How to help a constipated kitten?
Topic: How to help a constipated kitten?
September 23, 2019 / By Gwendolen Question:
Hi, I have a 5 week old kitten that's become constipated. He is noticeably distressed and has a distended belly. Stimulation doesn't seem to help.
The Vet in my area doesn't open for another 7 hours and there is no 24/hr emergency treatment facility available.
Is there anything I can do in the next few hours to help comfort him?
Best Answers: How to help a constipated kitten?
Didi | 8 days ago
No wonder the poor thing is constipated, kittens should not be taken away from their mothers until they are at least 8 weeks old. It's your fault and don't try to stimulate him, you're only hurting him. Leave him alone until you go to the vets, you are only irritating him and making him worse. Ask the vet when you can have him neutered too.
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Originally Answered: orphaned kitten constipated?
First of all, stop giving her human baby formula. She is 5 months old and needs kitten food. No milk. Most cats/kittens are lactose intolerant and will get diarrhea from the formuls.
Give her kitten food. Plain and simple kitten food. Canned kitten food with a little added water will solve your problem. 5 month old kittens do not need milk, kitten or otherwise.
That kitten is too young to be weaned. At that age, its mother's milk should be his primary source of nutrition. If that is an impossibility, he needs to be fed a proper cat milk replacement (such as KMR kitten formula). At 6 weeks, you can start mixing in canned kitten food. Slowly reduce the amount of formula until the he is 8 weeks old. That should help solve the constipation problem until his digestive system is mature enough to process a diet consisting totally of cat food.
Between now and when you can get him to the vet, try holding a warm moist washcloth to his abdomen. Hold him upright to let gravity help. A friend of mine had the same problem with a kitten of the that age and had success with taking the kitten into the shower. I wasn't there, so have no clue how that worked.
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Canned pumpkin is good. Regular cows milk is good as some kittens are lactose intolerant and it will cause diarrhea. Metamucil works as well. Probably no more than an eighth or a quater of a teaspoon for a small kitten. On a long term basis, canned food is good to add to their diet as the extra moisture will help prevent constipation. Good luck!
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a little cooking mix in with food and she will go the vet told me to do this then kittens i foster are like this it works ) Take the kitten to a veterinarian to make sure no medical intervention is needed. Whether the baby kitten was abandoned, or the mother died, it is imperative that you get the kitten to a doctor so that it can be examined for problems such as dehydration. If the veterinarian approves, take the kitten home.
Set up a bed for the kitten using a cardboard box, old towels and a heating pad. Wrap the heating pad in a towel or two and place it in the bottom of a cardboard box. Bunch up another towel or rag, and place it in a corner for a bed. You may also want to consider putting a stuffed animal in the box for the kitten to cuddle with, as they are used to being close to other kittens or their mother. Place the heating pad on low, as newborn kittens are not able to regulate their temperature until around 8 weeks of age.
Feed the baby kitten using a small bottle designed to feed orphaned kittens, and some kitten formula or replacement milk. These can be found at any pet store and also at stores like Wal-Mart. Sterilize the bottle, and then fill it with the replacement milk. The instructions on the back of the can will tell you how much to feed a kitten of a certain age, and no mixing or adding of water is needed. If the kitten refuses to drink out of the bottle, you can use an eye dropper to slowly drip the milk into the kitten's mouth.
Stimulate the kitten so that it urinates and defecates. To do this, you will need to wet a washcloth or soft towels with warm water, and slowly stroke it over the genital and anal areas of the kitten. After a few strokes the kitten should have defecated. It may take a few feedings to notice any urination. You are stimulating the kitten to substitute the mother kitten's act of licking these areas with her rough tongue. If you do not perform this act after each meal, the kitten will not be able to excrete. You can stop this process once you notice the kitten using the restroom by itself.
Show the kitten plenty of love and affection. Kittens normally interact several times a say with their mother and siblings, and you will have to take the place of them. Let the kitten sleep on your lap, or gently pet it. Be careful not to over stimulate the kitten though, and let him sleep in the heated cardboard box as often as he needs.
Wash the kitten with a damp warm washcloth. Gently stroke the kitten over its back and neck with the washcloth. This will teach the kitten the art of licking and cleaning itself. This is another job that is normally done by the mother cat, which now must be done by you to teach the kitten the essential skills.
Give the kitten a bath in dawn dish soap or other mild soap if needed. Sometimes the kitten will become dirty, and a bath will be necessary. Do not over wash however, and do not use harsh flea soaps at this early stage in life.
Start introducing solid foods to the kitten at 6 weeks of age. Begin by soaking some dry kitten food in the replacement milk or formula until it softens. Place the softened food into a shallow bowl, and offer it to the kitten. You may need to do this several times before the kitten gets the hang of eating on its own. You can then gradually feed just dry food once the kitten is old enough to chew the food. You can also start introducing plain water in a shallow dish at this time.
Start to litter train the kitten at 8 weeks of age. Place the kitten into the litter box filled with litter after every meal, and whenever you notice it trying to eliminate in its box or around the home. Litter training should be a fairly quick process, as it is a natural instinct for most cats.
Take your kitten into the veterinarian at the age of 8 weeks so that it can receive another check up and its first shots. Follow any additional instructions given by the doctor. At this point your kitten should be thriving on its own, and your work as a mother cat should be just about over
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Keep him comfortable until you can get him to a vet ASAP. He may have a fairly common and very serious condition called kitten septicemia and his life may depend on his being treated as quickly as possible. Kitten septicemia most often occurs during the first few weeks of a kitten's life. You can read more about it at the following links, as well as another intestinal virus that can cause similar symptoms to your cat's.
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put a couple of teaspoons of canned pumpkin in her /his food
PLAIN canned pumpkin, NOT pumpkin pie filling with spices
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Originally Answered: Got a constipated 5-week old kitten .?
When he gets constipated feed him baby food meat - human baby food - just the meats. My cat liked the lamb and chicken the best. That will help get him back on track.
Another thing is that the canned food does not have as much fiber (not by half) as the dry stuff, so mix some dry with the canned maybe half and half.
Some warm water if he will drink it may help his tummy when it's hurting too.