Food allergies, overfeeding, or eating inedible objects can also cause diarrhea in kittens. Objects such as bones, cloth, or kitty litter can cause intestinal obstructions if swallowed. While poor diet is one of the most common reasons kittens suffer from diarrhea, there are other possible causes.
Diarrhea in kittens is not normal, certainly not cute, and is usually an indication of an underlying problem. You can find diarrhea in their litter box, around the house, or on their bodies. Loose, runny feces can cause a kitten to become dehydrated if it persists.
How long does cat diarrhea last? Diarrhea in kittens usually lasts no more than two to three days.
Kittens can develop diarrhea when they change their diet. So if you recently put the kitten on a new formula, that may be the problem. Coming off wet food prematurely can also cause diarrhea as the body may not be ready to absorb the new proteins and complex nutrients found in meat.
Food allergies, overfeeding, or eating inedible objects can also cause diarrhea in kittens. Objects such as bones, cloth, or kitty litter can cause intestinal obstructions if swallowed.
Some options include a fat-free prepared/canned kitten food or cooked ground turkey and canned 100% pumpkin. If canned pumpkins aren’t easy to find, try fresh, boiled yams. It has been found that pumpkin or sweet potato are usually well tolerated and digested, even with diarrhea.
Cat food that contains a lot of fillers will cause your cat’s poop to become more odorous and sometimes runny. Seek your vet’s help to place your kitten on a high-quality, species-appropriate diet. Cats that eat well tend to have less smelly poo and are generally healthier. The less processed the food, the better.
One reason wet food gives your cat diarrhea is that it’s just not fresh anymore. If your kitty is chewing on spoiled wet food, it could be causing digestive problems – poor thing!
Symptoms of worm infestations in dogs and cats
In most cases of parasitic infestations, patients show similar symptoms, the most common being diarrhea or poor-quality stools. Depending on the severity of the infestation, blood can sometimes be passed in the stool.
A diet known as BRAT can also quickly relieve diarrhea. BRAT stands for bananas, rice, applesauce and toast. This diet is effective because of the blandness of these foods and the fact that they are starchy, low-fiber foods. These foods have a binding effect in the digestive tract to make the stool bulkier.
Rich or fatty foods can cause digestive distress in your cat. For example, turkey, ham, or other high-fat meat causes diarrhea. Excess fat intake can also cause a life-threatening inflammatory condition called pancreatitis.
We recommend feeding your kitten dry food, especially if they have frequent diarrhea. Wet food has too much moisture, which often causes diarrhea, and there’s a good chance you’ll notice a big change in your cat after switching to dry food.
Dry food for a cat with an upset stomach
Dry food is more recommended if the cat has diarrhea than wet food, as the dry food acts as an absorbent in the dog’s stomach and reduces diarrhea.
No Fasting Needed
Cats need food to heal their gut. Therefore, cats are not fasted when they have diarrhea (unlike dogs, which frequently do). However, if they start vomiting, you should hold back the food and contact your veterinarian.