Why ? What to do ?

In kittens, diarrhea is a relatively common symptom. It can have multiple origins, more or less serious, but its main consequence is to very quickly weaken the immune system of the young tom cat since it draws on its water (water) and energy reserves, causing rapid dehydration. It is therefore important to identify the cause of diarrhea in the young twink in order to provide an appropriate response, on the advice of the veterinarian.

How does diarrhea manifest in kittens? What are the possible causes of this disorder? What solutions to bring? Let’s take a look at this case.

Diarrhea in kittens: how does it manifest?

Diarrhea in the kitten is easily identifiable, because the little kitty emits liquid or semi-liquid stools more frequently than normal stools. Nevertheless, depending on the origin of the diarrhea and its evolution, it can be accompanied by other more or less present symptoms:

  • smelly stools;
  • the presence of mucus or blood in the stool;
  • abdominal pain;
  • vomitings ;
  • loss of appetite;
  • general tiredness.

Diarrhea is an unpleasant process for the kitten, but it allows his body to cleanse itself by eliminating undesirable elements (parasites, pathogens, etc.). On the other hand, it is exhausting for the animal and it promotes dehydration, especially in kittens. Indeed, the water evacuated by the stool unbalances the water part of the body. However, at this age, this water balance is essential and should not be subject to variations.

Thus, diarrhea in the kitten must challenge its master. Because of the serious risks that it can quickly cause for the health of the tomcat, it is important to consult the veterinarian quickly when it manifests itself. The practitioner will thus be able to put in place an appropriate solution after having determined the origin of this disorder.

Diarrhea in kittens: what are the possible causes?

Diarrhea can occur for many reasons. If some are temporary and not serious, others can be a source of harmful consequences for the young twink.

Dietary causes

lactose intolerance : From the age of two months, many kittens can no longer digest milk, especially cow’s milk (or milk from other animal species) that is wrongly given to them. Although they appreciate the taste, their body is no longer able to assimilate it, which can cause diarrhoea.

Changing food too quickly : at any age, it is essential to make a gradual food transition when changing the cat’s diet. Indeed, his digestive system is very sensitive and the slightest change in the brand of croquettes can lead to diarrhea. It is therefore important to mix the new diet with its old one, gradually increasing the share of the first while the share of the second is reduced, over a period of at least eight days.

An unsuitable diet : a kitten needs food for kittens and not for adult cats. These croquettes and pâtés are specially formulated to meet the needs of his growing body and his still very fragile digestive system. Food for unweaned kittens is different from food for kittens after weaning: it should be adapted to each situation.

Poor quality food : Not all kitten food is created equal. Low-end products, sold in supermarkets, are composed of lower quality ingredients and in particular too much starch, which the kitten’s digestive system does not always manage to assimilate well. It is better to opt for quality food, sold in pet stores or at the veterinarian. It is more expensive to buy, but much better for the health of the small animal.

A food allergy : Humans are not the only ones to suffer from food allergies. Your kitten may not tolerate certain additives or ingredients, the ingestion of which causes diarrhea.

Infectious causes

Parasitic causes : Many parasites can cause diarrhea in kittens. Let us mention round and flat worms (tapeworms, heartworms, lungworms, etc.), which are the most widespread, but also certain microorganisms (giardia, tritrichomonas, coccidia, etc.). Their presence in the tomcat’s body can cause several symptoms, including frequent diarrhea. If the cat’s dewormer is an essential preventive and curative, the veterinarian can analyze the stool to identify the parasite in question and prescribe a more targeted treatment.

viral infections : Many viruses can cause diarrhea in kittens. Cat typhus is a known and contagious disease, which leads to the death of the animal in almost half of the cases. But it is not the only one, others can also cause digestive disorders, including diarrhea (FIV, FelV, PIF, etc.).

Bacterial infections : it is more rare for a bacterial infection to cause diarrhea in the kitten, but it is nevertheless possible. These include Salmonella, Campylobacter and Clostridium.

Other causes

The stress : the cat is an anxious animal by nature. Very routine and territorial, he does not support changes in his daily life. In the kitten, the sources of stress are numerous and can be at the origin of diarrhoea: the separation with the mother and the siblings, the discovery of a new environment, new smells, new sounds and new voices, the arrival of a new animal or a baby in the home, etc.

A poisoning : unfortunately, the curiosity of cats can sometimes cause them to swallow, drink or even lick foods, products, liquids or plants that are toxic. The little kitty can suffer from diarrhea, but also very often from hypersalivation, with foam coming out of his mouth. It is imperative to consult urgently, because poisoning can be serious and cost the life of the small animal.

A foreign body : it is possible that a tomcat ingests a foreign body. If he gets stuck, his body may try to evacuate it by vomiting. Diarrhea can occur if the object in question irritates the animal’s digestive system.

Diarrhea in kittens: what solutions?

When a kitten suffers from diarrhoea, there is not just one solution, but many. It is essential to identify the cause of this disorder in order to put in place an appropriate response. Therefore, and in any case, your first action must be to consult the veterinarian.

If some diarrhea have origins without gravity, others can have harmful consequences, even fatal very quickly. Thus, if your kitten’s diarrhea persists and is repeated for more than 24 hours and/or if it is accompanied by other symptoms (vomiting, abdominal pain, bloody stools, fever, depression, loss of appetite, etc.), consult your veterinarian emergency. Remember that your kitten can become dehydrated very quickly. However, the slightest water imbalance disrupts his entire body and may require hospitalization in intensive care with the installation of an infusion to rehydrate him.

The veterinarian will examine the animal and may carry out additional examinations (stool analysis, blood analysis, urine analysis, ultrasound, etc.) to identify the cause of the diarrhea. This will allow him to provide an appropriate response in the form of a specific treatment and/or recommendations.

Either way, you can prevent the risk of diarrhea by feeding your kitten a high-quality diet designed for her. Buy it from the veterinarian or pet store. It will be more expensive to buy, but more satiating, which will allow you to make each container last much longer than a large surface product. In addition, your pet will be fed a well-balanced and healthier diet made up of premium ingredients, which will allow them to digest it better and avoid deficiencies. You will therefore save a lot of money in veterinary consultations!

Finally, remember to deworm your kitten regularly with a product adapted to its age and weight. Ask your veterinarian for advice.

Of course, any self-medication is to be avoided, as well as the use of treatments for humans, dogs or babies. You risk considerably aggravating the state of health of your little companion.

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