Diarrhea in kittens: what you should know


The soft diet for the decomposing cat can be prepared at home with boiled rice and chicken, accompanied by water and isotonic drinks

  • Author: By EVA SAN MARTÍN
  • Publication date: February 21, 2014

A cat with diarrhea evacuates stools softer than normal, in greater quantity and, in addition, something more fetid and with a strange color. But, What to do when the cat has decomposition? The first step is look for the cause: You have eaten some toxic food or plant, you have caught cold, you have stress, etc. And then, you have to prepare a soft diet, which can be cooked at home with boiled rice and chicken, plenty of water and isotonic drinks. This article is detailed in detail how to act against cat diarrhea.

My cat has diarrhea, what happens?

Cats with diarrhea have trouble eating the nutrients they need, so you have to prepare a soft diet

A cat with diarrhea evacuates stool more liquid than usual and, in addition, in a higher amount. These can also acquire an abnormal hue (grayish or somewhat yellow) and give off a stronger odor than usual. "Diarrhea in cats and dogs, however, are not strange," recalls veterinarian Fausto Andrés, since "they motivate 30% of veterinarian visits" of hairy patients.

But, Why does feline decomposition occur? It takes a healthy cat's body six to eight hours to digest food, according to a study by the University of Washington. During this time food travels through the digestive system, a complex system of organs responsible for absorbing nutrients to be used by cells. Not only that: your healthy digestive system also absorbs 80% of food water. Therefore, feces are more or less solid in normal conditions.

This does not happen, however, when the cat suffers from diarrhea. The reason is that The food runs through the digestive tract at a much faster rate than usual. Consequently, the cat has trouble absorbing the important nutrients from feline food, including water, and your health may be in danger. This is the reason why feces are evacuated with more water and in a more explosive way.

My cat has diarrhea, have you>

The soft diet for cats with diarrhea includes boiled chicken, rice, plenty of water and isotonic lemon drinks

"The causes of diarrhea in cats can be varied," explains veterinarian Patricia González. A frequent reason for decomposition in felines is that the animal has ingested some toxic plant, "although in this case, diarrhea is usually accompanied by vomiting in the cat," says González.

On other occasions, it is triggered by a sharp change in the feline's diet or for any other similar reason that implies an imbalance in the bacterial flora of the furry friend's stomach. "This bacterial flora is responsible for metabolizing the food that the cat ingests, consequently, the imbalances imply problems to absorb nutrients," adds the veterinarian, which explains that the stomach of the feline with decomposition can not work at the rate it needs .

He cat stress, a move with the cat and even one longer stay than usual at the vet They are other reasons that can cause soft stools. "When cat diarrhea is not explained by feeding, it may be due to a inflammation of the digestive system or to an infection ", concludes, meanwhile, veterinarian Richard Goldstein, of Cornell University, in a study on gastrointestinal ailments in felines.

Diarrhea can also hide a more dangerous health problem, such as diseases in kidneys, liver or excessive weakness of your immune system. Therefore, the first step is to go to the veterinarian soon.

Cat's diarrhea: how to prepare a soft diet at home?

The soft diet for the cat, supervised by the veterinarian, It will help the animal to recover from decomposition when it has its origin in a temporary stomach problem. This type of homemade cat food will also serve to absorb (little by little) the nutrients and vitamins you need to eat. This soft diet does not differ, in essence, from that recommended for dogs. The following explains the steps to prepare it at home.

Boiled chicken. You have to boil chicken, free of fatty areas, skin and bones, and cut it into small pieces that the cat can put in the mouth and chew.

Boiled rice. Like the dog's soft diet with diarrhea, the cat needs to take rice. However, the small size of the beans is not always to your liking.

Isotonic Lemon Drinks. "This type of drinks helps felines with decomposition to recover part of the nutrients and electrolytes that they lose," González explains.

Much water. The cat loses a lot of fluid through the feces, so he needs to recover it through the intake of water.

Commercial meals for cats with diarrhea. When rice is not liked by the sick hairy diner, the option is to go to cans (better, because they have more water) and feed designed for cats with diarrhea and gastrointestinal problems.

One tip to remember: the soft diet should be your only meal during the two or three days that the treatment lasts. This explains why you don't have to offer other edible prizes such as cookies for cats or malt.

Diarrhea is one of the most common infectious diseases in kittens.

The arrival of a kitten is an exciting time for both parties. It doesn't matter if you have years of experience with cats or if you are a first-time: it is a stage of changes. Small cats need specific attention. Enjoy every minute, because they grow so fast! Just as children are taken to the pediatrician, kittens should also be taken from time to time to the veterinarian. Regular health care is essential: adult cats should receive it at least once a year. However, the frequency of visits of kittens to the veterinarian should be greater in order to ensure a basic immunization against common infectious diseases. However, sometimes you also go for the typical "childhood diseases." An example of a symptom, often underestimated, is diarrhea. In the case that the kitten has diarrhea, the visit to the veterinarian is essential.

Symptoms of diarrhea

From a biological point of view, diarrhea is a process of cleaning the body of the cat: the body gets rid of unwanted substances or pathogens. Diarrhea is, therefore, a logical process that, as a rule, should not be suppressed.

Actually, diarrhea in cats is anything but pleasant: depending on the severity of the symptoms, your kitten may reach the sandbox and you will not realize the problem until you clean the toilet tray by penetrating smell or soft stools. Maybe you notice his dirty fur or even had an "accident" around the house.

When your kitten has diarrhea, his body is tested. Soft stools help you to get dehydrated sooner. His small body barely withstand the variations in the amount of liquids. Although mild diarrhea is considered harmless in an adult feline and can often be treated with a soft diet, in the case of kittens you should go to the veterinarian. However, diarrhea is often underestimated.

What causes diarrhea

Diarrhea in kittens can be due to various reasons:

  • Stress: The arrival to a new home is exciting for a kitten. The separation of his mother and his siblings and the adaptation to the new house are often associated with stress. It is very likely that if the veterinarian cannot determine the physical cause caused by diarrhea, it is caused by nervousness.
  • Power change: your kitten received a specific food in the protective, with the breeder or the previous owner. However, if you opt for another variety of feed or wet food, the resulting change in diet can alter the digestion of the pussycat. Therefore, the change must be made gradually: gradually replace the usual food with the new one. After a few weeks you can completely replace it with the new variety.
  • Intolerances: cats also have allergies. There are cats that are sensitive to plant additives present in food and others that are allergic to certain additives or types of meat. Identifying food intolerance often requires time and patience. Your veterinarian can advise you in these cases.
  • Infections: almost all cats ever get sick. Acute diarrhea may be the result of a viral infection. As a general rule, it is possible to identify it in a simple way using a stool sample. With the right medications recommended by your veterinarian, your pussy will recover soon!
  • Parasites: The parasites feel comfortable in the intestines of the kittens. Therefore, early deworming of mothers and affected kittens is essential. However, many times kittens have single-celled intestinal worms or parasites. Not all parasites are the same: apart from the known intestinal worms and tapeworms, there are also heart parasites and pulmonary worms, as well as single-celled parasites (eg the Giardia intestinalis). Vermifuge treatments often only have a certain spectrum of action. That is why it is important for your veterinarian to determine the type of worm in the cat's feces and prescribe an appropriate vermicide. Also, keep in mind the recommended dose in the package. The body of smaller mininos often do not support an overdose.
  • Poisoning: The life of cats is exciting, but the body of the kitten does not tolerate all plants, liquids and solids. Poisoning is a serious matter that can have a fatal outcome. The typical symptoms are increased salivation, foam in the mouth and stunning. In this case you should go to the veterinary emergency center immediately!
  • Strange bodies: Kittens usually carry everything that is not firmly attached to their mouths. But foreign bodies they can block the esophagus and gastrointestinal tract, and the body tries to clear the way by vomiting and diarrhea. These foreign bodies in your body are just as serious as poisoning and can cause the death of your young cat. Faced with this situation, go to the vet immediately.


The causes of your kitten's diarrhea can be very diverse. Depending on the type of symptoms, the cause and the severity of the disease, there are various treatments. Although many times adult cat owners blindly trust home remedies, you shouldn't try them on kittens. Diarrhea in small cats is a severe problem that can cause severe dehydration and death. Therefore, immediately consult your veterinarian so that your feline can receive appropriate care.

Causes of diarrhea in cats

If you have done any change in the feeding of your cat, you can cause stomach upsets! It could be the cause of discomfort and diarrhea in your cat. The most common causes of diarrhea in cats are:

  • Having ingested a toxic food: remember that for cats onion, chocolate or sausage, They are toxic!
  • Toxic plants: As with the foods we mentioned earlier, some plants are toxic to cats, including: the apple tree, the poinsettia, the eucalyptus, the tulips, the sago palm, the ivy…. If you have a cat at home, it never hurts to see if our plants are toxic to our feline!
  • Foods in a state of decomposition: cats that have a special fondness for rummaging in the garbage, are at greater risk of eating spoiled and even rotten food! If this is the case, Vomiting may be added to your cat's diarrhea.
  • Changes in cat feeding: Have you changed your cat's feed? Have you introduced a new food in your diet? In that case, your cat may not have assimilated it well. Remember! If you want make some change in food of your pet, Do it gradually, mixing both foods for 7-10 days.
  • You have changed your cat's routine: Like dogs, cats are animals of habit. If you have moved, or introduced another animal at home, It is possible that your cat has been stressed!
  • Viruses, parasites and / or bacteria: there is different pathologies that can cause diarrhea in cats, though, eye! They are usually accompanied by other symptoms. If you think your cat might be sick, take him to the vet!

If your cat has diarrhea, it never hurts to go to the vet, as it could be a symptom of other diseases. Supposing Your cat is still a puppy, go to the vet urgently! Puppies' organisms are more sensitive than adults. They can become dehydrated or get sick much more easily!