When your kitty makes frequent, fragrant trips to the litter box, it's a cry for help in getting over a case of the runs. If your cat's bowels are working overtime, preparing a special meal or two to get her system back on track should do the trick.
Make it Bland
Bland food that is easy to digest will calm your kitty's digestive system. A mixture of two parts cooked white rice and one part hamburger or shredded chicken that has been boiled will be easy on your cat's tummy and settle her irritable bowels. Give this special food to your cat in small portions three or four times a day for a day or two until everything in the litter department starts firming up, then gradually switch her back to her regular kibble.
Focus on Fat and Fiber
A diet high in fat can sometimes be the culprit when it comes to diarrhea in cats. It causes swelling and irritation of your kitty's intestinal lining, interfering with proper digestion of her food. Insufficient fiber can be another cause of diarrhea as fiber binds things together for a more solid outcome. When putting together special meals to help with your cat's diarrhea or even when reading labels while selecting cat food, stick with low fat and high fiber for your feline's digestive tract health.
Special meals for your diarrhetic cat should never include milk products. Your kitty doesn't have the right enzymes to digest milk, so an innocent dish of cream can turn into a mess for you both. If you're in the habit of letting your kitty lick leche, stop immediately; if she isn't already hooked on dairy, don't let her start. Preventing a case of diarrhea in the first place is easier than dealing with the aftermath of a milk binge.
Start With a Clean Slate
Before serving your cat special food for disruption in her digestive tract, a mini-fast can calm things down a bit and push her digestive reset button. Obnoxious things will stop coming out the back end if you quit putting food in the front end. Withhold food for at least four hours and up to 24 hours when your kitty first gets the runs, then give her a small serving of the special bland meal. Don't keep her from drinking water, though. Diarrhea can quickly dehydrate a cat, so she'll need access to as much water as she'd like to drink during and after her fast.
Always check with your veterinarian before changing your pet’s diet, medication, or physical activity routines. This information is not a substitute for a vet’s opinion.
- Vet Info: Dietary Causes of Feline Diarrhea
- The Complete Idiot's Guide to Natural Health for Dogs and Cats; Liz Palika
- The Doctors Book of Home Remedies for Dogs and Cats; Editors of Prevention Health Books
Elle Di Jensen has been a writer and editor since 1990. She began working in the fitness industry in 1987, and her experience includes editing and publishing a workout manual. She has an extended family of pets, including special needs animals. Jensen attended Idaho and Boise State Universities. Her work has appeared in various print and online publications.