How Often Should My Cat Poop

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How Often Should My Cat Poop

Have you ever wondered how often should your cat poop? It’s an important question, however, there is a not-so-straightforward answer for this question. Just like humans do, cats need to dispose of their waste regularly too. Your cat’s overall health can be monitored by keeping track of what goes in as well as what comes out. Typically, a regular bowel movement can be an indication of a healthy body.

Poop schedule has been a mystery question to many cat owners. According to WebMD, most cats will poop at least once a day. If they are healthy, their poop should be dark brown in colour, feel not too hard or too soft or mushy and not smell too foul. In other words, a cat’s bowel movement should be well-formed, relatively moist and without traces of mucous or blood. You can learn a lot about your cat’s health from her poop. When trying to determine how often your cat should poop, there are several factors to take into consideration.

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Factors

1.Age

An adult cat will typically poop every day. According to Cat Behavior Associates, kittens will defecate more often.

2.Activity Level

Active cats usually defecate regularly. Regular exercise can help contribute to healthy motility. Just like humans, cats need to have some physical activity to stay healthy.

3.Diet

Overfeeding can cause an upset stomach. Cats fed too much food and low quality food tend to have more frequent, larger bowel movements. Abrupt changes in food may result in a change in how frequently your cat defecates as it often causes diarrhea. Food allergies is one of the causes of diarrhea and increased frequency of defecation too.

Make sure your feline friend is drinking enough water. This is because water plays an significant role in maintaining healthy bowel movements. Please note that cats fed dry food may experience more constipation and have drier stools.

4.Medication

The frequency of bowel movements may be affected by certain medical conditions. If your feline friend is on any medication, always ask your veterinarian what the side effects can be, including changes in litter box habits.

5.Environmental Factors

A stressful environment may influence your cat’s litter box habits. Constipation may occur because of stress. A cat may attempt to retain her bowel movement to avoid having to come in contact with a dirty or unappealing litter box. She may also eliminate away from the box due to social stress.

Should I Worry About My Cat’s Poop?

According to Pawsome Cats, if there’s a change in your cat’s elimination habits makes you uneasy, you should consult your veterinarian. Here are some guidelines for when contacting your veterinarian is a no-brainer:

1.Your cat seems well but has diarrhoea which lasts more than 24 hours

2.Your cat has diarrhoea and is off colour

3.Any change in bowel movement that is associated with vomiting

4.Undue straining in the tray

5.Blood in the faeces

6.Change from what’s normal for your cat

Constipation

A cat who suffers from constipation will strain a lot when she tries to poop or won’t be able to produce anything for the litter box. If it only happens sometimes, you don’t have to worry about this issue. But if it’s more common for your cat, you should consult your veterinarian.

Causes of constipation in cats include:

1.Excessive grooming which leads to extra hair in the digestive tract

2.Lack of fiber

3.Kidney problems

3.Feline megacolon — when the colon gets very large and its muscles no longer squeeze, making hard, dry stool build up inside

4.Spine problems or pain

5.Something blocking their colon, such as string or bones

Diarrhea

Cats usually don’t have diarrhea. When it shows up, it’s a sure sign of an internal problem. Diarrhea is characterized by frequent loose or liquid bowel movements. It can also last for weeks to months or occur off and on. Diarrhea that persists for more than a day or two can lead to dehydration – it is a serious cause for concern.

Diarrhea happens for a number of reasons, including:

1.Changes to their diet or food allergies or intolerances

2.Intestinal parasites

3.Inflammatory bowel disease

4.Hyperthyroidism

5.Cancer

6.Colitis

7.Pancreatic disease

Updated: October 29, 2017.

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