When your cat shows frequent loose or liquid bowel movements, it is called diarrhea. It can be caused by something as simple as a change in diet or due to some serious illness or infection. Diarrhea may happen suddenly and continue for a very short duration. It can also last for weeks to months and reappear after regular intervals. A single bout of diarrhea in cats is not a major concern, but if it continues for more than a day or two, it can lead to dehydration.
Diarrhea can be caused due to a change in diet, dairy or other food intolerance, ingestion or spoiled food, allergic reaction, bacterial or viral infection, inflammatory bowel disease, kidney or liver disease, cancer or other tumors of the digestive tract, hypothyroidism and colitis.
Symptoms of Diarrhea
The most common symptoms of diarrhea include loose, frequent stools. Other signs include the passage of blood in mucus or stool, flatulence and straining to defecate. Dehydration, lethargy, fever, vomiting , decreased appetite, weight loss and frequent defecation may also accompany diarrhea. If the diarrhea is accompanied by bloody or black stools, your cat could be experiencing internal bleeding of the small intestine or stomach and should be examined by a vet immediately.
Treating Cat Diarrhea
It is often advised that you avoid giving your pet any food for 12-24 hours while they are experiencing diarrhea, but you should provide with plenty of fresh, clean water to save them from dehydration. You should check with your vet about the proper course of treatment for the specific case of your cat. You can give them Endosorb Tablets for the treatment of diarrhea. The active ingredient in Endosorb is activated attapulgite, which is capable of absorbing toxins in the gut to reduce the irritation, discomfort and cramping. But, before you administer any medicine on your pets, do not forget to consult a veterinarian.