The ingested material rapidly moving through the intestine and resulting in the softer and watery stools is called diarrhea. It also causes frequent bowel movements or increases stools.
Normally cats don’t suffer from this problem, but if they have it is usually because of some digestive problem. Cats suffering from diarrhea may defecate blood or even parasite in their feces. If kittens pass-through this they can be dehydrated in no time, so make sure to take good care of them. If this happens for a short period then you don’t need to worry about this, but if it prolongs then you must take necessary steps otherwise it can have adverse effects on cat’s health.
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Symptoms of Diarrhea in Cats
In cats, the consistency of the stools can vary and it is common. But if your normal cat who is already trained starts to have accidents in the house and suddenly stools become diluted and unformed then this indicates that he is suffering from diarrhea. After observing unhealthy stools, notice that which food they took last time because the problem arises mainly due to some change in food. A cat suffering from diarrhea shows the following symptoms:
- Accidents around the house
- Loss of appetite
- Blood or mucus in stool.
- Parasites in the stool
- Weakness and weight loss.
- Vomiting or nausea.
- Frequently passing out
- Pain in the abdomen
Causes of Cat Diarrhea
The causes of diarrhea are multiple, and this is itself not a disease rather it is the sign that indicates many other problems. The gastrointestinal tract is most involved in this. The infectious agents may disturb the GI tube that passes from mouth to anus.
Diarrhea may occur if something different is introduced to the cat and it doesn’t suit the cat. While changing the meal plan of your cats make sure that you do it slowly and judge each food separately. This helps the digestive system to adjust accordingly. Food allergies and intolerance of each cat must be observed as it could also be responsible for unexpected circumstances.
You might be thinking that why does your cat have diarrhea? Have a look over these causes of symptoms and identify the one.
- Infection in the GI tube that may be because of bacteria, virus, or parasites.
- Parasites in GI tube; most common and drastic in kittens.
- Diet changes without observing the allergens.
- Infections that may be viral or bacterial; also common in younger cats.
- Anxiety, stress, or over-excitement- disturbs the GI tract.
- Liver disease
- Inflammatory bowel diseases
- Medications or drugs.
Treating Cat Diarrhea
Treatment of diarrhea varies according to the severity of the disease. You might be thinking that how you should treat your cat? If your cat is suffering from this regularly then you must consult a vet, but if it’s just occasional you can tackle this problem from home remedies.
Parasitic treatment: If the leading cause of diarrhea is parasites then it is good to treat it with parasiticides or you can also follow a parasite prevention program. Select appropriate wormers, some of them are capable of killing every kind of parasite.
What feed you should give them?: If you are going to treat this with the diet then it should be rich in nutrients as it will help them to heal themselves.
What to feed?: The perfect food in this situation is fiber-rich as it the best equalizer. And also the food that is less in fat and high in carbohydrates is encouraged.
Antibiotics: Unhealthier bacteria in the intestine can be killed easily through this.
Fluids: In this problem, it is common to suffer from dehydration. So better to give them intravenous or subcutaneous fluid as the oral fluid does not retain for more time.
Diet: Some domestic cats have diarrhea because their owners give them human milk, this is not good for cat’s health. It is recommended to give the cat’s milk, it may cost but it will not impact badly on your cat’s digestive system.
It’s better to keep your cat isolated once you are sure that he is suffering from diarrhea, the infection can spread to other cats or maybe to the owner. Tell us in the comments about how your cat behaves while suffering from this.