what does it mean when a cat has starts having very little bowel movements ?

My cat is 17 1/2 and has very small ball shaped bowel movements--different from what she has always had. It's not near the amount of what she generally excretes. Does she need some type of laxative? She weighs 7 pounds.

Asked by Member 1153195 on Feb 2nd 2013 in Senior Pet
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What kind of food does she eat? Sounds to me that she needs more moisture in her diet.

Muffin answered on 2/2/13. Helpful? Yes/Helpful: No 0 Report this answer

Izadore (Izzie)

Muffin is right, plus she may also need more fiber. Do not give her any laxatives made for humans as it could make her VERY sick or cause diarrhea and dehydration. At her age (in human years she's well over 100), you should be keeping in close contact with her vet. Any changes in any of her behaviors should be reported to them. Tinkering with her diet or trying over-the-counter preparations could backfire. Does she eat food made for senior cats? Sometimes a bit (a tablespoon or so) of canned pumpkin (NOT pie mix) off a spoon or your fingers will provide the needed fiber and moisture to pass things through. But if this is a chronic concern, she really needs to see her vet.

Izadore (Izzie) answered on 2/2/13. Helpful? Yes/Helpful: No 0 Report this answer


Sounds like a trip to the vet is in order. This could be a sign of kidney problems which affect the stools. Your cat is elderly and should probably be seen by the vet at least once every six (6) months, if not more frequently. You need to keep an eye on how much she is eating and drinking. If her weight has dropped or she is drinking more than usual, this needs to be evaluated and treated accordingly. Try encouraging her to drink more water (use a fountain), and get her to the vet ASAP. Best of luck to kitty. She's lived a ripe old age. Hope she is okay.

Member 185886 answered on 2/3/13. Helpful? Yes/Helpful: No 0 Report this answer