This article discusses why cat diarrhea is commonplace, and what to give them to quickly stop, and prevent routine diarrhea.
You might be wondering why your cat gets diarrhea so often. The primary causes are food, water and stress.
Contrary to popular belief, dry foods quickly turn rancid when exposed to air, heat and moisture. The recent pet food recall that caused the deaths and chronic illnesses to both cats and dogs involved a non-meat ingredient added to both dry and wet foods. This ingredient gave testers a false reading as to the actual protein percentage. The quality of meat protein is very important!
The meat in commercial cat food is unfit for human consumption, and frankly unfit for cats.
Better choices will be discussed shortly.
Do not use tap water unless you have a filter to remove the chemicals responsible for killing bacteria in water. These same chemicals kill important bacteria in your cats’ GI tract. Be mindful that untreated water can quickly become a breeding ground for bacteria. You can add a few drops of hydrogen peroxide (available over the counter from your local drug store), but it’s prudent to change indoor water daily.
If your cat spends time outdoors, it is likely to drink some stagnant water. Water puddles contain everything from discarded food residue, disease carrying bug larvae, human and animal spittle and leaked engine fluids.
Stress is another cause of diarrhea. Cats prefer peace and quiet to loud noises. Travel also stresses cats, as it often means leaving familiar territory, beyond which are unfamiliar noises and smells, different air quality, humidity, water, possibly even food- any one of which can throw off your cats’ GI balance.
Vet Visits and Antibiotics
If you take kitty to a vet, rarely do you have any idea why it has diarrhea. To assure speedy results, vets are likely to prescribe a broad-spectrum antibiotic, and advise you to withhold food or water for 24-48 hours.
Antibiotics do not discriminate; they kill all the bacteria- including the good bacteria that your cat needs to maintain GI balance, which prevents diarrhea!
The way to resolve (or prevent) GI upset is with PRO-biotics!
Best Diet To Avoid Diarrhea
Your cats' natural diet consists of hunting and eating small animals. Assuming the kill is healthy, it is loaded with nutritious meat proteins.
People hesitate to feed raw, mostly because of concerns about salmonella. If you buy quality meats, and properly clean utensils and cutting boards, you should have no problem.
Cats will eat less raw meat than commercial pet foods. Why? Raw meat is more filling. A small portion of raw meat provides more and better meat protein than a whole can of cat food. It also takes longer to process, so your cat may not eat as often.
You can buy enough raw for a week. Vacuum seal canisters are available that will keep raw meat fresh in the refrigerator for 4-7 days. You can also buy in bulk and freeze the rest.
No matter what diet you decide on, cats need dietary supplements, just as much as we do!
Soil-based organisms (SBOs), also known as probiotics, are necessary to maintain proper GI balance, neutralize acidity, and to move fecal matter out in a timely manner. They are only available as supplements.
Why Soil-Based and Not Dairy-Based? Two good reasons: 1) many cats have problems digesting pasteurized milk. 2) Dairy based probiotics are not hearty enough to survive the strong acids in your cat’s stomach.
SBOs are highly effective to resolve routine cat diarrhea.
Daily SBO supplementation, not only prevents most cases of routine cat diarrhea doing so will virtually assure that your cat does not get a chronic disease.
Digestive enzymes break the meat proteins down into readily absorbable units.
Vital Oils are essential to maintain skin, hair, nails, joints, and even neurological function.
Article supplied by: Vitality Science
Robert Hart is co-owner of Vitality Science, a company that formulates all-natural remedies and supplements for cats, dogs, kittens and puppies. The ingredients VS uses are of highest quality and bioavailability. They are scientifically proven. Robert has been published in Fido Friendly print magazine, Ani-Med, numerous pet portals, as well as pet newsgroups. To learn more about VS products visit www.vitalityscience.com