The color of a kitten’s feces can change depending on their diet. Anything light brown to dark brown is normal, says Demos. However, feces that are red, black, or green are of concern. Also, blood in your kitten’s poop is definitely a sign that something is wrong.
Normal cat poo should be brown or dark brown, but not black. It should have a firm, pliable consistency, but not too hard or soft. It should not leave any residue on the floor when picked up.
For kittens under three weeks old, the faeces should be brown (but may occasionally have a yellowish tinge) and mostly solid. As they get older, their poop may turn a lighter or darker brown (depending on what they eat), but if it’s brown and firm, you’re fine.
If your kitten gets most of her nutrition from solid food and less milk, her stool should be dark brown in colour. Your poop may be slightly darker or lighter depending on your diet, but it should be firm and slightly moist, but not runny.
You should know that it’s normal for kittens to have softer poo, says Demos. A kitten’s poop isn’t quite as dry and hard as that of an adult cat. But if your kitten’s poop is consistently amorphous and mushy or runny, then it has diarrhea.
Healthy stools are dark brown, but not too dark, as black stools can mean blood in the stool. Poo that’s too light can also indicate a more serious problem like liver disease, as it can be a sign of complete bile duct obstruction, says PetWave.
While a kitten should pee every few hours, they may defecate 1 to 6 times a day depending on the kitten’s age, grooming and GI health. Sometimes a kitten can even go 24 hours without pooping. If this happens, don’t panic – just keep an eye on them and focus on helping them potty train.
Smell. The smell of healthy cat waste should be mild and barely perceptible. Smelly feces are usually a sign of a problem in the stomach or intestines – caused by an indigestion or parasites, bacteria and poor diet.
Kittens should urinate after each feeding and defecate one to four times a day.
In kittens, foul fecal odors are commonly associated with the introduction of new food or inflammation from parasites.
Cats tend to poop less when fed wet food.
Dry food and the way your cat’s body absorbs and digests it. If you’ve recently switched to wet food and notice your cat pooping less, that’s normal. Feeding your cat wet food can also reduce the frequency of cleaning the litter box.
Yellow – Almost always indicates a bacterial imbalance in the gut. If you also have diarrhea, it is usually related to coccidia. Seek medical advice. White – Grossly abnormal color, usually indicative of a severe bacterial imbalance and intestinal infection.
Push is a normal secretion of the intestinal tract that helps to lubricate and moisten the mucous membranes and facilitate bowel movements. It is not uncommon to observe some greasy or slippery residue on your cat’s feces. It is unusual to see a lot of slimy, often clear to pale yellow-green liquid when your cat defecates.
What do kittens drink? Although kittens drink their mother’s milk until she weans them as early as four weeks of age, they need to drink water too. After being weaned from milk, some kittens lose the ability to efficiently digest lactose. For this reason, it is best to only feed cats a small amount of milk.