Cat Nourishment Mistakes

Dry food progressively hardens excrements until, suddenly, the thing stops working. We have to observe attentively this process and intervene in time. In general, I don’t want you to think that dry food should harden dregs. On the contrary, this type of food possesses a great content of not digestible fiber that turns out to be, rather, laxative. In any case, it is best to experiment. 

There exists another type of nourishing product that can be relieving for your cat: raw liver has laxative effects (always be prudent with laxatives). Castor oil is excluded because it is harmful; whereas hydrated sodic sulfate is difficult to administer. I consider oil of paraffin to be valid. Half a teaspoonful serves for an adult cat. If you find hard dregs in the rectum, a clyster (enema) is useful. It helps soften excrement and stimulates the intestinal activity without causing any damages. Try to make things easier for you and use a prepared enema. You can find children enemas in drugstores. It is advisable to buy for this purpose an irrigation syringe since constipation is rare in cats. However, a frequent appearance of constipation will indicate there is something wrong with nourishment and eventually wont can be corrected neither by enemas nor medicine

Foreign bodies in the intestine
A cat sometimes can be like a dog, a voracious eater. Only in rare occasions will digest a chunk of bone or a toy that with bad luck will get stuck in the intestine. However, intestinal obstruction is not precisely infrequent, at least among longhaired cats. They constantly swallow hair that can get entangled in the stomach. One of these balls can block the stomach. Agglomerations of intestinal worms have provoked also intestine obstructions. When you have a small cat, you have to think about this possibility. What ever it is, the result is an occlusion of the digestive channel, which constitutes an incident that can be mortal and have dramatic symptoms. Excrements are deposed in small portions or are absent completely. On the other hand, the poor animal vomits frequently, but without fever. It has to be taken to the veterinarian; a careful palpation or x rays will tell us if we can administer a soft laxative or wait. On the contrary, it will have to be operated as soon as possible. Expectations of healing diminish if the general condition gets worse. 

Adherence to the anus
It sounds incredible, but it is true. Longhaired cats that are not too well groomed, not to say they are notably careless, depositions remain adhered to the anus hair. At the end, the passage remains completely obstructed and the animal can’t defecate. This can be seen immediately in a well-groomed shorthaired cat, but it is not discovered up to very late in case of longhaired animals. Patients suffer, tighten in vain and suffer big pain. 

The remedy is not simple. It is necessary to soften the obstruction again and again with soapy warm water and after must cut away the hair carefully. It is a disagreeable procedure for both parts. 

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