Animals become self-dependent from a very young age. They just need a little push here and a little guidance there. Of course, some animals take more time than others. You need to take care of specialized care for slow learners, and dogs are one of them. But what about cats? Cats are quirky, smart animals who learn very fast.
From eating on time to sleeping and waking up on time, cats learn everything quickly. If you have a kitten and you have petted her for a few months, you must have realized that rarely does your kitten poop out of the litter box. In terms of pooping troubles, diarrhea and loose motion are common problems in cats. Your cat might have eaten something she shouldn’t, resulting in indigestion.
Cats urinating and pooping out of litter boxes is another common problem pet parents face. There can be many behavioral as well as medical reasons for this one. But what if your cat isn’t pooping at all? Not inside the litter box, not in the yard and not in the hallway. She is not pooping at all.
If you are worried about your cat not pooping, it’s a good thing. It should genuinely concern you as it can lead to a harmful medical condition. So what is keeping her from pooping? What can you do for your little kitten in such a case? We’ll answer those questions and more. But before that, it’s essential to make sure that the problem is real.
Kitten constipation symptoms
While cats typically urinate several times a day, they may go a day or two without pooping. If you don’t see any feces in the litter box throughout the day, nothing is alarming about it. But if your kitten has gone more than two days without pooping, it may mean something serious. Make sure that your cat hasn’t pooped around the yard and anywhere else in your home.
If you don’t find any poop around the house and the litter box, start monitoring her for a day or two to confirm she’s suffering from constipation or obstipation. Constipation is the inability to excrete, while obstipation is the inability to produce feces. In any case, you must contact the vet once your cat has crossed 48-72 hours without a bowel movement.
The significant symptoms of constipation in cats include:
Dry, super hard stools
A healthy cat’s poop should be rich brown in color and well-formed in shape, even if it’s outside the litter box. The litter will typically stick to the feces. But a cat with constipation may release very dry, hard stools. She might poop outside the litter most of the time as she might get tired because of the discomfort of trying to excrete.
Avoiding the litter box or crying while on the litter box
If you find your cat straining or crying while on the litter box, she may be in serious trouble, another sign of constipation is when she is frequently going in and out of the litter box. She may be trying too hard, but nothing is coming out of her anus. It’s very easy to understand that she has constipation in such a case. It might be a more severe problem called urinary tract infection. Consult the vet immediately after the early signs.
It’s also important to note that constipation is usually a symptom of a further underlying issue. So, you may notice some other signs, including:
- Peeing frequently
- Walking stiffly
- Muscle Loss
- Muscle loss
- Decreased appetite
Most of these symptoms demand veterinary care with or even without constipation. Discuss all the symptoms you observed for the vet to make a better decision.
Causes of Kitten Constipation
One of the more prominent and common causes of constipation. Your kitten may not have access to a drinking water bowl or has been eating dry food lately. Dehydration may also occur during the weaning period when she’s transitioning from mother’s milk diet. In such a case, she would hardly pass any stool. And if she does, it would be small, hard, and dry.
Obstruction in the stomach
Your kitten might have eaten something that is obstructing her digestive system. Inedible objects like ribbons, floss, plastic items, and other household products can obstruct the intestines and stomach preventing her from defecating. This is a common problem in young kittens who need special care, so they don’t swallow anything harmful. Hairballs may also cause obstruction, so dispose of your broken hair properly.
Young kittens who haven’t weaned so far need to be stimulated. Mother cats usually lick their young kitten’s rectums to stimulate them for excretion. If the cat isn’t around her mother, she may suffer from constipation. You need to wipe the area around her rectum and stimulate it to prevent constipation and encourage smooth defecation.
A parasite attack inside your cat’s intestine might be causing a blockage in her stool pathway. Parasites can multiply at extraordinary rates populous enough to cause constipation in your cat.
In older cats, neurological, nerve, and other kinds of diseases can cause constipation. It is a rare cause but still found in some cats.
How to make a constipated kitten poop?
There are several ways through which you can make your constipated kitten poop. Stimulation is one of the most effective methods which we will discuss later. Other ways include:
Make changes to your kitten’s room
Before consulting your vet for treatment and medications, you might want to eliminate the psychological barriers. Your cat may not be able to poop properly because of discomfort in her surroundings. Apart from entertainment, kittens also need comfort and security in their surroundings to poop properly.
Keep some toys in her room, maintain a comfortable temperature, noise levels, and ensure coziness in the surroundings. Relieving stress can work wonders in treating your cat’s constipation. Don’t allow her to roam around the house and keep children away from her for the next couple of days.
Hydrate your kitten
Cats don’t have a proper sense of dehydration and may not drink enough water on their own. If your cat is eating dry cat food and isn’t drinking enough water, she would have problems excreting. If you have a newborn kitten, feed her with wet canned food made for young cats. Please note that your cat may suffer from diarrhea while you change her diet.
Make changes to the litter box
Cats feel vulnerable and anxious while pooping. They need a safe and comfortable environment to poop properly. The location of the litter box should be such that the place isn’t bustling and preferably open. Avoid keeping the litter box in the living room, which is usually a busy place. Choose a location close to the walls, which makes your cat feel safe.
An automatic litter box may not be a good idea for a young kitten as mechanical motions may scare her off. Opt for a traditional litter box and change its location if your cat refrains from using it. Bright lights also annoy cats, so keep the lights in the room with the litter box closed.
How to make a newborn kitten poop?
Stimulate the kitten
Newborn kittens don’t poop on their own. Mother cats need to stimulate their rectums by licking them. Since you can’t lick their rectums, you would have to use soft stimulant tissues while encouraging them. Don’t use harsh products like paper towels. Any disposable fabric, toilet paper, or wipe cloth will do. Wet the cloth with normal water (avoid using cold water) and rub it on the genital region after feeding. The step by step procedure is discussed later.
Monitor symptoms and frequency of feeding
Stimulate your newborn kitten after every feeding to ensure a healthy ingestion and excretion schedule. You can look up to the weight and feeding chart available at vet clinics to determine the feeding times. Monitor its poop and urine to look for any worrying symptoms.
The color of the pee should be light yellow. Your kitten should pee on every stimulation after feeding. The poop should be well-formed, solid, and mustard yellow color. Your newborn kitten should ideally poop 1-2 times a day. If the color of frequency is different than that, consult your vet for possible reasons and medication.
Wipe them up
Many cat owners forget wiping their kitten’s butt clean after pooping, and it is a huge mistake. Kitten’s skin is sensitive, and urine residue on the skin can irritate her. They are also susceptible to urine clad, which is a form of dermatitis. Wipe them off clean after every time they poop. The steps are discussed further in the article. If your kitten has gotten urine scald, keep the genital area clean and apply a light ointment prescribed by the vet.
Why do kittens need help pooping?
At birth, a kitten weighs only a few ounces. She does grow rapidly, doubling up the weight in the first week. Since her organs don’t develop at birth, she would need external help for many metabolic activities until 12 weeks of age. A kitten who is less than three weeks old can’t poop or pee herself.
You’ll need to help her by stimulating her genitals after every feeding. By the 4th week of her life, she’ll typically start excreting without any external help. Since the cat’s brain develops rapidly at this stage, she would be able to learn using the litter box proficiently by the seventh week.
How to make a six-week-old kitten poop?
Your six-week-old kitten’s pooping frequency depends on how well it has settled in her new house. Cats pass feces when she receives a signal from her large intestines. The amount of fecal matter and the number of times she excretes depends upon her diet, age, and medical conditions.
If you feed your kitten 3-4 times a day, she would typically excrete four times a day. But if she is urinating less than that, it may be a sign of some underlying issue. Your kitten may not be drinking enough water to build up the pressure and pass the fecal matter through the intestine. Consulting the vet is your safest bet other than stimulation, which we will discuss next.
How to stimulate the abdomen and anal areas to help a kitten poop?
Using a massage
- Position the kitten for stimulation
After feeding your kitten, hold her in your nondominant hand with a firm grip. Make sure you stimulate her in a warm room as a young kitten can fall ill in cold atmospheres.
- Use a warm wet cloth to massage
Hold a washcloth in your dominant hand and wet with lukewarm water. You can also use water balls in case you don’t have a washcloth designated for pet purposes. Use your thumb and fingers to massage the kitten’s anal region with the cloth. Make circling motions with your thumb over the anus.
Keep massaging the area until you see a urine or poop spot on the cloth. Don’t stop until she has completed urination. The process does not take more than 60 seconds. Contact the vet if she doesn’t poop even after proper diet and stimulation.
Cleaning up the bottom
Wipe the kitten’s bottom with a tissue or toilet paper dipped in water after defecation. Don’t forget to dry it with a washcloth afterward as moist skin can cause rashes and other skin infections. If you are petting multiple kittens, use a separate washcloth for each one.
Wash the cloth after each time you clean up your kitten. Never reuse dirty washcloths as it may infect your kitten severely. Wash your hands thoroughly with soap, and you are done!
These were some essential tips to make your little furball poop. If these tricks don’t work and your kitten has gone a long time without pooping, don’t waste more time and instantly contact the vet. Kitten’s are very sensitive, and a little mistake in handling them can cost you their life. Don’t hesitate to discuss your kitten’s daily habits and how you have handled it with the vet to ensure proper treatment.