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I just rescued 3 kittens yesterday. They've been here almost 24 hours. I think they're around 8 weeks old. They were prematurely weened from their mother and only fed human table scraps! Anyway, yesterday was their first taste of real cat food, and they did well with it.
Last night I noticed that one had very very pale yellow stool. It's very chalk-like. The consistency is normal. I've had many cats and kittens in my time, but I've never seen this shade. The other kittens' stool appears "normal."
So, is this light stool normal? What do you think is causing it? Someone said it's probably the food they were fed before, but I find it odd that it's only coming from one.
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Originally Posted by MissKitties View Post
I just rescued 3 kittens yesterday. They've been here almost 24 hours. I think they're around 8 weeks old. They were prematurely weened from their mother and only fed human table scraps! Anyway, yesterday was their first taste of real cat food, and they did well with it.
Last night I noticed that one had very very pale yellow stool. It's very chalk-like. The consistency is normal. I've had many cats and kittens in my time, but I've never seen this shade. The other kittens' stool appears "normal."
So, is this light stool normal? What do you think is causing it? Someone said it's probably the food they were fed before, but I find it odd that it's only coming from one.
According to the following stool chart, yellow stool can be a sign of a bacterial imbalance in the bowel....and white stool is a sign of a serious infection in the bowel / *high risk of death*. Based on this, I'd get this kitten into a Vet ASAP....and take with you a recent stool sample (in a ziploc bag, etc) if you can. You're right, this is definitely not normal. Ensure you let the Vet know you have 2 other kittens from this group that you rescued, who don't have these symptoms (in the event he'd want to proactively treat them, though he may just tell you to monitor them).

http://www.kittencare.com/askKC_Tumm...l#bloody_stool
post #3 of 5
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Oh great, now I'm worried. I've only had these cats for less than 2 days, but I'll be heartbroken if anything happens to them. I was already planning on taking all 3 kittens to the vet today for an exam, shots, etc. I'd take them now, but the vet doesn't open until noon.
I don't know which one the pale stool is coming from. Hopefully I can find out within the next 2 hours.
Thanks for your help!
post #4 of 5
Pale stool can also be from the diet. Arthur is totally on canned syringe fed food right now (liver problems) and because of the diet change his poo is very yellowish, the same color as the food. I also wouldnt say that white stool is for certain a very bad thing. Dogs fed raw diets can have white poo which disintegrates in about 24 hours (which is a very good thing). I would give your vet a call though and mention it and see what they say.
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Well, good news (or so it seems). As of yesterday, everything in the litter box was of "normal" color. Since they had been fed human table scraps and who knows what else, it seems it might just have been something they ate working its way through the system. Now that they've been on normal cat food for 72 hours, it seems to have cleared up.
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