Why Is My Kitten Having Diarrhea?

There are many causes of diarrhea, but some are more common than others. Diarrhea is often caused by a bacterial infection or parasitic infestation. It can also be the result of diet changes, stress, poor nutrition and dehydration. To determine if your kitten has an intestinal parasite problem, see our article on intestinal parasites in cats. Other cases may result from some sort of food allergy or intolerance that does not respond to dietary management.

What should I feed my kitten?

The majority of kitties have no special nutritional needs other than good quality commercial cat food available at most pet stores. A vet can help you select appropriate foods based on your kitten’s age, weight and health concerns (see Choosing the Best Food for Kitties). Occasionally kittens will develop loose stools resulting from various forms of gastrointestinal disease including inflammatory bowel disease (IBD) which requires special diets to treat properly – see Canine Intestinal Health Guide for further information on IBD in dogs and cats: