Diarrhoea is a symptom that your cat has an underlying health issue or possibly a disease. Diarrhoea is identified by the frequent passage of watery faeces. The faeces may be yellowish in colour and have a strong odour. Blood and mucous may appear in the faeces. There are home remedies for treating the occurrence of diarrhoea in cats.
Treatment for diarrhoea can vary depending on if it is acute diarrhoea or chronic. If the diarrhoea lasts for more than two to three weeks it is considered chronic. In either case, it is very important to keep your cat hydrated. Dehydration can occur quickly in a small animal with diarrhoea and can lead to coma or death. Provide clean, fresh water at all times. Consider adding Pedialyte to her water. You can also add psyllium to your cat's water. The added fibre should aid in curing the diarrhoea. Add one to two teaspoons per day for a few days.
Otherwise healthy cats with acute diarrhoea can be treated by having them fast for a day. Be sure to provide plenty of fresh water to keep them hydrated. When reintroducing food, provide small quantities of bland food for a few days. Offer your cat boiled chicken and rice. You may also be able to tempt him with a bland baby food. Be sure the baby food does not include garlic or onions. Slowly mix back in his regular food. Monitor the litter box to ensure the diarrhoea has ceased.
Dried slippery elm can also be used to treat diarrhoea in cats. This is especially helpful for chronic diarrhoea.
If you cat has been eating dairy products this may be the cause of the diarrhoea. Stop providing dairy products to your cat. Another common cause of feline diarrhoea is stress. If your cat has recently experienced a move or the addition of a new pet or person into the home, she could be experiencing stress-related diarrhoea. Spend time with your cat and try to make her environment as stress-free as possible.
Do not give your cat any diarrhoea treatment that contains bismuth subsalicylate. A large dose can be toxic. Do not give him Imodium or acetaminophen.
Any case of diarrhoea should be discussed with your veterinarian. If symptoms persist more than 24 hours, or if the diarrhoea contains blood, the cat should be brought into the veterinarian as soon as possible. Do not allow your cat to become dehydrated; if she already appears dehydrated, a veterinarian visit is important. Take a stool sample with you.