Light, acute diarrhea in cats is usually not life threatening. In this case, you can try to stop the symptoms yourself. However, if there is no improvement after two to three days, you should go to the vet.
Diarrhea in cats is either a symptom of intolerance to food or of a disease. From parasite infestation to infections to chronic organ diseases, all sorts of causes can be considered. If the diarrhea is not so strong and your cat otherwise works altogether fit, you can first try home remedies to relieve the digestive discomfort. Otherwise, do not hesitate to drive to the vet.
When to stop diarrhea in cats with home remedies
The best way to stop your cat's diarrhea is to identify the causes and treat them. For laymen, however, it is not easy to accurately diagnose diseases or a parasite infestation - this is the job of the veterinarian. However, based on the circumstances and condition of your pet, you can determine if it could be serious, or if it is relatively harmless and home remedies are sufficient.
The following symptoms indicate that diarrhea in cats is temporary and likely to be harmless:
● Your cat acts as it always has except for diarrhea
● Diarrhea is not too strong
● After one to two days at the latest, the digestion calms down again
● It is a full-grown cat
The home remedies are essentially light food, rest and increased hydration. Natural remedies such as American elm bark, charcoal tablets or healing clay are occasionally recommended, but since cats are very sensitive, it is not recommended to experiment without any prior findings by a veterinarian! The dosage must be tailored exactly to your cat, otherwise, natural remedies can do more harm to the animal than good. Medicines for people in the pharmacy - even if they are over the counter - are potentially dangerous for cats and should therefore be avoided as a precaution.
In particular, when these signs occur, a visit to a veterinarian is recommended:
● Behavioral changes, such as lack of drive, aggression, increased retreat or unfamiliar attachment
● Conspicuous behavior when weaning the feces, such as loud meowing, hectic jumping out or uncleanliness outside the litter box
● Severe and frequent diarrhea
● Slimy or bloody droppings
● Additional nausea and vomiting
● Diarrhea in kittens
● After two days, there is no improvement
Stop diarrhea in cats with light diet
With gentle diet instead of the usual food you can try to stop the diarrhea. Important for cat health in the preparation of diet is that the food is spice-free, contains no milk and is served at room temperature. It has proven itself, among other things, in water cooked chicken meat without salt and spices, in small pieces or - better still - pureed. You can mix a bit of cooked carrot porridge with the chicken meat or some cottage cheese. Feed several, so five to six, small portions throughout the day and watch your pet if his condition improves.
Balance fluid balance
Due to the diarrhea, the cat's body loses a lot of fluid and it is deprived of essential salts and minerals, the so-called electrolytes. Constant, adequate water supply is therefore of the utmost importance. You can also offer your cat unsalted meat or chicken stock. Severe diarrhea in cats deprives the carcass of enough fluid to require the supply of electrolytes. Therefore, a vet visit is important in this case - the doctor can administer infusions or recommend electrolyte-containing powder, which you can stir into the drinking water or feeding the cat.
Cause: Exclusion diet for food allergies
A cat food allergy that causes diarrhea can be treated with an exclusion diet. But first consult with the veterinarian. At the beginning, light food helps to soothe the irritated digestion. Then you can set out to try different foods and see which ones your cat can and does not tolerate. In this way, you can gradually filter out the food components that your pet will not get, and which should be avoided in the future. To be on the safe side, the veterinarian accompanies the change in diet and possibly recommends a suitable special food so that your baby gets all the nutrients he needs, despite the food allergy. It may be necessary to add dietary supplements on the advice of the veterinarian. A special diet is usually needed even if organ diseases have caused the cat's diarrhea. Chronic problems with the pancreas, liver or thyroid gland may necessitate a lifelong change in diet with additional medical treatment.
If other causes behind the diarrhea, a permanent feed change is not necessarily appropriate. Worms and other parasites as well as infections can be cured with medication. If you fear a poisoning or an intestinal obstruction, it is an urgent emergency! Drive immediately to the vet or veterinary clinic so the doctors can help your cat there.