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Causes Symptoms and Treatment of Kitten Diarrhea

There are many possible causes behind your kittens bad diarrhea. Diarrhea in kittens can be a minor issue, or it can be a sign of a much more serious sickness. If diarrhhea is the only sympton your kitten has it is only a minor danger, primarily because of the risk of dehydration.

Kitten diarrhea is runny unformed stool. Your poor little kittens food has passed undigested through her small intensities and comes out the other end as runny, unformed stool. When the proper digestion process is interrupted your kittens food continues through the small and large intestines undigested.

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Common Causes of Diarrhea in Kittens

Your Kitten Has Parasites

Intestinal parasites are common in kittens. Tapeworm is one of the most common, and if left untreated can cause your kitty stunted growth and diarrhea. Other parasites that can cause diarrhea in kittens are roundworms, giardia, coccidia and hookworms. You vet can do a microscopic examination of a stool sample to determine if parasites are behind your diarrhea kitten.

Dietary Overload

Actually this is more common in full-grown cats, but sometimes greedy kittens can experience it too. This is when your kittens colon can't keep up with the volume of food passing through the system.

Change In Diet

Felines are creatures of habit. Even a minor change done abruptly in your kittens diet could cause your kitty to get an upset stomach. When changing your kitten to a new food, do it over a few days. Mix a little of the new brand in , gradually using more of the new and less of the old brand.


If you suspect your feline has ingested any household cleaning products - go to your vet immediately. Some house plants can also be poisonous to kittens, if you suspect your kitten has been eating your house plants, let your vet know all plant types you have.


Kittens feel stressed too. Have you moved recently? Made some other big change that your kitty may feel affected by? Help keep your kitten less anxious by making sure they have familiar toys and blankets around when experiencing new things. This will reduce kitten diarrhea caused by anxiety.

Giving Your Feline "Human Food"

Table scraps may be the culprits behind your kittens diarrhea. Kittens also should not be feed greasy fatty fried foods as this plays havoc on their delicate tummies.

Other Possible Reasons You Kitten has Diarrhea

There are more potential causes behind your felines diarrhea. These include inflammatory bowel disease, feline leukemia, food allergy, antibiotics, hyperthyroidism, cancer and diabetes. It is also possible your kitten has a viral or bacterial infection due to your kittens young immune system. The two worst are feline infectious peritonitis and feline distemper.

What Should You Do?

Please take your kitten to the vet if you are still unsure what is behind her diarrhea. Your vet can't confidently determine what is causing your kittens diarrhea without examining her based on a specific diagnosis and treatment plan.

Veterinarian Immediately!

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Straight to the vet for your diarrhea kitten if...

  • Your kitty is suffering from acute diarrhea, and has other symptoms such as vomiting, difficulty walking or fever.

  • Your kitten has had diarrhea for over 24 hours.

  • Your kitten has been eating your houseplants (inform your vet what plants you have, it may save your kittens life!).

  • There is blood in your kittens stool.

  • Your feline has ingested household cleaners, these could poison your kitten.

    If you are not sure about what is behind your kittens diarrhhea - contact your vet.

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