Cat Diarrhea

by Tom
(Norfolk, England)

Hello, I have 2 siamese cats/kittens aged 5 months, they both have a respiratory virus which the vet says they will have for life. They are both otherwise healthy and active. Recently - 3 days ago approx one of them has had diarrhea and is barely making it to the litter tray now.. the other cat seems fine, there are no signs of worms in their faeces and their diet has not changed, apart from a daily dose ( 500mg )of L-Lysine that I have been adding to their wet food. As the other cat has not got diarrhea can I rule out the Lysine as the cause? Both cats are drinking and eating normally, I was giving them cat milk too but have stopped that now incase it was responsible, but still his diarrhea persists. Any advice please? The vet is a last resort due to the costs...


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Mar 27, 2012
cat diarrhea
by: Tom

Hi, Many thanks for your advice. Today he was sick and it looked like it was almost all Go Cat pellet he brought up, they both seem to prefer this to the Royal canin dry food they were weaned on. So I will try your suggestion and revert to the original food only and see what happens.

Mar 26, 2012
food issues
by: my2wins

I have two 6 month old siamese kittens, and about two months ago both had a bout of diarrhea for almost 2 weeks.

I took them to the vet and he said I need to find ONE food and stick with it, never varying that. (I was feeding them a variety of different foods every day, switching it up to keep things interesting).

I know this will be controversial, but I did as he said (changed to a single food) it and it took about 3-4 days to resolve and it hasn't come back.

BTW cats are lactose intolerant, apparently, and Milk is one of the worse things you can give them. It might take a while after you stop giving it before they heal and inflammation stops.

Also, check out for the healthiest way to feed and care for your cats. Its a web site written by a vet, and she is so knowledgable. Especially if you can't visit a vet, this would be the next best thing.

Her view is that dry food is very unhealthy and creates serious health problems in cats. Raw is best, but wet (canned) is the next best thing.

If you can't get to a vet, then I recommend the following book to have on hand at all times for health emergencies:

(1) Homeopathic Care for Cats and Dogs by Donald Hamilton (1999, Paperback)

(2) Your Cat: Simple New Secrets to a Longer, Stronger Life by Elizabeth M. Hodgkins

I buy all my books on for very little cost. There may be a local site in UK for used books, but its very cost effective.

Good luck with your kits.

Mar 26, 2012
sick kitten
by: Anonymous

Milk can upset the cat tummy. But I would a least phone the vet for advice. Cats can become very ill very quickly with upset tummy. It just isn't worth the risk. Make sure they are drinking lots of water.

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