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Diarrhea in Cats: Common Causes & When It's Serious

Diarrhea in Cats: Common Causes & When It's Serious

One of the most common problems that your pet can have is gastrointestinal (GI) upset/diarrhea. But it can be hard to keep track of your cat's bathroom habits. It is important to know that signs and our South Wilton vets can provide information on what to look out for.

Why Is My Cat Having Diarrhea?

Vomiting and diarrhea are common signs of inflamed, irritated stomach and intestines, or gastrointestinal upset.

As unpleasant as it is, vomiting is your pet's way of emptying its stomach of indigestible material to prevent it from getting further into its system. 

Diarrhea often occurs when that indigestible material makes it's way fully through your dog’s digestive system, anywhere along the intestinal tract.

What Is Causing My Cat's Diarrhea?

There are many possible causes for these conditions, including

  • viruses and parasites
  • a reaction to eating something bad
  • cancer, or organ problems (such as kidney failure)

Symptoms may include:

  • Loss of appetite
  • Lethargy/depression
  • Pain/discomfort
  • Blood in the stool (either dark, blackish stool or visible, frank, red blood)
  • Associated vomiting
  • Or if your cat is more likely to be quickly compromised by ongoing diarrhea (i.e. very young, very old, or already battling some other medical problem)
Depending on the severity of your pet's symptoms, your vet can make a proper diagnosis. 

What Should I Do If My Cat Won't Stop Having Diarrhea?

The most important thing to do is bring your cat to your South Wilton vets right away for a consultation to determine the underlying causes.

Treatment will be based on the severity of the issue. 

Note: The advice provided in this post is intended for informational purposes and does not constitute medical advice regarding pets. For an accurate diagnosis of your pet's condition, please make an appointment with your vet.

If your cat can't stop having diarrhea, contact our South Wilton veterinary hospital right away.

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