Do cats get diarhea?

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Registered: 03-27-2003
Do cats get diarhea?
Thu, 03-27-2003 - 2:26pm
Ok, bear in mind this is my first cat. This morning before I left for work, he was running around as usual, then I happen to look at him as he's walking past me, and there's what looks like watery feces on his back leg. So I get a closer look, and sure enough, that's what it smells like too. Also, there was what appeared to be a very slight amount of blood near his anus. So I cleaned him up, and then I went home at lunch to check up on more mess and he seemed fine.

Is this normal? Do cats get the runs and constipation just like humans? Any input is welcome!


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Registered: 03-26-2003
Thu, 03-27-2003 - 2:55pm
Sure they old is your cat? Have you changed his food? It could be that or it could be nothing. Sometimes, if something changes in their life (ie. new home, other new pet, etc.) they get nervous and sometimes get diarrhea.

Is it a kitten? Have you had him checked by the vet? Kittens are prone to parasites (tapeworms, etc.). That can cause diarrhea and should be treated quickly b/c parasites will prevent you kitten from getting proper nutrition as they suck up all the nutrients that they ingest.


Good Luck and don't worry...he'll be fine, but you may want to get him to the vet if it's not something easily explained like new food.

Kelly, Auggie & Caesar

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Thu, 03-27-2003 - 2:57pm
Hi Di. *WELCOME* to Cats. Yes cats get diarreah and constipated just like we do. Your kitty could have eaten something that upset his system and gave him the runs. Keep an eye on him to be sure he is OK. Sometimes cats eat strange things. If he acts like he's not feeling good or he has diarreah quite a bit, you may want to take him to your vet.

Let us know how he's doing.


Leslie (cl-lcni)


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Registered: 03-27-2003
Thu, 03-27-2003 - 3:13pm
Forrest is 4 mos old, has had all his shots, and I did give him a very small piece of the bagel I had for breakfast. He's been on the same cat food since I got him and no stress at home, so I'm guessing buttered bagels don't sit well with him.

Live and learn


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Registered: 10-24-2002
Thu, 03-27-2003 - 3:41pm
Yep, it seems they do get diahrea, usually as an abrupt change in diet, or eating something that has upset their system. Personaly, I wouldn't get too worried about the diahrea, unless it doesn't clear up. But I think you mentioned that you noticed some that would be a concern for me. I would keep a careful watch on your kitty and if this doesn't clear up, you may want to contact your vet.

All the best and good luck..

Patrick (sammycat2002)