If you have a cat with diarrhea, you already know it. It’s usually the smell that makes us go investigate the ‘box’.
When this happens in our home (with 6 kitties), the first challenge is to identify which cat is having the issue. This is why it helps to stay familiar with litter habits – especially in a multi-cat household. I make it a priority to catch each of our cats peeing and pooping at least once a week. No – it’s now always possible, but it helps me to know a cat’s favorite box, normal size of deposit, and even their preferred deposit times.
That said – don’t ignore diarrhea. If it happens once, it’s likely a simple issue of a cat eating something that upset their tummy (like when we eat fast food). If the diarrhea continues, it’s time to determine the cause. Call your vet, bring a stool sample (if possible), and have your cat evaluated.
Many times, a cat with diarrhea is dealing with a simple diet issue. Was their food transitioned too quickly? Has a new protein been introduced? Does the diet contain enough fiber?
It’s a great idea to have some home remedies on hand if your healthy cat is experiencing loose stools. Pure canned pumpkin (not the pumpkin pie mix) is a great source of fiber that can help firm up your cat’s poops. We will add 1/2Tbs to our cat’s meal – or let them lick it right off the spoon.
Slippery elm is also a helpful source of healthy fiber. Dr. Karen Becker calls it “nature’s Pepto-Bismol” as it help reduce GI inflammation while the fiber helps bulk up the stool.
Bottom line (no pun intended), if you have a cat with diarrhea, make sure you get the help your cat needs.