Similar to other pets, kittens may experience periods of diarrhea occasionally for a variety of reasons. While some cases of diarrhea are not life-threatening and will be solved on their own, other cases of diarrhea may highlight a more serious problem. If the kitten has diarrhea, it is important to identify and treat the cause of diarrhea. A few common causes of kitten diarrhea include parasites, diet problems, medical problems, and stress. Another possibility is that diarrhea has a side effect of antibiotics or drug use.
- Parasites and Bacterial Infections
There are various types of parasites that can cause diarrhea in puppies. Common parasitic infections include coccidi, giardia and TriTrichomonas. Campilobacter and Clostridium are bacteria that can cause kittens’ diarrhea. Often there are other internal parasites round worms in cats. If your cat has a parasite, it may show other symptoms, such as vomiting, bloody stools and anorexia. Parasites and bacterial infections are often the most common causes of diarrhea. To reduce the possibility of parasitic infections, it is important to apply interference prevention.
- Dietary Problems
In some cases, diets are caused by dietary problems such as diarrhea, dietary change or food intolerance. Changing your kitten’s food too quickly can disrupt his stomach and cause diarrhea. To avoid this, it is important to make dietary changes gradually by mixing old foods with new ones. Table food or poisonous food can also cause diarrhea in kittens. If your kitten is still in its formula, make sure you have a high quality formula and follow the correct instructions to feed. Spoiled or expired formula may cause gastrointestinal discomfort.
Other kittens may have food intolerance or may experience digestive problems with certain foods. There are food formulated for cats with food allergy. If you think your cat may be intolerant or allergic to food, ask your veterinarian what food to recommend to your kitten.
- Medical Issues
There are several medical problems that can cause kitten diarrhea. The underlying medical problems may include immune disorders, inflammatory problems, infectious disorders, and panleukopenia. In these cases, you should take it to your vet to diagnose and treat the problem.
Sometimes the diarrhea is simply caused by stress. Small kittens have a lot of changes in a short time, so it is not surprising that they experience stress-related diarrhea. Using pheromones in your home can help calm the kitten and reduce the stress of home changes.
- Consumption of spoiled foods
You should pay close attention to the expiration date and storage conditions of the food that you feed your cat. Feeding with a food that has expired, or feeding it with a spoiled food because it is not stored under appropriate storage conditions, can cause diarrhea.
What to Do for Diarrhea Cat
Veterinarians offer a cat with diarrhea for 12 to 48 hours. This period of fasting allows the intestine to take a break from normal digestion, absorption and excretory activities. If no food gets into the body, no food goes out as diarrhea.
As you begin to feed your cat again, give it a small, lean and easily digestible food for three to seven days (often and in small meals). Recommended as a protein source are chicken, lamb, fish and moderately cooked eggs. Boiled rice is a digestible carbohydrate source. Boneless and skinless, lean chicken breast, along with a lean rice offers a pretty good food. But since this is not actually a proper and balanced cat food, you should avoid feeding your cat only for a long time. If the diarrhea is not stopped within a week, consult your veterinarian.