Topic: I have a 16 yr old cat with diarrhea, what might be causing this?
January 25, 2020 / By Ahiram Question:
My cat drinks a lot of water, is feed dry and wet food, she used to be an indoor/outdoor cat. She now is totally indoors. Is there something I should try?
Susannah | 4 days ago
At 16, it could be a number of issues -- developing allergies to food (particularly corn, wheat and wheat glutens), parasites/worms that an aging immune system cannot adequately handle, developing IBD, more serious kidney/diabetes issues....
Drinking a lot of water often points to worm, kidney, and diabetes issues.
You need to get your cat and get her a senior blood work. Even if you had one not long ago, things can change quickly in a cat that age.
In the interim, you can add a little canned pumpkin (no spices) to your cat's food, and/or a pinch of Metamucil (psyllium husks). These non-grain fibers will help to firm up the stool a little at least. Reassess your food, and look for senior foods for sensitive systems, the first ingredients being meats (or water/broth if wet), with low/no grains, avoiding corn, wheat and wheat glutens.
My Rusty was diagnosed with severe IBD, and with only one kidney, it has been an issue. We control the condition AND maintain his health by good cat-food (Fancy Feast actually works well for him, Max Cat, Innova wet, and Nutro senior sensitive system dry), and by adding enzymes I get from Dr. Goodpet. The enzymes not only help with stool formation, but help with digestion and nutrient absorption. If your cat is diagnosed with IBD, it can take a while and some experimenting to find the right food formula that works, so don't give up. Rusty just turned 18, by the way, and I fully expect the little scamp will be with me a lot longer.
Other issues can be handled with treatments, diets, and care, but you have to know what they are before you can do that.
However, the first course of action is to assess your cat's diet, and a visit to the vet to determine any health issue. Take a fecal sample (no matter how sloppy), and at least two urine samples from different times of day.
Well I hope your vet know atleast about the hair now since the visit. I have a 10 year old cat who really would only eat friskies and by my switching her food caused he to get Colonitis(swelling of the intestines) and now she poops blood :( she Is nibbling off her fur though. so check to see If he is doing that. She takes it off her tummy and forearms. Good luck, your kitty has eaten that food forever. Set in his hard headed ways. It cold be too much a strain on his little bod to change. It may be best to let him be unless There is real problem. I hope you find a satisfying answer :) Give your kitty a kiss<3 Oh He could have a skin Alergy to fleas from summer and winter. That is a big prob. Check it out. Does he lick the air when you scratch him??
Drinking alot of water is a sign of a lot of different things. Is she losing weight? (If so email me please) diabetes is common
You need a blood test. POlease stop with the dry food as it dehydrates
Edited to add
Do NOT limit water like the thing above me just recommended. That can cause major problems
yes, try the vet. cats, like people, lose control of their bodies with age, and a 16 year old cat is very old.
also, make sure she isn't sneaking food, and limit her water. the more water in the system, the softer the stool
let me rephrase what I said, when I say 'limit her water' what I mean is give her smaller amounts in her dish. and watch how much she gets, keep water out all the time though.