Chronic Diarrhea in Cats
Chronic diarrhea in cats is often associated with a disease called Inflammatory Bowel Disease (IBD). Other causes include food allergies, chronic bacterial infections, and certain systemic diseases (liver, kidney, and heart diseases, for example).
Because of the serious nature of many cases of diarrhea in cats, all cases of chronic diarrhea should be examined by a local veterinarian.
Many cases of diarrhea in cats are due to deep-seeded, serious conditions of the intestinal tract. This condition is so complex that we believe there are no easy answers. If you wish, you can call our office for a phone consult (303-702-1986). We have successfully treated many cats with this debilitating disease.
Part of the treatment includes diet modifications, often including home cooking, and nutraceutical/herbal supplements that we custom formulate to fit the needs of the individual patient.
For further information, read the article on diarrhea in dogs.
If you do not wish to have a phone consult, we would suggest you start by modifying your cat's diet, as described in Feeding Your Cat. Some cats respond well to raw food diets. Others worsen when given raw food diets. You will have to see how your cat responds.
One general product we highly recommend is Metagenic’s UltraClear Plus. Another basic product we recommend is a quality probiotic.
Perhaps the best all-around product Thorne Research’s supplement called Gastriplex. It has different components that will help heal the stomach, the small intestines, and the colon.
Finally, consider adding a digestive enzyme.