Cat's do not have diarrhea nearly as common as dogs - yet when they do we want it to stop fast!!
Most cats with diarrhea leave tell tale signs - often the poop stains their fur. In some cases of diarrhea there may be only small amounts of mucous, but frequent straining. For a small number of cats diarrhea can be an ongoing problem.
The causes are varied, for any intestinal tract upset results in water not being absorbed, and subsequent diarrhea. Some common causes include parasites (Giardia or Roundworms), food allergy, infectious causes (Salmonella), inflammatory changes (Inflammatory Bowel Disease, common in cats; similar to Krohn's disease in people)and dietary indiscretion (eating compost).
SEE YOUR VETERINARIAN. Severe diarrhea that results in dehydration is a medical emergency and must be dealt with by your veterinarian. If you have a young dog without all is vaccines, an infectious cause is likely, and he must be examined by a veterinarian. If your pet is still very alert, active and drinking, then try some of the following home remedies.
24 HOUR FAST. Stop putting food into your pet for 24 hours (Day 1). This allows the intestines to rest and regenerate. Always have access to plenty of fresh water. After 24 hours, introduce a bland food for the next 24 hours (Day 2). Plain cooked white rice for dogs, feeding equivalent cups of rice as their normal diet. For cats, protein is essential, try cooked chicken breast with the rice. After a day of the bland food mix 1/2 regular diet and 1/2 bland diet (Day 3). By the end of Day 3, they should be back on their normal diet.
HERBAL. Slippery Elm can only be used as the dried herb. This is helpful for chronic diarrhea, such as inflammatory bowel disease in dogs and cats.