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Should I Switch My 10-Month-Old Kitten to Sensitive Stomach Cat Food Due to Diarrhea?


Dear VetBabble,

I have a 10-month-old kitten who has been suffering from diarrhea for the last few weeks. I tried removing and reintroducing the food, but the problem persists. Should I switch to cat food for sensitive stomachs? What would you recommend for a kitty with a sensitive tummy?

Understanding Diarrhea in Cats

Dear concerned pet owner,

Thank you for reaching out about your kitten’s health. Diarrhea can be worrisome for any pet owner, especially when it lasts for several weeks. There could be various reasons for diarrhea in cats, such as allergies, infections, stress, or a change in their diet. In some cases, it might be linked to an underlying health issue.

It’s important to monitor your cat closely and look out for additional symptoms like vomiting, weight loss, lethargy, or fever. These may indicate a more serious condition that needs to be addressed by a veterinarian.

Take a look at this informative article discussing why cats may refuse to eat and what you can do to help.

Trying Sensitive Stomach Cat Food

Switching to a sensitive stomach cat food might help alleviate your kitten’s diarrhea. There are a variety of specially formulated cat foods available in the market that cater to kittens with sensitive stomachs and digestive issues. One such over-the-counter product that I would recommend is Science Diet, as it has a proven track record of aiding pets with digestive problems.

Additionally, you may want to consider a more gradual transition when introducing the new diet to your kitten. Start by mixing a small amount of the sensitive stomach cat food with their current food, gradually increasing the proportion of the new food over the course of a week or so. This should help your kitten’s stomach adjust to the new food without causing further digestive upsets.

Providing a balanced and nutritious diet is critical for maintaining your kitten’s overall health. Check out this article on how to pick the best cat food and ensure a balanced diet for your feline friend.

When to Consult a Veterinarian

While sensitive stomach cat food may help alleviate the symptoms of diarrhea, it is essential to consult your veterinarian if the problem persists or worsens even after the dietary change. Your veterinarian will be able to examine your kitten and conduct tests to determine the underlying cause of the diarrhea.

In some cases, diarrhea might be caused by an underlying condition that needs medical intervention. Prolonged diarrhea can cause dehydration in cats, which can be dangerous, especially in kittens. If there are additional symptoms like vomiting, weight loss, or lethargy, don’t hesitate to consult your veterinarian. Your kitten’s health and well-being should always be a priority.

You can refer to these articles about why dogs have diarrhea and when to worry about diarrhea in dogs for more information about this common issue in our furry companions. Although these articles focus on dogs, the underlying principles and concerns apply to cats as well.

I hope you find this information helpful and that your beloved kitten recovers soon. Remember, when in doubt, always consult your veterinarian as they can provide the best guidance and support for your pet’s specific needs.

Best wishes for the health and happiness of your furry family member!

Warmest regards,


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