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Understanding that your American Wirehair cat has been experiencing diarrhea that is bloody or black in color multiple times a day for the past three days is concerning. Diarrhea of this nature can be indicative of several underlying health issues, and while the diarrhea has ceased, it's important to monitor your cat closely for any recurrence or additional symptoms.

The presence of bloody or black stools can suggest that there is bleeding within the gastrointestinal tract. Bloody stools often indicate bleeding in the lower intestines, colon, or rectum, while black, tarry stools, known as melena, can be a sign of bleeding in the upper gastrointestinal tract. Causes for such symptoms can range from infections (bacterial, viral, or parasitic), ingestion of a foreign object, food intolerance or allergy, inflammatory bowel disease, or even more serious conditions such as poisoning or cancer.

Since your cat is not currently on any medications and has no history of medical conditions, it's important to consider any recent changes in diet, potential exposure to toxins, or ingestion of inappropriate items that could have triggered this response. Additionally, the lack of vaccinations and flea and tick preventions could leave your cat more vulnerable to infections and parasites, which could also contribute to gastrointestinal symptoms.

At home, ensure your cat has access to fresh water at all times to prevent dehydration, which can occur rapidly with diarrhea. Monitor his behavior, appetite, and water intake closely. If he is lethargic, refusing to eat or drink, or showing signs of pain or distress, these are red flags.

While it's good news that the diarrhea has stopped, it's crucial to observe for any recurrence. If the diarrhea returns, especially if it is bloody or black, or if your cat exhibits other concerning symptoms such as vomiting, abdominal pain, or lethargy, these would warrant immediate veterinary attention. Additionally, if your cat's gums are pale or white rather than a healthy pink, this could indicate significant blood loss and is a medical emergency.

Keep a close eye on your cat's stool consistency and frequency if he begins to defecate again, and note any recurrence of the concerning stool color. It's also advisable to collect a fresh stool sample in a clean container, as your veterinarian may need it for diagnostic testing.

Remember, while the acute episode of diarrhea has resolved, the underlying cause may still need to be addressed to prevent future health issues. It's important to maintain a safe environment, free from potential toxins and hazards, and consider scheduling a veterinary check-up to discuss preventive care such as vaccinations and parasite control.

If you have any additional questions, please don’t hesitate to come back to us! Thank you.