Diarrhea is accompanied by liquid frequent bowel movements. Diarrhea is more common in kittens than in older cats. This may be due to weak immunity, intensive development of the body, the baby’s digestive system has not yet strengthened.
Features of diarrhea in kittens
The causes of diarrhea in kittens can be viral or bacterial infections, worms, chemical poisoning. It can occur due to overeating or poor nutrition, the kitten’s gastrointestinal tract is sensitive to changes in diet. Stress is important, for example, diarrhea can also occur from a change of residence.
Long-term diarrhea is more difficult for kittens than adults. They have pronounced intoxication, dehydration of the body occurs. Diarrhea may be accompanied by vomiting, lethargy, loss of appetite.
If a kitten has diarrhea with blood, then it may have internal bleeding of the small or large intestine. In this case, the animal must be urgently delivered to the veterinarian – the life of the animal depends on it.
The color of the stool in diarrhea is also important. If the stool is brown, then this is most likely food or drug poisoning. And if light is a symptom of a viral infection, you need to contact the clinic.
Treatment for diarrhea in a kitten
If the kitten has diarrhea for the first time and is not accompanied by a large loss of fluid, fever, lethargy, refusal to eat, what can be done at home:
- The first day the kitten is kept on a complete diet and provides him with complete rest.
- The kitten should always have plenty of clean water in the bowl and drink plenty of water to prevent dehydration.
- A kitten from diarrhea should be given (you may have to pour in small portions) solutions of rehydron or slightly salted water (8.5%), which should lead to an improvement in the condition after the first day of illness.
- To reduce fermentation processes, give adsorbents – Enterosgel or activated carbon. Enterosgel is the most effective.
- He also needs to make decoctions of chamomile, St. John’s wort, oak bark or rice water (give through the hole of the syringe without a needle) and drink 5-10 ml three times a day.
On the second day, you can already start feeding the kitten, but the usual portions should be reduced by half. You can feed a kitten with low-fat food three times a day in small portions – boiled chicken meat, boiled rice or egg yolk, low-fat mashed meat. During this period, do not give him dairy products and continue to drink activated charcoal twice a day and give decoctions of oak bark, chamomile and St. John’s wort to drink. Coal draws out unnecessary harmful bacteria, chamomile heals well, and oak bark has an astringent effect.
After recovery, you can switch to a normal diet. If you are certain that the diarrhea is caused by a specific food, do not use it at all.
If the kitten’s diarrhea cannot be cured on its own and there is no improvement on the second day (oppression, lack of appetite, bloody or black stools), show it to the veterinarian as soon as possible. The doctor will take tests and check the sick animal for infections, diseases or parasites and prescribe treatment.
Many kittens are lactose intolerant because they don’t have the right amount of lactose to digest it. Therefore, you need to be sure that the kitten does not have this intolerance.