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By: Dr. Arnold Plotnick

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Optimal treatment for your cat requires a combination of home and professional veterinary care. Follow-up can be critical, especially if your cat does not rapidly improve. Administer all prescribed medication as directed. Alert your veterinarian if you are experience problems treating your cat.

Feed a diet high in fiber to bulk up the feces and help attract water to the stool, improving its consistency. Regular grooming is recommended, as impaction of the colon with ingested hair (as well as other foreign material) is a very common cause of constipation in the cat. Regular exercise has been found to help prevent or minimize recurrences of constipation and the occasional use of laxatives when excessively firm stool is noticed in the litter box may be helpful.

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