Dr. Jane is a veterinarian and blogger for Pets Best, a pet insurance agency for dogs and cats
Hello. I’m Dr. Jane Matheys from The Cat Doctor Veterinary Hospital and Hotel in Boise,Idaho. Today, I’ll be answering a question about cat health from the Pets Best Insurance Facebook page.
Today, Claire writes: “Why is it so difficult to treat feline diarrhea? We’ve tried so many probiotics, different foods, etc. Is there anything new to try? Otherwise, my cat is fine.”
I agree with you, Claire. Chronic diarrhea can be real frustrating to treat in cats because there’s so many things that can be causing it. When I see a kitty, as a patient, who’s had chronic diarrhea, if the cat is feeling fine otherwise, like Claire’s cat, then first of all, I like to take some time ruling out some of the more simple things that can cause diarrhea in kitties. I, typically, will make sure that I do a very broad-spectrum dewormer, making sure intestinal parasites are not part of the problem. Then I will use some different foods, like apparently Claire has tried. (more…)