In this age range, intestinal parasites are not as common a cause for constipation, but it still must be considered, especially for cats that go outside frequently. At this age, cats also mature behaviorally and become less prone to chewing foreign objects that may get stuck in the gut. However, some naughty kitties still cannot resist the urge to engage in dietary indiscretion, and as such, GI foreign body obstruction in the large intestine must still be considered a possible cause for constipation. Most commonly at this age in cats who are constipated, it is the result of primary large intestinal dysfunction known as megacolon. Finally, in a cat this age, cancer of the gut (not listed below) must be considered as a possible cause for constipation. For more information on these diseases, please refer to the articles below. If you still seek further information, please visit our Ask The Vet page to submit a one on one consultation with a licensed veterinarian 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.
GI foreign body obstruction
My 11 year old female domestic shorthair has been an indoor cat for the last 2 years. 2 1/2 mos ago I started noticing constipation and excessive drinking an urinating (6x day).
I have been using Miralax and hairball remedy (tho I don’t believe it is hairballs) successfully. Without those she would be in real trouble. I have cancer and my funds are limited.
I inherited her from my mother that I nursed before she died of same cancer. I love this cat and she has brought me great joy. I know I need to take her to the vet but I have to consider the amount of testing they do on her.
Up until 2 years ago she ate kibble only. I have introduced Fancy Feast canned food which is more than 1/2 her diet. She still cries out for her kibble, tho.
Your comments would be appreciated. Vet appt 6/3.
Yes, I have tried pumpkin and she won’t touch it and that doesn’t explain the thirst.