Home Remedies For Cat Diarrhea

Home remedies for cat diarrhea

Diarrhea is the passage of watery stools and it is a reasonably common complaint in cats. There are a multitude of causes of diarrhea, some serious, some minor. It is always recommended that you should see a veterinarian if you notice your cat has diarrhea. However, many will try a wait and see approach first.

What are some common causes of diarrhea?

There are too many causes of diarrhea to list in this article. Common causes may include:

  • Changing diet (diets should be changed slowly, over a few days by mixing in the new food with the old food)

  • Food intolerance

  • Infections including viral, protozoal or bacterial

  • Metabolic disorders such as hyperthyroidism, kidney disease, diabetes, liver disease

  • Dietary indiscretion

  • Drugs or poisons

  • Intestinal obstruction

  • Worms

Fasting your cat:

The first thing to try is completely fasting your cat for 12-24 hours to rest the intestinal tract and allow it to heal. If there is no food going in, there is nothing to come out.

Water should still be provided during this time to ensure your cat stays hydrated. Diarrhea pulls an enormous amount of fluids and minerals from the body and it is vital that your cat replaces these lost fluids. Add a small amount of Pedialyte to your cat’s water.

Bland diet:

If after 24 hours, your cat still appears to be otherwise okay, then re-introduce food to him. This should be bland and low fat. You may wish to make your own diet or purchase a prescription diet (such as Hills i/d) from your veterinarian. Baby food is another recommendation for a cat with diarrhea, if you are going to use this, please check the ingredients to make sure it doesn’t contain onion or garlic (this includes onion and garlic powder) which is toxic to cats.

Recipe 1 for cat diarrhea:

  • 1/2 cup rice, long-grain, boiled

  • 1 cup boiled chicken breast, chopped into bite-sized pieces


Mix together two ingredients, and add a small amount of the chicken broth to help mix the ingredients.

Recipe 2 for cat with diarrhea:

  • 1/2 cup rice, long-grain, boiled

  • 1 cup beef mince, boiled


Mix together two ingredients and add a small amount of the beef broth to help mix the ingredients.

Adding fibre:

Pumpkin either boiled or canned (not the pie filler variety, which contains sugar) can also be added to the diet. This can help to bulk up the food.


While giving dairy to a cat is generally not recommended, especially a cat with diarrhea, yoghurt is the exception. A small amount of yoghurt can also be beneficial to a cat with diarrhea. Yoghurt contains a type of bacteria known as “Lactobacillus“. These bacteria normally reside in the intestines, helping with the digestion of food. Sometimes the “natural flora” of the gut is thrown out of balance (for example if your cat is on a course of antibiotics), and this can lead to

When to see a vet:

  • If the diarrhea lasts more than 2-3 days

  • If the diarrhea is occurring in a young kitten

  • If your cat is displaying other symptoms

  • If the diarrhea contains blood

  • Diarrhea that is accompanied by vomiting

  • Fever

  • Anorexia (loss of appetite)

  • Extremely foul smelling stool

What not to do:

  • Do not give your cat human medicine to treat the diarrhea, unless your veterinarian has instructed you to do so

  • Do not give your cat milk

  • Fail to seek veterinary attention for your cat is he is showing accompanying symptoms

Also see:

Diarrhea in cats


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