Constipation in Cats
A fecal impaction is a large mass of dry, hard stool that can
develop in the rectum due to chronic constipation. This mass may be so hard
that it cannot come out of the body. Watery stool from higher in the bowel may
move around the mass and leak out, causing soiling. Affected cats often pass
blood-tinged or watery, brown stool. This may be mistaken for diarrhea. Fecal impaction is confirmed by digital
examination by your veterinarian using a well-lubricated glove.
Treatment: The removal of impacted feces requires both a laxative and an
enema. As you may imagine, giving a cat an enema is no easy task, so it is best
left to a veterinarian or a veterinary technician. For a severe impaction
accompanied by dehydration, fluid replacement is necessary before attempting to
remove the impaction.