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Hi everyone,

This may be kind of a silly question, but how often do your cats poop?  I ask because my husband and I are amazed at the average of ten bowel movements produced daily between two six-month-old kittens.  The bowel movements are well-formed; no diarrhea from either cat.     

We know this because we are both quite fastidious about scooping up after them; we live in a tiny place that we don't want to smell of cats, and luckily, I am home most of the day to keep up with them. 

We have asked around to friends who own cats, but all of them are in the habit of only cleaning their box out once a week or so and really have no idea as to the frequency with which their kitties poop. 

And just out of curiosity, how often do you all scoop poop?  And clean out the entire box/change litter?  From what our friends were saying, we seem to be way anal about keeping up with our litter boxes.

Thanks!

 ETA: They free feed and eat Natural Balance duck/green pea kibble.
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[User Picture]From: dantesmom
2009-10-13 12:36 am (UTC)

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Our adult female cats poop 1-2 times per day each, I'd say. But kittens are growing like crazy, which necessitates eating like crazy and therefore it makes sense that they'd also be pooping like crazy. ? That's my guess, anyway. It's been a really long time since I had a kitten, so I don't remember anything anecdotal.

I scoop poop once a day unless there's an extra-smelly one and I notice it.
[User Picture]From: fritters
2009-10-13 12:40 am (UTC)

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In theory the lower the quality of the food the more they will poop, and vice versa.Pr
[User Picture]From: silaren
2009-10-13 12:45 am (UTC)

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It really depends on the cat. The average is more or less once or twice a day, but some cats don't poop much at all, some poop fairly frequently.

As dantesmom points out, kittens take more in and thus put more out. My kittens are now about six months old and each generally does 2 to 4 a day, some of them astonishingly stinky. They are just now starting to slow down, both on the eating and on the pooping (and I'm hoping the stink will improve :-) ).
[User Picture]From: natlet
2009-10-13 12:46 am (UTC)

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Mine usually poop about twice a day each, but when they were babies they definitely pooped more. I have three, so I'm not sure on exact numbers, heh :)

I scoop their boxes twice a day and do a full clean once a month or so, depending on how bad things are. There's nothing wrong with being a little anal about cleaning the litter boxes. Most people I know who have cats are too lax and you can tell. I have four boxes in a one-bedroom apartment and you can't smell them at all (except when my boy doesn't cover up after himself, but..)
[User Picture]From: tezliana
2009-10-13 12:46 am (UTC)

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Our adult cats poop about once a day.

We use clumping litter in two boxes for four cats. I scoop both boxes once daily.
[User Picture]From: alchemine
2009-10-13 12:49 am (UTC)

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I have two cats - one male, 3 1/2 years old, and one female, about 6 - and they each poop a couple of times a day. I scoop every night, with sometimes an extra scooping if they've done something really awful or if I know company is coming over and I want make sure the house smells OK. (Although the extra scooping usually seems to prompt the cats to jump in immediately and go - "Hey, she cleaned the restroom for us!" - so it probably doesn't end up helping in the end. LOL)
[User Picture]From: rosebee
2009-10-13 12:52 am (UTC)

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Although the extra scooping usually seems to prompt the cats to jump in immediately and go - "Hey, she cleaned the restroom for us!"

LOL! This, totally!
[User Picture]From: rosebee
2009-10-13 12:51 am (UTC)

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Once a week?! I wish I could let it go that long!

We have two cats, both about 3.5 years old, and they both poop about once a day.

When it was just the one cat, we'd clean out her one box every 2 or 3 days.

Now that we have the two cats (they both seem to prefer the same box, even though we have two boxes), we have to clean out the boxes at least daily - sometimes more than once a day (the newer cat has well-formed poop, but it stinks & sadly he's not so good about covering up after himself).
[User Picture]From: littlegirlvik
2009-10-13 04:02 am (UTC)

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It's strange that you say this. I have three cats (one kitten, two that are a little over a year and a half), and four boxes. I swear, I only ever clean two boxes, though. They don't even seem to bother with the other two.
[User Picture]From: dr_scholl
2009-10-13 04:16 pm (UTC)

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2 cats, 2 boxes, one of which is surely preferred over the other. Unfortunately, it's also the one we'd prefer them to use less. I think they know these things ;)

Edited at 2009-10-13 04:28 pm (UTC)
[User Picture]From: dr_scholl
2009-10-13 02:01 am (UTC)

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Mietze (icon), our 3 1/2 year old girl cat, poops once a day. On rare occasions she'll go more like 36 hours.

Tommy, our approx 2 year old boy, seems to think Pooping is a hobby. I don't know how one little cat an poop so much, and such big ones! It's actually to the point where I'm debating the vet for him because his anus seems to be very red at times.

As for food - he eats a mixture of Science Diet for hairballs and Blue Buffalo dry (switching to the Blue Buffalo), and 1 3oz can of Wellness grain-free (1/2 in the morning 1/2 in the evening...) Seems pretty healthy for a diet so I still don't get how he poops so much!
[User Picture]From: a_tiny_goat
2009-10-13 02:17 am (UTC)

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That's how I feel about our cats too. We feed them quality food and they get enough water.

For such little cats, they poop an amazing amount in both size and frequency!
[User Picture]From: dr_scholl
2009-10-13 11:57 am (UTC)

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I call him "Sir Poops-a-Lot". They're like the thickness of his tail sometimes!

Edited at 2009-10-13 11:57 am (UTC)
[User Picture]From: justiiinneee
2009-10-13 04:10 am (UTC)

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I have two cats: one is six months and one is 1.5 years. I have several large litter boxes (3) placed around my apartment, and I scoop every other day. It amazes me how much they do poop. Especially the 6 month old kitten. But I figure since he eats a lot of a high quality food in order to grow/play/etc, it's to be expected. But really I marvel at how much poop one kitten can produce!
[User Picture]From: allisonjayne
2009-10-13 12:42 pm (UTC)

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My 6 month old kittens seem to poop a lot too - I assume that it's like others have said, because they are eating so much and growing so much....

I scoop 1-2 times a day and do a full clean out once or twice a month. I'd rather be a bit anal about it than have a stinky home!
[User Picture]From: falnfenix
2009-10-13 01:45 pm (UTC)

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my tortie will poop like 3-4 times in a night if she's had any wet food. my balinese, however, maybe poops once a day (but he'll use all 3 boxes - 2 for pee, 1 for poop). she's also more likely to eat her way to the bottom of the bowl as quickly as possible, while he's a nibbler.
[User Picture]From: ange420
2009-10-13 04:51 pm (UTC)

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I found the kitten food makes for really stinky and frequent poops. I have two cats and two litterboxes but mine are indoor/outdoor and prefer the garden to the boxes so I only scoop once a week and often there really isn't anything to scoop.
[User Picture]From: dysfunctioned
2009-10-13 05:40 pm (UTC)

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my 6 month old kitten poops about 2-3 times a day, we feed him wellness, as well as raw chicken and sometimes petpromise. his poop is extremely stinky, and i usually scoop the box 1-2 times per day and change the entire litter once a week, sometimes i feel like that is not enough because he is so stinky!
[User Picture]From: _koipond
2009-10-13 08:28 pm (UTC)

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Comet poops twice a day, usually after she eats. I scoop the box once a day and change the litter once a week. I don't want my apartment to stink! I get grossed out when entering someone's apartment that reeks of pee.
[User Picture]From: cissa
2009-10-13 11:04 pm (UTC)

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We scoop daily, and do a complete change when the boxes need it.