Thursday, December 7, 2017

Natural Treatments For Feline Megacolon and Constipation

Megacolon is a condition that can affect cats at any age, but most often affects older male cats. The condition is characterized by distended colon walls as a result of excess waste accumulation in the bowel, enlarging the colon.  Motility in the colon is very poor making it very difficult for the cat to have a bowel movement.  The stool can become dry, hard and impacted, often requiring medical intervention to remove the blockage.  The main goal in treating megacolon is to try to manage the condition to prevent another blockage. 

Natural Treatments For MegaColon
Oral laxatives and stool softeners are often prescribed by veterinarians to keep stool moving.  Pet owners can use some holistic treatments as well to try to help.  A change in diet and a few supplements can help cats with megacolon.   Cats can be intolerant of many common foods such as poultry or grains so feeding a hypoallergenic, moisture rich diet is essential.  When cats eat foods they are intolerant of or allergic to, this can cause inflammation making the constipation symptoms worse.  Adding a few natural fiber sources such as canned pumpkin, vegetables (if your kitty will eat them) and ground flaxseed is important.   Amazing Omegas can also help to reduce inflammation and has a "side effect" of causing loose stool.   Power Probiotic for Pets  gives the colon support with friendly bacteria that  support normal bowel movements.  The Liver/Gallbladder Support Formula can stimulate bile flow and help cleanse the liver which may help with this condition.

If your cat has megacolon, please include your cat's diet on the order form at checkout.  Diet is a huge issue when it comes to digestive problems.  Even though a cat may have eaten the same diet all his life, the inflammation could have been building for years.   Based on the information you provide about your cat on the order form at checkout, we can include a diet suggestion on the packing slip that comes with the product directions.