What to Feed a Cat with Diarrhea

A cat with diarrhea can have a mild infection, but may be affected by a more severe underlying condition. While diagnosing the problem of the pet, it is important to care for the cat at home and offer him a suitable diet that can reduce the diarrhea and make the pet feel more comfortable.

Fasting Period to let the Cat's Body Heal

Some cats that have diarrhea may refuse to eat for 24 to 48 hours, as this is how the body tries to cope with the infection or the foods that cause diarrhea. The digestive system will be able to rest during the fasting period and this can eliminate diarrhea.

Allow the pet to fast, but make sure you give him water and leave some food outside, in case the cat wants to eat.

After the fasting period, gradually reintroduce food, but start with some bland foods such as boiled chicken or other lean meat and rice, cornmeal or oatmeal.

However, if the cat refuses to eat for more than 48 hours (or 24 hours if he is a kitten), you will have to get help from a vet, as the fasting can damage the pet’s health.

Dry Food for a Cat with Stomach Upset

Dry food is more recommended when the cat has diarrhea than wet food, as the dry kibble will act as an absorbent in the dog’s stomach and reduce the diarrhea.

If your pet is used to dry food, you should reduce the amount of food (i.e. give half a portion).

If the cat normally eats wet food, try giving him kibble food or a few dry treats he is used to eating.

Foods Rich in Fibers

Fibers are normally present in most commercial feline foods, but when the cat has diarrhea, it is best to supplement the fibers.

Find foods that are rich in fibers such as:

  • Pumpkin
  • Green or red peppers
  • Carrots
  • Corn
  • Wheat products
  • Brown rice

Most fruits and vegetables have a high content of fibers, so you can opt for some foods the cat likes.

Fiber Supplements

If the cat refuses to eat foods that are rich in fibers, you should get some fiber supplements from a pharmacy and introduce these in a treat or in the water.

Activated Charcoal Biscuits

The activated charcoal biscuits can be used to eliminate diarrhea. The activated charcoal will absorb the liquids from the cat’s digestive system and will make the feces more consistent.

Opt for biscuits that have an appealing flavor for the cat.

When to Get a Cat Treatment

The diarrhea in felines can be caused by numerous factors including a health condition, food allergies or the ingestion of non food items.

To make sure your pet is safe and to prevent chronic diarrhea, you will have to get a few tests at a vet clinic to see if he is affected by a medical condition that may need treatment.