Young kittens cannot eliminate without help and the mother-cat licks the kitten’s abdomen and anal area to stimulate elimination. You will need to mimic this action after every feeding. You can even do it a bit before each feeding as well.
Prepare a bowl of warm water and some cotton balls, tissues, gauze, or a soft cloth. Dip the cotton ball into the water, squeeze out the excess and, using a gentle and circular motion, massage your kitten’s abdomen and anal area. Her natural response will be to urinate and eliminate stool. Don’t worry if he doesn’t pass a stool after every feeding or even every day. Keep stimulating until he stop eliminating, though it’s important to know when to stop, because stimulating your kitten for too long can make his 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.
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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 once approved by The Little Lion Foundation.
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What does a healthy poop look like?
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Diarrhea in a neonatal kitten is very serious and can even be fatal. Diarrhea can be brought on by parasites, viruses, infections, change in diet, stress, or many other causes. Seek diagnostic support from an authorized vet so that you can treat the cause while also treating the symptom. You can also try adding a probiotic such as FortiFlora to their bottle or wet food and flavorless Children’s Pedialyte to keep them hydrated. If diarrhea continues for multiple days, consult a vet. They can prescribe small doses of drugs to help stop the diarrhea and subcutaneous fluids that contain electrolytes and proteins and can help save the kitten.
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