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I have a 7 month old kitten (soon to be 8 months.) I've had him since he was weaned at 3 1/2 months by the mama kitty. I am concerned about why his stools are so soft? Not really runny sloppy disgusting mess, but not firm either. I don't want to get too elaborate here in case I'm stepping out of bounds, but I don't understand it. He's strictly on a kitten food. He gets no human food whatsoever, he has plenty of water every day. Is is the food perhaps?? I wouldn't think that kitten food would be making his stomach that upset. Should I direct this toward a vetrinarian? I hope someone could give me a logical explanation.

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Usually loose stool is created by drinking milk, changing foods rapidly, or a sensitivity or allergy to the food being given. Are you giving the kitten leftovers? Kitten food should be all right. You might try changing brands, mixing a small amount to the new food to the old and gradually increasing. Check the stool for improvement or deterioration in firmness. However, if there's no diarrhea, and kitten is growing well, there's also a possibility of worms.
 

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I would first take a stool sample to the vet to rule out worms.....if no worms are found I would consider gradually switching to another brand to see if there is improvement.
 

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Strange stools specially like this can be caused by any number of things, including stress, and to some cats, almost every little thing can be a stresser.

Reguarding the food that is also a possibility, what food are you feeding now, and are you aware of any changes the company might have made to it's formula lately, are you positive the food has not expired or gone bad because it was not sealed back up air tight after every use.

All we can do here is suggest, if this has been a prolonged problem, definetly drop off a stool sample to your vet, it's very easy and simple cost, and you don't have to pay for an examination until IF you find out he has some type of internal parasite.

Keep his water fresh, don't leave dry or canned food out for too long to spoil or turn stale. Perhaps you have started feeding a new cat treat that his body doesn't agree with.


Good luck! Process of elimination generally works on these problems :)
 
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