This is for cat lovers that want a natural solution instead of pharmaceutical medicine (that stops the digestive flow) to help with cat diarrhea or constipation issues and get their cat back to health.
Warning: In this article I will discuss nasty terms like diarrhea, slime, constipation, poop and stool.
I’m a simple guy and I like to keep things simple so when I was searching for information to help me with my cat Tarzan’s diarrhea problem, I was confused as to why the authors made it so darn hard to understand.
Lot’s of medical words and I know they’re trying to help out but what they don’t understand is all I want to know is how do I get Tarzan to stop stinking up my laundry room without having to get out a medical dictionary.
So, a friend and me went through about a dozen articles and she helped break it down into a simple recipe.
This is one that even I can follow whenever one of my cats has a poop problem.
First thing I want to tell you is a saying my vet told me. I thought this was the best advice I’ve been given in a long time.
If your cat has a healthy stool (poop), that doesn’t mean that they are healthy. But, if your cat has diarrhea or constipation, they are DEFINITELY sick!
Now I don’t mean to shock and aw, because she went on to explain that yes, if they have diarrhea or constipation, there is something going on inside their tummies that is not normal. It doesn’t mean sick and dying, just sick and you need to pay attention.
So, to start, here is what we’ll cover:
- How do I know my cat has diarrhea?
- How come my cat has diarrhea?
- Well now I know my cat has diarrhea and how come, what do I do about it?
- What should I do if that don’t work?
- When I take my cat to the vet, what’s going to happen?
- How come my cat Tarzan always gets diarrhea and the others don’t?
- What can I do around here to get this cat diarrhea thing to stop?
So let’s get started…
How do I know when my cat has diarrhea?
Well this is an easy one. The smell will let you know first and you can probably see it smeared around the litter box.
When a cats guts are healthy, they’re bellies are churning up the food properly and a good, healthy turd is solid and doesn’t stink that much. Now I’m not saying it’ll smell like roses, but it won’t run you outta the house either.
Some other signs your cat is having diarrhea or constipation issues are that they’re going poop all the time, or they, um, pass gas. Though unlike my dog, I’ve never heard my cat fart.
Bad signs are when you see blood or slime in it or they hunch up and have a real hard time pooping. This let’s you know we got a real problem.
Here’s a complete list of some more signs:
- Loose stool
- Pooping a lot
- Blood in the poop
- Slime – also known as mucus
- Hunching or Straining to poop
- Tired all the time
- Not eating
- Loosing weight
- Always running around like they need to poop
So how come my cat has diarrhea?
This is good to know because really we want to not cause it again if we can. But it’s also complicated because there are a lot of reasons why a cat can get diarrhea as well as constipation.
If I change the cat food or miss a water refill or my cat gets sick or even if they get all stressed out from when I’m gone too long – cats don’t like that. These are all things that can stress a cat and throw off their little cat guts – which is what causes cat’s to have diarrhea.
It might happen all at once and stop right away but sometimes, diarrhea can keep going on and that’s when you know you have some bigger issue going on. If they are a one-and-done you might be all right, maybe he ate a bug. But if it continues for a few days or it can go weeks, you are going to be dealing with dehydration and that’s not good.
Here’s a list of causes to make it easy:
- Dairy or food that doesn't agree with your cat
- Changing his food – don’t be afraid to change food if you want your cat to get a better quality but do research and lots of asking around.
- Eating something bad – usually spoiled food or dead animals
- Infection – this can be bacteria or viral
- Worms – intestinal parasites are bad for your cat’s digestion and overall health.
- Inflammatory Bowel Disease – Also known as IBS, I’m still studying up on this one.
- Kidney disease
- Liver disease
- Swollen stomach lining – Doctors call it Colitis. There are many causes for this, but not a lot of treatments – I’ll go into that later.
Well, now I know my cat has diarrhea and why, what do I do about it?
First thing try a specially formulated cat supplement containing probiotic. Most of the time your cat gets diarrhea or constipation it's because the gut is off. Probiotic, prebiotic and enzymes helps a cat's digestive system recover from stress and gets them on the right track. Remember, not all probiotics are created equal and you need to choose wisely. Most contain the wrong strain of probiotic or just not enough.
If, after a couple of days, you don't see an improvement, next step is to pull the food. Maybe take them off food for a day or two while your cat still has diarrhea. Keep giving your cat water, they gotta have water so they don’t dehydrate. I read somewhere that a person can go a month with no food, but only hours with no water.
Just keep an eye on them for that time and maybe call your vet to see what they think.
What should I do if that doesn't work?
If your cat continues to have diarrhea, it’s off the veterinarian. Don’t mess around with this. Cats generally stay pretty healthy, but when they get sick, they go downhill fast.
Make sure you watch for the real bad signs mentioned earlier like acting lethargic which is fancy for lazy (I don’t know about this one because my cats always act lazy – they’re cats!) vomiting, fever, dark or bloody poop, quit eating, loosing weight or if they’re really straining to poop.
When I take my cat to the vet, what’s going to happen?
You’ve probably been to the vet before but for cat diarrhea I’ll give you some pointers. They’re going to look him/her over looking to see if there is an illness of some type. They will probably take a stool sample to check for worms (internal parasites) and then they may pull blood work to find out the underlying cause.
If this doesn’t work they might go to another level with radiographs, ultrasound some cultures, endoscopy and maybe a biopsy. It depends on how bad the diarrhea is and how long your cat has had it. That’s why it’s important to get your cat in early.
How come my cat Tarzan always gets diarrhea and the others don’t?
Are some cats prone to diarrhea and why is the question.
Yes, just like people, cats have their own personalities and some do dumb stuff and get into dumb things.
Cats who are outdoors more often can get parasites or eat things they shouldn’t. Cats with longer hair can get hairballs.
What can I do around here to get this cat diarrhea thing to stop?
To start with, make sure you feed your cat the right food. Don’t give your cat dairy no matter how much they beg. Cats love the taste of milk and yogurt, but most adult cats don’t have the right enzymes (lactase) in their stomach to digest dairy. I’ve got help for that too.
Also, if you are going to change your cat’s food, don’t do it all at once. Maybe mix it together so it happens gradual. This will help the shock of new food.
All of these suggestions are to make sure your cats stay healthy from the inside out.
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