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Hello, I'm Dr. Deb and will do my best to help you today.
I'm sorry that your kitten is having this issue.
It may (or may not) surprise you to know that constipation issues are commonly seen problems in newborn kittens, especially if they're being fed milk replacers. In those situations, I recommend that more water be added to the formula (usually 25%) than the label suggests if the powered formulations or add more water to the liquid ones.
What I recommend for kittens who are having this issue would be gentle warm water enemas at home which can be very effective for loosening the firmer/harder stool in the colon. If you're not familiar with the procedure you'll take a small syringe (about 3 ml's) or possibly an eye dropper or something similar. Lubricate the end of it with K/Y or Vaseline or even cooking oil. Gently insert it about 1/4-1/2 inch into the rectum and squirt the warm water into them. It may take several applications if they are badly constipated.
This is a very effective and yet safe method of helping with this problem.
I hope this helps. Deb
That's going to be a difficult situation to know for sure. Generally, though, if he's not producing at least one or two bowel movements (or more) in a 24 hour period and/or he's straining to defecate, then he's constipated.
I'm just following up on our conversation about your kitten. How are things going with him? Deb