Diarrhoea in the cat

Feline diarrhoea

source: Feline Advisory Bureau Volume 39 (2) 2001
starts page 61, 2 pages long

Diarrhoea in the cat can be due to disease, diet and infections, and the type of diarrhoea depends on which part of the intestine is involved. Diagnostic tests include blood and urine samples, faecal samples, x-rays and ultrasound, as well as biopsies. Treatment will depend on the underlying cause, but may include rehydration fluids, fasting, a bland diet and drugs to address infections or parasites. In the case of inflammatory bowel disease diet is an important part of treatment and may involve the use of novel proteins. Some cases of diarrhoea can be easily managed, but others can cause irreversible damage to the gut.