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My cat's stools are hard and round little . He does not

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My cat's stools are hard and round little balls. He does not go to the toilet every day. Is this a sign of constipation
Hello, I'm Dr. Deb and will do my best to help you today. I'm sorry for this concern for Merlin.I would categorize constipation as straining to produce very hard, firm stools so he may not actually be constipated. But if his stools remain this consistency and he doesn't produce a bowel movement every day, then constipation may develop at some point. It would be best to try and loosen up those stools....not to the point of diarrhea but softer than they currently are. He may then start to produce a daily stool since it won't be so difficult (and/or painful). Towards that end, I typically recommend increased fluid consumption by feeding more canned food if the patient will eat it (some cats don't like canned food).I'd also use an oral laxative which can be given daily, if necessary. Options which I typically suggest are as follows; they can be mixed and matched since not every patient responds to the same protocol. What works well for one cat doesn't necessarily work well for another one, in other words. 1. Hairball laxatives such as Laxatone or Laxaire which are brand names but every pet or grain store will carry these products. I usually suggest 1-2 inches 2-3 times a day. This may be similar to the paraffin which your vet had suggested but I'm not entirely sure about this.2. Canned pumpkin (NOT the pie mix) at a dose of 1/4-1/2 tsp per day. You'd be surprised how well many cats like the taste of it.3. Over the counter, human Miralax at a dose of 1/8th-1/4th tsp daily which can be increased until soft stools are produced.4. Increased fiber such as raw bran flakes (wheat bran, not cereal) in canned food 1/4-1/2 tsp daily.5. For those cats with chronic issues, Royal Canin GI Fiber Response diet is an excellent choice since many patients will not require any additional treatments if they eat this diet. Unfortunately, it's a prescription food and would have to be dispensed by your vet. I hope this helps and that you see improvement soon. Deb
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