When they are very young, kittens need all the help they can get from their mothers. Aside from providing them with milk and warmth, the mother cat also helps guide the kitten’s elimination using her rough tongue to simulate her youngster’s genital area. In most cases, if a young kitten is let alone with his/her mother, then problems with bowel movements and urination will not occur. In cases when you have a very young kitten in your home with no mother cat, however, then the small kitten may not know how to remove its own bowel and becomes constipated. Here are some things you can do to help move things alone when your kitten is not pooping.
The first and easiest thing you can do is to take the kitten gently in one hand so that the kitten’s belly and genital area are facing up. Spread out a warm wet washcloth or small towel over your other hand. Now, move your cloth-covered hand over the kitten’s genital area. Do not rub hard, but simply gently massage the kitten’s bottom. This will simulate how the mother cat rubs her kitten’s genitals with her warm tongue.
Keep massaging until your kitten has defecated or urinated. It is a good idea to use a light-colored washcloth for this job, in order to easily spot if your kitten has done its business or not. If you spot a little fecal matter coming out of your kitten, you may also try to help it along by pulling the feces out for yourself. This is another thing the mother cat would do if the kitten were still with her.
Continue this gentle massage until the kitten cannot defecate anymore. It is now time to dry the kitten’s rear using another clean warm washcloth. Once again, do this as gently as possible, never rubbing too hard in order not to irritate your pet’s sensitive area. Put your kitten back with its littermates or back into its bed after this to let it rest.
No matter how gently you rub, your kitten’s bottom may still become irritated or red. If this happens, simply apply a small amount of Preparation H cream onto your kitten’s raw area. It is always a good idea to ask your vet before applying this, however, just to make sure that it is suitable for your kitten’s condition.
Note that your pet will not defecate every day. So if you give it its regular massage after a meal and nothing comes out, do not worry. This is perfectly normal.
Once your kitten finally starts to defecate, it is a good tip to look and observe its stool for any discolorations and inconsistencies.
A kitten must be brought to a vet right away in cases of bloody, mucousy, black or white stool, which may indicate Panleukopenia, severe bowel irritation, bleeding or severe infection and bacterial imbalance respectively. Orange stool may point to too much bile in your kitten’s stool, while yellow indicates a bacterial imbalance as well. Brown is the normal color for your kitten’s stool and shows that your pet is healthy.
Aside from checking the color of your kitten’s stool, the consistency must be checked as well. Normally, a kitten’s stool should be firm. If your kitten’s stool falls into a cow-patty shape, is too liquidy, or simply falls out of its rectum, then you must bring your pet to the vet as soon as possible.
It isn’t uncommon for a kitten not to defecate or urinate in the absence of its mother. Remember to be patient when treating your kitten, and never rub too fast or too hard. If your kitten still not pooping after numerous tries, then it is time to take your pet to the vet.