Cat Not Pooping? Causes and Treatments to Help a Constipated Cat

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What is constipation?

If your cat hasn't pooped for three days or more, or if they are straining or unwell, you should get them checked over by veterinarian.

Why do cats become constipated?

Not drinking enough

Foreign bodies

Change in diet



Anal glands

You can try to help your cat pass stools more easily by ensuring they are drinking plenty of water and adding some fiber to their diet.

How to help your constipated cat

When should you see a veterinarian?

So, what should you do if your cat is not pooping?


Dr. Hannah Godfrey MRCVS graduated from the Royal Veterinary College in 2011. Although she initially worked in mixed practice treating all species, she found a love for small animal work and has worked exclusively with dogs and cats since 2014. She lives in Wales with her partner, son, and two cats (named Poppy and Ashton Kutcher), and writes comedy fiction in her spare time.

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