Cats may get diarrhea due to various reasons. They may have parasites, they may have eaten too much, they may have an intestinal disorder or worse, they may have gotten into something potentially toxic. Owners of pets with diarrhea should have their cat seen promptly should their cat appear lethargic, refuse to eat and no longer act normal.
When the diarrhea produced is in the form of frequent liquid squirts, the cat may be losing fluids quickly and become dehydrated. Only mild cases of diarrhea should be attempted to be treated at home. If your cat is not acting right, and the diarrhea does not stop, a vet appointment is necessary.
Home Remedies for Cat Diarrhea
A cat’s intestines are in distress when a cat has diarrhea. They therefore, require to heal on their own by giving them some rest. Ideally, a cat wih diarrhea should be fasted for 12 hours. No food or treats should be given at this time as they may cause further diarrhea.
- Hydration Test
Cats that have a lot of diarrhea risk getting dehydrated. A good way to tell a cat’s hydration level is to lift the skin over the shoulder blades. If the skin springs back promptly within seconds it is a good sign. If there is a delay or worse, if the skin remains lifted this is indicative of dehydration. The cat will need at this point IV fluids from the veterinarian.
Unflavored Pedialyte may help a dehydrated cat gain back some lost electrolytes. This should be used with caution in diabetic cats. Usually 2 droppers can be given very slowly every ten minutes for two hours.
A Pedialyte like liquid may be prepared at home by mixing 2 quarts of water with 1 teaspoon baking soda, and 1 teaspoon salt, 7 tablespoon sugar. It should all be boiled in order to ensure it all dissolves well.
- Pancake syrup
Rubbing some Pancake syrup on the cat’s gums may give the cat a nice boost of energy if it is starting to feel weak from the diarrhea.
- Bland diet
After the 12 hour fast cats should be offered a bland diet. Meat based baby food with no onion or garlic in it may and with a tablespoon of infant rice cereal may be helpful. If the cat is reluctant to eat, the baby food may be watered down and placed in a dropper and a little squirt in the mouth should encourage the cat to eat on its own after wards.
As an alternative, a skinless bone less chicken breast may be boiled and then processed in a food processor with some overcooked rice. If the mixture is too dense, a teaspoon of warm water may be added.
The bland diet should be offered 3-4 times a day in small quantities.
- Good Bacteria
One teaspoon of plain unflavored yogurt will help re-establish good bacteria in the cat’s digestive system.
- Back to Normal
Once the cat’s stools are firm again, the regular diet may be re-introduced gradually in 3-4 days. Adding the normal diet abruptly may cause a cat to go back to having diarrhea.
If the bland diet does not help, this is usually indicative that there is an underlying cause that needs addressed. The cat may have parasites, have developed an intolerance to its food, have a gastro-intestinal disorder, an intestinal obstruction or many more causes that require a proper assessment by the veterinarian.