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Acute Diarrhea in Cats

By: Dr. Bari Spielman

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The best treatment for your cat requires a combination of home and professional veterinary care. For optimal follow-up success in the treatment of your pet, please do the following:

  • Precisely administer prescribed medications and follow any dietary recommendations. Contact your veterinarian if you are having difficulty treating your cat.

  • Watch your cat for worsening of the disease. Signs of worsening may include the onset of bloody diarrhea, persistence of signs for more than two days, or any signs to suggest a systemic illness (vomiting, weakness, anorexia, collapse).

  • If the signs resolve in a couple of days, no additional veterinary evaluation may be necessary.

  • Once the diarrhea has resolved, keep your cat on a consistent, balanced diet and restrict access to garbage and other things that can cause diarrhea.

  • Have your cat's stool checked at least yearly for intestinal parasites.

  • The prognosis for cure of self-limiting diarrhea is excellent. Affected animals are often successfully managed with dietary restriction, replacement of fluid deficits, and correction of the underlying cause.

  • If your cat's diarrhea has failed to respond to the management outlined, it may require more extensive diagnostics. You should have your cat reevaluated by your veterinarian.


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