Why does my Kitten have Diarrhoea?

February 13, 2012 :: Posted by - kittyluver :: Category - Diseases

Does your pet cat have diarrhoea? There is no need to panic. The stomach of the cat is very sensitive. The diarrhoea is just the result of reaction of the stomach for the food that it ate. Just have a close watch on the bowel movement of the cats for the next few days. If the loose motion is noticed once or twice, then there is absolutely no need to bother. If the loose motion continues for more days, then you have real problem at hand.

As discussed earlier the first and fore most reason for the diarrhoea is nothing but food intolerance. You are aware that the kittens will eat anything and every thing that comes in their way. Hence the pet owner must make sure that nothing should be left un-attended on the floor. The kitten will try to take a bite.

It is always advisable to have a close watch on the food that is fed to the kittens. The intestine of the kittens is highly sensitive to food dyes. Just check the food that is consumed by the kitten is meow mix. Meow mix has food dyes which are sure to result in diarrhoea if fed to the kittens. If you plan to switch over to other food, please do that gradually as sudden change of food itself can trigger the diarrhoea.

The cat that is having diarrhoea can be given home made food that is bland. Home made food should be preferably white rice with hamburger meat. It is always good to consult the vet if diarrhoea is noticed in kittens. The vet may even suggest fasting for some time.

The other food stuff that results in diarrhoea in kittens is milk. Hence it is better to avoid milk or milk based products as much as possible. The milk is not at all good for the cats as it invariably result in stomach upset and diarrhoea. Milk can lead to vomiting too.

If the diarrhoea is not food based issue, then it may be due to illness. The illnesses such as stress, over eating, hyperthyroidism, feline immunodeficiency virus, over eating etc can result in diarrhoea. The cats should be brought to the nearby vet clinic if the diarrhoea does not get arrested even after changing the food.

All one need to do is watching the cats very closely if they have diarrhoea issue. The reason is that the cats will get dehydrated if the diarrhoea continues for some more time. Dehydration is highly dangerous for the cat. The cat that has diarrhoea is less likely to drink water. Such cats should be provided wet food instead of dry food. If the dehydration symptoms were noticed, just rush the cat to the vet clinic at the earliest. The vet will administer fluids if required. The fluids that are administered will take care of the water content and the electrolytes and other nutrients lost. If proper care is taken then the lovely pet cats can be saved from the dangers of diarrhoea.

Academics Work to Help Stressed Out Cats

February 06, 2012 :: Posted by - kittyluver :: Category - Behavior

The cat’s health problems are plenty. One such is the bladed problem. The doctors at the university hospital for small animals studied about the bladder problems in cat. They compared the life style of the cats that have bladder problem without any apparent cause with the life style of the normal cats. The finding of that study is that the cats with bladdere problems are more anxious and are very much stressed compared to the cats that are free from bladder problems.

According to Dr. Danielle Gunn Moore [senior lecturer in feline medicine –university of Edinburgh royal school of veterinary studies], the lower urinary tract disease in feline is a group of diseases of the bladder. This condition most commonly noticed in middle aged, over weight pedigree male cats that are in to very little exercise. These cats use the indoor litter box only and they do not get out frequently and are on dry food most of the time.

Bladed problems in cats are very frustrating for the vets and the cat owners as there won’t be any apparent reason and this condition is categorized as feline idiopathic cystitis. Earlier, the doctors used to think that the feline idiopathic cystitis was triggered by stress factor. Those doctors were even studying the environment and the temperament of the cats in order to find the preventive way.

Yet another study was conducted more recently. In that, thirty one cats with feline idiopathic cystitis were compared with twenty four cats that did not have cystitis but were living in the same house. Those thirty one cats were also compared with 125 healthy cats that were kept as control group.

As per dr gunn-morre, many cat owners reported that the stress caused by the sight of a stranger in house is more common. But this stress is short-term stress. the stress caused by the constant fight with the other cat that is housed along with it is the more trouble some as it is long term stress. The conclusion is that the stress factor is the most important triggering factor for feline idiopathic cystitis. More studies should be carried out to find out the ways and means to over come the stress factor.

As per dr.gunn-moore the cats with feline lower urinary tract disease or feline idiopathic cystitis should be fed with wet food as much as possible and the cats should be provided plenty of water. We can add tuna flavoured ice cubes to encourage fluid intake.

Stress, Anxiety, and Depression in Cats; the Pee Problem

January 19, 2012 :: Posted by - kittyluver :: Category - Behavior

One may notice the cat peeing in inappropriate places. The reason for this is most cases are stress, depression and anxiety. Let us discuss about the pee problem at length here.

Causes

Stress and the depression are not only seen in human beings but also noticed in cats. The animal in captivity are also very much under stress. The reasons are plenty for the stress and depression.

The cats are depressed more if there is expansion in the family of the pet owner. So many happenings such as the spouse moving in, spouse moving out, new baby coming in, parents common in, parents going out, any new pet arrival etc affect the cat’s mind set. The owners are likely to pay less attention to these lovely animals, which will hurt them very much. The cat slowly slips in to depression.

The stress and depression affect the physical health of the urinary tract, the reason for this still under research stage. This urinary tract disorder in cat is called as feline idiopathic cystitis or feline lower urinary tract disease.

Symptoms

The symptom of the feline idiopathic cystitis are crying while urinating, peeing out side the litter box, blood in urine, excessive licking of private parts, straining while urinating, frequent urination, prolonged urination etc. one can see one symptom or more than one symptom at a time.

Treatment

The affected cat should be treated both medically and socially. The medical treatment includes anti depressant and other supportive therapies. The social treatment includes environmental change, life style change etc.

The short time medical treatment is very common but the environmental enrichment or change is a must. The affected cat should be taken to the vet at the earliest. The vet will rule out the medical and other pathological reasons before attempting the treatment. If the cats are not able to pass urine in total, the vet may conduct a surgery as it is a medical emergency.