How to Treat Kitten Diarrhea at Home
Diarrhea in cats is a symptom of an illness that can be mild, moderate or life-threatening. If your cat suffers from nonstop or prolonged diarrhea, it is best to consult your veterinarian so he can run needed tests to discover the problem behind your cat’s loose stools.
Home Remedies to Treat Kitten Diarrhea:
You should see the veterinarian to ensure the good health of your kitten. However, if it is only the first few watery stools and your cat still seems alright and hydrated, you may want to try a few home remedies that have been proven to treat simple diarrhea in cats.
1. Check the Cat Food Labels Carefully
Check your cat food labels. Look for any presence of grains or fillers such as rice, corn, or wheat. If any of those are present, try switching to cat food labels that are non-grain. The reason for this is because since cats are mainly carnivores, their bodies are not really made to digest grains that are a common filler or additive to pet food these days.
2. Switch your pet food
Try switching your pet food for a week in gradual measures by mixing the old food with a little of the new food, while increasing it gradually every day. This exercise is done gradually as switching to new food too fast may also cause diarrhea in cats. This is because their gut usually takes time to adjust to the new type of food.
The food type switch may be a bit costlier, but it will definitely help a lot, especially for cats with irritable bowel syndrome. Totally eliminating vegetables and grains to adjust to your cat’s carnivorous needs may just be what is needed to improve the bowels.
These help cats by introducing good bacteria that aid in digestion and overall gut health. There are readily available probiotic capsules that are found in health food store refrigerators and are excellent since they usually contain more than one strain of bacteria, even if they are made for human consumption. One capsule can contain about 7 billion probiotics and can be divided into two servings mixed with cat food to be given twice a day. You may also mix it with cat milk or the fluid found in canned cat food and administered by syringe.
An alternative to probiotics, if you’re having a hard time in finding the capsules, is plain fat-free yogurt that is easily found in any food or grocery store. Cats usually love the taste of yogurt so it will be easy to administer a tablespoon or two a day. If your cat does not take to liking yogurt, you can mix it with his regular food. Make sure that the yogurt you use is plain, unflavored, and fat-free.
3. Try Slippery Elm Bark
This herb can be found in health food and vitamin stores in either capsule form or in powder. It has been used for many, many years to soothe tummies, and is found or grown naturally. A teaspoon of the powder or one capsule dissolved in water and mixed with your cat food is one way to administer it. If you give your cat wet food, you do not need to mix it with water anymore. You can do this daily, but usually, effects can be noticed within a day.
4. Pure canned pumpkin can be effective
This adds fiber to your cat’s diet, which is helpful not only for cats with diarrhea but also for cats with constipation. One or two tablespoons a day will be beneficial to your cat’s digestion, so he will be protected not only from diarrhea but from constipation as well.
5. Keep your kitten hydrated
treating kitten diarrhea at home, make sure that you keep your cat hydrated since diarrhea can cause dehydration quite fast and can be life threatening. Try giving your cat wet food such as canned cat food that is grain-free. Also give your cat water or cat milk often by syringe or with their cat food.
If you have tried all of the methods mentioned above and your cat’s diarrhea persists, it is best to see a veterinarian so they can run tests to determine your cat’s problem and apply the needed treatment.
When do you need to see the Vet immediately?
If your cat’s diarrhea is accompanied by fever, vomiting, lethargy, pain, or foul stools, or if your cat is clearly dehydrated, bring him immediately to the vet. It may be a parasitic, protozoal, or bacterial infection that may need medicines that are only available at your local veterinarian. Another possibility is surgery, in case the diarrhea is caused by an obstruction somewhere in the digestive tract.
Finally, if your kitten is dehydrated, he may need an intravenous drip, or a few shots to rehydrate him, and some nutritional shots too if he has not been eating well while having hidden diarrhea.
It is best to avoid kitten diarrhea in the first place by placing all toxic substances beyond the access of your pets, giving them prime grain free food, and ensuring that they have a balanced diet and are not exposed to infection.