Many cat owners think that I’m rather insane when I tell them that I’m a keen observer of my cat’s toilet habits. Whenever I hear my cat in his litter box, I will make a beeline to my usual place behind the wall and pee at him.
My cat has caught me red-handed on a couple of occasions which gave him ‘performance anxiety’. These days, he isn’t fazed by my voyeurism.
My behavior might seem odd to many but I often tell other pet owners that a smooth litter box experience relates to a healthy cat.
But what if you hear your cat meowing while it is pooping? When your cat meows while it’s pooping, it could be due to a couple of factors. Some cats meow out of habit while using the litter box for others, it could be due to underlying medical issues like constipation, diarrhea, intestinal parasites, blockages or even from a dirty litter box.
In this article, we will take a look at the various reasons and what you can do as a cat owner to help your cat.
1. Your Cat Is Quirky
Your cat is a unique individual with its own personality and idiosyncrasies. My cat has too many to mention which makes him adorable to me.
Your cat could just have a weird habit of meowing while it is pooping. This behavior could be something that it has been doing since it was a kitten.
My cat can be rather chatty during potty time.
He likes to announce to the whole world that he will be using the litter box. As well as to let me know once he is done so that I can get to work making his toilet clean again.
2. Intestinal Parasites
Intestinal parasites are worms that like to live in your cat’s intestinal tract. Why these worms are called parasites is because they leech off the food that your cat eats.
The most common types of intestinal parasites are:
The majority of cats will have worms at some point in their lives. They can get these parasites from eating food, water or soil that has been contaminated. Cats with a flea infestation can get tapeworms by ingesting the fleas when grooming themselves. Kittens can get it from their mother’s milk.
Symptoms of intestinal parasites include:
- Unexplained weight loss
- Blood and mucous in stool
- Lack of appetite
- Small moving specks in stool
If your cat has never been checked for worms before, you should bring a stool sample to your vet to have it examined. If there are signs of parasites in your cat’s feces, the vet will prescribe dewormers for your cat to take.
These are flavored pills or tablets that are given once a month based on your cat’s weight and age.
I am pretty sure we all have been constipated at least once in our lives. It ain’t fun feeling so backed up for days on end.
It finally feels great when you’re able to unleash the beast in your bowels. The same goes for your cat if it is suffering from constipation.
Most cats have a bowel movement every 24 hours. Some cats can poop once every two days. The most important thing is making sure your cat is regular when it comes to pooping.
If your cat has not had a bowel movement and you can hear your cat’s meowing while it tries to poop, there is a good chance that it is constipated.
Your cat’s poo has become hard and dry and its intestines aren’t able to move the fecal matter along to be passed out.
Constipation can be caused by something as simple as a lack of hydration to more serious issues like an intestinal blockage.
Constipation in cats can be caused by:
- Anxiety or stress
- Nerve problems
- Inflammatory bowel disease
- Bad diet
- kidney or liver disease
Even as a seasoned cat owner myself, the cause of a cat’s constipation can be a hard one to diagnose without seeking medical treatment at the vet. Older cats and kittens tend to be more at risk of being constipated.
There was a time when my cat was constipated for no apparent reason at all. The vet had to give my cat an enema to flush the stools out of his bowels.
It didn’t go as well as planned because the vet didn’t move out of the way quickly enough after squirting the enema solution in my cat’s anus. He must have panicked when he felt the surge of liquid in his behind and tense his sphincter causing the liquid to be squirted out forcefully all over the vet’s face.
I felt so bad and amused at the same time.
4. Rectal Stricture
The narrowing condition of your cat’s anal opening is a condition called a rectal stricture. This is a serious health problem and requires immediate medical attention.
A cat with a rectal structure will experience painful bowel movements as it has to really push hard to force its stool out of the narrow opening.
Imagine trying to push a walnut through a straw.
A rectal stricture in cats can be caused by:
- Fungal infection
- Anal abscess
- Trauma or injury to the anal opening
- Cancerous growth
- Surgery complications
If you hear your cat’s meow while it is pooping, there is a chance \ that it is feeling some sort of discomfort. Take a look at your cat’s poop to see if there are any signs of bleeding.
How Does Unhealthy Cat Poop Look Like?
Observing and taking a good look at your cat’s poop might not be an exciting part of being a cat owner but your cat’s poop does tell a story.
A healthy cat will have poop that is firm and dark brown in color. It should resemble a small cigar or a sausage.
Your cat’s stools are not healthy if you notice the following signs:
- Dry, hard and pebbly-looking stools is usually a sign of constipation
- Poop that is black or reddish in color means that there is blood in your cat’s stool
- Soft or liquid stools means that your cat is having diarrhea
- Stools that smells really foul indicates a problem with your cat’s digestive system
Why Does My Cat Howl Before And After Using The Litter Box?
There might be times when your cat might start to howl or vocalize before and after using the litter box.
I might not necessarily see this as a problem unless you notice your cat straining to poop or has unhealthy bowel movements.
Some cats prefer to let the whole neighborhood know about their litter box schedules.
Another common issue that is painful for cats is UTI or urinary tract infections. A UTI happens when your cat’s urethra becomes infected by bacteria. This can make peeing painful for the cat. Your cat might start peeing over the edge of the litter box when it is suffering from a UTI.
Common symptoms include straining to pee, peeing outside of the litter box, blood in the pee and peeing very little.
Male cats are more prone to UTIs as compared to female cats due to their narrower urethra.
Feline UTI needs to be treated asap otherwise it can become life-threatening when your cat isn’t able to pee.
Why Is My Kitten Crying When It Poop?
It can be worrying to see your new baby kitten crying when it is pooping. The thing is, it is rather normal for kittens to be crying all the time until they reach about 12-15 weeks of age.
Kittens feel helpless and vulnerable when they are young and tend to cry for their mother cats for assistance.
When it is time to poop, the mother cat will gently lick the bottom of the kitten to encourage it to defecate.
Why Do Cats Come To You After Pooping?
Do you have a cat that seems overtly excited after taking a poop? Some doctors have claimed that that is due to the stimulation of your cat’s vagus nerve.
You know that mild sensation of feeling proud and happy about yourself whenever you squeeze out a giant turd? Your cat is capable of feeling that way too.
Your cat could be meowing and coming to you to let you know how great a job it did for passing out a huge one.
That’s a proud cat parent moment.
When Does Your Cat Need To See A Vet?
If your cat has not had a bowel movement for more than three days, I would suggest that you bring it to the vet for an examination.
Sometimes, giving your cat some fresh pumpkin or psyllium husk can help to add some bulk to the stool thus making them easier to pass out.
However, if you notice signs of bleeding, moving white specks or anything that seems off with your cat’s stool, just take your at to the vet immediately along with a stool sample for the vet to analyze.