How To Stop Cat Diarrhea

Cat diarrhea can be a nightmare for owners and you surely want to stop it as soon as possible. Diarrhea is defined as an increase in the frequency and liquidity of bowel movements, and it affects most cats at some time in their lives.

The first thing to understand is that diarrhea is a symptom and not a disease in itself. It will have a cause which may or may not be serious. If you want to treat your cat’s diarrhea at home, you should begin by thinking about what might have caused it.

The most common cause of diarrhea in cats is what your vet might call ‘dietary indiscretion’, which means that the cat has eaten too much or eaten something they shouldn’t eat. It could be a plant that irritates their digestive system, a kill that was contaminated, or even the food that you give them, if there has been any change in that. Stress can also cause diarrhea. In both of these cases the problem is likely to be short lived, resolving within about 24 hours.

If you think your cat may have eaten too much in a short time or made an unwise food choice, keep it indoors and give it three smaller meals spread through the day. If there still seems to be a problem, try changing the food that you are giving. Sometimes manufacturers use a new recipe in food products without advertising this, and there may have been some change that has affected your cat.

In the case of stress, the cat may not want to eat and will probably exhibit other symptoms such as fear or ‘bad’ behavior. Look for the source of stress and consider how its effect on your cat might be reduced. Maybe you just picked up the cat and it needs time to adjust to its new home, or maybe you moved house. If you can provide something familiar such as bedding or feeding bowls, that may help. Other possible causes of stress are other pets, especially if they are new; visiting pets or children; noise; and any disruption in the cat’s life.

Another common cause of cat diarrhea is intestinal parasites, also known as worms. Has your cat been wormed recently? Can you see small white particles in the stool? If you have any reason to suspect parasites as the cause, you could try a worming treatment and see if that resolves the problem.

In healthy adult cats, if mild diarrhea does not stop within 24 hours you can try withholding food for the next 24 hours. This will often solve the problem. If not, or if it starts up again when feeding is resumed, take your cat to the vet.

In some cases, however, your cat should see a vet right away, for example if the cat is losing a lot of liquid, if there appears to be blood in the stool or if there are other symptoms such as vomiting. Kittens with diarrhea should always be taken to the vet. Like babies they can easily become dehydrated and this can be fatal.

How To Stop Cat Diarrhea
How To Stop Cat Diarrhea

Sometimes the diarrhea might be caused by an infection, but this is less common in cats than in humans. It could also be a symptom of a more serious problem, for example kidney or pancreatic disease. For this reason, if the diarrhea does not stop quickly, you should consult a vet.

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