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post #1 of 7 (permalink) Old 10-21-2016, 02:39 PM Thread Starter
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Let's talk Poop!

I usually don't see my cats poops since they go outside but I have had one confined so I now see. She only poops a little bit every day and it seems to be several small and very small pieces. Does this mean she is constipated?
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post #2 of 7 (permalink) Old 10-21-2016, 05:50 PM
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I don't have enough information! How big is the cat, for starters? What is she eating, how much? When you say "very small pieces" what do you mean? My cats have often pooped several clumps at one go, ranging from the size of grapes, to being a couple/three inches long. Every day sounds normal for my cats.
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Mama is 8 pounds. She eats canned food- maybe 1/2 a can or a little more a day. It seems all her poops have lots of little peas, maybe a grape and once in a while a tootsie roll.
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post #4 of 7 (permalink) Old 10-22-2016, 11:04 AM
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Thanks for the additional info. That is not like my cats have been. Mostly mine have had grape plus tootsie roll size poops. Here's my question back: Is she straining to poop, or is everything easy for her? Does she struggle a long time in the litter box? .

If it were my cat, and she acted fine and did not seem to struggle, then I'd probably figure that was how her body worked. I might try to notice what variety of canned food produced tootsie roll type poop. But I might decide I'm obsessing and really had better things to do. Now runny poop on the other hand would be much more worrisome to me.

Do you mix some water in with the canned food? I do, I make a slurry, a stew, a thick soup of mine.
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post #5 of 7 (permalink) Old 10-24-2016, 03:03 PM Thread Starter
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I now have watched her and she doesn't seem like she is straining. I do water down the food but she is not as good as licking it up as her son who has to get every last drop of everything. Thank you. I probably was obsessing. She also gave me one dirty look for watching her do her business.
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post #6 of 7 (permalink) Old 10-25-2016, 12:40 AM
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LOL cat owner! Celia also seems uncomfortable if I watch her while she's in the box. She's the one who has chronic constipation and gets Miralax every day. When she's a bit constipated, she tends to poop small bits, like you described, and the poop is hard. When everything's flowing nicely, then I see tootsie rolls, which are always softer.

But I agree with eldercat. As long as she's not straining, and her poo doesn't seem really hard or dry, I wouldn't worry.
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post #7 of 7 (permalink) Old 10-26-2016, 11:31 AM
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Following this thread for Auggie's sake and chuckling at all of the food metaphors! (Although I shouldn't laugh, since Auggie's been pooping all different sizes, including sesame seeds.) It reminded me of the kids' cooking class I took in elementary school where we made kitty litter cake and loaded it up with actual tootsie rolls.
I think I will try Miralax for Auggie next. I got her to stop eating the threads under our mattress, though!
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