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If you think there is nothing worse than being "backed up," try being a cat that can't tell you how uncomfortable they feel. If you think your cat may be constipated, or is having trouble passing a hairball, seek veterinary advice immediately as these can lead to greater problems if left unchecked. Often, a hairball or stool blockage will make its way out on its own, but until then, watching your furry companion suffer can be just as unsettling as suffering from it yourself.
More common in felines, signs of constipation include passing hard, dry stools, visibly straining when attempting a bowel movement and frequent, yet unproductive trips to her litter box. Your cat may also experience a loss of appetite, weight loss, vomiting and general disinterest in grooming. On your vet's advice, gentle laxatives developed especially for cats can provide much needed relief. Chewable treats, pastes and edible lubricants work quickly to clear up digestive issues and hairball blockages. The first few bowel movements after treatment may be a bit extreme, but try not to be too alarmed. If your cat's symptoms don't clear up, then you should consult your vet.
Speaking of hairballs, the horrifying retching sound that signals the alarm of death of your freshly cleaned carpet can actually be prevented with some supplements. As your cat grooms herself, she picks up bits of hair and debris with her hook-like tongue. The result is a well-combed fur coat combined with a belly full of fuzz. Supplements from EntirelyPets can help break down this hair buildup in the stomach and allow it to pass through the intestines and out the other end.
When used regularly, these supplements can help prevent future uncomfortable digestive issues. Consult your veterinarian with any concerns about your cat or dog's gastrointestinal health. If you notice any serious problems including extreme lethargy and a bloated belly, seek emergency treatment for your pet immediately.