When is comes to a cat’s pooping habits, going loose is simply not healthy or normal, no matter the age or what you vet may think. The number one cause of a cat going loose or having ongoing diarrhea is their food. Cats should be fed a well-balanced diet that is at least 50% wet/can food. The food you feed your cat is very important as well. Please see “All Cat Food Is Not Created Equal” for more information. So if your cat is having issues on the box, or outside of the box for that matter, here is a few things you can do to help harden up the poo poo!
Yes, that stuff you give to babies and toddlers to prevent dehydration. You want to get clear, unflavored pedialyte and mix it 50/50 in their water. Do this for a maximum of 3 days, then do 6 days off. Do this until the diarrhea has stopped to prevent dehydration. Most cats aren’t bothered by it at all. Just make sure you do not get the flavored kind!
Pumpkin is a great vegetable that is not only healthy for your cat, but great at stopping diarrhea. Be sure to buy unsweetened pumpkin and simply mix half a teaspoon into some canned/wet food. Give this to them twice a day until the diarrhea has stopped. In most cases, it should stiffen up the stool in less than 72 hours. This works great for dogs and puppies as well. Some cats may even like the taste of it.
Adjust Feeding Schedule
If your cat is not on a strict feeding schedule, it can actually cause puking and diarrhea. You want to feed your cat at the same time day in and day out. They will learn your schedule and their body will actually prepare itself for a meal which means digestion of the food is better. Two to four feedings a day are fine. Just be sure to do it to your cats needs. If your cat is prone to puking, smaller meals more frequently are best.
Get Them Tested
Parasites are known to cause diarrhea and bowel issues. If you suspect your kitty to be infested with the little buggers, be sure to get them checked. There are natural alternatives to kills them off if the vet should find them inside your cat. You do not have to use medication to kill them, that is never the only option.
A cat who is low on sulfur can become progressively sicker. A common sign of a surfer deficiency is diarrhea. You can fix this by buying MSM capsules in 1000 mg, and pouring one pill over food a day. Do not worry, whatever your cat’s body does not need, it will be expelled. And here is another great thing about using a sulfur supplement… The poop doesn’t smell as bad!
If you have a cat who liked to chew on things, be sure to check that your house plants are safe! This goes double for fake plants and other objects they should not be chewing on. Eating or digesting certain plants can cause a cat to have stomach upsets which will lead to diarrhea.
So if you have a kitty who has bathroom issues, be sure to do the above. If your cat still has diarrhea after going through this list, go to a new vet for a second opinion. Loose stool is not healthy and certainly not normal.