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please talk to me about cat poo, sorry

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MoaningYoniWhingesAgain Mon 22-Apr-13 10:52:41

My cat is a mainly outdoors cat, comes and goes as he pleases. He has had a few mishaps in the house if the catflap is shut for, oooh, five seconds.

I was in the garden this morning when he went for a crap on the border and again noticed his poo is very liquid and farty, no wonder he has to go right away, I think it is always like this. He seems happy enough, is eating drinking, wormed.

Is that normal for cat poo? I haven't had a cat with a litter tray for about 20 years so I have no idea blush He is about 12ish and neutered.

cozietoesie Mon 22-Apr-13 10:59:03

Not really normal, No. Poos should be soft-ish but not runny so I'd be keeping an eye on him for a day or so to ensure that this is in fact standard for him and not just a temporary innards upset. (Unless you've been checking for a few days already.)

What is his normal diet?

ClaimedByMe Mon 22-Apr-13 11:01:50

What food does he eat? My boy cat is like that and always has been doesnt matter what we feed him, the 2 girl cats poops look like butchers sausages, they all eat the same food!

MoaningYoniWhingesAgain Mon 22-Apr-13 11:06:05

I seen and heard him poo a few times and seems it's always like this.

He has a decent dried food (ie not whiskas/go cat, stuff with actual meat/fish in it) plus the odd bit of meat from kids sandwiches like trimming bits from chicken or ham. I usually let him have a bit of milk as well but I know it isn't very good for them - should I try stopping that? He does love it.

ClaimedByMe Mon 22-Apr-13 11:16:10

I would stop the milk and ham, cats are not supposed to have them but other meat is ok, is he likely to be eating wildlife too?

MoaningYoniWhingesAgain Mon 22-Apr-13 11:19:34

He used to hunt but not seen any evidence of it for a long time TBH. We used to get frequent small rodents in pieces outside the back door and on one memorable occasion a warm dead whole pigeon at the bottom of the stairs shock

Will stop the ham and milk, the ham was occasional anyway and the dog will be happy instead grin

ClaimedByMe Mon 22-Apr-13 11:30:40

Its quite hard to monitor what they eat when they are out doors all the time, my neighbours all feed one of my cats and I had to tell them to stop, one kept the fat off all her food to give to her!

Pascha Mon 22-Apr-13 11:32:24

One of my cats has been like this all his life, he's 11 now and as fit and healthy as ever. I just think his insides are all a bit squelchy and always have been.

oopslateagain Mon 22-Apr-13 11:37:16

My cat is 17, and poos like this. He squats, farts, and sprays liquid poo everywhere (with a few lumpy bits for variety). He's done it for years. Apart from being ancient, he's in good shape. I think if he's happy and comfortable, then it doesn't need messing with!

MoaningYoniWhingesAgain Mon 22-Apr-13 11:57:13

That sounds reassuring. Gross, but reassuring. I am not at all convinced he isn't a six dinner Sid as well. He used to be quite thin but has recently filled out a little bit - I don't know if that has been since I started getting him better food or just coincidence.

I felt guilty because the dogs get decent food and the cat was getting shite food, so now all get quality food.

Lonecatwithkitten Mon 22-Apr-13 20:33:39

IBD is really really common in cats there are lots and lots of things that can be done to help all these squitty cats.

QueenStromba Mon 22-Apr-13 21:10:15

You can get special cat milk if you really feel like he's missing out. I think it's still only advised as an occasional treat unless you need to get extra calories into the cat.

DinkyBabe Mon 22-Apr-13 22:22:42

One of our cats has a sensitive stomach and had similar issues even though we used a 'good' dry food (not great with a long haired cat that doesn't take kindly to being cleaned!!). We changed her diet to the Royal Canin Sensible and it seems to have completely sorted the problem

VenusRising Tue 23-Apr-13 09:38:19

I was just going to ask does he get any sneaky milk?
Is someone feeding him milk?

Most cats are lactose intolerant, and that explains the diarrhoea.

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