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Is My Cat’s Poop Normal?

By Ameera Mills. Updated: January 16, 2019
Is My Cat’s Poop Normal?

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The characteristics of your cat's stool can provide you with a lot of information about your cat’s health. Have you noticed green cat poop in your garden? How about blood in your cat poop? The color of your cat’s stool can tell you whether or not your cat is ill. If you notice anything strange in your cat’s stool, make sure to consult a veterinarian as soon as possible.

We recommend checking your cat’s poop every time you clean out it’s litter box, in order to keep on top of your cat’s health status. Have you noticed a change in your cat’s stool? If so, you can consult this article where we, at AnimalWised, will be helping you analyze your cat’s poop with our cat poop chart. In addition, we will be adding some cat poop pictures to help you differentiate between cat stool types.

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Cat poop: consistancy

Cat feces must be consistent and compact, of a uniform color that can oscillate between several shades of brown, depending on the food that consumes. Therefore, when it comes to analyzing your cat’s poop and what your cat’s feces are trying to tell you, the first thing you should take a look at is whether there is a change in cat poop consistency or cat poop color.

If your cat’s poop presents anomalies that do not remit, a veterinarian will need to establish both the diagnosis and treatment. This can often result in a change of diet, deworming and general administration of antiparasitic treatment or antibiotics.

For more, we recommend reading up on our ‘home remedies for deworming my cat.’

Is My Cat’s Poop Normal? - Cat poop: consistancy

Light brown cat poop: diarrhea

Among the types of cat poop we have soft cat stools. These poop types could result from different things from gastrointestinal conditions to feline parasites to diet problems.

If one day your cat’s stool is softer than normal, there’s nothing to worry about. If, however, your cat has diarrhea for longer than one day, take note. Once your cat’s poop begins to look like liquid, consult your veterinarian.

Does your cat have diarrhea and is vomiting? Generally, soft stools that indicate a digestive disorder will be accompanied by other digestive symptoms such as:

  • Vomiting
  • Poor coat quality
  • Dehydration
  • Anorexia
  • Apathy

Liquid poop, diarrhea in cats or soft stools may also be caused by intestinal parasites in cats. This is more common in younger cats. For more, we recommend taking look at our article where we discuss intestinal parasites in cats.

Sudden changes in feeding or inadequate food can also disrupt a cat’s digestive function. In addition, soft stool in cats may indicate other pathologies such as liver problems in cats.

Either which way, a veterinarian will be the one who, after examining your cat, will diagnose and treat the condition accordingly.

Is My Cat’s Poop Normal? - Light brown cat poop: diarrhea
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Cat poop: color

As we have already mentioned, normal cat poop should be brown in color. But, you may notice your cat releases green cat poop or even yellow cat poop. Different color cat poops will indicate different things, such as:

  • Blood in cat stool - dark cat poop: very dark brown or even black cat poop. Here, we are likely looking at a case of digested blood which indicates the presence of a hemorrhage somewhere in the digestive system. These hemorrhages can occur as a result of gastrointestinal ulcers or lesions derived from a parasite infestation. If you notice that there is fresh blood in cat stool,these may have originated in the digestive system or in the anal area often due to injury. For more, we recommend reading our article where we cover everything you need to know about blood in cat feces.
  • White cat poop: although rare in cats, a high consumption of bones can cause the feces to be expelled appearing both white and hard.
  • Green cat poop and yellow cat poop: these tonalities can be seen when the transit of food through the intestine occurs faster than normal. This is often caused by an alteration in the cat’s digestive system.

In addition to offering your cat a proper high quality diet, abnormal stools require veterinary consultation. But what happens if your cat cannot poop? If this is the case, take a look at the causes and treatment of a cat not peeing or pooping.

Is My Cat’s Poop Normal? - Cat poop: color

Cat poop: blood and mucus in cat stool

Finally, within the different types of cat feces and what they mean, sometimes you may notice plant remains or other elements within your cat poop. This observation means that these elements were not able to be digested by the cat’s organism. In addition, it is common that we can observe feces such as the following:

  • Cat stool with mucus: these stools also usually accompany a softer consistency than usual. This mucus can also often appear with blood. This is usually caused by the presence of infections or parasites in the digestive system.
  • Kitten stool with worms: although this can happen with adult cats, cat poop with worms in ore common in kittens. This occurs when a kitten suffers from a parasite infestation. These parasites can be seen once the fees are expelled, similarly shaped to spaghetti or grains of rice, depending on the species. Do you need to deworm your kitten? Take a look at our article where we tell you everything you need to know about caring for a kitten.

Both of these above mentioned stool types, like all those previously mentioned, require veterinary consultation.

Is My Cat’s Poop Normal? - Cat poop: blood and mucus in cat stool

This article is purely informative. AnimalWised does not have the authority to prescribe any veterinary treatment or create a diagnosis. We invite you to take your pet to the veterinarian if they are suffering from any condition or pain.

If you want to read similar articles to Is My Cat’s Poop Normal?, we recommend you visit our Other health problems category.

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carly
i have cat poop on my boot what kind of cat poop is that it was outside i stepped on it it was mushy
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chaz
cat 6 months old fixed male , dewormed, all shots....has a puppy brother 6,5 months old both get along great. kitty eats costco hard kitty chow he used to eat the wet turkey/chicken but i stopped to see if kitty poop hardens..never has...i added a second litter box...kitty still wet poops about once sometimes twice under chairs near "2" litter boxes kitty plays, cuddles...eats, sleeps..drinks ...wth? please help.
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chaz
My cat is 6.4 months old and has had liquid poops for past two+ months...two litter boxes now...as he was pooping on floor by box (cleaned at least twice if not more a day) Food is Costco kitty dry...i was giving the costco kitty turkey/chicken (wet) once a day but stopped..yet kitty still once a day wet pooping outside two litter boxes... I do have a puppy as well 6 mos ...separate eating areas puppy not welcome in litter/feeding area of cat... but both play well otherwise...please help.. Is it the food?
Administrador AnimalWised
Hi Chaz,

Diarrhea in cats is a symptom of so many possible disorders and diseases, it would not be possible to diagnose in a comment, nor would it be responsible to try. You will need to seek the advice of a veterinarian who will be able to check their medical history and perform the necessary diagnostic tests.
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Brett
My 6 month old kitten has been passing stools that are a two-color mix of brown and a pale/yellowish color. Normal consistency. The pale/yellow parts seem to be a different texture than the rest, to me somewhat resembling his wet food. What could be causing this, and when should he see a vet?
Administrador AnimalWised
Hi Brett,

It could be the food or something equally benign, but we cannot diagnose the problem. Look for other symptoms and take them to a veterinarian if you are at all unsure.
carly
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Brett you should take him to a vet 2021 April 4
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Renee
My kitten has been pooping yellow paste like in the picture we took a sample in and no parasites.y vet isn't concerned please help he doesn't play but is fine other wise
Administrador AnimalWised
Hi Renee,

We cannot diagnose veterinary medical problems. It sounds like the cat may have a digestive problem, but it is up to a veterinarian to find the correct diagnosis.
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Drew
5 year old cat suddenly has very thin BMs(poops) and is straining... Stark contrast to her normal healthy and numerous poops. No other change in diet or lifestyle. Can a cat going into "heat" cause inflamation or swelling in the bowels?
Administrador AnimalWised
Hi Drew,

The heat cycle will cause inflammation of the vulva, but not the bowels. We recommend going to a veterinarian for diagnosis of the problem.
carly
heat will cause it its hot and it could make the poop gooey so don't keep it so hot
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Anne
My 5 week old kitten has pasty light brown poop. Is that normal. The last owner gives her dry food.
carly
don't give it dry dry food it will make the poop light brown dry
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Natalie Sopchak
My cat's poop has a slightly pink/salmon tint to it for the past week and I'm not sure if I should be concerned or if it's just something that will pass. She's 13 and this has never happened before, and she's acting completely normal otherwise.
Administrador AnimalWised
Hi Natalie,

We can't diagnose the problem as it is something only a qualified veterinarian can do. Have you been able to look at the possible reasons listed in the article? Has their diet changed at all or have they eaten something strange?
carly
she must have ate a pink feather it could be eating stuff pink
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anna
Quite good - my cat has yellowish stools like the pictures. And stomach aches in cats - could be bugs or worms.
carly
ok it might be yellow stuff shes eating
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Anna Fraser
My cats feces expels like a coil. It is a dark brown in colour and does not appear hard or really soft.
Administrador AnimalWised
This sounds like it is healthy stool, but we could not say for sure. You should take them to the veterinarian if you have any doubts.
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Stella
This article was really helpful. The pictures made it so c!eat and to the point. My cat has been pooping yellow watery stoo la for the past year. He first had a condition where he couldn't control it. We treated it but couldn't heal this condition.
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Jonboy
Recently took in a stray who doesn't seem to have any issues besides his poop is green. It's not hard, super soft, or runny. It's just green. Could it be because he's getting food now and that's apart of him getting nutrients now? There's no worms or anything either, just so it's known.
Administrador AnimalWised
Hi Jonboy,

We really can't tell, only a veterinarian can provide an accurate diagnosis. We would reiterate what the article states that green color usually does signal a change in digestive system, which a change in diet would incorporate. It should eventually turn to a normal feces color once the cat gets used to it if there are no other problems. Go see a veterinarian if at all unsure and good luck with your new friend!
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Sophia Welford-king
my brother was playing with my kitten, then my kitten started pooing plain black poo, whats wrong with my cat and what should I do??
Administrador AnimalWised
Hi Sophia,

Your kitten's feces may imply there is a problem, especially as darkened stool can indicate internal bleeding. However, it is also possible there is another reason. Only a qualified veterinarian will be able to accurately diagnose the problem.
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Jackie Reeling
My cat is ten years old. She drops little liquid puzzles about the size of a dime with a tiny bit of bowel movement in the liquid. It seems she has no control of course. What could be causing this?
Administrador AnimalWised
Hi Jackie,

The article deals with some of the possible indications and this article might also help point in the right direction:

https://www.animalwised.com/my-cat-has-diarrhea-and-vomiting-3302.html

However, actual diagnosis can only be carried out by a qualified veterinarian. Many symptoms, especially diarrhea, are common to a very wide array of diseases and health problems.
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Sarah Moore
Diarrhea seems gray what is a home remedy for diarrhea
Administrador AnimalWised
Hi,

Home remedies are not you best bet. This article might help explain more:

https://www.animalwised.com/my-cat-has-diarrhea-and-vomiting-3302.html
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Bonnie Morrow
Kitten is 8 weeks old bowel movement’s are gray
Administrador AnimalWised
Hi,

We highly recommend visiting your veterinarian.
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millicent
occasionally a section of my cats stool looks kind of whitish and just that section seems very hard and dry. Does this mean she is not drinking enough water? Could it be there's a hairball in that section? She is 4 years old and a long haired cat. Otherwise she seems healthy, has a good appetite and is still very playful. Thanks for your opinion.
Administrador AnimalWised
Hi Millicent! There are different reasons there may be white color in the cat's stool. It will partly depend on the consistency. Is it hard? Is it mucus consistency? Is it fibrous? Also, is your cat white? If so, it would make it more likely that hair might be there. If it is mucus, it can be a sign of disease. They might also be eating something in the house which they shouldn't. If you are at all worried, you should take them to a veterinarian to confirm a diagnosis.
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Cassie
My cat is about 18 years old (maybe 16??). When I came home from work I noticed a white foam in the litter box n thought it was throw up but I watched Princess having a hard time pooping and she pooped up the foam twice. She seems to be having a hard time walking and when she does she'll walk then take few steps back?! Should I be worried?
Administrador AnimalWised
Hi Cassie,

This is not normal, but the reason for it could be many things. Only a qualified veterinarian will be able to make an accurate diagnosis.
Kathy Marks
I have a kitten that is about 3-4 weeks old. A couple of days ago, it developed runny, yellowish green diarrhea. Should I be concerned?
Administrador AnimalWised
Hi Kathy,

It is possible for a kitten's stools to be runny for a little bit, but if it continues more than 24 hours there is a significant health risk. There could be a parasite issue or dietary problem. You will need to take them to the vet to determine this. Since kittens have a weak immune system and are generally vulnerable, it is very important to see a professional.
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Veronica
Ha! This article is gross, but really helpful and informative. Unfortunately our cats are gross and we shopuldn't shy away from talking about it. The pictures are great for reference and I'm sure lots of others feel the same.

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