Food allergies can also cause diarrhea and increased frequency of defecation. Water plays an important role in maintaining healthy bowel movements. Cats fed dry food may experience more constipation and have drier stools. Make sure your cat is drinking enough water and if you’re currently feeding an all-dry diet, talk to your veterinarian about transitioning to wet food. Your Cat’s Medical Condition The frequency of bowel movements may be affected by certain medical conditions. Issues such as inflammatory bowel disease, constipation due to hairballs, blockage, megacolon, arthritis, parasites, hyperthyroidism and other medical conditions, can have a direct impact on the number of times your cat will poop during the day.
Your Cat’s Medication If your cat is on any medication, always ask your veterinarian what the side effects can be, including changes in elimination habits. Environmental Factors A stressful or unhealthy environment may influence your cat’s elimination behavior. Constipation may occur because of stress. The cat may attempt to retain her bowel movement to avoid having to come in contact with a dirty or unappealing litter box. Your cat may also eliminate away from the box due to social stress, especially if she has been ambushed while in there. She may choose to eliminate in hidden areas away from the litter box and you may not find them right away and just assume she isn’t pooping as often as she actually is.
Photo: Pam Johnson-Bennett Need More Information? If you have questions about whether your cat is pooping too frequently or not often enough, contact your veterinarian so your cat can have a medical exam. This article is not meant to diagnose and shouldn’t be viewed as a replacement for your cat’s veterinary care. Pam’s books are available at bookstores everywhere, through your favorite online book retailer and here at our website. Cat Behavior Associates » How Often Should My Cat Poop? Powered by Slider Revolution 5. Since your cat can’t tell you whether she’s having trouble with elimination, it’s up to you to monitor the litter box, not only to keep it clean, but to notice the appearance, smell, and frequency of her waste.
A cat’s bowel movement should be well-formed, relatively moist, dark brown in color and without traces of mucous or blood. Your cat’s poop will certainly have an odor but it shouldn’t be unbearable. In general, an adult cat will typically defecate every day. Cats fed low quality food may have more frequent or larger bowel movements because more of the food ends up unusable by the body. The frequency of bowel movements may be affected by certain medical conditions. If your cat is on any medication, always ask your veterinarian what the side effects can be, including changes in elimination habits.
She may choose to eliminate in hidden areas away from the litter box and you may not find them right away and just assume she isn’t pooping as often as she actually is. When Should You be Concerned? If your cat poops more than once a day, that isn’t cause for concern unless it’s due to diarrhea, illness, if something about the stool is unusual, if your cat appears uncomfortable or if it’s a change from your cat’s normal elimination habits. Cats who eat more may poop more often. If your cat hasn’t had a bowel movement in a couple of days, see your veterinarian. Although many people might associate constipation as normal in cats, it isn’t normal. If you notice your cat straining, it’s time for a veterinarian visit.
Sometimes cat parents assume straining is due to constipation but it may be the cat is straining to urinate and that’s extremely serious. Don’t skip the veterinary visit. Be diligent about monitoring what is or isn’t happening in your cat’s litter box so you can be alerted right away to changes in elimination habits. Scooping the litter box isn’t fun but it’s an important tool in keeping track of your cat’s health. Scooping only takes a few seconds out of your day but it can make a huge difference in your cat’s health. This article is not meant to diagnose and shouldn’t be viewed as a replacement for your cat’s veterinary care.
Pam’s books are available at bookstores everywhere, through your favorite online book retailer and here at our website. Your email address will not be published. Permalink to Is Your Cat Stressed Out? Is Your Cat Stressed Out? Pam Johnson-Bennett is the best-selling author of 8 books on cat behavior. She starred in the Animal Planet UK series Psycho Kitty, and is one of the most popular and sought-after cat behavior experts in the world. Copyright 2018, All Rights Reserved. Please forward this error screen to sharedip-23229234129. When Is Cat Diarrhea a Concern? If cat diarrhea is a single incident, don’t worry. But habitual poop problems can signal something seriously wrong. One of the Catster editors recently asked me a few questions about poop. She wondered whether she needed to be concerned if her cat had a single runny poop. She also wondered whether pooping outside of the litter box might be a sign of a veterinary problem.