused by ingesting hair when the cat grooms itself, according to Mar Vista. It can be the side effect from a medication. Serious causes that require veterinary intervention include kidney failure and internal obstruction.

Cats may ingest hair when they groom themselves.
Cats may ingest hair when they groom themselves. (Image: jammisammi/iStock/Getty Images)

Dietary Changes

Mar Vista suggests adding fiber to the cat’s diet. Canned pumpkin, bran cereal or a product such as Metamucil can be added. Consult your veterinarian for the appropriate amounts.

You may try adding fiber to the cats food.
You may try adding fiber to the cats food. (Image: Brenda Carson/Hemera/Getty Images)

Stool Softeners

Stool softeners such as lactulose or DSS (docusate sodium) may be prescribed to relieve a cat's constipation, according to Little Big Cat. Laxatone or Petromalt (petroleum jelly) may also be administered.

The cat may need a stool softener.
The cat may need a stool softener. (Image: RooIvan/iStock/Getty Images)

Mineral Oil

Mar Vista does not recommend the use of mineral oil as it may be accidentally inhaled by the cat. In addition, mineral oil is never expelled from the body and results in an ongoing reaction from the cat's immune system.

Adding  mineral oil to the cat's diet is not recommended.
Adding mineral oil to the cat's diet is not recommended. (Image: TheYok/iStock/Getty Images)

Considerations

If your cat is straining to pass stool, it can be a sign of a serious condition that requires veterinary care.

The cat may need to be taken to a vet.
The cat may need to be taken to a vet. (Image: Fuse/Fuse/Getty Images)

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