What is Diarrhoea?
There is nothing worse than THAT sound coming from the litter tray; followed by the pungent waft of toxic smelling gas that soon hits you as you realise “Uh-Oh, Kitty has a poorly tummy!”
Diarrhoea in cats is never fun, particularly if they are indoor pets; so… what causes it?
Diarrhoea is an increase in the frequency, volume or liquid content of your cats’ poo. Consistency can vary from soft to liquid/watery faeces. This can be lighter or darker than normal, and even green, red or yellow.
There are many reasons that your cat may be passing diarrhoea, and most of the time it is temporary and not indicative of any serious underlying condition. It may be down to something simple like diet change, food allergy or eating something rich that they shouldn’t have had.
There are two types of diarrhoea:
It can be persistent (constant) or intermittent (it comes and goes).
It can be difficult to notice who has diarrhoea if you have a multi-cat household where your pets share a litter tray or if they go outside.
Keep an eye out for the following signs:
Diarrhoea in cats can occur for a wide variety of different reasons, and in chronic cases it is vital for your veterinary surgeon to find out the exact cause in order to determine the best treatment for your cat. Causes include:
When to Contact Your Vet
If your cat appears well, a short period of diarrhoea (lasting less than 24hours) isn’t usually serious. However, if it continues for more that 24hours or is more severe (see below), dehydration can occur very quickly followed on by more serious illness. In cases of diarrhoea, you should always contact your vet.
Severe Diarrhoea symptoms can include:
How to Look After Your Cat at Home
A mild case of diarrhoea should last no more than 24 hours.
If your cat has diarrhoea but is otherwise acting like their normal happy self and behaving normally, then you can look after them at home with these simple steps:
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