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Diarrhea – Natural Remedies For Cats With The Runs

kitten-in-grass.JPGIs your kitty doing the “Pepto Bismol Dance”? I have to laugh every time I see those commercials on TV. But diarrhea in cats isn’t really funny (unless you’re a long ways away). By the way, NEVER give Pepto Bismol to your feline companion. Pepto Bismol has aspirin in it, and aspirin can kill your cat.The good news is that there are many safe, effective natural remedies for cats with diarrhea.

Be aware that severe diarrhea can cause your cat or kitten to get dehydrated very quickly. If the diarrhea doesn’t improve rapidly with natural remedies, please take him to the vet right away. Dehydration is a medical emergency, and your kitty may need an IV, especially if he’s lethargic and weak, and he’s not drinking any water.

What Causes Diarrhea In Cats?

All cats get the runs from time to time. It usually runs its course quickly, and your cat is back to his usual self in a day or two. But if it persists for more than a couple of days, you need to figure out what’s causing it.

Coccidiosis is a protozoa that is passed from one cat to another. Adult cats who are infected develop a resistance to it, but they do become carriers who can spread it to other cats, including their offspring. Coccidiosis can be serious in kittens because their immune systems aren’t fully developed yet.

Any kitten between four and twelve weeks who has diarrhea should be checked by the vet, especially if blood or mucus is present. If he’s infected with coccidiosis, he’ll need to be treated with specific sulfa-type antibiotics. Don’t wait around, because severe cases can cause vomiting, dehydration, and death.

Adult cats usually develop diarrhea as a result of a dietary issue. If you’ve recently changed foods, or your cat has been eating something he shouldn’t have, going back to his original diet may help.

Food allergies can also cause feline diarrhea. Corn is commonly used in dry commercial cat foods. But corn causes intestinal irritation in sensitive cats. If your cat having a problem with diarrhea, be sure to read the ingredient list on the cat food bag. Feeding your cat a healthy diet will prevent many health problems.

Antibiotic treatments can cause diarrhea in cats. Antibiotics not only kill off the bugs that make your kitty sick, but also the beneficial bacteria his system needs to function. A good way to repopulate the intestinal flora is to feed your cat plain yogurt. Be sure it’s nonfat or low-fat, as cow’s milk products can make diarrhea worse in most cats. However, they tolerate nonfat yogurt very well. And I can tell you that cats LOVE plain yogurt!

Natural Remedies For Diarrhea in Cats

PetAlive RunnyPoo Relief is a natural homeopathic and herbal remedy that is used with great success by many cat owners. It contains:

  • Plantain – a well known herbal remedy used to support the digestive system and mucous membranes.
  • Lady’s Mantle – promotes healthy firm stools and supports bowel functioning.
  • Podophyllum 6C – a homeopathic remedy for diarrhea.
  • Sulphur 6C – used homoeopathically, it supports digestive function.
  • Arsen alb. 6C – a well known homeopathic remedy that helps to support the nervous system. This is good for cats with a nervous temperament who are prone to digestive upsets.

A few drops of PetAlive RunnyPoo Relief in your cat’s food can clear up diarrhea very quickly.

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  1. 46 Comment(s)

  2. By Gloria on Feb 17, 2008 | Reply

    One of the best remedies for diarrhea in cats is canned pumpkin available at your local grocery store. Cats love the flavor and no coercion is necessary to get them to eat it. As little as half a tablespoonful of pumpkin (served straight from the can and do not confuse with pumpkin pie filler)with the cat’s regular food will stop diarrhea almost immediately.

  3. By admin on Feb 17, 2008 | Reply

    Gloria, thanks! That’s a great remedy, and something that easy to find at any grocery store. I’m sure a lot of cat owners will be thanking you, too!


  4. By Rose De Dan on Apr 19, 2008 | Reply

    Excellent information for my clients, and thanks for the pumpkin tip! I knew about it for dogs, but was not sure about its application for cats.

    Rose De Dan’s last blog post..Building Bridges with Animal Reiki

  5. By admin on Apr 19, 2008 | Reply

    Rose, thanks for your comment! I wonder if it would work for people, too? It would be worth a try.


  6. By Angier5775 on Jul 29, 2008 | Reply

    Thanks for the reminder! I couldn’t remember if it was for diarrhea or constipation, but it could probably work for both, don’t you think?


  7. By admin on Jul 29, 2008 | Reply

    Hi Angie,

    I don’t know whether canned pumpkin would work for constipation. If it works to stop diarrhea, it seems like constipation would be the exact opposite. But it couldn’t hurt to try it.

    Thanks for your comment!


  8. By Griffin on Aug 4, 2008 | Reply

    For me, Pet Flora worked after a couple of years of us trying other things and going to the vet a lot. One cat was affected and one wasn’t, so it was really hard to nail down a cause.

    We recently found out that it was because the food has fish meal as an ingredient, which irritates the digestive tract of some cats. Which is why it affected our shorthair, but our longhair cat never had a problem with it.

    So we switched to a combo of two foods (wet and dry) that more or less fixed the problem. She still has a sensitive stomach, so we still give her the medicine to help prevent recurrences. So far, so good! :D


  9. By admin on Aug 5, 2008 | Reply

    I didn’t know fish meal could be a problem for some kitties. This info may help other cat owners whose cats suffer with diarrhea. Thanks, Griffin!


  10. By ina on Sep 5, 2008 | Reply

    a new kitty I got has been suffering diarrhea for about a week. I got albon from the vet to guard against coccy, but he is still having runny potty, and apparently his little tum tum hurts, because he will cry. I am at my wits end here, because otherwise he is doing well, eats and drinks, and is playful and smart. I am running off to the store for some canned pumpkin! Thanks ever so much!

  11. By admin on Sep 7, 2008 | Reply

    Hi Ina,

    Hope the canned pumpkin works for you! Your little guy is probably stressed from moving to a new home, along with a change in the food he’s been eating. Hopefully his little tummy has settled down by now, but if it hasn’t, you may want to try PetAlive RunnyPoo Relief. This one has helped many kitties!

    Best wishes,


  12. By lisa on Oct 8, 2008 | Reply

    my cat has not had a solid poop in a month,its allways the runs,what might that be caused by,what can i give him to help the runs to stop and make it solid poop

  13. By sueyo on May 29, 2011 | Reply

    can i buy pumkin in a can here in the uk

  14. By admin on May 30, 2011 | Reply

    Check at your local grocery store.

  15. By Jess on Jun 25, 2011 | Reply

    Did the pumpkin help?? My kitten of 7 weeks has had diarrhea and a swollen butt for the last couple of days. He still purrs and plays a little, but doesn’t run around like he was. I think his little butt is sore from the inflammation and diarrhea.

  16. By jen on Jul 22, 2011 | Reply

    well, good luck with that pumpkin thing. I think I’ve exhausted all sources/grocery stores in trying to find it now. For the last 2 years, there’s been some kind of MAJOR issue with pumpkin supply (first from S.America, now from China — imagine, US not producing enough pumpkin?) It’s a MAJOR issue, and – tho I’ve been feeding my runnypoo puss with pumpkin for almost a year now, it’s gotten absurd to find it.

    Meanwhile, I’ve tried everything ..and my other concern is possible Vit A poisoning… from over-prescribing something as simple as pumpkin. The vet can’t figure it out, and I’m at my wit’s end. I absolutely will NOT write it off to “just happens in some cats” and they need regular “cortisone shots” to calm the intestinal tract. No way. She seems to be doing fine otherwise, just cannot get a hold (no pun intended) on the dina-reenies.

    Oivay… what a nightmare.

  17. By Allie on Aug 19, 2011 | Reply

    Jen…please check out the website below. This info really helped me and my kitties to get back on track. I had come to the point of being at a total loss for what to do about my 3 kitties’ (all brothers) perpetually runny stools, and the seemingly endless (& prohibitively costly) search for a cause. Hope this helps you too!

  18. By nelly on Aug 24, 2011 | Reply

    hey my kitten is six weeks old now and i just got it a cuple of days ago it was fine at first but recently it pooped and it was watery and again and again thanks soooooo much for telling me about the canned pumpkin running to the shops right now! hopefully it will work.

  19. By natalia on Sep 7, 2011 | Reply

    i just cook raw pumpmkin in very little amount of water and mix it in a blender along with the water and you can keep it in the fridge for a few days

  20. By manimore on Sep 16, 2011 | Reply

    my cat doesn’t eat anything different…she doesn’t even eat yoghurt and pumpkin….Then how am i supposed to feed her with suitable food coz she has diarrhoea…please suggest

  21. By kATi on Sep 27, 2011 | Reply

    JEN…TRY GIVING SMALL AMOUNTS OF PLAIN YOGURT TO SETTLED YOU CAT TUMMY get the non-cow kind,Greek yogurt iswhatI got and it works great.

  22. By Jill on Oct 20, 2011 | Reply

    Canned pumpkin should work for both diarrhea and constipation due to the fiber content. Compare labels for the highest fiber contest, as I’ve seen them range anywhere from 7-20%.

  23. By sharon pizzey on Oct 22, 2011 | Reply

    Our two cats both had diarrhea for months We found a dry food called Royal Canin Sensible 33 and since then they have been back to normal. Cant recommend it highly enough.

  24. By wendy on Jan 22, 2012 | Reply

    can I use canned yams instead of pumpkin?

  25. By theresa on Feb 9, 2012 | Reply

    i have 6 cats it started with 1 cat with the runs so bad she lost weight fast and my other cats are starting the same thing.fecals are wants to try flagyl on them but its very expensive. really i dont think she knows either.blood work is ok too.its like its getting passed around and theres nothing i can do.i dont want to loose more of my babies.these are adult cats.indoors all there lives.tried the yogurt and pumpkin too any help would be great thanks

  26. By adele on Feb 10, 2012 | Reply

    i have a kitten which i think is drinking far to much water and i think this why hes getting the runs…but i dont want to be giving him pumpkin everyday for his hole a bit puzzled do i change his food again hes on expensive food as it is :(……help me

  27. By Dee S on Feb 20, 2012 | Reply

    Pumpkin for diarrhea? No way! That is going to make things worse! Would you drink prune juice if you had diarrhea? Unflavored, plain yogurt for diarrhea!

  28. By Tracy on Mar 10, 2012 | Reply

    Pumpkin does work! Sweet potatoes also do the trick.

  29. By petunia on Mar 20, 2012 | Reply

    You can get the flagyl filled at a regular pharmacy for $4.00 per script. Just ask your vet to write the prescription..on paper or call it in to your human pharmacy.

  30. By jen h on Apr 21, 2012 | Reply

    Hey, the pumpkin does work. It must be the fiber– My cat Duncan liked it alright at first but started to get picky so I’m trying to add chicken, rice, or tuna juice to make it more tasty. I ran out of pumpkin but had some canned sweet potatoes and it helped too.
    My new bf was over and i told him my cat farted alot, 10 minutes later-FART–and explosive diarhea everywhere including the curtains…awesome…lol… aren’t we all crazy for loving our pets so much>>??!!oh, well-i wouldn’t have it any other way >^..^<~~~

  31. By Nicole on May 12, 2012 | Reply

    To the person whose cat doesn’t eat anything different – Get a syringe, moisten the pumpkin lightly with water to make a little runny, give the cat about 2cc’s or 1/2 tablespoon of this, yes you will have to force feed.

    To the person who has several cats that have gotten diarrhea and one died, I just went through the same exact horrific event. They say my cat had FIP, but it was not identified through autopsy, which is the ONLY way to know. Anyway, it is the most horrible decease a cat can get, and they can spread the CORONA VIRUS through FECAL matter on their paws from the litter box. That means if you have a multicat house you MUST do the litter boxes 1 or several times a day. I have 5 cats and 4 litter boxes and I do them now morning and night, because I lost my favorite cat. I have never been so sad in my life. So there is nothing we can do about this decease or the Corona Virus, as more than 1/2 the cat population has it, just depends on if it mutates to the FIP Virus or not. If you are concerned with anyone who has diarrhea I would definitely have the vet to 3 things; 1. Blood Work, 2. Urinalysis, 3. X-Ray. This will determine what problems and where they exist. Don’t let them drain you for expensive drugs and extra stuff, when they don’t even know what the problem is, do the first 3 things and you can then make a intelligent call on what to do for your cat. Don’t think you have to make a decision that day, go home, think it over, do a lot of research, then you can go back to your vet later and finish up what you want done. Remember, it is your money, and your pet. Good luck.

  32. By Melissa on May 24, 2012 | Reply

    My cat is constantly throwing up and alternates between diarrhea and constipation. He’s a good sized cat though and looks pretty healthy. I havent seen any evidence of worms, but he acts like hes always starving to death. He is starting to make messes on the floor and on our beds. Ive seen him go back and forth to his litter box 17 times in 15 minutes. I just dont know what to do or what to feed him.

  33. By Diane on Jun 5, 2012 | Reply

    I think any cat/kitten with diarrhea more than 2 days needs to be seen by a vet. They could have many things wrong and delaying a visit could mean the difference between life and death if you just let them get dehydrated.

  34. By Neli on Jul 4, 2012 | Reply

    I have a new cat from PetSmart; he had dry stool and liked to eat only dry food. I switched to canned cat food and now he has diarrhea for two weeks. I didn’t know I saw this loose stools in the kitty litter but tought it was from my older cat that is in the process of dying right now, slowly, being alive with the help of medicine, until I saw the new cat passing a watery stool, yellow with some kind of mucus. I am worried and I bought PeptoBismol but now I am not sure if I should give it to him or go to the vet. I love my cats, lost one last November because of Convenia shot, don’t want loose another one due to oversight. I will try the pumpkin now, see if it works, but I am planning to take it to the vet ASAP.

  35. By Donna on Jul 7, 2012 | Reply

    My kittens had diarrhea from Antibiotics. I gave my kittens non fat yogurt (with live cultures). It cleared up their diarrhea in 24 hours.

  36. By annette on Jul 17, 2012 | Reply

    Good Morning, Thank you for such a great site, I have learned so much. I will now go to the store and try to find pumpkin.
    Have a great day.
    Best regards.
    Annette :)

  37. By Terri on Jul 31, 2012 | Reply

    Never give pepto bismol to a cat! It contains aspirin which cats can’t tolerate.

  38. By Sylvie on Aug 29, 2012 | Reply

    Right now I have five kittens who have diarrhea, I brought one to the vet because you could follow her trace on the floor. The vet gave me panacur to treat her in case she had worms or a bactery in my well because of the dry season we’ve been having. I have been given her rice water and put her on my ferrets food “Totally ferret venaison” and she is doing much better. Her stool is still soft but she only goes in the litter once a while and I can see a big difference after 4 days. I forgot to mention that I brought her to the vet because she was sneezing too. The vet also gave her an antibiotic needle which is good for 2 weeks. She does not sneeze anymore. I took them off my well water just in case. The food switch did not work for 3 of the other guys because I switch them from their regular food which I already had problems with and put them on the new one right away. They loved it so much that they ate it like little pigs. Usually to switch food you supposed to mix the new one with your old one and take about a week for the transition. But Now, my four other ones have the same thing. I put them back on their regular food Hills Prescription TD and the problem got worse. I have decided to put them like us when we have diarrhea on a 24 hour diet. The only thing they drink is rice water and plain water. This morning after 12 hours my little one which is 3 to 4 months is looking better. There is no more loose stools everywhere on the floor. The other 4 looked better too because I checked their litter and could hardly see any loose stools. I am planning to go the vet to get some dry food (can food gives diarrhea) for gastro. When a cat have lose stools most of the time it is because they are allergic to some of the ingredients in the food. I have a cat which had diarrhea for years. I tried every thing. I finally realised that she was allergic to chicken and fish. I put her on Totally ferret venaison and now she is ok. I talked about it to my ferret vet and he said why not if it works because ferret and cats can eat the same dry cat food. In stores like Petsmart, Pet Value, Berry’s, you can buy venaison dry cat food. Just ask the clerk. I tried a couple but my cat would not eat it. As soon as I gave her my ferret food she just went for it. It is costly because I have to buy it from the states. Since she is with 4 other cats I order the biggest bag and I order it at ferret depot through the internet. It is not the food which is that expensive it’s the shipping. In case you want the rice water recipe it is 4 cups of water, 4 tablespoons of rice, 2 tablespoons of sugar, and a pinch of salt. You boil it for 20 minutes. Use only the rice water. Sometimes I put a little bit of rice in it.

    Hope this will help.

  39. By Zoe on Aug 29, 2012 | Reply

    I have four 3 week old orphaned kittens in the “garden tub” for safe keeping. They couldn’t take them at the shelter. I’m reasonably certain they have cat herpes. Not sure what to do w the eyes short of keeping them cleaned. But Iam sure going to try adding pumpkin to there diet for a few days. Money is an object but if they aren’t better by Monday will see the vet.

  40. By Chantelle on Sep 16, 2012 | Reply

    Our cat almost died. At first he was vomiting about once a day, then diarrhea, then he would eat. He lost a lot of weight! After about $500 in vet tests, and then vet wanted to do more, I tried a can of EVO 95% duck. I thought it would be stinky enough that he might eat it…he did a complete turn around. It turns out he developed a food alergy to Chicken.

  41. By Chris on Sep 26, 2012 | Reply

    Check with your vet and get him tested for hyperthyroidism.

  42. By Linda on Oct 6, 2012 | Reply

    I have a 18 month old kitty kat who is as sweet as can be. But he has constant diarrhea and has been put through the ringer at the vet. He’s been put on antibiotics numerous times, switched to a hyperallergenic food, put on probiotic powder and nothing works. He also has mucous and blood in the stools. I finally tried pumpkin puree. He’s been on it for three days now and he only goes to the litter box once a day instead of every time he eats. The stools are still loose and he still is drinking a lot but I don’t see mucous or blood. My question is: do I keep him on this forever????

  43. By Suzy on Feb 26, 2013 | Reply

    Maybe your kitties have the Tritrichomonus parasite. It is very difficult to detect. Some tests don’t pick up on it. The stool resemble soft cow like patties and sometimes have mucous and fresh blood in it. It is very smelly! It has a distinct smell to it. The treatment is expensive and controversial because it is toxic to some cats. This is what my poor Siberian kitten had coming from a breeder. Good thing is that it eventually passes and will leave their system in 9mos – 2 years. We are going onto the 4mos and the stools are not as smelly but still soft. We are using pumpkin, probiotics, and Almo Nature cat food. Misho is getting better!

  44. By Angel on Mar 28, 2013 | Reply

    I went and got the pumpkin just gave her some my cat wouldnt eat it out of the bowl but would lick it off my finger so thats how i fed it to her we will see if it works and if so then ill feed it to her daily i am going to change food too she has been to the vet put on meds of all sorts and still has the runny poo im going to try the pumpkin for a few days then switch foods to something natural

  45. By Dee on Oct 27, 2013 | Reply

    Thanks for all the advice! I have 4 cats and was away for a week. My sitter said it started yesterday. It has affected at least 3 of them. Not sure about the 4th, but suspect it. Cleaning out the boxes. Brought home pumpkin and am trying it now in the food. They love it. I only feed canned pate with chicken broth to be sure they get enough liquid. Will let you know how it goes. I have one with a sensitive stomach…but all 4 is bad news. They are indoor.

  46. By Adam on May 6, 2014 | Reply

    Give the cat straight pumpkin you can get from the store..”not the pie filler”..Give it to them every 4 hours for 24hrs and nothing elese except water…Worked well for my cat. :)


    My cat ate alot! of hamburger fat like almost a cup…gave it the squirts for a week and I tried everything I could think of until I came to this site!!!! AWESOME

  47. By Courtney on Jul 23, 2014 | Reply

    Does the pumpkin really work!?!? My cat has had a little bit of the runs all week, can’t figure out what it is from but it seems she can’t keep it in, she is leaving spots of it everywhere! I have three other cats and they are all fine so not sure what it could be from!? She seems fine she is still eating and drinking and playing, just seems her butt is bothering her. I am worried. Please help.

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