Teacup kitten constipation is pretty common, especially among hand-reared teacup kittens and premature teacup kittens. The reason is because mother cats stimulate the anal region of their teacup cats frequently.
If something happened to the mother cat soon after her teacup kittens were born, then this is something you will have to start doing. If you allow feces to build up inside the teacup kittens’ anuses, it can turn toxic and kill them.
Premature teacup kittens often have constipation because their organs and bodies are not fully developed. They need to be fed every hour or two with diluted teacup cat formula. Premature teacup kittens, like other teacup kittens, should have a bowel movement at least once every two days. They especially need to have their anus stimulated often to avoid teacup kitten constipation.
To stimulate your teacup kitten’s anus, you can try a warm wet cotton ball first, although it may be too rough for some teacup cat’ bottoms, especially the premature ones. The best way to stimulate your teacup kitten’s bottom is with your index finger. Trim your nails and then start running warm water at the sink. When it’s the right temperature, put the teacup kitten’s bottom in the stream and gently stimulate her anus. You’ll know you’re not doing it right if the teacup kitten doesn’t have a bowel movement after you do it.
So how do you know if teacup cat constipation is a problem? Normal teacup kitten feces is easily passed and looked similar to brown toothpaste. If the feces are small, hard lumps, then your teacup kitten is starting to get constipated. You’ll also know your teacup kitten is constipated if he strains to have a bowel movement. Constipated teacup kittens also tend to have a hard abdomen that’s distended and may be tender to the touch.
If your teacup kitten has not had a bowel movement for more than two days, then try a small dose of liquid paraffin or another feline laxative. Use only about a half milliliter of paraffin with each feeding for one to two days. Avoid paraffin if the teacup kitten is especially young. Instead, rub some white petroleum jelly into the teacup cat’s anus. Be sure to warm it up in the microwave a tiny bit before you rub it in.
One important factor in keeping teacup kitten constipation away is how much exercise your teacup kittens get. Keeping them in a box or cage will prevent them from getting the exercise they need to help their digestive system function properly. Be sure you let them out plenty of times per day to play, romp, and work those digestive muscles.
Another thing to watch is how much water your teacup kittens drink. We all think cats and teacup kittens drink milk all the time, but it’s important not to forget the water. Water keeps the teacup kitten’s bowels hydrated and helps them pass stool more easily.
If the teacup cat constipation keeps coming back or never seems to go away, then it could be a symptom of a more serious problem. You should seek the advice of a veterinarian if you can’t seem to get rid of your teacup kitten’s constipation.