Have you ever wondered what to do with your sickling cat?
Cats are sensitive and may easily get stomach upsets.
It might just be because of something they ate and professional help might not be necessary, but…
You need to know how to handle the situation.
Diarrhea in cats usually goes for a day. Prolonged cases may lead to dehydration, lethargy, and weight loss.
You check for dehydration by pinching the skin behind the back of your cat’s neck.
It should not remain tented or smooth out slowly. That’s a sign of dehydration.
When Should you Contact a vet?
You should contact a vet if profuse diarrhea, vomiting, or overall lethargy lasts for several days.
Watery, frequent diarrhea or blood-stained diarrhea also warrants contacting a vet.
Back to Over-the-counter Solutions
The first thing you need to do is to determine the cause of diarrhea.
It could be a new food they are reacting to.
In such a case, you need to discontinue use.
After determining the cause, get some medication for your cat.
The medicine must contain kaolin and pectin.
Provable-KP is one option available.
The drug will minimize intestinal movements and absorb excess intestinal fluids.
It’s important to read the prospect keenly and understand.
Have a syringe to measure the exact quantity recommended.
You don’t want to kill your cat with excess dosage while trying to treat diarrhea.
You may also administer probiotics for about a week.
Probiotics help to add good bacteria to the gastrointestinal tract.
You will often have to give probiotics even after diarrhea has stopped.
There is no need to withhold food from your cat if they are not vomiting.
But What if They are Vomiting?
In that case…
Withhold feeding them for about half a day.
You can then begin with small portions.
For example, you can combine rice with boiled white chicken which is a good bland option.
Return to their normal diet gradually as the condition improves.
Normal food is also an option, though they may experience slow recovery.
However, chicken is not the only thing cats need for quick recovery.
Adding half a teaspoon of unflavoured Metamucil to their food helps with digestion. Metamucil is rich in fiber.
Now, your pet is halfway recovered but…
Don’t forget to avail of water at all times. With diarrhea, your cat is at a high risk of getting dehydrated.
You can also feed them with some beef or chicken broth. The broth will provide nutrients essential for recovery.