Cats are very clean animals by nature and hate dirty things, but a cat with diarrhea is still possible and in the event of feline diarrhea, your cat will no longer control its stools. It is therefore necessary to understand why he has diarrhea and how to react so that the problem does not happen again. In this article I explain all the causes, how to recognize them and above all how to provide solutions to this problem.

Cat with diarrhea: The different causes

Cats can have intestinal problems including diarrhea. If your cat has diarrhea problems, here are the causes that can cause this disease:


Parasites are usually ticks, fleas and worms that enter your cat’s body and reproduce there until it dies. Parasites are very present in tall grass, especially in autumn and spring, and outdoor cats are very prone to them.

You can check the presence of parasites in his coat and in his stools, they are sometimes very small and barely visible to the naked eye, in the form of white dots.

Unfortunately, there are no natural remedies to solve the problem, only a treatment prescribed by your veterinarian can get rid of it. And deworming your cat will then allow him to avoid catching it again.

Change of diet

A new food may be poorly digested by your cat, if there has been a change in their diet remove it to see the difference, and if it is a problem that recurs with multiple brands or types of food, go to the veterinarian who will direct you to a specific diet, by detecting the specific material that causes this problem.

The stress

Stress and cats don’t go together, and while stress is a survival tool in the wild, it’s a burden for them in domestic life. If your cat is scared, isolating itself west on guard, there is probably a source of stress behind the diarrhea.

So find the source of this stress and remove it, it can be noise, bad smells like household products and also change like a new animal or inhabitant. In the latter case, he will have to get used to it, which will take about a month, and you can help him by reassuring him.

For an immediate effect on stress, soothing pheromones will allow a temporary effect, especially in the event of a stress peak.

Toxic ingestion

If your cat has diarrhea and is vomiting, he probably ingested something harmful. For example, a toxic plant by purging yourself or even household products. If he is in pain and the problem does not go away very quickly, take him to the vet.

A viral or bacterial infection

In our image, a viral or bacterial infection, can cause diarrhea in cats, especially if they are young, normally the diarrhea will disappear quickly and it will not be necessary to go to the veterinarian, unless there is no change. do.

Generic solutions

Whatever the cause, there are good habits to put in place to make your cat’s life easier:

Good hydration

Your cat needs to be well hydrated, with clean and fresh water, if yours does not want to drink, then a water fountain can help because cats prefer flowing water, healthier in their eyes (c is the case in nature).

Cats will also prefer mineral water and bowls that are not plastic. And if he refuses to drink, add chicken juice or tuna oil to the water, guaranteed results!


Your cat will need to be quiet, away from noise and commotion, let him recover, he needs it. He may also start purring , but this is not a sign that he is better, purring helps him forget the discomfort.

An easy-to-chew food

If your cat has diarrhea, encourage him to eat by preparing a warm, moist, crushed food for him to encourage him to eat even if he doesn’t feel like it. You can read this article , to give you an opinion on rice.

A good supply of fibre, lactic ferments and omega 3

Fibers and lactic ferments allow good transit and giving your cat this type of micro-nutrient will allow him to better control his transit. You can check the fiber content on the food pouches.

Omega 3 fatty acids will allow them to reduce intestinal inflammation, fatty acids of this type are present in fish.

When should you go to the vet?

Any case of feline diarrhea of ​​more than 24 hours with a weakening of the cat must lead to a medical visit to prevent the situation from getting worse. The veterinarian can provide him with appropriate medical treatment and act on the cause of the problem.

For this, he may be helped by an endoscopy or other means allowing an in-depth analysis of your cat. To help him the best, be prepared for the questions he will ask you and try to film your cat when he has diarrhea to show him.

If the diarrhea is severe, it is probably coming from the small intestine and it will be vital for you to get it treated, as it will eventually run out of electrolytes and its condition will worsen and could become fatal.

If you have a very young cat or on the contrary an old cat, their organism is weaker and in case of doubt, do not hesitate to go to the veterinarian.

Types of diarrhea

Diarrhea is of two types: That which affects the small intestine and that which affects the large intestine.

For the small intestine, it is heavy diarrhea that will make it lose weight. For the small intestine, diarrhea is recognizable by the appearance of blood or mucus and greater regularity.

Generally, feline diarrhea is mixed.

Diarrhea can also be differentiated by its frequency.

Acute diarrhea occurs over a short period of time, due to infections, toxic ingestions, parasites or a food problem, it is the classic type of diarrhea.

Chronic diarrhea is it recurrent and due to a basic problem such as intolerance or chronic bowel disease.

My cat has diarrhea: The final word

Diarrhea in cats should always lead to changes to help it get better and a trip to the vet if nothing helps. But to act in the best way, determine the cause well to act precisely on the problem.