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Diarrhea in Cats – What you Should do
In this article you will learn how to help your cat best through these difficult days. In the beginning, you’ll probably ask yourself why your cat suddenly has diarrhea and are looking for the causes and of course for a quick fix. It can happen to every cat. Especially with young cats, it happens more often because their immune system is not fully developed. And with households with several cats there is a higher infection rate of diarrhea.
Maybe you already have supporting home remedies such as “healing clay” at home and can help your cat with the correct application to quickly get back to normal bowel movements. In this article, you will find good answers to your questions. We give you tips on the cause, applications, and remedies for improving and feeding your cat. So that your cat will feel happy again soon.
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What can be the reasons for my cat’s diarrhea?
The most common causes of diarrhea are food, a frequent change of cat food or a canned food served too cold can lead to symptoms of diarrhea. It might be that your cat has only upset their tummy a little..
In some cases, diarrhea is caused by certain triggers such as:
- Intestinal Parasites and Worms
- Toxic substances (detergents, pesticides, etc.)
- Food allergy
- Dishes with a lot of spices
There are different criteria on how you can analyze the specific cause of the digestive problems of cats. Your cat may also respond to diarrhea with other symptoms. If your cat has a dry and warm nose, it is probably an infection. If they show signs of pain while going to the litterbox, the cause is probably a stronger infection or massive gastrointestinal problems. If your cat rubs their anus on the carpet or floor after going to the litterbox, they probably have worms. Uncontrolled poop may indicate a massive disorder in the gastrointestinal tract and should be monitored more closely.
Are there any immediate measures to alleviate the digestive problems?
In all of the above cases, the cat gastrointestinal tract is sensitive, as it is largely responsible for regulating the immune system. To neutralize the damaged intestinal flora, healing clay is suitable. In the intestine, many important processes take place, such as Preparation of nutrients, the formation of vitamins and combating infections. The healing clay should be mixed in the regular food and thus it can detoxify, cleanse and act anti-inflammatory in the intestinal flora of your cat.
What is my cat allowed to eat despite the irritated stomach?
Generally, you should now pay attention to what your cat consumes. It is best to have light food. For that I recommend you to use things like pure chicken fillet, potatoes, rice or carrots. You can prepare these ingredients individually or together in a pot of boiling water. It is important that you cook them long enough, ideally until they are very soft and can be turned to puree.
In addition, enough fresh water for your cat should be available. In cases of diarrhea lasting several days, electrolytes should be mixed in with the water so that the cat can process the required nutrients easier.
24 hours passed – my cat still has diarrhea
If your cat has digestive problems for more than 48 hours, contact a veterinarian. If diarrhea lasts longer than 10 days at a time, it is called chronic diarrhea. If a vet’s visit is imminent, taking a sample of the excrement stored in an excrement tube from the pharmacy very helpful.
Hygiene in a multi cat house – Avoid cross infection where possible
To avoid the possible cause, such as intestinal parasite, no chance of a renewed risk of infection, it is recommended to replace the cat toilet once the problem is sorted. The parasites are very persistent and, despite recovery, can re-infest the cat since they could have their eggs distributed in the cat litter box. In addition, all blankets, towels, toys and drinking and feeding bowls should be cleaned at a temperature of at least 60 ° C every day for a medium period of time. It is advisable to follow these hygiene standards.
With several cats in a household, the risk of infection is much higher. Due to constant contact between your cats and a communal cat toilet, the pathogen can be spread to other cats. Therefore, all cats should be treated with the same treatment to be on the safe side.
Prophylaxis – Dewormer
As a precautionary measure to avoid a renewed infection or to reduce infection risk in general would be to use worming cure for your cat. This is because worms are one of the most common reasons why your cat might suffer from diarrhea.
A dewormer should be applied 1x to 12x a year. Especially outdoor cats should be given this cure more frequently as they come more more in contact with infection risks. With this treatment you don’t just help your cat but other cats and yourself as well. Some worms may spread to other mammals such as us humans.
If you follow the main tips for treating your cat, diarrhea suffering can quickly be resolved. Pay attention to the diet of your cat and remember to use a light diet or healing clay mixed in with their usual food to avoid secondary problems. In case of complete recovery of the gastrointestinal disorder please do not forget that the pathogen could still be lingering around for a renewed attack in the litter box! Hopefully, this article will help you and your cat get a quick relief of gastrointestinal disease.