Natural remedies for constipation in cats include increased water intake, additional fiber, probiotics, exercise and frequent brushing. Acupressure and acupuncture can also relieve constipation. Mild to severe constipation may be caused by dehydration, which is typical of pets as they age. Adding water or broth to food can increase fluid intake.
Replacing dry food with canned food is also effective, as canned food is a good source of supplemental water. Some pets prefer to drink using a water dispenser that is free-flowing or features a constant drip. Adding fiber is another method of relieving constipation in cats and is a necessary dietary supplement as they age. Fiber stimulates the colon and helps to create stools that are bulky and pass more easily. Natural sources of fiber such as root vegetables, carrots, bran and pumpkin are good additions that are also rich in nutrients. The addition of probiotics to a cat’s diet promotes intestinal health and remedies constipation. Probiotics contain live bacterial organisms that are beneficial and stimulate the growth of good bacteria in the intestines. Probiotic supplements are available in pet stores in pill and powder form.
Exercise is highly beneficial in reducing the frequency of constipation. Laser point play and interactive games can encourage a cat to move. Acupressure using the fingers is an effective way to ease constipation, as is acupuncture by a licensed practitioner. Brushing a cat regularly remedies hair balls, which are often a source of constipation. Brushing stimulates blood circulation and removes dirt and dead hair. Brushing is particularly effective as a cat ages and can no longer groom effectively.