Concerns About Loose Stool

Many cats experience intestinal problems, and there are numerous causes.

By J. Veronika Kiklevich, DVM

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Q. We've had our indoor-only Bengal for three years. Since we moved into a different house, he started pooping on the floor beside the litterbox and on the bathroom floor. His stool is very runny. We feed him a dry and wet all-meat diet. I'm concerned about the loose stool and want to know if he needs something extra in his diet. This problem comes and goes, and its runnier some days than others.

A. The problem you described is not uncommon for cats. There are many things that could be causing this problem, one of which may be an intolerance to the food he's eating, but I would recommend that you take him to your veterinarian for a full diagnostic work-up, including blood work, a urinalysis, fecal exam and FeLV/FIV test. This problem may be solved simply, by changing to an appropriate diet; he may need to have intestinal biopsies performed to find the exact problem.

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Cathy    Hubbard, OH

1/30/2009 6:10:42 AM

Good article. I too have a cat I adopted with loose stool. He is very healthy otherwise, and ALWAYS uses his litterbox, thank goodness.

janet    bethlehem, PA

3/23/2008 7:12:07 AM

very interesting

Dayna    Walnut Creek, CA

12/14/2007 12:40:04 PM

My female cat had loose stools for around a year until I found the right dry food that agreed with her system. In the meantime, I find adding teaspoon of organic canned pumpkin (with no spices)in with her wet food a couple times a day, gave her the fiber needed to firm up her stools. Veterinarian's Best Cat-Lube Hairball & Digestive Aid tables works well too.

Sara    Atlanta, GA

9/25/2007 12:19:44 PM

interesting. my cat ate a bug inside the house and got a parasite from it that needed to run it's course.

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