My kitty has diarrhea…any suggestions :-(

posted 3 years ago in Pets
Post # 3
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Busy bee

A teaspoon of pure pumpkin puree.

I worked for 4 years in the pet industry and that helps more than anything. Just add it to their food and don’t add anything else new. Also ensure she constantly has access to water, to ensure she doesn’t become dehydrated.

Diarrhea is SO common, haha, don’t worry unless it lasts a very long time. It’s also possible she ate something you didn’t know she could access. 

Post # 4
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: June 2014

Metamucil. Adding half a teaspoon of Metamucil into your cat’s food, especially if they are displaying soft stool, often has a normalizing affect on cats with diarrhea.

Post # 5
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Bumble bee

Pumpkin is  good for hairballs.

 

Did she get into milk, or drink milk? Cats can’t have dairy.  It gives them the runs….

Post # 7
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Busy bee

My poor kitty is having diarrhea too 🙁 Similar as yours, he is running around and doesn’t seem sick but definitely smelly poo!  We just recently switched his dry food.  I think it might be that but I am not sure.  We just changed it back to his previous food so I hope it will help.  I am taking him to the vet in a couple of days, could not get anything sooner 🙁

Post # 8
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Busy bee

@HappinessIsInDaisies:  Yep! For a couple bucks at the grocery store, or pet stores (Aside from big box pet stores like PetSmart).

 

@Westitude:  The diarrhea is definitely from the switch in food. You want to do the switch gradually (over a couple weeks, gradually introducing new food in with the old food) or else you’ll wind up with diarrhea for a few days. By switching back, unfortunately, you’ve probably prolonged the diarrhea. That being said, you don’t need to spend money at the vet for this. It’ll resolve itself with time 🙂

Post # 9
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Bumble Beekeeper
  • Wedding: July 2013 - UK

I took my kitten to the vet for diarrhoea today. Vet said he was fine because he was fine in himself… recommended what I would have done anyway, LOL!

– Firstly, the vet recommended we only fed him either boiled chicken and rice, or boiled whitefish and rice (some cats are intolerant to chicken, apparently) for 3 days to see if this does anything. I bought a special wet food for sensitive stomachs as well.

– If that doesn’t work, the vet recommended that I feed him a probiotic for a few more days.

– If it still doesn’t work, the vet recommended antibiotics.

Post # 12
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Bumble Beekeeper
  • Wedding: July 2013 - UK

@HappinessIsInDaisies:  My situation is a bit different to yours because you can’t starve kittens, although I have heard that starving cats is a way to stop diarrhoea.

I know that eating too much can cause the problem as well, although most cats don’t eat too much… they can regulate their energy needs pretty well. My kitten, on the other hand, is like a hoover, and one of my others (my missing one) is like that as well.

I think you only have to regulate the amount if kitty is greedy. I think starving them for 24 hours is the recommended time period, but I can’t be sure.

Wait… VeryImportantPets says: “If none of the above apply, first of all starve your pet for 24 hours. Make sure plenty of water is available during this period (not too cold), but no food at all. Once your pet has been starved for 24 hours, offer him/her a small amount of chicken and rice. If it is eaten, continue feeding small amounts of chicken and rice 3 times a day for the next 5 days. This bland diet will be gentle on the digestive system as your pet recovers. The majority of cases of sudden onset diarrhea will respond to this protocol.”

Post # 14
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Bumble Beekeeper
  • Wedding: July 2013 - UK

@HappinessIsInDaisies:  One more thing… sometimes they can get bloody diarrhoea if they eat too much dry food and don’t have enough water (it scratches their digestive tract). So, once the cat recovers, you might want to up the amount of soft food you offer.

Post # 16
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Bumble Beekeeper
  • Wedding: July 2013 - UK

@HappinessIsInDaisies:  Sounds good to me. I leave out dry food 24/7 for mine, but they also get whole foods like liver, kidneys and hearts, and a super-duper organic wet catfood which costs me a small fortune. Ungrateful little beasties…

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