Cat Diarrhoea Ultimate Guide : Causes, Symptoms and treatment

Although your cat might not be able to tell you how they feel, we can certainly say that they don’t enjoy a diarrhea episode. Monitoring your cat will help you determine the state of their health. Frequent assessment of your cat’s litter helps to detect the early signs of cat diarrhea.

Causes of Cat Diarrhoea

There are a number of reasons that could lead to diarrhea in cats. Some of these reasons are a lot simple while others are complicated. Food sensitivity and allergy, cancer, colitis, toxins form a long list of those causes. The others include:

Parasitism

It is important to deworm your kitty every three months to eliminate parasites. Parasites like roundworm and tapeworm cause irritation in the cat’s intestines leading to diarrhea. Young kittens are more vulnerable to worms than adult cats.

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Dietary

Overeating, consuming very fatty food, diet change, eating spoiled food could lead to diarrhea. Foods like lactose present in milk are not suitable for cat consumption, it can cause diarrhea and other complications. In such a case, diarrhea will disappear when the diet is changed. When changing the cat’s diet, it is important to do it gradually in order to let the cat’s digestive system adjust to the diet change.

Infections

Diarrhea can be a sign of either a viral or bacterial infection. Some viruses cause mild diarrhea while others result in life-threatening diseases. A young kitten is more affected by infectious agents.

Metabolic diseases

Some diseases like intestinal tumors (frequent in older cats), pancreatic and liver disorders, as well as thyroid imbalances, affect the gastrointestinal tract leading to diarrhea.

Medication

It is important to consult your vet to find out the various type of medications that can cause diarrhea in cats.

Symptoms of Cat Diarrhoea 

Diarrhea in cats differ depending on the underlying cause and also the intestinal area affected. The duration and the type of onset of the symptoms determine the cause of diarrhea. Symptoms that occur suddenly indicate that the diarrhea is acute, symptoms that last for weeks indicate that the diarrhea is chronic while the ones that appear, disappear then come back after a while is intermittent.

The most common symptoms of diarrhea include:

  • A loose and frequent stool.
  • Straining to defecate
  • Weight loss
  • Blood in stool
  • Flatulence
  • Vomiting
  • Fever
  • Dehydration
  • Loss of appetite
  • Lethargy

Blood in stool or black stools could be an indication of internal bleeding in the stomach and intestine. In such a case immediate medical care is required.

Treatment of Cat Diarrhoea

The first thing you should do when you notice your cat has a diarrhea is to stop feeding her for 12-24 hours. During this period, give the cat plenty of clean drinking water to prevent dehydration. You should also consult your veterinarian to find out how you can help your kitty. It is very important to monitor your cat during this period. If diarrhea does not subside after 24 hours, and you notice other symptoms, take your cat to the vet.

The vet will perform a number of tests to determine the cause of diarrhea and administer the necessary medication. During the recovery period, it is important to pay attention to hygiene. Make sure you wash your hands after handling your cat.

  • Updated September 9, 2018
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