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Why is my cat losing weight and having diarrhea?

Why is my cat losing weight and having diarrhea?

Gastrointestinal problems. When this is the case, other symptoms may include diarrhea, lack of appetite, and vomiting. Common GI problems that produce weight loss in cats include inflammatory bowel disease, food allergies, or certain infections.

How long can a cat live with chronic diarrhea?

Chronic diarrhea is characterized as lasting for two to three weeks or longer.

Why has my cat had diarrhea for months?

Inflammatory bowel disease – this is a complex group of disorders that result in chronic (long-term) persistent or intermittent diarrhoea and/or vomiting in cats. It is a relatively common causes of chronic diarrhoea and is associated with marked inflammation in the wall of the intestine.

What can I give my cat for chronic diarrhea?

Options for Treating Cat Diarrhea

  • Change Your Cat’s Food. There is no need to withhold food from cats who have diarrhea.
  • Fiber. Some types of cat diarrhea get better with a low-fiber (highly digestible) diet.
  • Encourage Water and Electrolyte Intake.
  • Probiotics.
  • Anti-Diarrheal Medications.

How can I firm up my cat’s stool?

To ease your cat’s constipation, your vet may suggest that you give them more fiber, such as by adding canned pumpkin to their regular food. Or they might tell you to change to food that’s easier for your pet to digest. HAirball medications might also help.

Why is my cat suddenly so skinny?

There are two main causes for a skinny cat: Either they aren’t eating enough, or they’re expending more calories than they are taking in. They may not be eating enough due to stress, dental disease and/or nausea or a host of other reasons. The other reason that a cat might be too skinny is a lack of access to food.

Why would a cat have constant diarrhea?

Infectious agents, such as bacteria, viruses, coccidia, and intestinal worms, or non-infectious irritants, such as chemical toxins or poisonous plants are some of the more common causes of inflammation. Food intolerances or allergies to specific ingredients of a diet can also be responsible for diarrhea.

When is cat diarrhea a concern?

If the diarrhea persists for longer than a day or two and the cat is also showing systemic signs, such as poor appetite, lethargy, or vomiting, you should seek veterinary care as soon as possible.

Why is my cat having constant diarrhea?

Other health conditions that can cause diarrhea in cats include bacterial infections, viral infections, and infections with protozoal organisms such as Giardia. Dietary sensitivities and dietary imbalances may cause diarrhea. Inflammatory bowel disease and a lack of digestive enzymes can lead to diarrhea in cats.

Why is my cat’s poop runny and smelly?

Smell. The odour of healthy cat poo should be mild and barely noticeable. Smelly faeces is usually a sign of an issue in the stomach or intestines – caused by a digestive disorder or parasites to bacteria and poor diet. ‘There’s also a distinctive metallic smell that results from digested blood,’ says Brian.

Why does my indoor cat have diarrhea?

Why is my cat losing weight but eating well?

You may suspect that your cat is eating more than normally, but still continues to lose weight. Hyperthyroidism is a condition that can result from a tumor on the thyroid gland, or an overactive thyroid which elevates levels of thyroid hormone. Hyperthyroid cats can eat, and eat, and eat and still lose weight.

What should you do if your kitten has diarrhea?

A kitten with diarrhea should be fed bland foods like plain yogurt or rice with cooked ground beef. Grapefruit seed extract (a few drops in the food) or a bit of fiber supplements can also help a kitten overcome his stomach problems.

Why does my kitten have constant diarrhea?

Numerous things can lead to constant diarrhea in your cat. These are infections, inflammations, dietary intolerance or allergies, cancers or partial obstruction of the bowel. Other causes include maldigestion–the inability to digest food which leads to that food’s stuffing the intestine–and diseases like liver or kidney disease.

What causes rapid weight loss and diarrhea?

The most common cause of diarrhea is either a bacterial or viral infection. For example, rotavirus frequently causes chronic diarrhea among infants and young children and can also result in rapid weight loss.

Does losing weight cause diarrhea?

Losing weight is often good news, but if your weight loss is unintentional and rapid, it could indicate an infection or the symptom of an infection such as diarrhea. For many people losing weight is good news, but if your weight loss is unintentional and happens quickly it could indicate an infection or the symptom of an infection such as diarrhea.