How to Collect Stool Samples in Cats

Obtain the freshest stool sample possible for your veterinarian.
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Your vet may request a stool sample if your cat shows symptoms of a worm infection or other health problem. Or, he may want you to bring in a sample at your kitty's routine checkup. Either way, collecting a stool sample doesn't have to be difficult or messy.

Step 1

Clean out your kitty's litter box. If you have multiple cats, place a clean box in a room with the cat you need a sample from, and keep the box and your kitty isolated until she produces a sample.

Step 2

Turn a plastic baggy inside out and slip your hand inside it like a glove. Use this hand to pick up a sample from the clean litter box. It is OK if some pieces of litter stick to the sample.

Step 3

Make sure the sample is large enough. Depending on what tests your vet wants to run, the sample should be at least as large as a teaspoon. Your vet may want a larger sample. If you are unsure, call and ask.

Step 4

Hold the sample gently and turn the bag right side out using your other hand.

Step 5

Seal the baggy. If collecting samples from more than one cat, write your cat's name on the outside of the bag using a blank permanent marker.

Step 6

Refrigerate the sample if you are not taking it directly to your vet's office. If it is older than 24 hours, discard the sample and collect a new one.

Step 7

Wash your hands with soap and water.

Always check with your veterinarian before changing your pet’s diet, medication, or physical activity routines. This information is not a substitute for a vet’s opinion.

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