What to do if your kitten experiences diarrhoea

Diarrhoea can be caused by various factors and it should be treated urgently, as kittens can become quickly dehydrated which can be fatal. The underlying problem causing the diarrhoea needs to be established and then treated, as well as supportive treatment for the kitten to help resolve the diarrhoea.


Some things that can cause diarrhoea in neonatal kittens include:

  • Change in diet (premature weaning/transitioning onto formula for the first time)

  • Intestinal worms/parasites

  • Overfeeding

  • Feeding spoilt formula

  • Infection

  • Medication side effects

  • Stress

  • Toxicities

  • Other medical issues (digestive disorders and diseases)


One of the most important things to do with kittens with diarrhoea is to keep their hydration up. This can be done by introducing oral electrolytes (e.g. Lectade) into their formula, or subcutaneous fluids (this should be done by experienced carers only). Dehydration can be fatal, so until the underlying issues causing the diarrhoea have been diagnosed and treated, hydration should be priority. Probiotics can also be administered to help build up their good gut bacteria.

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