There are few things nastier and messier than when a kitten gets “the runs.” Even if the kitty does make it to the litter box, the fecal material usually winds up on the floor and even on the walls. Yuck! Been there and done that.
Try any kitten diarrhea DIY remedy discussed below. One should work for you.
Before worrying about the remedies, let’s first protect your house from the mess.
As soon as you realize that your kitten has a case of “the trots,” gather up as many newspapers as possible. Empty and refill the litter box. Place a thick layer of newspaper on the floor surrounding the box.
Don’t put the box against the wall. That is a major mistake. Keep the cat box about 2 feet from the walls to prevent… uh, splatter on the walls. Not only is this really gross, but it’s a pain in the neck to clean.
Kitten Diarrhea DIY Remedies
- One very simple home remedy is chicken and rice. Boil a few tablespoons of rice and add an equal amount of canned or fresh chicken to the pot. After you’ve cooked it, drain and cool the food completely. Offer small amounts to your pet. Refrigerate any leftovers for later.
- Ground beef and tiny star pasta works well to relieve “the runs.” Boil both in a pot until thoroughly cooked. Strain and cool. Put a small amount in kitty’s bowl. Store any excess in the refrigerator for the next feeding.
- People think that Metamucil is a laxative, but it also forms bulk in the bowels. Believe it or not, adding 1/2 teaspoon of Metamucil to the cat’s food for each meal should clear up the feline diarrhea.
- Switching the pet food to a commercial lamb and rice formula will assist in proper digestion. It will also help your cat have regular bowel movements.
- Water is always important, especially when a kitten has diarrhea. Little ones can dehydrate very quickly, so be sure fresh water is available for her. If she doesn’t seem to be drinking, wiggle your finger in her water dish to entice the kitten to drink. Pedialyte will also help with rehydration.
Be sure to visit your veterinarian if the diarrhea persists for more than 24 hours. If left without treatment, a kitten can waste away very quickly.
Whichever kitten diarrhea DIY remedy you choose to try, be sure to watch your pet carefully. If any other symptoms occur — and we can’t stress this enough — get to the veterinarian immediately.
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