Using Vaseline to Cure Constipation in Cats

Hairballs, the most common cause of cat constipation, are not serious.
Hairballs, the most common cause of cat constipation, are not serious. (Image: cat image by nutech21 from

According to the website, a cat is constipated when it has "...trouble passing stool and when the stools--if at all--are dry and hard." The website further explains that some cats will let you know that they're constipated by meowing and some will make no sound at all, but will visit the litter box frequently. A common, though not serious cause of constipation is hairballs. Other causes include cancer, hernia, feline distemper and trauma. If your cat's constipation becomes chronic and does not clear up in a few days, take it to a veterinarian.

Things You'll Need

  • 1/3 to 1/2 teaspoon Vaseline
  • Wet canned cat food
  • Pet water fountain

Measure out 1/2 teaspoon of Vaseline and give it to your cat to lick from the spoon, making sure your cat gets all the Vaseline. Do this every day for as long as your cat is constipated.

Wait one hour and feed your cat as you normally would, giving it canned, moist cat food. Moist cat food will help your cat stay more hydrated, which will help it pass stools.

Replace your cat's dish of water with a water fountain. Most cats drink more water from a fountain than a regular dish of water. The water in combination with the wet food and the Vaseline will help relieve your pet.

Tips & Warnings

  • According to, if your cat does "...not produce adequate stool for more than 2 to 3 days, call your vet." This could be a sign of a more serious health problem.

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