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Cat and Poop "stragglers"
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Sunshi500 posted:
Our 8 year old domestic short hair recently started having small pieces of poop or streaks of poop left on her butt to the point where we have to try to get them/wipe off her butt. She is going to the vet for annual shots in the next 2 months, but I thought I would ask first if this can be related to her diet? She currently eats dry food, and the same brand for years, Blue Buffalo hairball care.

Is she missing something in her diet, or is this a sign of something more serious?
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AMERICAN VETERINARY MEDICAL ASSOCIATION
Drew Weigner, DVM, ABVP responded:
It doesn't sound like a diet-related problem, since she's been eating the same diet for years. Assuming she doesn't have diarrhea, she may be having an issue with constipation. As cats age, they lose some motility to the colon, making it more difficult to pass stool. You may see her straining to defecate in the litterbox, occasionally vomiting after using the litterbox, and sometimes dropping small pieces of stool around the house. There are effective treatments for this.

Since she's due for her vaccines soon anyway, it's a good idea to have her examined by your veterinarian (you can do her vaccines a little early, if it's indicated.)

Drew Weigner, DVM, ABVP
The Cat Doctor
Board Certified in Feline Practice