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My Cats Poop Is Dark Black After Switching Food

Why is my cats poop black?

So I adopted a very young kitten that some random girl gave me. She said she was abandoned by her mother and she found the kitten in a tree. I've had her for 2 weeks. Her poop has been a light brown, and very squishy almost like diarrhea. I've been feeding her this like sort of watery chopped up canned food and some hard food on the side. However, I thought the diarrhea was because of the food, so I switched to a more solid canned food (Fancy Feast chicken flavor). These past 2 day, I noticed that her poop is much more solid but kind of black. Its like a very very dark brown. ALmost black. Is this normal? Also, she scratches a lot. She acts normal, she's very hyper and loves to play. When I put her food she gobbles it up.

Ferret's poop is black?

Since you just changed her food wait a week. Its normal for the poop to be black after a change in diet. I had 5 ferrets growing up. As long as she doesn't lose wieght and eating habbits stay the same she should be just fine.

I know this is disgusting, but what should a cat's poop look like?

Animals r Awesome,

You are a very observant cat parent. I congratulate you for all the research you are doing, as well. I wish that everyone was as careful and responsible with their kitties.

There is nothing disgusting about your question. You can learn a lot about your cat's health by observing their elimination.

Digestive problems can begin with poor nutrition and feeding food that contains grain. Cats do not do well on a high carb diet. They need protein.

Your cat definitely needs a vet check. Starting with parasites, there are several that are so small that the can only be seen under a microscope. That is one thing that your vet can check for.

The color of the stool can be the result of what you are feeding her. It can be the result of switching foods abruptly, or it can also be a sign of illness that needs to be attended to. Cats need very clean litter boxes, or they will frequently go outside the box. Also peeing outside the box can be symptomatic of a urinary tract infection.

To be sure a visit to the vet is an excellent idea. Your veterinarian will want you to bring a sample of your cat's stool for your visit so that he or she can more intelligently assess the situation.

You may suggest to your parents that a visit to the vet now is a good idea to be sure your cat is healthy and if something is beginning to develop, prompt treatment is more cost effective.

It is always better to be safe than sorry!

Happy birthday to you in advance and good luck with your kitty.

Troublesniffer
Owned by cats for over 40 years

Edit: Really foul smelling stools of the color you are describing can be indicative of coccidia.

My cat is throwing up foamy stuff. Some of it is yellow/white. What is this and what can I do?

Take it to the veterinarian... as in yesterday.As Catherine Spencer said it could be a hairball, but there are other (scarier) options.One of my cats got really sick, the same symptom, starting a bank holiday, I thought if it was hairball it would eventually go out.When I got my kitty to the vet she was almost dehydrated, and I was giving her water with a syringe (without needle, of course), but she vomited out more than I managed to make her drink in. So, make sure your cat is hydrated. My vet stressed it a lot.Second problem, if she has stopped eating it's a bad sign. As my vet emphasied cats should never fast, not even for 24 hours, it could damage their livers.Then, she would need high protein canned food to recover. Mine didn't like it, so I mixed it with water and I gave her with the syringe.As I found out, it is not normal for cats to vomit.The vet run blood-tests and x-rays to rule out some other disease, everything looked normal.Treatment:My kitty stayed half a day at the vet's hooked up to a drip administering intravenous fluids.She got two types of shots, one of them to make her stop vomiting, during five days in a row.The vet let me take her home with me, but we were visiting day in day out for almost a week.High protein canned food.Make her drink water.Recovery signs:When she drinks and eats by herself.We never got to know what was wrong, but she recovered just fine. My heart began to beat again, so happy ending for everyone.P.S. If you haven't got syringes, get some; they are very handy.

What causes a loss of appetite, lethargy, and black stool with an adult cat?

The cat is over 9 years old and lives indoors. He's starting to become more active again but still doesn't want to eat, not even his favorite foods. I cannot afford to take him to a vet because I'm unemployed and awaiting disability and have no source of income. I love my cat dearly and want to do what I can to help him get well.

My cat has slimey poop and it smells wicked bad, what could that mean?

Simply speaking, the mucous is an indication of inflammation of some sort.

Did your kitty get any new food, treats, get into any human foods, get into anything?

If you're confident that nothing like the above happened, then it would be a good idea to take in a sample for analysis. If the kitty is doing well, you probably don't need to take it in yet, unless your vet suggests you do so.

One of my cats always had soft, mucous-y stool. Turns out she was "allergic" to crappy food. When I switched her to a completely wet diet (raw and canned) that cleared right up.

I won't bore you with a lecture, but I'll just say that SD is a low-quality food and you should consider switching brands. All wet is better (dry doesn't clean the teeth) but some dry is ok. If you'd like to learn more, see the links.

Can changing dogs food cause bloody stool?

I’m very glad you’re taking your dog to the vet. It’s important and could save its life.A metallic odor may be due to the blood, which usually smells like copper or iron. The worms may be causing the bleeding, or be a part of what is causing the bleeding.Personally, I would not change foods until the medical issue(s) is resolved completely. Changing foods can be traumatic in itself, causing diarrhea or vomiting. Usually it should be worked into the old food over the course of a week or two.Make sure you puppy is getting plenty of water and don’t give any treats. You may want to go back to the original food for now, but then again your vet is on Monday.I have heard that worms and such is pretty common with puppies, especially if a rescue. If you got your puppy elsewhere then make sure to tell them so they can be treated as well.

What type of food can I feed my cat, other than pet foods?

You mean human food? Hmm, cats’ tastes vary, but your cat would probably love it if you were to open a can of tuna. :-)Don’t worry if commercial cat food isn’t available for a while. When I was a child, my mom fed our cat the same food the family were eating. That cat lived a long and healthy life, so obviously the diet wasn’t bad for the cat, even though it wasn’t ideal.Fish and meat of any kind would be very welcome. (A cat can eat fish and meat raw, but for safety reasons you may want to cook them. That childhood cat adored raw minced meat, fresh from the butcher’s shop, above anything else.) The following items would also be good - although not every cat likes them: cooked eggs, cooked vegetables (many cats are fond of broccoli, sweetcorn or beans), rice, hummus, porridge.My Sulu recommends baked beans in tomato sauce. :-)Cats can also eat potatoes and bread, although most will only eat a bit of those.Milk can be great, and also a bit of cheese and yoghurt. But be careful with this, because some cats have a lactose intolerance and can’t digest milk or dairy. If you’re not certain whether or not your cat can digest milk and dairy, give it just a spoonful and observe if it’s ok. (If your cat vomits or gets funny poo, don’t give it any more.)Basically, you can let your cat have a bit of almost any human food. It’s not an ideal diet in the long term, because cats have different nutritional needs. But it’s not a problem for a while, as long as you include meat or fish.Here are the exceptions: grapes, raisins, chocolate, onions, garlic, alcohol, chewing gum. Those are toxic for cats. Don’t give your cat those. Also, avoid salt and spices, especially very salty foods. If the canned tuna is preserved in brine, rinse it before giving it to your cat.I hope this helps.PS: The question I answered got merged with a different one, which isn’t quite the same. The question I replied to asked what food to give a cat until the original asker could get to the shop to buy cat food. This implies just a very short time. The question it was merged with is about a situation where cat food isn’t available, which may be a permanently. — Please read my answer in the context it was intended.

Very smelly cat poo/ recent diet change?

Hi there...many of the commercially available cat food products sold in supermarkets and pet stores contain corn, corn meal which ferment as it broken down within the digestive system leading to very stinky poo. Feeding human food as treats also can contribute to smelly poo as well. However, this also depends on the animal's genetics as well. Like humans, when two people eat the very same thing one person's business may stink to high heaven moreso than another (we can't compare our own poo since we'd obviously be biased.) I have two cats who's genetic makeup are quite different from one another (F1 Bengal --1/2 wild & 1/2 domestic -- and Abyssinian). They both eat the same identical high premium quality foods yet the Bengal's poo is so strong it would make a good substitute for chloroform, where the Aby's isn't so bad and is very tolerable.

Some of the high protein cat foods (which contains no corn based products or byproducts) found only at specialty pet stores such as Innova EVO, Life's Abundance, Nature's Variety Prairie may help minimize the stinky calling cards, but again it truly depends on the cat's genetic makeup. They are quite expensive compared to the supermarket brands, but if your intended goal is to lower the overall gas chamber effect you may need to experiment which works best.