Mon, Jun 10, 2024

Binx has been having diarrhea. We just got her and have not gotten her shots or testing done. We have another 3 year old cat and they share a litter box. Recently we’ve noticed binxly has been having diarrhea. She seems to still be playful and not much change in behavior but she is mainly on a wet food diet we are trying to ease her out of it. I just want to make sure I am going about this the proper way. Obviously we are planning on getting her shots and testing done they told us to wait until 12 weeks and she is currently 10 possibly 11.

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Diarrhea in young kittens like Binx can indeed be concerning, but it's reassuring to hear that she's still playful and active. There are several potential causes for her diarrhea, including dietary changes, stress from a new environment, or even parasites, which are common in young kittens.

Since Binx is mainly on a wet food diet and you're in the process of transitioning her, the change in diet could be contributing to her digestive upset. Here are a few steps you can take to help manage her diarrhea at home:

Firstly, it's important to manage her diet carefully. Gradually transition her food over the course of a week. Start by mixing a small amount of the new food with her current wet food, and slowly increase the proportion of the new food each day. This gradual change helps her digestive system adjust without causing further upset.

Hydration is also crucial. Ensure she stays well-hydrated, as diarrhea can lead to dehydration, which is particularly dangerous for young kittens. Always have fresh water available for her.

You might also consider adding a probiotic supplement to her diet. Probiotics can help balance the gut flora and improve digestion. These supplements are available at pet stores, or you can consult with a vet for specific recommendations.

Since she shares a litter box with your older cat, maintaining good hygiene is essential. Keep the litter box as clean as possible to prevent the spread of any potential infections or parasites. Scoop the box frequently and clean it thoroughly.

It's important to monitor her symptoms closely. If the diarrhea persists beyond a few more days, worsens, or if you notice any other symptoms like lethargy, vomiting, or a decrease in appetite, it would be best to consult a veterinarian sooner rather than later.

Given that Binx is still very young and hasn't had her vaccinations or testing done yet, it's crucial to get her checked by a vet as soon as she's old enough. This will ensure she gets the necessary vaccinations and a thorough health check, including testing for parasites.

If you have any further questions, please feel free to ask. Thank you.