Loose Stool

Find out what a vet recommends for dealing with loose stool.

By Elaine Wexler-Mitchell, D.V.M.

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Q. How can I firm up my cats stool?

Elaine Wexler-Mitchell names possible reasons behind soft stool and ways to combat soft stoolElaine Wexler-Mitchell, D.V.M., says: Cats normally have firm, formed stool. Soft stool results from intestinal parasites, food intolerance, dietary indiscretion (eating things your cat shouldn't), inadequate fiber intake, stress, and disease such as colitis. Many owners feed their cats a variety of foods, treats, and table scraps. Although your cat may enjoy eating these items, they are not equally well digested thus lead to variations in stool. Cats who go outside may ingest food they hunt or eat another cats food at a neighbors home, which may also cause soft stool.

If you are unable to identify food items that trigger soft stools, and you cannot control stool consistency with one particular diet, you can try giving your cat a pet psyllium fiber supplement such as Vetasyl. If stools are still soft, ask your vet to check your cat for intestinal parasites and other health problems.


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mj    palm springs, CA

1/29/2014 10:21:54 AM

We're trying Fortiflora @ Vet's recommendation. Any experience with its effectiveness?

CatChannel Editor    Irvine, CA

10/15/2013 4:23:31 PM

Kay -- This is available without a prescription at pet supply stores and online.

kay    orange, MA

10/14/2013 3:12:24 PM

where can this be gotten does regular store carry it or is it at vets or pet store

CatChannel Editor    Irvine, CA

2/28/2013 4:36:40 PM

Barbara -- Talk this over with your vet. Loose stool could indicate an underlying illness, and must be checked out to know the root causes. If your vet recommends psyllium, he or she can give you specific information.

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