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Old 09-30-2011, 03:44 AM   #1 (permalink)
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I searched through pages of 'poop' posts but couldn't find anyone with the same problem. It's not diarrhea or poop stuck to his hair, and it's not dangling (as if from an ingested hair).

Occasionally (about every two weeks) my cat has poop sticking out of his butt. Sometimes it's the tapering beginning of a piece of poop, and sometimes he's pooped, but seems to have "clenched" at the wrong time and still has more to poop. In both circumstances, it's not something that can be solved by dabbing at his anus with a wetwipe - there is something partially inside him.

He's a four and a half months old. He poops in the litterbox every time. His litterbox doesn't have a cover. He's about 6 pounds (I think he was 2.2 kg two weeks ago), and each day he eats: 1/2 of a 5.5oz can of Wellness Core wet food spread over two feedings (1/4 of a can around 7am, 1/4 of a can around 6pm), and 1/2 cup of Wellness Core dry. He was checked for worms and parasites and was clean. He seems to drink plenty of water.

Does anyone have any suggestions? I'm not sure what I should do - does he need more fiber, or less? Is this a normal for a kitten? Should I try a different food (we just bought a six-month supply, ugh), or some kind of supplement to his diet such as cat grass or pumpkin puree?

Please offer some suggestions - my husband was joking about making cat-burgers.

Thanks in advance!
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Old 09-30-2011, 07:05 AM   #2 (permalink)
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What are you feeding him?
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Old 09-30-2011, 07:21 AM   #3 (permalink)
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each day he eats:

1/2 of a 5.5oz can of Wellness Core wet (split into a morning and evening meal)
1/2 cup of Wellness Core dry.

Some days he gets a freeze dried mini-shrimp as a treat, which I rehydrate in water. They're a cat treat, but I can't remember who makes them
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Old 09-30-2011, 08:40 AM   #4 (permalink)
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My kitten has the same problem but from what I read its because he doesnt have his tail to help squeeze it out, if that makes any sense. Not sure what it could be as im new to this whole pooping problem thing
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Old 09-30-2011, 09:09 AM   #5 (permalink)
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Hmmm, sometimes even a very subtle change in food can make the difference. My cat is always on wet and dry Wellness and then he gets daily crunchy treats...but even if I give him a few too many treats, it affects his digestion and can cause sloppier poop. Try not giving the mini-shrimp for a couple days and see if that changes his consistency of poop....not sure if it needs to be harder or softer but maybe that would do the trick.
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Old 10-01-2011, 01:04 AM   #6 (permalink)
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At four and a half month's old, I think he should be getting quite a bit more canned food than he is; in fact, double that amount. If I were you, I'd feed him at least one can of wet food a day - more if he wants it - and drop the kibble down to less than 1/4 cup a day (or none at all).

Good luck! That can't be comfortable for the little fella.

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Old 10-01-2011, 09:08 AM   #7 (permalink)
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One of my cats also had trouble with elimating poop and when I stopped feeding a particular type of treat, it stopped. So, it is possible that it could be what you are feeding the kitty.
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Old 10-01-2011, 04:14 PM   #8 (permalink)
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The pure canned pumpkin (not pie filling with sugar) is known to be useful for both diarrhea and constipation, so I would start with a little, say 1/2 tsp./meal and see if that makes a difference. I agree with AC that no kibble would likely be better. If the poop is getting stuck in the rectum with more frequency, kitty may be developing megacolon. Occasionally Manx have this problem, but so do other cats as well if they are often constipated.
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Old 10-02-2011, 10:16 AM   #9 (permalink)
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Thanks for the suggestions!


To the people who commented on treats:
The treats I'm feeding him are these:
Amazon.com: PureBites Freeze Dried Shrimp Cat Treats - .28 ounce: Kitchen & Dining Amazon.com: PureBites Freeze Dried Shrimp Cat Treats - .28 ounce: Kitchen & Dining
. They're very small, and we don't give him many - maybe he gets 3 per week. I'm not convinced that an amount that tiny could interfere with digestion, but I'm definitely no expert. (First-time pet owner here!)

Milo is hard to 'train'. I can't always use affection to reward him because he has moods where he doesn't want to be touched, and he doesn't always care when we praise or scold him (on the other hand, when *he's* in the mood for it, he loves to be picked up, cuddle, sit on our shoulders, sleep curled up with us, "groom" us, etc!). He's very willful, he's an "I do what I want" cat! I've even resorted to the spray bottle at times, and yes he will continue scratching the screen doors while my husband or I spray him and say "NO!!" His desire to have fun or explore seems to outweigh his desire to please us. We're making progress though! But because of that, I'm very hesitant to take away a method of rewarding him that works.


Morquinn - yes that does make sense, and I'd never thought of that before - that a cat might move his tail and muscles around the base of the tail to help him or her eliminate. Milo does have a tail, and I had the vet confirm his tail is normal (because when we first got him, he would chase his tail and bite it - I was worried he didn't realize it was part of him!), so I don't think that's his issue. I hope you're able to solve your tail-less kitty pooping problem!


Here's what I decided to do:
After reading Auntie Crazy's post, I've been gradually increasing his wet food and decreasing his kibble, so he should be at 1 can and 1/4 cup kibble in a few days. If he continues to have the occasional poop-sticking-out problem, I'll try pumpkin puree with no sugar added like Catloverami suggested, and if we still have problems I'll switch brands of treats, then food.

We're only able to consistently put out wet food for him twice per day, so I'm hesitant to take away the kibble entirely as long as he's growing. I'm kind of at a loss as to how to balance "feed him as much wet(raw is too much for me currently, maybe in the future) food as possible" with "always have food out for a cat under one year", and "kittens like to eat small, frequent meals".
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Old 10-02-2011, 01:35 PM   #10 (permalink)
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You do want to offer a kitten as much food as it can eat at each meal, however, cats are not grazing animals. Their systems must go through full / empty cycles to properly regulate the movement of waste products. Kittens have small tummies and can only handle so much per meal; feeding them four meals per day seems to suit them best.

Unless you're going to bed immediately after you get home, you can feed three meals yourself. Once shortly after you awake, once immediately after you get home from work (drop your keys and feed your cats ) and once just before you go to bed.

There are also several automatic feeders that can handle canned foods. I highly recommend purchasing one.

Other than that, your ideas on how to proceed look good to me!

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