Q. I'm pretty sure my cat is constipated. It Saturday and we live in a rural area. Is there possibly something I can do to help her?
DR. CHRISTIE LONG, D.V.M., C.V.A.
A. Over-the-counter human enemas for cats are potentially very dangerous, so I don't advise that. They contain large amounts of phosphate, which causes severe electrolyte imbalances in cats. You can certainly try to increase water intake with several methods - canned food, adding water to kibble, flavoring drinking water with a little bit of low sodium chicken broth or clam juice. Canned pumpkin also has lots of fiber, and most cats like it. Add 1 - 2 tablespoons on top of food, or have her lick it from your fingers.
Constipation that results in not defecating for more than 2 days is serious. Also be sure that you're not mistaking not being able to defecate with not being able to urinate. This is an emergency situation sometimes brought on by urinary stones in cats. If she hasn't defecated in 2 days I would recommend seeking emergency care today.