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Should I continue to feed my cat if he continues with diarrhoea? — 5 Comments

  1. Our vets no longer recommend the 24hr starve as an initial response to diarrhoea. They suggest feeding much smaller amounts with added water. The rationale behind this change is that diarrhoea can cause & be complicated by dehydration, and, lack of nourishment will weaken the cat

    In simple cases with no blood in the stool, they usually suggest a prebiotic/kaolin paste. Sometimes a lighter, low fat diet for a few days is recommended.

    If the diarrhoea lasts for more than 24hrs or is happening several times over 12hrs, it’s straight around to the vets for my two. Both are healthy, but are FIV+, so we tend to jump on any symptoms quickly.

    Risking a complication or serious infection is not worth it.

  2. Our vets no longer recommend the 24hr starve as an initial response to diarrhoea. They suggest feeding much smaller amounts with added water. The rationale behind this change is that diarrhoea can cause & be complicated by dehydration, and, lack of nourishment will weaken the cat

    In simple cases with no blood in the stool, they usually suggest a prebiotic/kaolin paste. Sometimes a lighter, low fat diet for a few days is recommended.

    If the diarrhoea lasts for more than 24hrs or is happening several times over 12hrs, it’s straight around to the vets for my two. Both are healthy, but are FIV+, so we tend to jump on any symptoms quickly.

    Risking a complication or serious infection is not worth it.

      • I wonder if different vets follow different protocols? Ours used to recommend the 24hr starve as a first line response, which in a multicat home was always a challenge.

        With Jet’s food ‘abducting’ habit, it is amazing he has only had one slightly lose poo in 3 years. Animal, vegetable or mineral, if it ain’t locked away, it will end up inside him.

        Guts of iron that lad.

  3. I definitely would see a veterinarian if one’s baby has diarrhea. Never put it off. You never now what is going on. Always better to be safe.

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