why does my cat have runny poop
Cat diarrhea is a very common presenting complaint among cats brought into my office for examination. In general, it is one of the most frequent reasons cats are taken to see the veterinarian. Diarrhea occurs in kittens, adult cats, geriatrics, males and females and all breeds. It has many different causes, almost too many to list. Can your cat have diarrhea that is of no consequence? Absolutely. They can have an upset GI tract for a day just like we can. However, it is important for
any cat with diarrhea that lasts more than a day to have a physical exam and microscopic evaluation of the stool. Cats can quickly become dehydrated due to their small size. Also, since there are so many causes of feline diarrhea, it is very important to diagnose the right cause so that treatment can be appropriate. What are some of the causes of diarrhea in cats? There are many and they can include feline allergies, specifically food allergies, intestinal parasites, feline, ingestion of a poison, several different viruses, and much more. Constipation can even be confused for cat diarrhea. When a cat is constipated, they often strain in an effort to move the stool along and in the process, some liquid stool may ooze around the hard, impacted feces and be the only thing the cat produces. The owner then mistakenly believes their cat has diarrhea when, in fact, the cat is constipated. I have seen many cats in my hospital that were brought in with an owner diagnosis of diarrhea when they actually turned out to be constipated.
Here's How YOU Can Directly Ask Your Questions! Fluids may be needed for dehydration when a cat has diarrhea and cat medication may be needed. Without proper diagnostics, it is not possible to administer the correct treatment. That is not safe or fair for the cat or the owner. Also, a major word of warning: Don't forget, feline medication can be very different from human or even dog medication and dosages are certainly different. Don't ever give your cat a medication for human diarrhea without checking with your veterinarian. You can kill your cat doing that. Diarrhea can be difficult to treat, but almost never impossible. Sometimes it requires enormous patience on the part of the owner and a firm trust in the veterinarian because it may take time and require several stages of diagnostics and even trials of treatment to cure diarrhea. I have seen far too many cat owners run from one vet to another if the diarrhea is not resolved with one visit. That is unfortunate because diarrhea in a cat is one of those conditions that may take a few days to a few weeks to diagnose and treat. Running from vet to vet is a waste of precious time unless you have good reason to doubt the competency of your veterinarian. Diagnostics include at a minimum a thorough history, complete physical exam, and a fecal analysis. In addition, blood work may be necessary and possibly xrays.
In extreme cases, intestinal biopsies may be needed. Treatment can range from something as mild as withholding food for 24 hours to a change in diet to medication. Again, the treatment for food allergy is very different from the treatment for intestinal parasites which is very different from inflammatory bowel disease. Therefore, it is critical that a proper diagnosis be made so the right treatment can be chosen. Below, you will find questions from readers and my answers which are full of valuable information on cat diarrhea. The Causes, Symptoms and Treatment Cat diarrhea can be caused by a simple upset stomach which resolves itself in a few days and is nothing to worry about. However it could be caused by many other intestinal or digestive issues and knowing the difference between a simple upset stomach or a serious illness may not be easy but is a important decision for your cats health. When you cat has diarrhea it is not only unpleasant for your cat but also for you. It's messy, smelly and cause real problems around the home. Frequently passing loose, watery faeces. Blood or mucus in the faeces. Faeces staining around bottom / cat keeps excessively cleaning around bottom. Bad smell. High fever. Change in appetite. Dehydration. Abdominal pain, tenderness or swelling Weight loss. Tiredness and lethargy. , or any other signs of poor cat health. What Possible Causes Are There For Feline Diarrhea? There can be many simple causes for an episode of feline diarrhea, such as; a sudden change of diet, or your cat is eating food that is bad, indigestible, or too rich for it.
Many cats cannot digest the lactose that is in cows milk and as a result get diarrhea after drinking it. You can buy specially formulated cat milk instead, or just give them clean water to drink. A recent shock or stress can lead to an upset stomach as well, such as a change of home or a new pet or family member arriving. However if the diarrhea is persistent and does not ease up then there may be something more serious causing it. Some other possible causes of diarrhea that will need you to take your cat to see your vet are: There are many other possible causes, so if the reason for your cats upset tummy is not obvious and the diarrhea does not clear up quickly, please consult your vet. As cat owners, I would imagine we all have experienced a bout of cat tummy trouble at some time. It is just one of the ups and downs of our cat health, and thankfully in most cases there is often little to worry about. But if cat diarrhea continues, it can become a serious cause for concern, and it can also be a symptom of an underlying disease. So we need to know when we should get them to the vet for some professional cat care. Now you know more about the symptoms and causes of feline diarrhea it is now time to find out what you can do to help your cat. Pet Diarrhea Treatments
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