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    The Scoop on Cat Poop

    Constipation continued...

    Cats can get constipated for a number of reasons, including:

    • Over-grooming, which leads to extra hair in the digestive tract
    • Kidney problems
    • Feline megacolon -- when the colon gets very large and its muscles no longer squeeze, making hard, dry stool build up inside
    • Something blocking their colon, such as string or bones
    • Diets that don’t have enough fiber
    • Problems inside the colon, such as tumors or narrow places
    • Spine problems or pain

    To ease your cat’s constipation, your vet may suggest that you give him more fiber, such as by adding canned pumpkin to his regular food. Or she might tell you to change to food that’s easier for your pet to digest.

    It also helps to make sure he gets more exercise and drinks more water so that waste will move through his system more readily.

    You should talk to your vet about any poop problems your cat has, but this chart may help you figure out what may be causing them:

     

    Symptom

    Appearance

    Frequency

    Possible causes

    Constipation

    Small, hard, dry poop

    Less than once a day

    Dehydration, megacolon, dietary issues

    Constipation

    Small, hard, dry poop that has a lot of hair

    Less than once a day

    Hairballs, over-grooming

    Constipation

    Thin, ribbon-like poop

    Less than once a day

    Colon problems, like a tumor

    Diarrhea

    Black, tarry, runny poop

    It varies

    Stomach or intestinal bleeding. Call the vet right away

    Diarrhea

    Smelly, pudding-like poop

    2-3 times daily

    Food intolerances, inflammatory bowel disease

    Diarrhea

    Gooey poop filled with mucus

    Multiple times daily

    Too little fiber; colitis

    Diarrhea

    Soft, frothy, greasy poop with mucus

    It varies

    Parasites

     

    WebMD Veterinary Reference

    Reviewed by Amy Flowers, DVM on January 24, 2017
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