Cat Diarrhea: causes, symptoms and treatment

Cat Diarrhea: causes, symptoms and treatment

Cat Diarrhea

Cat diarrhea is the frequent loose and bowel movements in a feline. The causes for it can be varied, from a simple change in cat diet to a more complicated condition. One bout of diarrhea that lasts only one day is no reason for concern. However, if the condition lasts for two days or more, it can lead to dehydration.

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Causes of cat diarrhea

As mentioned before, cat diarrhea can have several causes. Some of them include:

  • A change in diet
  • Ingestion of spoiled food
  • Some food intolerance (most typically diary)
  • Bacterial or viral infection
  • Internal parasites (coccidia or roundworms)
  • Allergic reactions
  • Inflammatory bowel disease
  • Kidney or live disease
  • Cancer or tumors in the digestive tract
  • Colitis
  • Hyperthyroidism
  • Stress
  • Other metabolic diseases
  • Constipation
  • Certain medications

Symptoms of cat diarrhea

The most common manifestation of cat diarrhea is loose and frequent stools. Other symptoms you should be looking at are flatulence, blood in the mucus or feces, and difficulty and straining to defecate.

Other symptoms you should check out in your cat are:

  • Fever
  • Vomiting in cats
  • Lethargy
  • Dehydration
  • Weight loss
  • Decreases appetite
  • Increased urgency to defecate

What you should do

This is where you have to be able to determine what are the symptoms of your cat. If you notice that your cat has a loose stool, you should check again the day after that. Commonly, this diarrhea will go away within one day.

If you start noticing, however, that diarrhea happens more frequent than usual, it is time to pay the vet a visit. Some causes of cat diarrhea will probably require some therapy but others can be treated with proper care.

Often it is recommended not to feed your cat during the following 12-24 hours.  However, do provide water to fend off dehydration. At the veterinarian, he will take a stool sample from your cat to provide a more specific treatment. He will prescribe a treatment that will depend on the duration and severity of your cat’s condition.

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