-- Cat Diarrhea --
Most of us dread finding little 'toilet presents' that our cats may have deposited around the house for us, but if you find that your cat has developed diarrhea your first concern is finding out why he has it.
There are many things that can cause diarrhoea in a cat, and whilst some can be easily remedied others will require veterinary treatment.
If you cat does get diarrhea it is advisable to take him to the vet as soon as possible to try and verify what the problem is. If you leave it too long you could find that the problem becomes more difficult to treat – and you could end up with a very odd smelling house with nasty surprises waiting around every corner!
When it comes to eating cats can be hugely greedy, and will do whatever they can to get their paws on any delicacy that they have their eye on.
However, a cat's digestive system is not the same as ours, and they cannot handle the richness that is in some of the foods that we eat. This is why some cats who insist on eating human food whenever they get the chance can develop diarrhea.
You may also find that your cat can develop diarrhea even if he is eating cat food. It may be that the particular brand or type of cat food does not agree with him, or he may be eating the wrong type of food – for example, and kitten can develop diarrhoea if he is eating adult cat food because it may be too rich. You may be giving your cat milk, or the cat may be overeating. Cats tend to be greedy creatures so it is up to you to monitor their food intake!
Whist diet is a relatively common cause of cat diarrhoea – especially amongst those cats that insist on hunting and devouring mice and birds (and leaving a little for you on the doorstep as a 'gift') – there are also other things that can cause diarrhoea in cats. This is why it is important to get your cat checked out by a vet if he develops diarrhoea, as some of the problems that can cause diarrhoea can be quite serious.Some of the diseases that can be linked to diarrhoea in cats include IBS (inflammatory bowel syndrome), an infectious disease, a tumour, and systematic diseases.
Of course, the treatment administered to your cat for diarrhoea will vary based on the cause. If your cat is developing diarrhoea purely due to diet then you either need to change his food or stop him from getting his paws on things that he shouldn't be eating. You may need to be far more stringent with portion sizes as well, as otherwise you could end up with an obese cat and a lot of diarrhoea to clean up!
If the reason for your cat's diarrhea is a medical issue the vet will run relevant tests to determine the severity of the problem, and will then prescribe treatment accordingly. You may find that the treatment for the problem is something as simple as changing the cat's diet, as may be the case if the diarrhoea is caused by IBS, or you may find that your cat needs to be on regular medication.