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The symptoms you've described in your cat, specifically the presence of bloody or black diarrhea multiple times a day, are concerning and could be indicative of several underlying issues. Bloody diarrhea can be a sign of colitis, coagulopathies, or a severe infection such as a bacterial or viral enteritis. Black stool, often referred to as melena, suggests that there is bleeding occurring higher up in the gastrointestinal tract, which could be due to ulcers or other serious conditions.

Given that the diarrhea has ceased after six days, it's possible that the cause was an acute issue that has resolved. However, it's important to monitor your cat closely for any recurrence of symptoms or the appearance of new ones. Ensure that your cat has access to fresh water at all times to prevent dehydration, which can occur rapidly with diarrhea. Offer a bland diet, such as boiled chicken or white fish with rice, which can be easier on the digestive system.

If the diarrhea recurs, or if you notice any of the following symptoms, it would be necessary to seek immediate veterinary attention:

- Lethargy or a significant decrease in energy levels
- Vomiting, especially if it's frequent or contains blood
- A distended or painful abdomen
- Signs of pain or distress, such as vocalizing more than usual or hiding
- Any difficulty breathing or changes in gum color to blue, white, or very pale pink

These symptoms could indicate a more serious condition that requires prompt medical intervention. Additionally, if your cat is not up to date on vaccinations, there is an increased risk of infectious diseases, which can sometimes present with severe gastrointestinal symptoms.

For now, keep the environment calm and stress-free to help your cat recover. Observe her litter box habits and overall behavior closely. If she shows any signs of returning to normal, such as regular eating and normal stool, that's a positive sign. However, any deviation from normal behavior or a return of the diarrhea warrants a visit to the veterinarian.

Remember, even though the symptoms have stopped, it's important to keep a vigilant eye on your cat's health. If you have any additional questions, please don't hesitate to come back to us! Thank you.