Be concerned: Colitis can be
brought on by several possible causes,
including a sudden change in diet, eating
something unusual, overeating, food
allergies, bacterial infections, parasites,
Giardia and even stress. While an occasional bout of colitis is not uncommon
— especially since cats are particularly
sensitive to changes in their environment
— Dr. Plotnick said that regular, recurring
episodes of diarrhea may be a cause for
concern. If your cat regularly has diarrhea, take him to the vet for a thorough
exam as soon as possible.
Jack is probably the poster cat for
sensitivity to changes in his environment
— and sure enough, when two additional cats and a dog moved in last summer,
Jack’s diarrhea came back. After a trip to
the vet revealed no parasitic or bacterial
causes, my vet and I considered some of
the possible causes that could be related
to Jack’s age, as he is nearing the age of
a senior cat.
Diarrhea can be one of many symptoms
of hyperthyroidism, for example, along
with ravenous appetite, weight loss,
excessive thirst and urination and vomiting. Luckily for Jack, the diarrhea soon
passed, but I watch for signs of it.
don’t worry: Most, if not
all, cats will experience diarrhea or constipation during their lives. A bout that
lasts a day or two, while not pleasant, is
Be concerned: If your senior
cat has diarrhea or constipation for more
than a day or so, take him to the vet as
soon as possible. “Cats become more
fragile as they age” Dr. Plotnick said.
“And senior cats can decline quickly if
issues like diarrhea or constipation aren’t
A lifelong cat owner, Stacy
N. Hackett writes frequently
about cats, cat breeds and a
range of pet-related topics.
The inspiration for her writing
comes from her four cats —
Jack, Phillip, Katie and Leroy — and her Cocker
Spaniel/Labrador Retriever mix, Maggie.
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