What does a somewhat runny, tan colored stool mean?

Hi there, my kitten Mae has been living with us for exactly a week as of today. The day after we got her, she started vomitting, having diarrhea, and she also stopped eating.
When that started happening, she was eating meow mix dry kitten food. We called a vet who told us to put her on wet food, so we did. The wet food's not especially made for kittens, but today I started mixing in a bit of her old kitten chow with it.
I noticed that two of her stools today were tan colored and somewhat runny, but they still had a form. What could be a possible cause of this, and is there anything I can do as far as cat food goes to make it stop?

Asked by Mae on Oct 25th 2008 Tagged stool in Other Health & Wellness
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We had the same problem with our rescue kitty. We just got him a week ago today. Anyway, he was eating Fancy Feast at the foster moms house so we tried that he had diarrhea and vomitted Saturday night I spoke with the rescue lady who offered to pay for the vet. Monday made the vet appointment and found that night he had roundworms and hadn't been wormed yet so we did that Monday night, thought that was the solution only to find out he still wasn't eeating right and his stools were still not right spent Wednesday and Thursday trying to decide if he was just picky about the food flavor finally yesterday took him in and the vet gave him antibiotics special food (Science Diet canned id and rd) and some Purina Forti Flora to mix in it. He had barely been finishing one can of Fancy Feast a day but by the time we got home last night he at and has almost finished 2 cans of food. The diarrhea is also gone. You can order it at Amazon or a pet food store. You may want to ask the vet.

Member 758358 answered on 10/25/08. Helpful? Yes/Helpful: No 0 Report this answer


It means it's time for a vet visit. Have you had her stool tested for parasites yet? If not, time to take a stool sample to the vet.

Do NOT mix dry kibble with wet food. Dry food should never be made wet, it'll start growing bacteria on it really quickly.

In the meantime, try to feed her exactly what she had been fed before you brought her home. After her digestive issues have been handled, slowly start mixing in a little bit of new food each day until it is all new food. Doing this too quickly will give her runny stools again. Also, please consider feeding something a bit higher quality than Meow Mix. Try to avoid by-products and corn in the ingredients, at least.

Atrus answered on 10/25/08. Helpful? Yes/Helpful: No 0 Report this answer


There's your answer: if you're going to feed wet food to a young kitten, either feed kitten specific food, or an all ages formula (it would say "for cats and kittens" or "all stages" on the can).

Moreover, food changes at any stage of a cat's life have to occur slowly, unless an allergy is suspected (in which case a gradual switch would not cure the cat).

Boris answered on 10/25/08. Helpful? Yes/Helpful: No 0 Report this answer