Cat Poop Reveals – Manila Standard

Believe it or not, your cat’s poop will tell you a lot about his health. Whenever you take out the litter box—whether you’ve just adopted your first cat or you’ve shared your home with cats for years—watch for some key signs.

In “The Scoop on Cat Poop” reviewed by Amy Flowers, DVM, Hilary Parker stressed that it’s important to note the color, smell, and hardness or softness of your cat’s poop. This will tell you if your cat is sick or not.

Rescues in July (inside the cage) and June of Save Animals of Love and Light -Save ALL were trained in litter box use. Humans check their poop before taking them out of the box.

Cat poop: what’s normal?

Most cats defecate at least once a day. If your cat is otherwise healthy, he should:

It is dark brown in color

• Don’t feel too hard, mushy, or mushy

• Not very smelly, although some smell is normal

• Diarrhea

Diarrhea is common in cats, and there are many reasons for this. “Sometimes, it comes and goes quickly. Other times, it can last for days, weeks, months, or come back on a regular basis,” Parker said.

Diarrhea for 24 to 48 hours isn’t a big deal yet, unless you have a large cat or kitten, which requires a vet’s evaluation. “But if it goes on for longer, your cat can become dehydrated, which can be dangerous,” Parker stressed.

Some of the common causes of cat diarrhea are:

• Changes in their diet or food allergies or intolerances

• Inflammatory bowel disease

• Ulcers

• Worms (intestinal parasites)

Pancreatic disease

• cancer

• Hyperthyroidism

A cat who suddenly seems weak or won’t play with other cats he used to do should be noticed more. Some will isolate a cat that appears weak or sick, and monitor it, or bring the cat to the vet right away for tests.

You should bring your cat to the vet if your cat has diarrhea that lasts for more than a day or two. The cause must be identified so that it can be treated properly. Your cat will also need immediate hydration, most likely through an intravenous fluid.

If the stool is black or bloody, get your cat to the vet immediately. If black and bloody stools are accompanied by fever, vomiting, lethargy or loss of appetite, this is more serious, and therefore medical intervention is required immediately.

The treatment your cat needs depends on the cause of the diarrhea. Some will need prescription medications, such as metronidazole or prednisolone, to control the inflammation. Your vet may recommend a special diet if he thinks the problem is a food allergy or intolerance, inflammatory bowel disease (IBD), or colitis. For some cats, deworming medication or probiotics may also be needed, Parker explained.

To prevent diarrhea, it is best to keep dairy products such as milk or yogurt out of your cat’s diet. Many cats cannot digest it properly.

Also, if you change the brand or type of food you’re giving them, make sure to serve it up over several days by mixing it in smaller and smaller amounts of the old food so they just eat the new stuff,” Parker said.

Constipation

A constipated cat will strain a lot when trying to defecate, or will not be able to produce anything for the litter box. You don’t have to worry if this happens sometimes. But if it happens a lot, you should contact your vet.

Here are the causes of constipation in cats, according to Parker:

1. Kidney problems.

2- Excessive grooming that causes excess hair to reach the digestive system.

3- Enlargement of the colon in cats or when the colon becomes too large and its muscles stop compressing, which leads to the accumulation of hard, dry stools inside.

4- Something blocking the colon, such as string or bone.

5- A diet that lacks sufficient fiber.

6. Problems inside the colon such as tumors or narrow spaces.

7. Spine problems or pains.

It is a problem to determine which of the cats has wet poop when several cats share litter boxes indoors. But most of the time, a cat with a health problem is lethargic, lacks appetite or exhibits unusual behavior such as staying in one corner when socialized or irritable when used to being friendly, among other things.

To ease your cat’s constipation, your vet may suggest giving her more fiber, such as adding canned pumpkin to her regular food. Or they may ask you to change to a food that is easier for your pet to digest. “Hairball medications may also help,” Parker said.

Here are some other suggestions for keeping your cat healthy:

1. Exercise is also good for your cat.

2. Encourage your cat to drink more water so that the waste passes through its system more easily.

3. Talk to your vet about any problems with your cat’s poop.

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