Chronic Diarrhea in Cats

David McCluggage, D.V.M., C.V.A.

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. Therefore, we strongly recommend a Phone Consult. We have successfully treated many cats with this debilitating disease.

We often create a custom formula specifically designed for your cat following the phone consult. 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 UltraClear Plus. Another basic product we recommend is a probiotic called Multi-Probiotic 40 Billion.

Perhaps the best all-around product is Gastriplex. Gastriplex will help heal the stomach, the small intestines and the colon.

Finally, consider adding a digestive enzyme, Dipan 9.