Small hard stool next to bed, on carpet during the night

by Janet J
(Lansing, Il.)

My cat was born outside, part feral. He was brought inside and never had a problem using his box. Last summer he had the expensive and successful surgery for a blocked urinary tract. He has been fine since then.

The last few months, he will leave 1 small turd next to our bed. There are 2 outside cats we do care for, and have for years.

Is he mad at us? He gets much love and TLC. Help! He seems to like his outside friends.

My thoughts:

I'm sorry to hear that your cat is having trouble, Janet. Without a veterinary examination, it's difficult to say, but my first suspicion would be constipation.

Small, hard stool is often a sign of constipation. There are a number of possible causes for constipation and several of these may be at work here.

Constipation is often due to excess hair in the gut. Long haired cats are especially prone to this but this problem is not exclusive to longhairs.

It can also be due to a dry food diet, combined with the fact that many cats don't drink enough water.

Assuming it's constipation, there are treatments, but a diagnosis is required first. If he were my kitty, especially given his history of urinary tract problems, I would give the vet a call.

I hope that helps. Please let us know how he makes out.

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Jun 01, 2013
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by: Nadine

I'd call the vet for a definite diagnosis. Furballs, or a piece of yarn can cause problems in a cat's stomach. With your cats history, the vet can check with an exam. Good luck.

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