Cat or kitten diarrhea: when is it a problem and how can you help?

Normally, your adult cat does a firm poop once or twice a day, as a bowel movement, in the litter box or outside. A kitten will go to the ‘toilet’ even more often. However, does your pet suddenly go to the litter box or outside remarkably often? Then your cat or kitten may be suffering from diarrhea. What then?

Does your kitten suffer from diarrhea?

A kitten is more sensitive to infections than adult cats. Consequently, kittens get diarrhea a little more easily than adult cats do. It’s best to consult your vet for proper treatment and diagnosis. Do this quickly, because acute diarrhea can also be dangerous.

Your kitten can get diarrhea due to spoiled food, viruses or parasites, but also because it switches to other food. To avoid this, switch gradually: give more and more of the new food and less of the old food. Avoiding this transition is not an option. Growing animals, in particular, must receive a well-balanced diet adapted to their needs.

Your kitten can get diarrhea due to spoiled food, viruses or parasites, but also because it switches to other food.

Is your adult cat struggling with this problem?

Every adult cat also has diarrhea every once in a while. It can be a natural bodily reaction to something that does not belong in the cat’s body. Again, it’s best to contact your vet immediately for a correct diagnosis and treatment.

Also make sure your purring companion drinks enough when they have diarrhea. After all, when this happens your pet loses a lot of water and salts. On top of this, your treasure should eat every day. Otherwise, the cat will have fatty liver, making the animal even more nauseous and sicker.

Also provide enough clean litter boxes so that your cat does not relieve itself outside the box. And think about your own health, if you clean the box or help your poor cat. Some pathogens of diarrhea are contagious to humans. So wash your hands thoroughly afterwards.

Last but not least

Also consider the quality of you cat or kitten’s stool. Is it very thin? Does it contain blood or mucus? Does your cat look sick, is the animal droopy, does it feel very warm or does it not want to eat and/or drink? If you detect one of these things, then it’s time to seek medical attention for cat or kitten diarrhea. Go to the vet!

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