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Diarrhea (Long-term) in Cats



Treatment options vary and are based on the underlying cause. Surgery may be necessary for problems caused by intestinal obstruction, intestinal mass, or bowel disease unreachable by other procedures.


If no definitive diagnosis is possible, treatment then focuses on dietary management and, in some cases, anti-infective medication. Dehydration is a big risk due to water loss, therefore fluids need to be replenished with a balanced electrolyte solution, such as saline.


Living and Management


After treatment, the cat's fecal volume and characteristics should continue to be monitored, as well as frequency of defecation and body weight. Full recovery is usually gradual, but if the problem is not resolved, consider re-evaluating the diagnosis.




A regular low-fat diet will contribute to the health of your cat and can help prevent chronic diarrhea. Aside from this, it is difficult to recommend preventative measures due to the variety of potential causes.



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