According to the ASPCA, a constipated kitten can be treated using a stool softener, laxative or vet-provided enema. Owners can also treat kittens by feeding them a high-fiber diet. Fiber supplements that include bran or canned pumpkin can also be effective. If the constipation is severe, a veterinarian may choose to evacuate the bowels manually.
When kittens are constipated, they often strain or cry out in pain when trying to eliminate. Constipated kittens often have small, hard stools that are covered in blood. Other signs of constipation in kittens include loss of appetite, weight loss, lethargy, vomiting and lack of grooming.
Constipation in cats can be caused by a low-fiber diet, dehydration, blocked or abscessed anal sacs, an enlarged prostate gland, tangled hair on the buttocks or the ingestion of hairballs or foreign objects. It can also be a side effect of medication or due to a tumor or other intestinal obstruction. Neurological disorders, obesity or an abnormal colon shape can also cause constipation in animals.
If using home remedies to treat the kitten's constipation does not provide results, it is important to bring the kitten to a veterinarian. If the constipation goes untreated, it can cause obstipation, a condition in which the colon is severely packed with feces and begins to swell.