Ask a vet online-‘How often should an 8 week old kitten be using the litter tray’

Question from Janine Anne-Ruby Law:

How often should an 8 week old kitten be using the litter tray, I got my kitten on Saturday afternoon and she has only pooped twice is this normal? She seems to have settled in really well but I am a bit concerned about this help please?

Answer from Shanika Winters:

Hi Janine and thank you for your question regarding your kitten and toilet training.  From what you are describing how well your kitten is settling into her new home and the fact that she is using her litter tray you probably have very little to worry about.

Cats and kittens will pass faeces (poo) when they receive a signal from their bowel (large intestines) that faeces are present and ready to be passed. The exact frequency with which faeces are passed will depend on each individual, their diet, and if they are stressed or have any underlying problems such as bacterial, viral or parasitic infection.

It is normal for kittens to pass faeces as often as they are fed a meal, so at eight weeks old your kitten is probably being fed 3-4 times a day and could, therefore, be expected to pass faeces up to four time a day, however as your kittens digestive system becomes more efficient and dealing with food and waste products this may well decrease down to once or twice a day.  An adult cat would usually pass faeces once or twice a day.

More important than how many times a day your kitten is passing faeces is whether the faeces look normal, are passed easily and without any pain or distress.

What might cause my kitten problem passing faeces?

If your pet has a change of diet her digestive system might take some time to adjust to this change, the result may be an increase or decrease in the number of times they pass faeces and changes to the consistency( harder or softer).

If your kitten is not drinking enough water or getting enough moisture from its diet then the faeces may become dry and more difficult to pass, leading to less frequent passing of faeces, straining and discomfort passing faeces and possibly the passing of some blood with the faeces.

Infection of bacterial and viral causes can lead to soft faeces with or without blood/mucous being passed more often than normal.

Parasites such as roundworms are a common finding in the digestive tract of kittens; this can cause constipation, diarrhoea with or without vomiting.  Most kittens are wormed( treated for worms) before you collect them and further worm treatment will be advised by your vet either in the form of paste, liquid, granules, tablets or spot-on treatments.

Lack of an opening at the anus is a very rare condition which can prevent a kitten from being able to pass faeces or a lack of the development of part of the intestine which means the faeces cannot get to the anus.  This is usually detected in very young kittens prior to weaning and can sometimes be treated surgically by your vet.

Blockages of the digestive system such as a foreign body, hairballs and even tubes of gut stuck into it (intussusception) can all lead to abnormalities in faeces production.

In conclusion, it sounds as though you have a healthy kitten that is using her litter tray well and regularly, so long as this continues then you should not need to worry.  I hope that what I have discussed in my answer gives you an idea of how many different factors can affect how often your kitten will pass faeces.  The most important thing is to look at how your kitten is in themselves if they appear bright, are eating, drinking, and toileting normally then do not worry. If there are any changes which worry you, then ask your vet for advice.

Shanika Winters MRCVS Online vet

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197 thoughts on “Ask a vet online-‘How often should an 8 week old kitten be using the litter tray’

  1. I have 3 weeks year old kitten. Now on milk diet only. need to know how often he will poo? So far 2 times only. He will urinate often.
    This is my first time having kitten at home. Totally no experience. Thank you.

    1. Hello, if your kitten you have had for 3 weeks is 1 year old, then they MUST be fed meat too. Cats cannot live on milk alone! The amount of times they poo will vary, however with lots of fluid he will urinate frequently. Please have his diet sorted out and then you will find his toileting habits will change. Dave RVN – Vet Help Direct.

    2. Hi, I have just taken home my 8 week old kitten. We’ve had him for about 24 hours but he is yet to poo, he’s peed twice but shows no signs of pooing and we’re getting a bit concerned

  2. I have 3 weeks year old kitten. Now on milk diet only. need to know how often he will poo? So far 2 times only. He will urinate often.
    This is my first time having kitten at home. Totally no experience. Thank you.

    1. Hello, if your kitten you have had for 3 weeks is 1 year old, then they MUST be fed meat too. Cats cannot live on milk alone! The amount of times they poo will vary, however with lots of fluid he will urinate frequently. Please have his diet sorted out and then you will find his toileting habits will change. Dave RVN – Vet Help Direct.

        1. OK, probably time for a chat with your vet. There are a lot of possible causes of constipation including diet, psychology (if the litter tray is too exposed or the wrong type of litter), or obstructions in the bowel, but in many cases they will respond to gentle medical treatment.

  3. Hi, my friend has a kitten he is 8 weeks old she has had him for a week and 1 day he has pooed once is this normal? she is feeding him water and dried food only

  4. Hi, my friend has a kitten he is 8 weeks old she has had him for a week and 1 day he has pooed once is this normal? she is feeding him water and dried food only

  5. Hi

    I have a 9 weeks old rugdoll kitten. He was ok with his toilet for first 3 days when we were all at home for the weekend. Monday everybody at work. when we came back it looked all fine but in the evenings when we are all home he goes and do his toilet when he feels like. 3 times on our quilt in a bedroom. i dont let him in there any more, poo and urinate on our rug on living room or tries at least 3 times and he urinate twice my daughters bin bag. Tonight I even found one in a bath!! I really dont know what to do. He does a poo around 4-5 times a day.
    thank you for your help.

  6. Hi

    I have a 9 weeks old rugdoll kitten. He was ok with his toilet for first 3 days when we were all at home for the weekend. Monday everybody at work. when we came back it looked all fine but in the evenings when we are all home he goes and do his toilet when he feels like. 3 times on our quilt in a bedroom. i dont let him in there any more, poo and urinate on our rug on living room or tries at least 3 times and he urinate twice my daughters bin bag. Tonight I even found one in a bath!! I really dont know what to do. He does a poo around 4-5 times a day.
    thank you for your help.

  7. Hey, the kitten i have is 8 weeks old, yet she does not poop much, she pees enough but not poop, is it because there is not much waste left behind some days? (for example yesterday and today she has had chicken that was left over from sunday and wet cat food) but just poops maybe 3 times over the 2 days…

  8. Hey, the kitten i have is 8 weeks old, yet she does not poop much, she pees enough but not poop, is it because there is not much waste left behind some days? (for example yesterday and today she has had chicken that was left over from sunday and wet cat food) but just poops maybe 3 times over the 2 days…

  9. HELP PLEAASSSEEE.!!!! about 5 days ago i found an orphan newborn kitten (5 days old) the mother didnt want him so i suppose she left him as a runt. the mother herself looks too young to have kittens. He has been drinking its substitute milk every 2 hours as told to do by the vet. he has been pooing but than since yesterday he stopped and now just peeing ITS BEEN 2 DAYS AND IM FREAKING OUT. i have been massaging his tummy softly and i suggested myself to put a drop of oil in his milk but isnt he too young?

    1. Hi NiNi, with a kitten this young and vulnerable it’s best to take them back to the vet to be checked over. You are obviously working very hard to keep this little one going, good on you! But having him examined to understand why he isn’t passing faeces is the best way to make a plan and move forward. Self-medicating him even with something that seems as benign as oil could cause problems in such a young kitten. Best wishes and best of luck.

    2. Hey,

      We had three week old rescue kittens and at that point they may need simulation. Take a clean wet wipe and very gently wipe their bottom to stimulate softly this may take a few goes but he should poop. They could also be a little constipated from holding it… They are very vulnerable at that age and a lot of work also you need to make sure their body temperature is at a good level constantly as they cannot regulate it themselves. I advise taking them to a vet.

      1. Ok so I’ve been taking care of an orphaned kitten. She’s about 2 weeks old. The first week I had her she did not poop for 3 days. So we took her to the vet and she pooped and the vet said she was very healthy. That was on a Friday. Now its wednesday and she hasn’t pooped again. She’s still eating very well, peeing great, sleeps good and is active. Should I be concerned???? Please answer

        1. She may need to be stimulated to defecate – contact a feline rescue or your vet who will be able to show you how!

  10. HELP PLEAASSSEEE.!!!! about 5 days ago i found an orphan newborn kitten (5 days old) the mother didnt want him so i suppose she left him as a runt. the mother herself looks too young to have kittens. He has been drinking its substitute milk every 2 hours as told to do by the vet. he has been pooing but than since yesterday he stopped and now just peeing ITS BEEN 2 DAYS AND IM FREAKING OUT. i have been massaging his tummy softly and i suggested myself to put a drop of oil in his milk but isnt he too young?

    1. Hi NiNi, with a kitten this young and vulnerable it’s best to take them back to the vet to be checked over. You are obviously working very hard to keep this little one going, good on you! But having him examined to understand why he isn’t passing faeces is the best way to make a plan and move forward. Self-medicating him even with something that seems as benign as oil could cause problems in such a young kitten. Best wishes and best of luck.

      1. Hello
        I just got a 6 weeks old kitten she was feed poorly by her former owner but since I got her l’ve Been really thoughtful about her diet and what she eats ,the first day I got her she pooped and there was a little bit of blood in it .the doctor told me that is because she has been constipated for a while ,anyways she pooped again and thankgod it was normal the thing is she poopes only once a day and with a little bit of difficulty should I be alarmed .she eats really well and plays a lot .

        1. Hi Yasmin, if you are still concerned about her, please give your vet another call for their advice. They are best placed to help due to them having seen her and will have her notes. She may need some treatment to help.

  11. Hi I am concerned about my 8 week old kitten I just got her 2 days ago and she hasn’t pooped or peed since she has been with me now she doesn’t have a litter box yet not Intill tm I’m just very concerned about her and why she hasn’t pooped yet I even take her outside to see if she will and she won’t I just wanted to know if this is normal or not thanks in advance 🙂

    1. Hi April, it’s vital that she has a litter box from the start as many have already learned from their mother at this point that that is the place to urinate/defecate and it can be stressful not to have this available to them. It is concerning that she hasn’t passed urine or faeces yet so we’d advise you take her to be examined ASAP. With kittens this young and vulnerable it is best to address any health ASAP to prevent decline. We wish you all the best.

  12. Hi I am concerned about my 8 week old kitten I just got her 2 days ago and she hasn’t pooped or peed since she has been with me now she doesn’t have a litter box yet not Intill tm I’m just very concerned about her and why she hasn’t pooped yet I even take her outside to see if she will and she won’t I just wanted to know if this is normal or not thanks in advance 🙂

    1. Hi April, it’s vital that she has a litter box from the start as many have already learned from their mother at this point that that is the place to urinate/defecate and it can be stressful not to have this available to them. It is concerning that she hasn’t passed urine or faeces yet so we’d advise you take her to be examined ASAP. With kittens this young and vulnerable it is best to address any health ASAP to prevent decline. We wish you all the best.

  13. Hello! I’m abit worried as tomorrow I’m picking a kitten up, I’ve never owned a cat before. I’ve heard kittens need to be secluded in a room with food water and litterbox for a few days but the only room that is available is my own and I can’t sleep in a room where there is so much stink of food and poo. What do I do? Can I keep the litterbox in the bathroom and just keep taking her there after every meal? I’m confused, also can I leave her bowl of food and water downstairs and when its time to feed take her downstairs feed her, take her to the litter box and back into the room? Please help!

    1. Getting a new pet can be an exciting time, but it can also bring up lots of questions if you’ve never owned that particular pet before! It can be a good idea to keep them in one room initially just while they settle into their new surroundings, and you can set up a cosy bed in your room for her to sleep in, somewhere she feels safe and secure (‘igloo’ beds are great for this) and allow her regular access to her litter tray and food. She should have constant access to water too, so it’d be a good idea to keep a bowl of water in your room to start with. You’re absolutely right that after eating it’s a good idea to take her to her litter tray, and you should also do this just after she’s first woken up. After 24-48 hours, she can really have the run of the house, and it’ll give her the chance to really explore. Don’t forget to get her registered at a vet, as she’ll be due to start vaccinations etc. soon, and your vet or vet nurse will be happy to give you lots of advice on looking after your kitten. Good luck!

  14. My little kitten (11 weeks ) seems to poo about 6 x per day is that ok ? She is happy enough but is going through a heap of kitty litter

    1. Hi Kathy. At this age, it’s quite normal for kittens to pass faeces as often as they’re fed, so for a kitten who may be on several meals per day, this shouldn’t be anything to worry about. Just check that she’s happy, eating and drinking well, and passing normal, formed faeces – if she has diarrhoea, or the faeces don’t look in any way normal to you, then I’d recommend a check-up with your vet. As she gets older, the frequency will decrease, and as an adult cat, she should go once or twice a day. Again, if you have any concerns, give your vet a call and they’ll be happy to help. She’s at the age where she’ll be going through vaccinations presumably, so this is also something you could mention to your vet during the health check.

  15. I have a 10 week old kitten and we took her to the vet she looks like she either has a build up of gas or an obstruction. We tried giving her plenty of water and even a tiny amount of miralax to try to move things along. She got food down without puking it up and she is more mobile and not just a dead weight kitty like she was yesterday. What are some home remedies to help her go? I work fast food and they screwed me on hours cause I had to take her to the vet and call off work. She hasn’t gone in 3 days now.

    1. Hi Bernadette. If your kitten hasn’t been to the toilet in three days, she will need another check up with your vet ASAP to find out what’s causing it and give her appropriate treatment. This could be a serious problem, so it’s very important that you contact your vet, who already knows her history and what has already been done, to discuss next steps.

  16. I have 2, 2 1/2 week old kittens who were just switched to bottle milk 4 days ago. They first had diarrhea and then now haven’t pooped for almost 2 days now. I’ve been stimulating them and they pee a lot but no poo! I’m starting to get concerned. Is this normal for kittens who switch from mothers milk to supplement??

    1. Hello, they should really be toileting fully, so I’d recommend giving your vet a call for a quick chat to see if they’d recommend seeing them for a check-up. Kittens can go downhill very quickly when they’re so young, so your vet will be best placed to advise on next steps. I hope they continue to do well, it takes a lot of commitment rearing kittens so I wish you the very best of luck.

  17. Hi,our 7 week old kitty seems well. She eats dry kitty food,drinks water,plays and sleeps. I do worry however about her poo. It’s not runny but it is lose. Is that okay?

    1. Hi Erika, it seems like she’s doing well. Sometimes they can have slightly looser faeces as they adjust to new foods/environments etc, so keep an eye on her and if they’re still a little loose when she goes in to see your vet to start her vaccinations, mention it to your vet. She’ll have a full clinical exam at her primary vaccination course. If she becomes unwell however – if she stops eating, becomes lethargic, or develops diarrhoea, then pop her into your vet sooner.

  18. I have an 8 week old kitten who has recently moved into a new house with a different cat, we used 2 separate litter boxes but the kitten just started to go into the litter box and try to pee, we can see him physically shake on how hard he is trying, but only a couple little drops come out, he doesn’t have any other symptoms such as vomiting or diarrhea, is this him trying to show some sort of dominance or is he sick?

    1. Hi Shawn.It sounds like you’ve set up really well for the kitten to come home, extra litter trays etc are really important. If your kitten is trying to wee and is only able to pass a few drops, he could have a problem, so I’d recommend popping him into your vet for a check-up ASAP. Hopefully he’ll be feeling better really soon

      1. He seems to have what my mum’s male kitten had he had cytstals in his pee which caused a blockage get him to the vet because my mum’s cat sadly died because they couldnt help him any longer he had to be put down

  19. My cat is 2 month old….I want to know that how much time can I bathe my kitten in a week? N food should I feed ? Can I feed the cat food ? She is thin so I want her to be a bit fat…plss help

    1. Hi Jil. We wouldn’t recommend bathing cats at all, unless there is a reason to. They are very clean animals and will groom themselves thoroughly, so there shouldn’t be any need for extra help from you. As for her food, as she’s so young, she needs to be on a good quality kitten diet, which she’ll need to stay on until she’s around one year of age. Take a look at the packet of food, and there will be clear guidelines on there as to how much you should feed her on a daily basis. If she hasn’t already been checked over by a vet, it would also be a good idea to get her booked in – she can start vaccinations in the next week or two, and your vet will then be able to give her a full health check and plenty of advice on everything you need to do to help keep her happy and healthy.

  20. hello. I found a 3 weeks old cat and we gave her kitten milk for the first time. the first 3 sips she’s taking, then she poops out (watery based poops) and i stop feeding her, after half an hour i fed her again and she poops again. was it okay or not?

    1. Hi Nisa. She’ll need to be on a special type of milk at the moment that’s a replacement for her mother’s milk, and not just general cat milk as this is likely to be too rich for her. Take a look at the guidelines on the replacement milk – at this age, she should probably be fed every couple of hours. If she hasn’t already been checked over by a vet, I’d recommend taking her along for an appointment. Your vet will be able to check she’s healthy, and advise you on the best type of food for her, and how to wean her onto solid foods when the time comes.

  21. I got a kitten yesterday at night, this morning she pooped and peed but hasn’t since then. Is that bad? She’s been eating and drinking lots of water but hasn’t gone, she’s happy and playful she doesn’t seem in pain

    1. Hi Alexis, congratulations on your new kitten. I hope she has ‘performed’ now! I’m glad to hear she seems happy and playful, was her last poop normal? If you have further worries, please call your local vet for advice – they might want to give her a quick check over. Dave RVN

    1. He only eats half a pouch of wet food in the morning and the other half at night plus he has dry food down in his bowl all day

    2. Hi Zowie. If you are feeding your kitten a good quality kitten food according to the packet guidelines, he should be getting enough food – but it’s worth just checking on the packet as to how much it recommends you feed for his age. The frequency at which he’s going to the toilet is quite high – so it would be worth giving your vet a call for some advice, and to see if they think it’s necessary to see him or discuss his diet in more detail. If his faeces are abnormal in any way – for example, if they are looser than normal – or if he seems to have difficulty when going to the toilet and then only passing very small amounts at a time, then he will need a check-up with your vet.

  22. I have a 7 week old kitten he was given to us today 3 hours and he has not pee or poop should I be worried

    1. Hi Elizabeth. Your new kitten will likely be quite stressed at first – it’s a whole new world! So ideally, let him settle in one room to begin with, with bedding, places to hide, toys, litter trays, kitten food and water, and keep the room fairly quiet. He should then eat/drink and use his tray as normal, assuming he has begun litter training as he is young. Spend time with him and let him build up his confidence with you on his terms. If you’re worried that he doesn’t seem to be toileting normally, or eating very well, I’d recommend giving your local vet a call, registering him with the practice (he’ll need to start vaccinations in a couple of weeks anyway) and seeking their advice.

  23. Hi..my kitten is 14 weeks persian and I got her home 3 days back..she has pooped just once till now early the second day and in the washroom..I have set up her litter away from her food in one corner and introduced her to it after every meal but no results.. Now my concern is it’s been 30+ hrs and she hasn’t pooped yet neither in the litter box nor in washroom she did per a couple of times in the loo..she is eating normally and drinking water occasionally playing with everyone following everyone in the house…I am a bit concerned for her now regarding her poop. Plz help!

    1. Hi Sagar. There are a couple of things you can try – firstly, if your kitten has toileted a few times in the washroom, try placing the litter tray in there temporarily, as it seems to be somewhere she’s more comfortable. It’s also worth checking the type of litter that the breeder was using, and matching that if at all possible, as this is what she’ll be used to. Continue to pop her into her tray after every meal, as soon as she wakes up, and also every time you see her sniffing around or crouching as if she’s about to toilet. If she hasn’t been still though, I’d recommend calling your vet for further advice and to see if they’d like to check her over.

  24. I hv 3 weeks old kitten. She used to hv brown poo and clear urine now she hv orange toothpaste poo. Is it normal? Or should I change the milk

    1. Hi Alya. It can vary depending on diet, external stresses etc. Depending on the age of your kitten, she may not require milk anymore. I’d recommend giving your local vet or vet nurse a call for a quick chat as they’ll be able to chat through your kitten’s current diet and recommend a suitable diet depending on her age etc. They will also be able to tell you, depending on symptoms, whether or not they feel she needs to be checked over by a vet.

  25. hi, i just adopted my 10 week old kitten 4 days ago and he havent pooped during this 4 days, he knows where the litter box is, and he had urinated, just not pooping, should i take him to the vets to get him checked or is there some sort of treatment for this?

    1. Hello Tiff, it sounds like your kitten is constipated. At that age, digestive upsets are fairly common but constipation, especially in long-haired cats, should be checked. There is a big chance it’s just hairballs but please have him checked.

  26. Hi,
    I kind of rescued a kitten from a not so good situation. I was told she was 8 weeks old so i was feeding her wet kitten food and half kitten milk half water, but when i took her to the vets they said she only weighed 590grams, So suggested she was only 6 weeks old. When i got her she was covered in fleas and both her eyes didnt open properly. The vets put solution on her for the fleas and weve been brishing them out everyday since (managed to pick off about 30 off her, poor thing) and i have drops for her eyes. Shes also been given a worm tablet. But her poo is near black and im a little concerned, the vet said to let her eat as often as she meeds because shes on the skinny side but last night her stomach almost doubled in size and its still that way today even though shes been the toilet since. Not sure if ive over fed her. Shes had some kitten chicken soup, half a pouch of wet kitten food and some junior health biscuit things. Im just not sure im being overprotective and not giving her room to settle and her body to adjust or if im doing something wrong. Ive had just over a week now.

    1. Hi Jess. I can understand your worries completely and it sounds like you’re doing everything you can to ensure your little kitten gets the best start in life. It’s important to make sure she’s on a good-quality kitten food, and feed according to packet guidelines (this will give you a guide as to how much she should be fed according to her age). She’d probably also benefit, as she adjusts, to having smaller meals little and often (again, you should get guidance from the packet as to how often she should be fed). She may also be bloated due to a worm burden, which should help if she’s now been wormed and treated for fleas, and you should find this settles. I’d recommend a quick call to your vet to update them on her, and see if, according to their recent clinical exam and the treatment they’ve given her, they’d be expecting this progress or if they’d like to see her again. They will be really well-placed to give you more personal guidance. It sounds like you’re doing a fantastic job though, so keep going as you are, and with your vet by your side, she’ll keep progressing.

  27. Hi,
    my kitten loves our couch and has urinated there several times. The problem is, he urinates without any warning.. we think he is just standing but actually urinating. Is there any solution to help him urinate in his litter box. My couch also smells very bad. what can do to get rid of the smell?

    1. Hi Rina. It can take a little time to toilet train, but as a general rule, always pick your kitten up and put him in the litter tray when he’s first woken up from a nap, and when he’s just had a meal. If you do notice him sniffing around or posturing to go to the toilet, again, pop him in his tray – although this isn’t always easy to spot at first! He’s probably using your couch as it has that distinct smell now, and so he thinks this is a perfectly fine place to go to the toilet! Wash the area with a 10% solution of biological or enzymatic washing powder and then rinse with cold water and allow the area to dry thoroughly. Try not to get the area too wet when doing this. Once the area is dry, the final step ideally is to spray the area lightly with surgical spirit, scrub gently and leave to evaporate. You may want to try a small area first on delicate fabrics. You can also get commercially-produced enzymatic cleaners specifically for the purpose of removing the stain and odour of cat urine. I hope this helps!

  28. Hello! I have this 6 weeks old kitten. I’m worried about the way she poops. She’s been pooping today like 8 times and i’m so worried because her poop is so soft. Is it normal for my kitten to poop that often? I’ve been giving her milk and fish (sliced to tiny pieces) but my mom decided to add a little rice with the fish. Is it because of the rice that made her poop often and have a very soft poop? Please help me i’m just so worried.

    1. Hi Leigh. I’d recommend feeding her a good quality kitten diet, rather than milk and fish. Cats can be quite intolerant of milk and it can upset their stomachs, and at such a young age, if she’s been weaned from her mother, she really needs to be on a kitten diet to ensure she’s getting all the nutrients she needs to grow. If you’re not sure about the best diet for her, I’d recommend having a chat with your vet or vet nurse as they will be happy to give you plenty of advice to help her to get off to the best start in life.

  29. Hello I would need to get some help please I have a 3 month old Bengal kitten is been with us only for 2 days but I don’t think he is been using his litter box I am getting very worried,help please

    1. Hello, if you’re worried that your kitten isn’t using the tray or toileting, you’ll need to give your vet a call for some further advice. They will be happy to talk things through with you and advise you of whether or not your kitten needs to be seen for a check over.

  30. My cat had kittens 3 weeks ago ‘ since she had them she’s been pooping in my house ‘ before she had kittens she was going out side she was very house trained please can some one give me advice on way to do please

    1. Hi Rosalind. There could be a number of reasons for this behaviour, including illness or stress. It’s important to remember, that for now, things have changed in her world and sometimes this can take a bit of getting used to. First of all, it’s important to use the same litter as she’s always had, and give her multiple trays, spaced out around the home, for her to use when she needs to. Cats do like privacy, so she may prefer to have options to go somewhere quiet. It may be worth offering her different types of trays – open and closed, so that she has more choice. It may also be that she needs to readjust to using a litter tray if she was used to going outside before the kittens came along – you may need to help her with some litter training. Of course, there’s also the chance that she could be feeling a little stressed or not feeling well following the birth – so if you can rule the basics out mentioned above, and she doesn’t improve, I’d recommend taking her to your vet for a check-up to rule out any medical cause. If she gets a clean bill of health, they can give you some advice on how to help her at home.

  31. I have a newborn Kitty. He was born deformed. He only has one eye, and one tiny nostril. He has an eye and nostril on the right side of his face but none on the left side. His mouth is deformed also! Will he be able to survive?

    1. Hi Barbara, it’s impossible to say as we haven’t seen him… I strongly suggest you get him to your own vet to check him over and for their advice following examination. All the best.

  32. Hi, I have a 8 week old russian blue kitty who we got yesterday at 7pm. He has peed a few times in his litter tray and outside but has not pooped yet? He has eaten a lot and drank a lot. I’ve been feeding him dry kitten food and gave him some tuna also, should I bring him to the vet tomorrow? I know he has gotten dewormed so maybe this is it but not sure when he got this? Thanks

    1. Hi, he may poo beforehand, but as he’s a new addition to the family, a vet check is always a good idea – they can give you lots of advice and of course he’ll be registered for vaccinations etc. Dave RVN.

  33. rescued kittens abandoned by local feral cat not sure of age, eyes still blue, furry, can lap milk. when to toilet train? they were living in an d wood stove!

    1. Bless them, I think the first thing is to get them checked over by a vet – they can advise on the care going forward as well as giving a rough age.

  34. I am fostering a mama cat and her 3 female kittens. I rescues them from a shelter. The kittens are about 8 weeks. Very active, happy, and playful. Mama is very calm and sweet. The kittens and the mama all have soft serve poop and stinky. I have had them for about 4 days. I did change their food a couple times. They eat wet twice a day and have dry down all the time. The kittens still try to nurse and sometimes do. Would that cause soft stool eating and drinking moms milk? I just dewormed them earlier today but they had soft serve before that. I have asked the rescue I am fostering for if they get the cats check ups but they only see a vet to be spayed and shots. I am not sure what I should do or if it’s normal?

    1. Hi there could be several reasons for this happening, from the diet to a worming issue -with worms being killed from the worming. It is best, especially given their age, that they see a vet for a check. Please speak to the rescue centre and have this arranged.

    1. It does depend how old she is – we’d normally expect her to poo once for every meal she has.
      However, assuming she’s on solids, yellow faeces aren’t usually normal, and the presence of mucus also suggests something’s not quite right. As a result, we’d strongly recommend that you get her checked out by your vet.

  35. We have a 7 to 9 week old kitten (she’s a rescue baby) who is eating & drinking water frequently, pooping as frequently (5 times today) with a little wind passing before she poops but her poops seem to be very wet, not watery more like very soft piped cake icing that if we move it to check once she’s covered it with her litter it doesn’t hold its form. It’s light in colour and smelly. Her breathe also smells a little.
    She is on pellets and no change in diet since we adopted her.
    Is this normal?

    1. Dear Cae, I’d normally expect a kitten’s faeces to be fairly firm, and to hold their shape (like thick peanut butter), although the exact consistency and colour does depend on diet – it may be that the food she’s on doesn’t agree with her that well. Unfortunately, without being able to examine the kitten or the litter tray it’s difficult to say whether there’s an underlying medical problem – my advice would be to give your vet a ring and have a chat with them about it, and get her checked out if there’s any problem.

  36. HELP! We got a kitten that is 12 weeks old about 4 days ago. She has been very calm and she is finally getting used to us. The problem we are having with her is we found where she has pooped on my daughters bed. (We found this on day 2) Well this morning Day 4 my daughter was carrying her to the bathroom and while carrying her she pooped in the hallway, right inside the bathroom door and then right where my daughter set her down at. (She has been using the litter box as well) I’m at a loss and my husband is getting upset with me and the kitten because its like she has good days where she does very well and then days like this morning. Is there something I could do to get her to stop having the accidents???

    1. Hi Brooke,

      As she’s only been with you a few days, it’s likely that she’s still trying to work out she’s supposed to go. She’s also been quite stressed
      and anxious, and that’s making things worse. It would be worth checking the litter tray – many cats will not use one that’s dirty, so if it’s not cleaned out right away, then she’s looking for someone else to go. Some also dislike being watched or seen, or simply decide they don’t like the location, or the specific litter that’s been used. I would suggest that you get her several boxes or trays, including some with a cover so she feels nice and private, and put them in different parts of the house to give her some choice. It might also be worthwhile trying several different types of cat litter, to see which she prefers.
      If her faeces are runny or loose, get her checked out by your vet to see if there’s anything physical wrong, but I suspect this is more an issue of her being anxious and not entirely comfortable with her toileting environment. If the problem doesn’t seem to resolve, it might be worth seeing a pet behaviourist, but to be honest, I doubt it’s that complex an issue.
      Good luck!

  37. out new born is just 1 month. however we are at the edge of worry that we did not see out 2 kitten poop since birth. please advice

    1. Any kitten who seems constipated does need examining by a veterinarian, as it’s likely to be a sign of a medical problem, so I advise you make an appointment to get her checked.

  38. Hi. I brought kitten 9 week old ( leave mummy ) for new home and he refused eat and litter and hide under sofa. What I do?

    1. He’s probably scared – best bet is to offer food and water and provide a safe space which he can retreat into (like a den). Ideally, use something that smells familiar inside it (like a blanket or cushion from home). Using Feliway spray or diffusers might also be really helpful. If you have other cats or pets, try to keep them away from him while he settles in.
      If he seems abnormally scared and doesn’t settle fairly soon, or if he doesn’t eat or toilet normally, then get in touch with your vet as there might be something else going on.
      Good luck!

  39. Hi, I found a kitten almost 2 wks ago, the vet estimated 6 wks old at that time. She was less than 1 lb and covered fleas. She’s had first vaccines, flea treatment, de-wormed. She’s now almost 3 lbs- eating well, all good quality wet food. She’s very loving and playful.
    2 problems- #1. Her poo goes from semi-formed to runny and is very pale brown- more beige. #2. The biggest problem… She has between 15-20 small, urgent voids per day. She doesn’t seem to have much notice. She’ll make it to the litter most of the time when she’s in her enclosure, but not all of the time; she wets her bedding 2-3 times per day. When she’s out of her enclosure, but still within easy access, she just squats and pees without any advanced notice. I watch her constantly when she’s out, and try to immediately get her in her tray, but it’s not improving. I know I won’t be able to find her a home if she’s not completely house broken, and I’ve already gone through 2 bottles of enzyme spray cleaning her spots.
    Please help!!! I’ll be forced to put her outside if I can’t find a solution.

    1. Hi Robin,

      Rescue kittens often have underlying medical problems, particularly gut issues and parasites. While you have wormed her for roundworms, other issues like protozoa can often cause this sort of chronic diarrhoea problem. I think it’s time to go back to your veterinarian and get her looked at again; in particular, it might be useful to take in a faeces sample so the vets can check for parasites, infections, and other gut issues.

      1. Thank you! I’ll take her in today. What about the frequent (15-20/day) urination and urgency? I’ll ask vet about it, but wondered if maybe anatomical problems since she doesn’t show any signs of pain or feeling bad.

  40. Do my kittens need to be using the tray more often? I have two Scottish folds both 5 nearly 6 months old, I feed them both half a pouch of wet food in the morning, leave dry food in their bowls for the day, then I give them both half a pouch again in the evening and some chicken slices before bed, they both poop two times a day and do pee as well although I’m not sure how often, based on other responses it seems other pets are going more often so should I be feeding them more? They are house cats so I was just conscious they weren’t getting as much exercise as cats that go out so I didn’t want to overfeed them.

    1. At 6 months their bowel habits are likely to be more similar to an adult – remember, a 6 month old cat is roughly equivalent to a 14 year old human! – and that frequency sounds about right. If you’ve got any concerns, of course get them checked out by your vet, but if they seem otherwise healthy, I wouldn’t be too concerned about how often the defecate.

  41. Hi. I rescued an orphaned kitten one week ago but I am not sure what age he is. When found he still had his eyes closed. He just opened his eyes yesterday. The problem is he only poops once a day, and the poop is very yellow, soft but not watery. He poops a lot. I always stimulate him to poo and pee everytime after feeding but he only pee. I read that a kitten that young needs to poop 3-4 times a day. However he drinks milk just fine around 5-7cc per feeding, every 2-3 hours. But mine only poop once a day so I am feeling worried. Is it normal?

    1. My advice to you would be to get him checked out by a local veterinarian – if he’s orphaned and that young, it’s worth making sure there aren’t any ongoing health problems.

  42. Hi..i am caring for an orphaned kitten. She is about two weeks I guess (when I found her earlier this week her eyes are only half open). Been feeding her milk replacement. But I noticed that she’s been peeing a lot. And her bottom (legs, tail, lower abdomen) is almost always wet. She even pee a little when I’m wiping her.
    Is it normal or have I overfed her that causes her to pee too much?

    1. It is common for very young kittens to be stimulated to urinate by grooming or petting. However, I would very strongly suggest that you get her checked out by your vet to make sure there aren’t any medical issues that are causing the increased urination.

  43. A friend has give me a boy kitten who is 5 weeks old I have had it for 1 day. The kitten has peeded but not pooped yet and does not use the littler tray .Can you please tell me what shall I do. Thank you

    1. If not passing faeces, this is likely to be constipation, which is not uncommon in very young kittens like this; however, I would advise telephoning your vet and getting him checked out.

  44. hai.3 days ago i found an orphned kitten.im not sure how old is the kitten but her eyes is not open yet and been feeding her with milk replacment.she pee a lot but she only poop 2 times in 4 days. PLEASE HELP ME

    1. That’s not necessarily a problem; however, a kitten that young without a mother is going to need really intensive nursing care; I would strongly advise getting in touch with your veterinarian for advice and to get her checked over.

  45. I have a neonatal 18 day old kitten that I’ve had since s/he was born with no mama cat. She’s been on the same formula the whole time. She has not pooped in 3 days. Should I be concerned? She’s still drinking great and peeing fine. Just no poop.

    1. Yes, I’d certainly advise getting her checked out. It may be that she needs stimulating to poo, but ruling out underlying problems at this point seems a good idea.

  46. Hi. This is my first time with a cat and its 6-7 weeks old, I recently got him yesterday and noticed that he has been eating but not pooping or peeing. He is given water and food but I dont know what’s wrong, should I be worried or not

    1. At that age, he certainly should be passing something – I’d first of all check he’s not going somewhere you haven’t expected (e.g. behind the sofa or hidden away somewhere where he feels safe). If not, I’d get him checked out by your vet, as there may be an underlying problem.

  47. We just got a 6 month old kitten yesterday and he does not want to use the litter box. He’s aware of the litter box and he sat in it, but he jumps out pretty quick. He does not appear to be in pain. He is very active and has been playful and is eating and drinking well.

    1. At 6 months, a little bit of constipation following stress (such as a move) isn’t uncommon – and once he relaxes, it might resolve itself. If after a couple of days though nothing’s happening – or sooner if you see him straining – it might be worth chatting to your vet about the problem; they might want to see him, or may prescribe some gentle laxatives to get things moving, depending on the full history.

  48. My kitten will eat and drink it also uses the litter box but does really play just lays around. Is he ok he is about 8 weeks

    1. At 8 weeks I would expect a kitten to be quite playful and active, then crash and sleep, and then wake up and be active again. If that isn’t the pattern you’re seeing, and they seem lethargic or sleepy all the time, I would strongly advise you to get them checked out by your veterinarian as soon as possible, as that might suggest a potentially serious health problem.

  49. I have an 8-9 week old kitten we just got 4 days ago. She hasnt pooped once. She does have severe separation anxiety, especially with me. If i am not in her sight except when shes sleeping she freaks out. HELP!

    1. That degree of clinginess is a bit unusual, and failure to defecate in 4 days is definitely not normal; I’d advise a check up from your vet to make sure there isn’t an underlying problem making her feel unwell (and therefore needing reassurance) as well as constipation. It’s probably nothing other than stress from the move, but worth ruling out anything more serious at this stage.

  50. I have two orphaned kitties 3days old, I’ve been feeding them every 2hrs they are able to urinate but they haven’t had any stool and their tummy’s are a little bloated. I’ve massaged their tummy’s and have tried warm wet clothes to have them go but s far no improvement. Any suggestions?

    1. I think if they’re not defecating after 24 hours, despite stimulation, it would probably be worth contacting your veterinarian to get them checked out, to make sure there’s no underlying problem.

  51. I have 9 week old kitten since last two days he only pooped once(slightly wet) but urinating normaly. He is still not drinking water since so i syringe him water now. What to do and what to give him?

    1. I think that’s going to need a veterinary check up to make sure there’s nothing sinister going on, I’m afraid.

  52. I just got a 10 week old kitten yesterday she’s eating she’s drinking but has not use the bathroom it’s been 24 hours since I’ve had her

    1. Yes, a bit of constipation after a sudden move isn’t unusual! You can encourage her to use the “facilities” by trying different types of litter (some cats are very fussy – try to use the one she had before), making sure the litter tray is always clean and a long way from food or water, and making sure it’s in a private or hidden place. If there are other cats, make sure there are enough for everyone, too!
      If she’s still not passing anything in a day or so, give your vet a ring for advice.

  53. I dewormed my 4 week old kitten everything was fine the first dose of dewormer but know its been 2 days and he has not pooped at all why and what should i do

    1. At this age, I’d be expecting her to pass faeces several times a day. While a dose of a deworming product can cause some constipation, at 4 weeks old 2 days without faeces is a bit longer than I’d be comfortable with. My advice would be to get in touch with your veterinarian and chat with them = they may well be able to recommend a gentle cat-safe laxative. If it hasn’t resolved in another day or so, though, he’s going to need a veterinary check up.

  54. Hi I really need help, I got a 6 week old kitten from a family friend yesterday night and he hasn’t peed or pooped this entire time and doesn’t like to eat much

    1. Cats are often constipated following a move into a strange and stressful place. I’d keep offering food and (especially) water, in secluded and private places, away from other cats, people, and the litter tray. If he’s not eating or passing anything in 24 hours, call your vet, or sooner if you’re worried. However, most of the time cats settle down, start eating, and then automatically start pooing once their guts begin to work.

  55. I have 9 week old kitten that i just got yesterday she eat 3 time and she just peed a little and seam to be having a hard time pooping i got her kitten cand food and dry but from what i was told by the person i got her from is she hasn’t tryed dry food yet not sure what to do?

    1. If she seems constipated, the best thing is to keep her on the wet food until she’s adjusted to her new home. If it isn’t improving in 24 hours, contact your veterinarian for a gentle cat safe laxative or checkup, depending on how she’s doing.

  56. Hello, im having an abandoned kitten which is i guess 5 days old. Ive been feeding him properly and he seems fine, hes moving a lot sleeps well and eats good. The only concern ive got is that he does pee when i stimulate him but he doesn’t poop. Is that normal? (Ive only had him for two days)

    1. Some constipation after moving home is quite common, but I think if he’s that young it might be worth a chat with your vet to make sure there aren’t any other issues.

      1. i have an abandon 5 ( weeks now) he has just beento the vet he almost died on us. he was clearly constipated, vet tolls is to simulate him. we did lasr night, and now he’s butt is leaking poop all the time. is this normal or should we get another vet appointment?

    1. I think the next step is to get her checked out by your vet to make sure there aren’t any medical problems that might be causing issues.

  57. I have a 4 weeks old kitten and i am really about worried about her because from 8 days she only peeps after feeding but don’t poops what can i do?

    1. I suspect she is defecating somewhere, otherwise I doubt she would have lived to 4 weeks; is it possible she’s going somewhere else? If you’re sure she isn’t, then it’s important to get her checked out by your vet in case there is some serious underlying problem.

  58. Hey my cat is a year old and just recently he was on heat. I got hima shot from the vet to relax him but after the shot he stopped popping but he’s peeing fine and drinking and eating fine. Should i be worried?

  59. Its now day 2 without pooping but peeing fine eating fine. But still he’s making noise like when a cat is on heat. He’s not neutered yet. But he looks fine. He’s playing around running in the house but he never stops to popp like that. And it’s 2 days now. What shouldn’t I do.

    1. Definitely get him checked out – it’s not normal for a cat to go 48 hours without defecating. And if there’s a possibility that it’s associated with the medication then it definitely needs to be checked.

  60. Hi. I have gotten a 8 week old kitten 6 days ago. He has had diarrhea everyday multiple times a day. He’s been eating hard food and drinking water. My concern is he has had some blood in his stool not a whole lot but I was wondering if this would be normal since he isn’t eating the same food as the previous home he was at and maybe because of the frequent diarrhea. Don’t have the money to run him to the vet.

    1. No – bloody diarrhoea is never normal, even after a change in diet – that’s a health problem that needs looking into. Your cat needs to be seen by a veterinary health professional; if you can’t afford a private practice, then try and find a local charity or ASPCA branch.

  61. Hello i ha e two 12week old kittens that had flu symptons and we helped them get over that but after they came out of that it was like they lost the ablity to walk (only the rear legs) this has been about a month and a half. To two months since the flu then the walking issie came after that.. Have been noticing they are laying their rearend on floor and pooping or their anus is kind of coming out.. Not sure if anyone can help us but would greatly appreciate some help!!!

    1. OK, any neurological problems like this need veterinary attention. Cat flu is caused by a wide range of different bacteria and viruses, and can lead to complex and long-lasting side effects.
      If they have rectal prolapsing, then urgent veterinary attention is probably needed – it might be something simple like constipation or worms, but in a cat with nerve damage it’s really important to work out exactly what’s happening.

    1. 48 hours without pooing isn’t ideal – she may be constipated from stress. I’d advise giving your vet a ring and asking for advice. They may be able to suggest a suitably gentle laxative for her.

  62. My kitten is 4-5 weeks old. I recently got her 2 days ago and the previous owner had a whole litter of them and was feeding them soft and hard foods. She wasn’t eating or drinking water for me so I switched her to formula milk replacer and she is now drinking that very well every 5-6 hours! She sleeps a lot and very well. The first night I got her she had 2 accidents on the sheets and wouldn’t go in the litter. Today was her first time using the litter! I even taught her how to cover it everything, but she only went once today. Is that normal ? I know she misses her mama and the others from her litter.

    1. A change in diet may cause constipation or diarrhoea – it would normally be expected to self-resolve after a day or so though. If not, get her checked out by your vet.

  63. Hello
    I found kitten that looks 4 weeks old. Im feeding him with baby milk powder(for humans) its his 2th day home and he didnt poop yet.

    1. Do NOT feed human milk replacer to cats – it can be fatal because the electrolyte, fat and carbohydrate balance is all wrong. Call your vets and ask for advice and some kitten milk formula.

  64. Hello, so i have a kitten i guess a little less than a month maybe 3 to 4 weeks old. Its been the 3rd day he has just started to drink more milk from the seringue. I was worried about him peeing. I have been told to stimulate him but unfortunately he doesnt let me wants to escape and feels uncomfy. I found that there was pee in his litter box that mean he has actually peed however i havent seen him peein and im not sure if even he is peeing. He enters the litter box starts chewing the crystals sits there fora while but i yet not sure if he has been peeing🤦‍♀️im a little worried to be honest can someone advise?

    1. If he doesn’t urinate when stimulated, he’ll get overflow incontinence in his bed – which might be what’s happening. It might be a good idea to get him checked by your vet to make sure there isn’t anything else going on, though; and if it goes on too long, there can (rarely) be damage to the bladder.

  65. So I just found an abandoned kitten. She looks about 3 weeks, I found her at night so I didn’t have a kitten milk replacement. So I fed her regular milk she drank it, now I started giving her the replacement milk. She has peed little drop when I tried stimulating her she hasn’t pooped so should I be worried…And also she has fleas, is there any way to get rid of them.

    1. Yes, you can, but at that age you need to be very careful – your vet will be able to advise you (potentially by phone) on medications that are suitable for her body weight. If she hasn’t been eating much, there might not be much to come out yet – keep trying!

  66. Hi
    We have 2 8 week old kittens who are amazing and have been really well we ha r had them a week now and kept them on the same food but upped it to twice a day wet whiskers kitten food. One kitten tonight has had diahorea and cries when pooing she’s been fine up to tonight she is also still well in herself and playing g after it can you advise us could it be the heat

    1. If the food’s down for a while in hot weather it could spoil, but most cats won’t eat it then. Diarrhoea in kittens can be caused by a huge range of things and isn’t normally too much of a worry if it’s short-term but if she seems painful when passing diarrhoea I’d definitely advise a vet check – there might be a foreign body in there that’s got stuck, or a more serious cause of diarrhoea like protozoa or Campylobacter.

  67. Hi. I brought home an 8 week old kitten 2 days ago. The day she came she wouldn’t eat her wet food or drink anything, so I was a little worried. Fortunately she began eating yesterday afternoon when i gave her dry food and has started drinking water regularly since starting to eat. I’m worried she’s constipated or sick as she has yet to poop, although she has peed twice. Should I wait another day or contact my vet?

    1. She should really pass some faeces within 24 hours of eating, although if she’s been off food it might be a touch longer. Stress can often cause mild constipation, but if nothing’s passed in 2-3 days, then that definitely needs vet attention.

  68. Hi I have a 5 week old male kitten and he doesn’t poop every day sometimes he will poop once a day and not again for another day or two or he’ll poop once a day and not again for another day or two his poop is solid with no blood or anything like that is this normal for kittens his age?

    1. That seems a little bit infrequent to me. It might be his diet needs tweaking; have a chat to your vet or vet nurse who’ll be able to advise you.

  69. We have been nursing a kitten since it was 24 hrs old. He is now 5 weeks old and only poops about once every 3 to 4 days, our vet said as long as he is busy
    playing and drinking lots and not lethargic not too worry he will poop when ready. Do I need to be
    concerned? He can’t be dewormed until he’s 6 weeks I was told.

    1. If your vet’s happy, that’s fine. The reason we say to be more worried if it’s less frequent is because there are underlying health problems that can cause constipation as a symptom – if your vet has checked him and there isn’t a problem, follow your vet’s advice!

  70. We have changed his diet, first he was on KMR formula, at 11/2 weeks we switched him to PetLac, then after another week we tried home made formula. He is now back on PetLac formula. feedings are every 51/2 hrs, his sibling was also not pooping but has been really consistent the last week going once every day

  71. Hi, I found a newborn kitten and took it in because its mother abandoned it. Its been 24 hours since she last pooped (she only pooped once yesterday) but she is passing urine every time I stimulate her after a feeding. We’re giving her diluted goat milk as all the pet shops are closed due to covid19 and I can’t find any online stores that will deliver KRM to our place. How can I get her to poop? She went without food for a whole day and we only rescued her the second day and gave her water and she passed dark brown stool. But its been 24 hours and she hasn’t pooped yet. We have got her body temperature regulated warm and she is eagerly drinking up the milk every two hours. Will she survive? I’m doing the best I can as I want her to live 🙁

    1. It sounds like you’re doing everything right; I would suggest ringing your vet for advice though if she hasn’t passed anything in 36 hours.

  72. I have a 5 week old kitten that will not stop pooping running poop if I pick her up poop flys out I’m tired of cleaning it off my carpet and furniture please advise is she ok I feed her soft canned food but I recently switch her to cat mix dry food that’s soft in the inside to change her poop but nothing has happened different please advise.

    1. Chronic diarrhoea like this in a young kitten really needs checking out – there are lots of possible causes, including diet, but also parasites and infections such as feline coronavirus (not the same one as in humans!). I’d advise a vet check to rule out serious medical problems before playing around with the diet.

  73. We have a 12 week old kitten. She has been with us for a week now. She has adapted very well. Loves to play and snuggle and purrs all the time. At night she goes in our bedroom. The door is left open. She comes up on our bed at night and plays and then goes to sleep underneath the bed. We have a litter pan in the bedroom and one in the bathroom and one in the living room. She has used all 3 with no problems. Then the other day we slept in and she came on the bed by my husbands side playing and then she peed right next to him. The next morning she was fine. Then this morning same thing she got up on the bed started playing and then peed next to him. I am thinking she is telling us to get up and play and or feed her. She was just treated for worms at the shelter over a week ago. She has no problems going into her litter pans. She is so adorable and loves all of us. Help….I will be taking her to the vet this week. Thank you . any advise would be greatly appreciated.

    1. The most common reasons for a cat to stop using the litter tray are either because it’s dirty, or she thinks it is (so make sure you clean it really regularly); because she’s stressed or anxious (is it possible that something’s changed in the environment, for example strange cats around; or a change in routine in the house? A Feliway diffuser can help with this); or because of a medical issue such as cystitis. Definitely rule out medical problems first and then go from there – good luck!

    1. That is unusual – there are lots of possible causes of constipation, and at that age, if he or she hasn’t defecated for a couple of days, then I’d be thinking about making an appointment to get them checked by your vet.
      If they haven’t passed urine, though, this is an emergency – seek urgent (ER or OOH hospital if needed) veterinary attention.

  74. Hi, is there anyone who can help? I have this a week old kitten with me, his mother abandoned him and I’ve been doing my best to keep him alive. But the thing is he was going strong for the first 2days, then he started peeing on his own( btw, I stimulate him to pee), then there’s this drool coming out of his mouth. There’s no vet around here, please help.

    1. You need to feed him a cat specific milk – nausea can cause drooling, which is often triggered bowel problems e.g. feeding an incorrect milk formulation. I’d suggest trying to find a local animal charity that can help you source food and advice – good luck!

  75. We have a 4 month old kitten, he uses the litter tray but also poops all over the house too – and his stool is very loose.

    We’ve tried just giving him dry food to try and settle his stomach but that hasn’t made any difference.

    1. Whether the food is wet or dry is less important than how digestible it is. However, chronic diarrhoea in a kitten is quite serious – I’d advise getting him checked by your vet, and take in a faeces sample for testing. Many parasites and bacteria can cause these signs, and they tend to be more common and often more serious in kittens.

  76. Hi 🙁 my 6 week old kitten will not poop no matter what happens to her , has seen the vet 6 times in 2 weeks , had an enema performed Sunday (which made her poop ) then nothing again until today Wednesday (2 enemas performed) no poop ! So much bloodwork and vet visits and money and stress. No answers. Please someone help !

    1. There are some possible medical issues, such as dysautonomia, that can be hard to diagnose; it might be worth talking to your vet about referral to a specialist hospital if it’s a problem?

  77. Hey, I have a 4 months old female cat. The problem with is that she only uses her litter box for urination and she doesn’t uses it for poop, she poops all around it but not inside of it, she eats dry food and I give her wet food thrice a week and sometimes more. Her poop is sometimes ok and majority of the time it’s in loose form.

  78. I have a huge question ! Wow leaving my house I was encountered by a little kitten who are I asked my neighbors about and no one knew where the baby came from while driving about 4 feet further up the road unfortunately there was a baby who sadly got hit so I took this little one in and I got her kitten food and wet food everything good for her daughter drinking at all that she seems a little lethargic but she’s getting better but since I got her around 7:30 PM it is now 3:30 AM and she has yet to use the restroom and I have repeatedly showed her the litter box… should I be concerned ? I was thinking maybe she hasn’t gone because she was so dehydrated because she’s very skinny but she only has about 3 to 4 fleas that I’ve seen on her and she has absolutely no flea dirt. I have looked near where I found her to see if there’s any more of her siblings but I have not been able to find any. Please if anyone knows the answer to this question or ways to help me get this baby the help she needs unfortunately I don’t have a lot of money at the moment so I’m doing as much as I can. Please feel free to email me as well I have looked near where I found her to see if there’s any more of her siblings but I have not been able to find any. Please if anyone knows the answer to this question or ways to help me get this baby the help she needs unfortunately I don’t have a lot of money at the moment so I’m doing as much as I can.

    1. Try to find a local feline rescue charity – they will be able to advise you best. Very small kittens need to be stimulated to urinate; and they MUST be fed kitten milk not cow’s or goat’s milk. I think expert advice is what you need, in much more detail than we can give on here! Try to find a local rescue, or call your vet and explain the situation.

  79. Hi,
    I have a kitten of 10 weeks now. He eats good amount of food 4 times a day and poops 3-4 times a day. I feed him chicken and small amount of rice and pumpkin. The mixure is a bit moist. However my concern is my kittens poop is bit yellow/light brown and is sticky round shape like a sausage. The poop stucks in his hair around the ass sometimes. Even of this, there is no change in his behaviour. He is still playful and eats properly. Can you tell me if the poop is normal?

    1. That’s not uncommon, the yellow is because of the pumpkin, which also can cause the stool to be sticker than usual. Consider looking at a complete diet for him, or talking to your vet about nutritional balancing a home-cooked diet for a cat of this age.

      1. Thank you for the help. I took him to the vet and the doctor said the same thing. We have made a more balanced diet for him by reducing the amount of pumpkin. Now he is fine. However I noticed now he is eating a bit less than usual. eg. 3/4 instead of a full bowl. And he has urinated out of the box twice this month.

  80. Hey… I want to ask that i have bought kitten male 2 days back but he haven’t poop or peed so what should I do?? Like it’s been more than 48 hours now… This is my first experience with cats

  81. Hi! I have a 3 or 4 weeks old kitten. Since the day I adopted her which is 3 days ago, she hadn’t poop until now. This is concerning me, is it normal for them not to poop for days? She only pee whenever she finished eating. Thank you.

    1. Kittens of that age often need stimulating to defecate – contact your vet or a local cat rescue charity and they’ll show you how.

  82. Hey! I have a 4 or 5 month old kitten. I am new to taking care of cats as my parents were the ones who did it when I was younger. Is it normal for her to use the bathroom a lot qnd it be as smelly as it is? We went to the vet when she was getting fixed and they said she was fine, but i wanted a second opinion

    1. They do poo a lot – and cat poo sometimes really smells, especially if they’re on a more “aromatic” diet! If your vet is happy, then it’s probably nothing to worry about

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