When a kitten enters your home, it's an exciting time for everyone! Regardless of whether you're an experienced or first-time cat owner, it's a time of change. Little cats require special attention. Enjoy every minute because they grow up ever so fast!
Like small children with doctors, young cats also need to see a vet from time to time. Regular health check-ups are a must and should take place once a year. However, kittens should be taken to the vet more often for basic immunisation against common infectious diseases. Sometimes though, you need to take your cat to the vet with typical “kitten ailments”. One example is diarrhoea, an often underestimated symptom.
From a biological perspective, diarrhoea is a cleaning process of the feline organism, which rids itself of unwanted substances or pathogens. Diarrhoea is therefore a very sensible process, which is generally unsuppressed.
In reality, diarrhoea is anything but pleasant for cats. Depending on the severity of the symptoms, your kitten may just make it to the litter box and you will only become aware of the problem thanks to a pervading smell or soft piles of faeces when cleaning the box. Maybe you'll also notice your cat's soiled fur. Or perhaps your kitten even has “accidents” inside your home...
Diarrhoea puts a tremendous strain on your young cat's body, with soft stools meaning that they can soon become dehydrated. Their little body hardly tolerates any oscillations in fluid balance. Whilst mild diarrhoea is not dangerous for adult cats and can often be treated with a bland diet, you should seek out a vet straight away if your kitten is suffering from diarrhoea.
Nevertheless, diarrhoea is often underestimated.