How to Encourage a Baby Kitten to Poop

Make a Kitten Poop
Young kittens (from a day to around three weeks of age) require a lots of attention and nurturing. Kittens that have been abandoned by their mothers are quite helpless and cannot fend for themselves. They can’t even excrete feces or urine without their mother’s encouragement. If you rescue kittens that are under three weeks old, you will need to know how to encourage a baby kitten to poop. Kittens under three weeks old need stimulation after each feeding to help them poop. Keep reading to learn how to make a kitten poop.

Part 1 of 2: Using Massage to Make a Kitten Poop

1. Position the kitten for stimulation

Position the kitten for stimulation. After your kitten has been feed, hold the kitten so that your non-dominant hand is under its belly and its rear is facing you. Your grip needs to be gentle, but firm enough so that the kitten can’t escape from your hand. Make sure that you stimulate the kitten in a warm room. Young kittens can become seriously ill or even die if they get chilled.

2. Spread a warm wet wash-cloth over your dominant hand

Spread a warm wet wash-cloth over your dominant hand. You will be using this washcloth to stimulate the kitten’s abdomen and anal region so that the kitten can poop. Mother cats give their babies a thorough tongue bath after each feeding, but a warm moistened washcloth can stand in for the mother cat’s tongue. A light-colored cloth is preferable, so that you can also see whether the kitten has urinated or not.

Use a washcloth that can be designated for pet purposes only. Do not use a washcloth that you use in the kitchen or for washing your face.
You can also use warm water moistened cotton balls or gauze to help a kitten poop.

3. Move your washcloth covered hand towards the kittens bottom

Move your washcloth covered hand towards the kittens bottom. Using your thumb and fingers, gently massage the kitten’s anal region through the cloth. Your thumb should be doing most of the work, acting like the mother cat’s tongue when she licks her kittens’ bottoms to make them go.

4. Check now and then to see if the kitten has pooped or peed

Check now and then to see if the kitten has pooped or peed. If not, keep massaging the anal area. When the kitten starts to urinate, you will feel some added warmth to the hand that is massaging the kitten’s bottom. Keep massaging until the flow of urine stops, then check to see if the kitten is about to poop.
This process should not take more than about 60 seconds. If your kitten is not pooping or peeing after feedings, then you should contact a veterinarian.

5. Adjust the washcloth on your hand so that a clean spot is over your thumb

Adjust the washcloth on your hand so that a clean spot is over your thumb. Continue massaging and readjust the cloth as needed. Move the cloth now and then so that the feces does not get the kitten dirty. If you are using cotton balls or gauze, dispose of soiled materials and continue massaging with clean ones.
Keep in mind that it is normal for a kitten’s feces to be soft as long as they are drinking formula. Completely solid feces will not form until the kitten switches to solid food.

Part 2 of 2: Cleaning Up

1. Clean and dry off the kitten’s bottom when it has finished pooping

Clean and dry off the kitten’s bottom when it has finished pooping. After the kitten has finished defecating, give its bottom a good wipe to make sure it is clean. Then using a dry towel or another dry washcloth, dry the kitten’s bottom as much as possible. Making sure that the kitten’s bottom is clean and dry will help prevent rash or infections.

2. Return the kitten to its holding area

Return the kitten to its holding area. Place the kitten back with his/her litter-mates in the box or cage where you are keeping them/him/her. Repeat the anal massage process with each kitten you are caring for. Make sure that you use a fresh cloth for each kitten.

3. Clean up your materials

Clean up your materials. If you used cotton balls or gauze, simply throw them away. If you used washcloths, wash them thoroughly afterwards. Your best option is to wash them in a washing machine on hot with detergent and bleach.
Do NOT keep the washcloths in their dirty state for the next time you need to make a kitten poop. Reusing dirty cloths may give your kitten an infection, which could pose a serious hazard to their health.

4. Wash your hands thoroughly after massaging a kitten’s anal area

Wash your hands thoroughly after massaging a kitten’s anal area. Even though you are placing a washcloth between your hand and your kitten’s anus, that does not mean that urine and feces won’t get on your hands. Make sure that you wash your hands with antibacterial soap and warm water after you finish making a kitten poop.