If and when your cat has diarrhea, should you always call or go to the vet? Are there at home treatments at home you can do? If you are left wondering what to do, let me help. I will share some causes of cat diarrhea, symptoms and treatment options. You can try these to help get your cat feeling better. Poop isn’t always the most fun thing to talk about, but it is good to know how to manage cat diarrhea. You might want to try some home treatments before you head off to the vet for a checkup, and I will share some options below.
Symptoms of Cat Diarrhea
If you find your cat has loose stools it can raise some concerns. Symptoms of cat diarrhea are loose stools, flatulence, blood or mucus in the tools, decreased appetite, weight loss, dehydration, and even lethargy. If your cat has a black or bloody stool that should be an instant trip the vet as something could seriously be wrong like internal bleeding.
Causes Of Cat Diarrhea
- Stress or moving from one home to another
- Change in diet
- Food intolerance
- Allergic reaction
- Kidney or liver disease
- Parasites or worms
- Medication reactions
- Viral or bacterial infection
When To Get Concerned
So when do you begin to get concerned about your cat using the bathroom constantly and having diarrhea? When you begin seeing symptoms paired with the looser stools that could mean something is going on besides an upset stomach. When you see your cat become lethargic, vomit, lose their appetite, and so on, that is a time where you need to get in and get your cat seen by a professional.
If your cat has had a few looser stools, you can try one or more of these tips below to help soothe your cat’s tummy and stop diarrhea.
Treatment Options for Cat Diarrhea At Home
Make sure to have fresh, clean water out and try and see if your cat will drink. They can become dehydrated if they use the bathroom too much, so make sure they are drinking enough. You can even give your cat some diluted chicken or beef broth to entice them. Do a little at a time to ensure they can tolerate it.
You can use most at home anti-diarrhea medications easy enough for your cat without needing approval from a vet. Now you might want to talk to your vet for appropriate dosing, but generally, a teaspoon for every five pounds of body weight is for Kaopectate. This is a liquid which you could use a syringe to draw it up and feed it to your cat.
A lot of times you think you want to withhold food when your pet begins having diarrhea. While you can withhold a full portion of food it is not recommended to withhold all food from cats. If you do, it can disturb their digestive track even more and could lead to a liver issue. If you did just change your cat’s diet in any way, try going back to what you were feeding them before. This might resolve the cat diarrhea, and if so you know it was something in the new food.
Look for a probiotic meant for cats to try out. You can buy them online or find at pet stores. This can help clear up their digestive tract and stop diarrhea pretty quickly.
Give it A Day
If your cat isn’t acting really sick you can give it a day or two to see if your cat’s diarrhea resolves itself. If none of the options above help, then you might call your vet and get an appointment to be seen. Better safe than to regret not taking them in.
Do you have a go-to home remedy for cat diarrhea?