make them potty
When raising young kittens, you deal with a lot of poop. Young kittens cannot eliminate without help. The mother-cat usually licks the kitten’s abdomen and anal area to stimulate elimination, but orphans need someone to help them go. You will need to mimic this action before every feeding because what goes in must come out!
how to stimulate
Step 1: Prepare a bowl of warm water and some cotton rounds or tissues
Step 2: Dip your cotton round in the warm water and squeeze out any excess water
Step 3: Gently massage kitten’s abdomen and anal area in a circular motion
Step 4: Once the kitten has done her business, wipe her down with a wet wipe to prevent urine scald
Don’t worry if he doesn’t pass a stool after every feeding or even every day. Keep stimulating until your kitten stops eliminating, though it’s important to know when to stop, because stimulating your kitten for too long can make her delicate skin sore and raw.
The consistency of the kitten’s stools will give you an idea as to whether you are feeding the right amount and strength of formula. Normal stools have a toothpaste consistency and have a yellow, mustard color. If the kitten develops diarrhea, you may be overfeeding or the formula may be too rich for his digestive system. Try diluting the formula.
what does a healthy poop look like?
Healthy bottle baby poop will be a brown-to-yellow color and will change to brown as they wean to solid foods. Good kitten poo should have a solid form – if it looks like a miniature cat poop or soft serve ice cream, it’s a good poop!
It sound gross, I know, but poop is an incredibly important indication of the health of the kitten and must be monitored closely. It’s color, form, frequency, and even the smell can be indicators of disease, parasites, or other health problems. If you are concerned, collect a stool sample and take to the vet for a fecal analysis to determine your next course of action.
what do i do when my kitten doesn’t have good poop?
It’s very common for kittens to have diarrhea at some point in their lives, and it’s our job to help them get through it. Diarrhea can be very dangerous and sometime even fatal for young kittens, but there are some things you can do to help combat the side effects of diarrhea.
Mix in unflavored pedialyte into their food to give them extra hydration and electrolytes.
Add a probiotic like Benebac, Fortiflora, or Microflora Plus into their diet
Subcutaneous fluid therapy. (ONLY do this if you are trained to do so)
Take a fecal sample into your veterinarian for a diagnostic test and treat accordingly.