Furry, friendly and loyal creatures, felines have been close to us since the Egyptians first domesticated them in ancient times. Unfortunately, cats can come down with a variety of problems including cat diarrhea, which is never fun for feline or owner.  So as a cat owner, what can you do to help prevent cat diarrhea and keep you feline friend’s digestive tract functioning properly? That is a very broad question with several paths of action that can be taken:

1.    Check for dehydration:
If your cat is dehydrated, you can be sure she has diarrhea. Dehydration can be checked on cats by pinching the back of their neck and releasing. Upon release – if the neck takes a longer-than-normal amount of time to return to its normal position then the cat is dehydrated. Dehydration is an indicator of diarrhea, so if you are noticing signs of dehydration, it’s time to check out your cat’s litter box.

2.    Feeding: 
Diarrhea can be prevented as a whole by feeding your pet the right diet. A healthy, balanced diet of both wet and dry foods that are appropriate for your cat’s age, breed and weight can do wonders in avoiding digestive problems.

3.    Pre-testing for parasites:

Parasitic worms and other organisms are quite common in today’s society. Your cat, just as easily as you, can get infected by one of these monsters. One way to prevent intestinal trouble that leads to diarrhea is to schedule regular checkups with your vet to look for intestinal parasites and worms.

If you’ve done everything you can to prevent diarrhea and your cat is still experiencing this problem, it’s time to move into fix mode.

1.    Medication:

Medications can be sold over-the-counter at many veterinary stores. Your vet will recommend which medication to use. Cats react differently to various types of drugs; so make sure you follow the vet's instructions and use what is recommended.

2.    Probiotic supplements: Probiotic supplements, such as Fortiflora can be instrumental in helping treat cats with diarrhea and prevent further attacks. Also, the extra vitamins and nutritional value brought with supplements can release and alleviate a cat’s stress. Probiotics supplements can be given on a regular basis as a preventative measure as well.

3.    Balanced diet:

If your cat has diarrhea, the odds are it might be because it has an imbalanced diet. You can help this by incorporating both wet and dry foods; and plenty of water – as previously mentioned in this article. A balanced diet is an essential way to not only control a cat with diarrhea; but also to improve a cat’s overall health and longevity.

4.    Visiting the Vet:

Your vet did study for years; after all. Visiting your local pet-doctor is one of the best ways to get reliable and credible advice regarding your pets. He or she will recommend medications, foods and activities to help your cat’s diarrhea.

So as you can see; there are numerous ways to prevent and help treat cat diarrhea. In many cases the treatment will be very straightforward in terms of a special medication and diet, however sicker cats might need more in terms of their treatment; this is why getting your vet involved is always the best option when you have a sick animal. Take care of your cats; and enjoy the benefits of having your fine feline friend by your side for many years to come!

 

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