When it comes to cat paw-renthood, poop is part of life. We scoop it. We toss it. And, yeah, we give it a quick glance to make sure it’s normal. Your kitty’s number-2s can be a warning sign if your cat isn’t feeling well, and understanding more about kitty waste can make treating your kitty easier. If you’ve been wondering if your cat’s poop is healthy, we are happy to help. This article will give you the inside scoop on normal and not-so-normal cat poop.
Why Your Kitty’s Poop Matters 💩
Your cat’s poop contains a wealth of information about your kitty’s wellness. A sudden change in your cat’s bathroom habits or stool can indicate an internal issue. This is why vets often ask for a stool sample when diagnosing cats.
What Exactly Is Normal? Setting the Standard for Healthy Cat Poop
How Often Does Your Kitty Go?
Most cats poop daily. Some cats go a little more frequently or a little less frequently, depending on their metabolism and feeding schedule.
What Color, Consistency, and Content is Normal for Cat Poop?
For the most part, you shouldn’t see a lot of variation in your cat’s poo coloration. It should be brown. Most often, healthy cat poop is dark brown.
As for the consistency, your cat’s stool should be solid and easy to scoop. It should form a uniform shape, as well.
You may notice some hair or fur in your cat’s poop. This is normal. It simply a side effect of grooming. Other than some fur, your cat’s stool should be pretty uniform in content. You may notice a change in color, though, if you feed your cat more than one variety of food or treats.
Is It Normal for Cat Poop to Smell?
Yes and no. Cat poop never really smells pleasant or scentless, but it should not be overtly foul. If you feel like you may gag, wretch, or throw up, there’s a good chance your cat’s poop is unhealthy.
What Are the Most Common Poop Issues to Look Out For?
Diarrhea: If your cat’s stool is too loose or watery, your cat is experiencing diarrhea. Diarrhea is often quite smelly, as well. For the most part, diarrhea will clear up on its own.
Diarrhea is not a cause for concern unless it persists for more than two days or accompanies other changes. You can hold off on feeding your cat if you notice loose stool in the litter box. If your cat’s stool does not begin to solidify after two days, consult your vet.
Causes of cat diarrhea include:
- A change in diet
- Food intolerance
- Inflammatory bowel disease
- Intestinal parasites
- Kidney disease
When is Diarrhea an Emergency?
If you notice blood in your cat’s stool or it is near-black, plus your cat is running a fever, throwing up, not eating, or lethargic.
Constipation: This occurs when your cat struggles and strains to go. As with diarrhea, you don’t need to worry too much about your cat having constipation once in a while unless it continues for more than two days.
Your vet may suggest more fiber in your cat’s diet or a gentle digestive diet.
What Causes Feline Constipation?
- Grooming too much
- Feline megacolon
- Kidney issues
- Digestive obstruction
- Lack of fiber
- Enlarge prostate gland
Worms: If you notice small white strings, dots, or eggs in your cat’s poop or around the butt, your cat may have gastrointestinal parasites. These can include roundworms, hookworms, tapeworms, whipworms, and more. They rob your cat of nutrients and can cause blood loss and anemia. You will want to treat your cat for worms right away by consulting your vet. Your vet will identify what kind of worms your cat has and prescribe medication to get rid of them.
Encouraging Healthy Poops
One of the most common issues cats have is dehydration. Providing your cat plenty of water and opportunities to drink water can prevent poop issues. Increasing your cat’s activity levels and providing a quality diet can also improve poop health. Your vet can also prescribe your cat a heartworm preventative that can also kill intestinal worm larvae.
— Meow for now —