When to Call a Vet When Your Cat Has Diarrhea

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As cat owners, it can be quite difficult to know when it is an appropriate time to take your cat to the vet, especially as cats are good at hiding their illnesses. A visit to the vet isn’t cheap so you would want to make sure you aren’t going for an unnecessary visit, but at the same time, don’t want to take any risks.

A health problem like diarrhea can be quite the confusing one. Diarrhea is a symptom of many diseases and health conditions, some of which are mild and others which are more severe. If your cat is suddenly having diarrhea then here are a few steps we would take before calling the vet.

First, carefully observe your cat for other symptoms. For example, your cat might also not be eating or drinking, or they might be feeling lethargic. If your cat is showing any other concerning symptoms then a call to the vet might be necessary.

Second, think about what your cat has eaten recently. Did you introduce a new cat food or cat treat? Or did your cat eat something in the household that they shouldn’t have. A change in diet can also be a common cause for diarrhea. In this case, you may want to monitor your cat for one or two days to see if he gets better.

Last but not least, check the appearance and consistency of the diarrhea. A call to the vet will be necessary if you notice blood in the diarrhea or if the diarrhea is very explosive. During this time, make sure your cat has access to clean, fresh water as he will lose a lot of water in the body.

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