When you follow a natural health protocol for your cat, the incidence of health problems is dramatically reduced. Although symptoms like vomiting and diarrhoea are not diseases in themselves, they are indicative of an underlying disease, they are symptoms of disease.
Treating diarrhoea in cats means less about the problem itself and more about the cause and the health of your cat’s immune system. A bout of diarrhoea occasionally is not necessarily cause for concern, although it is a good idea to see if there is a pattern associated with each onset.
Chronic diarrhoea is a very different problem, not only in itself, but because your cat can become dehydrated quite quickly. Because diarrhoea indicates a too rapid digestion of food, your cat is also likely to suffer with a deficiency in nutrition.
An occasional bout of diarrhoea could be because your cat has become stressed. For example, a visiting child who is too active and not sympathetic to your cat’s sensitive nature, can instigate a bout of diarrhoea which may or may not last. A single incident of diarrhoea could also indicate an episode of food poisoning.
Diarrhoea can be indicative of a gastrointestinal abnormality. For example, this is their weak link, their Achilles heel, if you like.
Diarrhoea can result from unhealthy food, which causes any cat problems. Sadly, most commercial cat food is unhealthy, even the expensive ‘vet approved’ brands.
Chronic diarrhoea can also be indicative of a serious condition, such as leukaemia.
So the first thing to assess is whether it is just an occasional episode or whether it is a weakness in your cat. Keeping a health diary is a great idea, because it is so easy to forget the details.
The second thing to do is to examine the stool. Is it bloody? Is there mucus present? What does it smell like – such as stronger or different from normal? What does the smell remind you of?
The third thing to do is to work out if this is in isolation or if it accompanies other symptoms too. Such as vomiting, appetite loss, fever, lethargy or pain in the abdomen.
Invariably, a stool test will come back high in bacteria so a vet will prescribe antibiotics. But the bacteria is only the effect of the underlying problem. It is not the cause. Bearing in mind that all drugs are liver toxic and lower the immune system, these are best to avoid unless deemed absolutely necessary.
Treating diarrhoea in cats follows the same treatment for any condition; that is to use a safe one which works by raising the immune system, so that your cat is now able to cure herself. The best ways to achieve this is to feed her a quality and natural diet and to use natural therapies, such as homeopathy for all her ails. Natural cat health rocks!