The Scoop on Kitty Poop. Is Your Cat’s Number Two Normal?

Normal Cat Poop Frequency

The normal poop frequency for healthy adult cats is once or twice per day. Most cats will have one bowel movement within a 24 hour period, though some may poop twice a day. According to Dutch, “A healthy bowel movement for cats typically occurs once per day” (source). Litter-Robot confirms that “a general rule of thumb is that pooping once or twice daily is considered normal” (source).

While most cats will poop daily, it’s also normal for some cats to poop once every 12-36 hours. As Arm & Hammer explains, “Most cats poop about once a day, though it’s also normal for a cat to poop every 12-36 hours” (source). So while the typical range is once or twice per day, a poop frequency ranging from daily to once every 1-2 days can still be considered normal.

The number of times a cat poops per day depends on factors like diet, health status, age, and individual variation. But in general, most healthy adult cats will poop about once or twice in a 24 hour period.

Factors Affecting Poop Frequency

There are several key factors that can affect how often a cat poops:

Cat’s Age

Kittens tend to poop more frequently than adult cats. Their digestive systems are still developing, so they may poop after every meal. As cats mature, they typically poop 1-2 times per day.

Senior cats often have slower digestion and may only poop every other day. Constipation is more common in older cats as well.


A cat’s diet can directly impact digestion speed and poop frequency. Dry food takes longer to digest than wet food. Cats eating only dry food may poop less often. High-fiber diets also slow down digestion.

Sudden diet changes could cause diarrhea and abnormally frequent pooping. Introducing new foods gradually can prevent digestive upset.

Health Conditions

Certain diseases like hyperthyroidism speed up digestion, leading to more frequent pooping. Issues like inflammatory bowel disease or cancer could cause chronic diarrhea.

On the other hand, conditions like gastrointestinal obstruction or neurological problems may prevent a cat from pooping normally. Constipation is another common health-related cause of infrequent pooping.

Kitten Poop Frequency

Kittens generally poop more frequently than adult cats. According to when kittens are newborn and being bottle-fed, they may defecate after every feeding, which can mean pooping up to 5 times a day. As kittens start eating solid food around 3-4 weeks old, their poop schedule becomes more regular, but they may still poop 1-3 times per day until reaching around 6 months old.

Kittens under 3 months old have developing digestive systems and shorter intestines than adult cats, meaning food passes through faster and they poop more often. Their poop is often soft or diarrhea-like in texture as well. By 6 months old, most kittens poop 1-2 times per day like an adult cat.

It’s normal for kittens to poop frequently, but abnormal diarrhea or straining to poop can indicate a health issue. Kitten poop should transition from loose to firm as they mature. If concerns arise, consult a veterinarian.

Senior Cat Poop Frequency

As cats age and become seniors (generally over the age of 10), their metabolism slows down. This can lead to less frequent bowel movements.

According to Dutch, senior cats may only poop every 2-3 days. Less physical activity in older cats also contributes to less frequent pooping.

Constipation is more common in senior cats, so you need to monitor their litter box habits closely. Look out for signs of straining, hard stools, or crying when trying to poop. Consult your vet if your senior cat is pooping less than once every 3 days.

Food Impacts on Poop

A cat’s diet can have a significant impact on their poop frequency and consistency. Wet food versus dry food and fiber content are two key factors.

Wet or canned cat food typically contains more protein and moisture than dry kibble. The higher moisture content results in larger, softer stools that pass through the intestines more quickly. Cats fed only wet food may poop 1-2 times per day. Dry kibble contains more carbohydrates that take longer to digest, resulting in smaller, firmer stools. Cats on an exclusively dry food diet may only poop once every 1-2 days. Feeding a combination of wet and dry provides a balance.

Fiber regulates digestion and can firm up loose stools or help constipation. Soluble fiber from vegetables absorbs water, while insoluble fiber from grains can’t be digested so adds bulk. Kittens and senior cats may benefit from added fiber. Too much can cause diarrhea, while too little leads to constipation. Look for cat foods with 3-5% fiber content. Gradually transition fiber levels to allow the digestive system to adjust.

Talk to your vet about the ideal food type and fiber content for your cat’s needs. Monitor stool quality and adjust diet accordingly for healthy poop frequency.

Health Conditions Causing Abnormal Poop

There are several common health conditions that can lead to abnormal poop in cats:


Constipation is characterized by infrequent, difficult, or incomplete defecation. Constipated cats strain to poop and pass hard, dry stool [1]. Constipation can be caused by lack of exercise, dehydration, diet changes, hairballs, and certain medications. Treatment usually involves increasing water intake, exercise, and adding fiber or laxatives [2].


Diarrhea is loose, watery stool passed frequently. It can be caused by diet changes, food allergies, infections, parasites, medications, and other conditions affecting the intestines. Mild diarrhea may resolve on its own, but severe or bloody diarrhea requires veterinary attention [3].

Inflammatory Bowel Disease

Inflammatory bowel disease (IBD) involves chronic inflammation of the gastrointestinal tract. Symptoms include chronic diarrhea, vomiting, weight loss, and poor appetite. IBD is managed through dietary changes, medications, and supplements prescribed by a veterinarian.

When to See the Vet

If your cat is experiencing abnormal pooping habits, it’s important to contact your veterinarian. Some signs that warrant a vet visit include:

Constipation – If your cat hasn’t had a bowel movement in over 48-72 hours, it could be constipated. Straining to poop without producing anything is another sign of constipation. According to PetMD, prolonged constipation can cause permanent damage, so it’s crucial to seek veterinary care (

Diarrhea – Diarrhea lasting over 24-48 hours could require veterinary attention, especially in senior cats or kittens. Look for loose, watery stool that contains mucus or blood.

Blood in Stool – Bright red blood or clots in the stool may indicate colitis, trauma, or a tumor. It warrants an urgent vet visit.

Straining – Excessive straining and crying in the litter box without passing anything is an emergency. It could indicate a blocked colon or foreign object obstruction.

If you notice any of these signs, call your vet right away. They’ll recommend next steps to diagnose and treat the underlying cause.

Tips for Healthy Poop

There are several things cat owners can do to help promote healthy poop in their cats:


Making sure your cat is properly hydrated is key for healthy poop. Dehydration can lead to constipation. Provide plenty of fresh, clean water daily. You can also add water to your cat’s wet food or feed canned/pouched food, which has high moisture content.


Regular exercise helps stimulate the intestines to keep things moving. Make sure your cat gets active playtime daily. let them run and climb. This helps with digestion and preventing constipation (source).


Feeding a high fiber cat food or adding fiber supplements can help bulk up the stool and make it easier to pass. Consult your vet on the best diet and fiber sources for your cat. Probiotics can also help support healthy digestion.

Litter Box Maintenance

Keep the litter box clean and have multiple boxes available, especially if you have multiple cats. Cats like privacy when using the litter box. Make sure it’s easily accessible. Clean regularly.

Poop Appearance

The appearance of your cat’s poop can give you valuable insight into whether their digestive system is healthy or not. Here are some key aspects to look for:


Healthy cat poop is typically brown in color. The precise shade can vary based on diet, but as long as it’s some shade of brown, that is considered normal. Dark brown poop is fine, but blackish stool may indicate the presence of blood and warrants a vet visit. On the other side, poop that is light brown, yellow, or grayish can signify issues like liver or pancreas problems (Source).


The ideal texture for healthy cat poop is firm, moist, and coiled. Poop that is too dry and hard or too soft, loose, and unformed could mean illness. A healthy poop should hold its shape. Diarrhea or cowpile-like poop points to diarrheal diseases, while constipation leads to small, dry poops.


Poop from a normal, healthy cat is log-shaped – similar to a sausage or Tootsie Roll. This cylindrical shape comes from the contractions of the intestines. Irregular shapes like flat ribbons or balls signal gastrointestinal issues.

Monitoring your cat’s poop daily provides vital clues about their health. Consult a vet promptly if you notice abnormal changes in color, texture, or shape.


In summary, most healthy adult cats will poop 1-2 times per day. Kittens may go more frequently while seniors may go less. As long as your cat’s poop schedule is regular and the feces appears normal, there is likely no cause for concern.

However, significant changes in frequency, consistency, color, or smell could signify an underlying health issue. Make sure to monitor your cat’s litter box habits and bring them to the vet if you notice persistent abnormalities.

By keeping an eye out for disruptions to their normal poop routine, you can help keep your cat’s digestive system running smoothly and catch potential illnesses early on.

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