How to treat feline constipation with castor oil

Written by kate bruscke
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Affecting cats of any age or size, feline constipation is an uncomfortable condition that should be diagnosed by a veterinarian. If your cat has been spending excessive time in the litter box, is having accidents outside the litter box or you notice a decrease in the number of stools passed, you should bring the cat in for an examination as soon as possible. After ensuring that the constipation is caused by dehydration, a hairball or other such factors, the vet may prescribe castor oil, a common stimulant laxative, to treat your cat's constipation.

Skill level:
Moderately Easy

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Things you need

  • Food dish
  • Can of wet cat food
  • Fork
  • Large bowl of water

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  1. 1

    Measure out a dose of castor oil, as prescribed by your cat's veterinarian. Place it into the food dish.

  2. 2

    Open the can of wet food. Add approximately half the can of wet food into the food dish.

  3. 3

    Mix the wet food and castor oil well using the fork.

  4. 4

    Serve to your cat alongside a large bowl of clean water for her to drink.

  5. 5

    Ensure that the cat eats the whole dish of food mixed with castor oil.

Tips and warnings

  • Make sure your cat has immediate access to a clean, full litter box after dosing.
  • Encourage your cat to drink extra water. Stimulant laxatives work by irritating the nerves in the colon and intestines and increase the amount of water excreted with a bowel movement.
  • Castor oil should be used with caution in geriatric cats, cats with kidney disease and some specific breeds such as Manx cats.

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