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Kitten Diarrhea Causes & Treatment At Home

Kitten Diarrhea Causes

Kittens similar to babies have delicate body systems everything seems to affect them somehow. Knowing whether it is something they might have eaten or something more serious is important. If your kitten has had this issue for an extended amount of time be sure to make a quick vet visit, they can tell you if it is something you should worry about.

The really important thing with kitten diarrhea is that if you don’t stay on top of it they can dehydrate plus they lose vital nutrients quickly through their loose stools. There are many things that can cause your kitten to have diarrhea some of these are:

  • Colitis – Something more serious is a swelling of the colon should be seen by your vet as soon as possible if you think this could be the issue.
  • Bacteria – This can be as something as simple as the mother cat accidentally biting to hard the back of the kitten and it’s saliva giving a bacterial infection. Always treat any infection seriously as this can kill your kitten fairly quickly if left untreated.
  • Stress – Kittens moved from their current environment or anything else that can caused anxiety can cause diarrhea as well.
  • Viruses – There are a few different viruses that your feline can get Feline Leukemia is the most feared and transmitted both from mother to offspring and cat to cat.
  • Giardia – A good de-wormer can treat this such as fenbendazole.
  • Coccidia – If there is blood in the stool it may be coccidia and can be treated with a sulfa drug.
  • Parasites – Tapeworm is a common parasite with kittens, along with hook worm a stool sample done by your vet can tell you if this is the case.
  • Improper Diet – Too rich of a diet can cause your kittens system to get an upset stomach. Also, by changing your kittens diet can also cause a breakdown in their system causing diarrhea.
  • Stomach Upset – Similar to improper diet is feeding your kitten human food. Although it may seem your being nice it isn’t healthy for your kitten and should be avoided.
  • Allergies


Kitten Diarrhea: Treatment At Home 

A quick way to test for dehydration would be to put the kitten on the ground and grab it by the scruff if its neck and pull up. When you release it the scruff should lay flat fairly quickly. If it takes a little time then you need to get some fluids in your kitten.

Cat/ Kitten Diarrhea Causes And How To Treat Them At Home


Also, if pressing on their gums it should go white then when you release it should go back to pink quickly. If their gums are yellow or white then see your vet. Finally if you notice a 3rd eyelid appearing on your cat too is a sign of dehydration and should be tended to quickly.

Another note when cleaning up after your kitten is to be careful as there are many things that can pass through cat fecal to you. So keep your hands washed well, and clean up areas with bleach and hot water.

Don’t use areas where you eat to take care of this either like the kitchen or bathroom. And especially keep your children away until you’re sure that the cat is healthy.

A few things you should do as soon as you notice that your kitten has diarrhea. First, you should stop all food for 24 hours to see if it is something it has been eating. Also, give plenty of clean water and change it often if there is water left.

Your animal can’t help but to backwash as they drink so you want to be sure you’re not re-introducing anything back into their system by not keeping their water clean. Look at the ingredients of your cat food and make sure that if there is any dye in the food to stop feeding that to your kitten and change to a better quality food.

If you are dealing with diarrhea longer than 48 hours you are dealing with more of a chronic case of diarrhea and should consult a vet as soon as possible. A quick phone call might be all that is needed. Otherwise a quick trip to their office with a stool sample can give you the answers you’re looking for.

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