Meet Chong, a 1-year-old kitty. Chong's mom adopted him and his brother, Cheech, from the shelter earlier this year. "These cats are giving me something to be happy about. I would truly be lost without them," says their mom.
Chong's mom relies on Supplemental Security Income, so when she noticed Chong throwing up she was hoping it was a hairball that he would be able to get up on his own. Unfortunately, Chong stopped eating, and wouldn't stop throwing up. She applied with Fur Kids Foundation so she could take her kitty to the veterinarian.
At the vet, they learned that poor Chong was very constipated causing him severe discomfort, making him always feel full. He was given some medication, and after a few days was back to feeling like himself!
Just like humans, cats can get constipated. Signs that your cat may be constipated include:
This common digestive problem can be caused by dehydration, pain, problems with muscle movements in the colon, or a rare condition called megacolon that happens when cats hold it for too long. Other causes of constipation include hairballs, tumors, lack of exercise and pelvic injuries.
If your cat continues to have issues with constipation, your vet may encourage you to increase their water intake with canned food, help them get more exercise, or even switch to a cat food that is for digestive problems in cats. If your cat is ever crouching miserably in the litter box but can’t seem to go to the bathroom, get them to a vet as soon as possible.
No matter what is happening with your fur kid, at any stage of life, Fur Kids Foundation encourages you to call your veterinarian sooner rather than later.
Fur Kids Foundation is 100% run by dedicated volunteers who give their time to help the Foundation raise money with events, take applications, and spread the word about the good work the Foundation does in Campbell County, Wyoming. If you would like to help Fur Kids Foundation continue to help local families with animals afford emergency veterinary care, please consider making a tax-deductible donation or sign up to become a volunteer.