No one really likes to think about their cat’s poo. Even when you are cleaning their litter box, you don’t really want to think about it. You just scoop and try to get it done and move on to something more fun. But the key to your cat’s health could be in their poo.
So let me tell you this story about this one time my cat was taking a big poo…ok, maybe I will skip that story and save it for the veterinary water cooler.
But in all seriousness, there is a lot you can tell about your cat’s health by looking at their poo, but first, you need to know what you are looking at and what is good poo vs bad poo.
What is Normal Cat Poo?
A cat will typically go poo about once a day. It should be:
- Deep brown
- Not too hard or too soft
- It shouldn’t smell too bad, but it will smell because…well…it’s poo.
What is Not Normal Cat Poo?
- Foul smelling
- Has mucus
- Has blood
- Hard poo
- Black poo
- White poo
- Pooing many times a day
Diarrhea can be a normal occurrence in your cat from time to time, but it shouldn’t last for more than 48 hours. When your cat has diarrhea it can lead to dehydration or be a symptom of a larger health issue.
Constipation can be a symptom of larger health issues such as mega-colon, tumors, a blockage, or simply not having enough fiber,
If you have recently changed your cat’s diet, do not be surprised if you notice changes in their poo while they are adjusting. If you are unsure about anything you notice, don’t hesitate to call your Albuquerque vet.