You may learn a great deal about your cat’s health by looking at their feces. You should look for a few critical indicators while scooping out the litter box, whether you’ve just brought home your first kitten or have been sharing your home with cats for a long time.
Most adult cats will defecate at least once or twice daily, but kittens can poop many times each day.
Cat Poop: What’s Normal?
If they’re in good health, their feces should look like this:
- Have a rich dark hue to them.
- Should not feel too firm, too soft, or too mushy.
- Not have a strong odor; however, a slight odor is typical
The following factors should be taken into consideration when determining the frequency with which your cat should defecate:
The Age of Your Cat
In general, an adult cat will defecate at least once a day regularly. As previously said, kittens will defecate more often.
The activity level of your cat
Those cats that are not as active as others may not have bowel movements as frequently as those who participate in regular activities. Exercise regularly can assist in maintaining healthy motility.
Your Cat’s Diet
Cats given poor-quality food may have more frequent or bigger bowel movements because a greater proportion of the food is rendered useless by the body. The frequency and size of bowel motions in cats who are fed too much food may also increase. Because it commonly causes diarrhea, sudden changes in your cat’s diet may result in a shift in how frequently he/she poops. Changes in food should be made gradually, by incorporating a small amount of the new food into the existing dish over a period of several days, rather than all at once. Food allergies can also result in diarrhea and an increase in the frequency with which one defecates.
In order to maintain regular bowel motions, it is necessary to drink enough water. Cats given dry food may have greater constipation and have drier feces than their wet food counterparts. In addition, make sure your cat is getting enough water, and if you’re presently feeding your cat an all-dry diet, consult with your veterinarian about switching to a wet food diet.
The Medical Situation of Your Cat
Certain medical disorders, such as diabetes, might have an impact on the frequency of bowel motions. Cat poop frequency can be significantly affected by various medical problems, including inflammatory bowel disease (IBD), constipation due to hairballs or obstruction, arthritis, megacolon (megacolon), parasites, hyperthyroidism, and other medical disorders. Obese cats may have constipation and defecate less regularly as a result of their weight
It is possible that your cat’s elimination habit will be affected by a stressful or unhealthy environment. Constipation may arise as a result of psychological stress. Because she does not want to come into contact with a dirty or unattractive litter box, the cat may seek to hold her bowel movement. Your cat may also eliminate outside of the litter box due to social stress, particularly if she has been ambushed while inside the box. She may opt to excrete in places other than the litter box, and you may not see them immediately away, leading you to believe she isn’t pooping as frequently as she does.