Why Does My Cat Have Diarrhea (and What Can I Give My Cat)?

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Types of Diarrhea in Cats

Just as it is the case with humans, cats can suffer from different types of diarrhea. There are often various reasons to why a cat may develop diarrhea, including parasites, obesity/overfeeding, stress, and vitamin deficiency. A bacterial infection can also cause diarrhea.

The type of diarrhea that your cat has will dictate the treatment that will be recommended and given by your vet.

If it’s not immediately clear why your cat has diarrhea, your veterinarian will run various tests to help determine the cause. Once a cause is found, your vet can quickly treat the condition and offer you a solution.

So let’s take a closer look at the different types of diarrhea why your cat may be suffering from.

Excessive Saliva…(a Ch-Ch-Ch-Ch-Ch-Challenge for Your Vet)

While you may have never thought about it before, a cat’s saliva is a key part of keeping your pet healthy and it’s not just for the obvious reasons.

8 Causes of Liquid and Soft Stool

Occasionally cats will experience diarrhea. A number of factors can cause this, including stress or eating certain foods. But each of these things comes with differed symptoms and you may be wondering whether it is diarrhea or something else that your cat has.

Curiously, cats can have diarrhea due to eating a large meal, without actually overeating. It’s because a cat’s stomach is much smaller than a human’s, so their stomach is empty much quicker than ours, causing them to eat more frequently. So if you find that your cat is having diarrhea after each meal it’s nothing to worry about. In fact, it’s completely normal.

What Can I Give My Cat for Diarrhea? (Home Remedies)

Diarrhea in cats is quite a common problem. It is characterized by the presence of liquid stools; these stools contain a higher level of water than normal. Since cats are natural carnivores and do not get their water from plant-based foods, having diarrhea indicates that something is wrong in their diet.

If your cat is having diarrhea, your first instinct may be to rush to your local vet! However, there are some cases when diarrhea can be safely treated at home. If your kitty has diarrhea along with vomiting, heat stroke, or dehydration, then you should take him to your vet immediately.

Meanwhile, if it is just diarrhea without other complications, then home remedies can be an option. The most common reasons for cat diarrhea are stress in the cat's life, diet changes, and eating too fast.

However, if you decide to give your cat some home remedies, it is important to keep in mind that the symptoms of diarrhea can also occur if your cat ingested something toxic. Therefore, before any home remedy is administered, you should try to figure out what caused diarrhea in your cat in the first place. If a toxic substance has been ingested, then home remedies can only help after the act of eating toxic materials has come to an end. Let’s take a look at some of the most common causes of cat diarrhea and how you can treat your cat with home remedies.

When to Call the Vet

Many cats experience bouts of diarrhea as they age. The condition is particularly common in senior cats.

But you may need to take your cat to a veterinary hospital if you suspect the condition is of a chronic nature, is associated with weight loss, or is caused by an underlying disease.

Most cases of diarrhea in cats are mild and may be resolved by adding water to the cat's diet. Cats that spend a great deal of time indoors (without access to grass and plants) are also more likely to have bouts of mild diarrhea. Indoor cats get their water from food, but that’s not enough to prevent dehydration. So it’s a good idea to give your cat additional water throughout the day.

Other than that, a little patience is all that's required to make a cat with diarrhea feel better again. If you want to know more about the diagnosis and treatment of diarrhea in cats, read my post on cat diarrhea.

Why Do Cats Poop Outside of the Litterbox?

If your cat has been pooping on the floor and not in the litter box, you can be frustrated. You may feel like your cat isn’t properly trained or that they are just not listening to you.

In reality, this behavior is something that all cats go through (if not all, then most!). So you shouldn’t worry about it too much. It’s actually quite normal for them to do this every now and then. After all, there are many reasons for a cat to have diarrhea – whether it’s due to food, stress or even parasites.

Cats are sensitive creatures who manage their own stress levels and if they are feeling anxious or worried, they may choose not to poop or pee – either in their litter box or any other place.

If your cat has diarrhea, be sure to take care of them right away by giving them a bowl of water and food to eat. It’s a good idea to mix the food with a little bit of water so that they get used to digesting it. Also, keep them warm at all times and if you have a veterinarian, contact someone who may be able to help you.