Loose stools in cats

Updated February 21, 2017

There are over 64 million cats in America that are being kept as house pets. They make loving companions, but they require regular care to keep them healthy and happy. Sometimes cat develop symptoms such as loose stools that could indicate a simple problem or a more serious health condition. If your cat has loose stools, you may be able to narrow down the cause and take care of it yourself. If not, your cat may need medical attention.


A healthy cat should have solid stool that comes out in formed pieces. When the faeces is soft and mushy rather than being properly formed, the cat is considered to have loose stools. This problem is often accompanied by an unpleasant odour.


There are many common causes for loose stools in cats. When a cat eats things it shouldn't or is not tolerating the food it is receiving, its stool can be mushy. Intestinal parasites, stress and certain diseases can also cause loose stools.

Time Frame

If your cat only has loose stools at intermittent times, you may be able to pinpoint a dietary cause. For example, if you feed human food to the cat and it has a problem every time you do this, the cause is obvious. If your cat goes outside and has occasional loose stools when it returns, it may be eating something when it is out. If there has been a stressful event like a household move, the loose stools may be a situational reaction that will resolve itself once things return to normal. If the problem is continuous and not linked to certain events, it is likely being caused by parasites or some other health condition like inflammatory bowel disease.

Home Remedy

Since loose stools in cats often have a dietary cause, control your feline's diet and add a psyllium fibre supplement made for pets. If its loose stools are being caused by food intolerance or too much table food, these steps should resolve the problem. You can also add probiotics to your cat's diet. This will promote good intestinal health.

Veterinary Treatment

If you cannot cure your cat's loose stools with a controlled diet, fibre supplement or probiotics, you should take it to the veterinarian to be checked for worms or other medical causes. The veterinarian can pinpoint the cause with an examination and tests and prescribe the proper treatment.

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Based in Kissimmee, Fla., Barb Nefer is a freelance writer with over 20 years of experience. She is a mental health counselor, finance coach and travel agency owner. Her work has appeared in such magazines as "The Writer" and "Grit" and she authored the book, "So You Want to Be a Counselor."