Safe Cats laxatives are approved for felines, but you should consult your vet right away if your cat appears to be in distress. Constipation can become a serious and painful condition for any animal, so it’s important to be aware of the best cat laxatives you can use to help your pet.
Stimulant Laxatives for Cats
Safe Cats laxatives are typically used to lubricate the digestive tract, so it’s easier for the cat to pass a stool. This type of laxative is typically used when hairballs lead to constipation.
Sentry HC Petromalt
Sentry HC Petromalt uses a combination of mineral oil, petrolatum, glycerin, and other ingredients to break up hairballs and lubricate the digestive tract. This product also contains corn syrup, so Safe Cats laxatives may not be appropriate for cats that are allergic to corn or have diabetes.
Lax’aire contains petrolatum to lubricate the intestinal tract, and cod liver oil to act as a laxative. Additional ingredients include soybean oil and peptonized iron. Cats tend to like the taste of the cod liver oil, so it’s easy to administer Safe Cats laxatives.
Laxatone is an over-the-counter product that’s especially useful for treating constipation caused by ingesting fur. The tuna, catnip, and malt-flavored varieties of this laxative contain a combination of white petroleum USP, light mineral oil, and soybean oil, among other ingredients, to relieve constipation. Cat owners who prefer to avoid giving their cats petroleum products may prefer Laxatone Natural. This formula contains soybean, vegetable, cod liver, and flaxseed oils, as well as beeswax to lubricate and ease constipation.
Bulk-Forming Laxatives for Cats
Bulk-forming laxatives absorb water and help soften dry, hard feces so they pass easier. The extra bulk also helps Safe Cats laxatives pass stools more often, which keeps him regular and lowers the chance of becoming constipated.
Check the Ingredients and Consult Your Vet
As with anything else you’d feed your cat, read the ingredients label to make sure the laxative you choose doesn’t contain anything you know your cat is allergic to. Constipation can be uncomfortable at its mildest and life threatening at its worst, so call your vet to discuss using a laxative, and get his or her expert opinion whether this is the right treatment for your pet.