Cats With Diarrhea – What You Need to Know (February 2019)

It can be scary dealing with a cat who is going through a bout of diarrhea. More often than not, the reason as to why this is happening isn’t always clear.

My website offers advice, but in these situations, a vet is needed. There is only so much you can do before the situation becomes a critical one.

There are, however, a number of things you can do while you wait for your appointment with the vet.

Even if your cat has recovered from diarrhea, you should still get her checked out – it’s always better to be safe than sorry, especially where pets are concerned.

The most important thing you can do right now, is try to identify the cause, figure out a solution, and keep things under control – all of which I can help you with.

The Symptoms of Diarrhea

Sometimes diarrhea can mask itself and may not seem like a huge issue. Because of this, it’s important to know what to look for.

If you see any of the following symptoms below, you need to monitor your cat and make an appointment with your vet:

  • Straining When Using the Litterbox
  • Not Making it to the Litterbox
  • Increased Pooping
  • More Watery Poops Than Usual
  • Fever and/or Weakness
  • Mucousy Poops
  • Bloody Poops
  • Excessive Gagging and/or Vomiting
  • Noticeable Abdominal Pain
  • Depression
  • Weight Loss
  • Depression and/or Lethargy

Once you notice any of the symptoms listed above, you need to take action. Keeping notes on everything that’s happening can also help you, and your vet, identify the root cause of the diarrhea much quicker.

The Most Common Causes of Diarrhea in Cats

Unfortunately, there are a lot of causes that contribute to cats having diarrhea.

Listed below are the most common causes of diarrhea in cats:

  • Allergies and/or Food Intolerance
  • Worms and Other Internal Parasites
  • Inflammatory Bowel Disease
  • Conventional Medications
  • Dairy
  • Hyperthyroidism
  • Addison’s Disease
  • Plants
  • Spoiled Food
  • Toxins and Chemicals
  • Bacterial or Viral Infections
  • Dietary Changes
  • Tumors
  • Low-Quality Food
  • Diseases of the Kidneys, Pancreas, and Liver

Identifying the cause of the diarrhea can be difficult, but once you do figure out what it is, it’s pretty easy to figure out what to do and go from there.

Home Remedies for Cat Diarrhea

Please do not only use these remedies and avoid taking your cat to the vet – she needs both.

Switching your cat’s food is one thing you can try. Diarrhea, unlike vomiting, does not require you to put your cat on a fast. Actually, withholding food can do a lot of harm to your cat, so make sure she has something to eat.

HOWEVER, if you suspect the food is the cause of the problem, which would lead to an intolerance or an allergy, feed your cat something she’s known to be able to eat without problem.

You need to make sure your cat has access to fresh, clean water. Dehydration in cats quickly sets in when they are facing diarrhea.

Giving her some wet food can also help the moisture intake and keep them going, as well.

Be the Support She Needs

Lastly, make sure you offer lots of kisses, cuddles, and support. Your cat will need a helping hand to get through this.

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