Diarrhea In Cats
Identifying Diarrhea In Cats.
Strange as it may sound its worth diagnosing what does actually constitute diarrhea in cats to start with. Were not talking about the verbal diarrhea that you get from Rantin Cat here either. Some cat faeces may at times be softer and more pungent smelling that normal. There can be several reasons for this including the titbits that many of us feed our feline friends from off our own dinner plates. These kinds of sometimes rather evil smelling and slimy stools are not however a sign of diarrhea in cats. The condition is usually characterized by very loose even watery bowel movements. It may also be accompanied by flatulence (and it doesn’t smell too rosy either) This may often times be accompanied by an inability to control the relaxing of the bowel muscles (sphincter) causing your poor kitty to make wet sloppy deposits in places around your home other than in the cat toilet. Distasteful as the subject may be (to those of a more sensitive disposition) owners should keep a look out for dark or bloody stools with diarrhea in cats. Other symptoms such as blood or mucus in the faeces should be a cause for concern as with weight loss or vomiting. If your cat shows any of these other sighs with diarrhea you should take him to the vets A.S.A.P.
What Causes Diarrhea in Cats Anyway?
There are many causes of diarrhea in cats and often as not the condition is easy to remedy without spending a fortune in vets bills. If the diarrhea only last a couple of days it is usually not a major cause for concern unless it reoccurs. The most frequent cause of this distressing condition is a simple matter of a change of diet. Along with the aforementioned are certain allergies or food intolerances and top of that list is dairy products. Cats (much like humans) can tolerate certain things that nature never designed them to eat but often as not they eventually become allergic to them. It’s as if the body is saying Whoa! No more of that thank you very much. Other possible causes of short term diarrhea in cats are food that’s “gone off” although as a rule of thumb cats are (unless starving) tend to be rather fussy eaters. Even hairballs, round worm and other internal parasites can cause short term bouts of diarrhea in cats along with something as straightforward as a common viral infection. If however the condition persists it can lead to dehydration and could be linked to a more serious condition such as diseases of the kidneys or liver. Some medications and even intestinal tumors can also cause extended bouts of diarrhea in cats too although this is much rarer.
Treatment of Diarrhea in Cats
The most recommended course of DIY treatment for diarrhea in cats is to cut off their food supply for about two days. During this period it is also essential that the animal has access to plenty of fresh drinking water. The latter is a necessity to prevent dehydration. Some vets also recommend a further few days of a diet of boiled chicken whilst the digestive tract settles back down too. In any case if the diarrhea returns or persist for more than 48 hours you should take the animal to your vet. The clinic will most likely do a stool test along with bloods and any more in depth diagnostics dependent upon their findings. Remember of course that prevention is always preferable over cure. Despite most cats having a liking for dairy products they are not good for them. The lactose in dairy isn’t always sufficiently broken down by the cat’s digestive system and ends up in the large intestine. There it ferments causing gas and the resulting diarrhea. Also introduce ant dietary changes to your cat gradually as this can be another major cause of diarrhea in cats.