One of the stickiest subjects regarding feline health is diarrhea. Your cat’s poop is a strong indicator of whether your cat has an illness or an injury, and taking a minute to double check the contents of the litter box is always a good idea. Abnormalities like blood in cat poop or a loose stool can be the symptom of some major underlying issues. Or not! Let’s find out what causes diarrhea in cats.
It’s important to remember that diarrhea is not a disease unto itself but a symptom! There is a gamut of reasons why your cat may be having a bout of diarrhea. First off, diarrhea is the condition where the cat’s poop is anywhere from very soft and runny masses to just liquid. The scale ranges from the consistency of soft-serve ice cream to puddles. Normal cat poop is usually akin to a Tootsie Roll – so, firm. Depending on the cat’s diet – maybe it’s strictly wet cat food or a raw diet versus an all kibble menu – determines the cat’s poop consistency baseline for what is normal for him.
According to Dr. Will Spanbock of Good Ground Animal Hospital in Hampton Bays, New York, there are a few usual culprits for diarrhea in cats.
Getting your cat treated for diarrhea is important if it continues for more than 24 to 48 hours. Most of the time diarrhea corrects itself. Sometimes putting the feline on a blander diet can clear it up. Minor disagreeable disruptions to his digestive system usually subside fairly quickly. However, if the condition continues, or if it’s accompanied with your cat throwing up or showing signs of dry heaves, he must go to the veterinarian immediately.
It’s important to note that you should not try to fix your cat’s diarrhea problem with over-the-counter medication. Medications for your cat should strictly be administered under the guidance of your veterinarian.
The following are items that should be in hand when you visit the animal medical professionals:
All in all, cat diarrhea can be nothing serious or it can be the sign of illness, injury or infestation that can be deadly. Observing your cat’s poop and overall demeanor, and whisking him to the vet right away if the issue persists, will keep him healthy!
Denise LeBeau is a writer, editor and photographer with almost 20 years of experience of creating content for animal-related issues, endeavors and events. She worked at Best Friends Animal Society for 12 years where she had two columns in the Best Friends Magazine, and held multiple content creation roles including web managing editor and outreach campaign editor. Denise has been an ongoing contributor to Catster since 2014, writing for the magazine and website. The self-professed poet laureate of the pet set is currently the manager of development for an animal welfare agency, where she works with a team to create content across media platforms. She lives in Hampton Bays with her two rescue Siamese mixes – Flipper and Slayer, and her LBD (little brown dog), Zephyrella.