I am looking for a remedy for 2 week old kittens with diarrhea.
Clouie from Philippines
You should have kept feeding them what they were originally eating and gradually changed their food over, mixing a bit more of the new food each day. It should take a week to ten days to fully switch a diet. If you changed their food suddenly, it will cause an upsent stomach. Kitten formula is best and cut way back on the milk! If you must, as suggested before, a kitten formula from the pet store would be best.
Also, you should take them to the vet and have them checked for worms and make sure they do not have something serious.
DEFINITELY discontinue ANY milk as it gives most cats diarrhea. The Iams kitten food is sufficient for their nutritional needs, but if you feel it needs to be softer [if it's kibble] then add a bit of fresh water, and only leave out what they will eat in a short period of time. In the meantime, I have heard that canned pumpkin [pie filling] is good for cats with digestive problems.
Two week old kittens should still be nursing exclusively as they are not really old enough to be eating regular cat food. If they are eating anything other than their mother's milk, this should be stopped.
If they are only nursing, then maybe the problem is that the mother may be eating something that is affecting her milk, like cows milk, for example.
I would get a cat milk supplement for kittens that tiny for sure! I believe Target carries a power mix formula. They shouldn't be on hard food that young. You can also get soft canned food and mix it with water to make it really soupy. Baby rice cereal mixed really thin is good to. Move away from goats milk and hard kitten food meant for kittens that are a couple weeks older than yours. THINK VERY BLAND. NOTHING FANCY.
Cats usually do not go poop unless the mother licks their bottom; When my sister had found some kittens with a dead mother she had to rub their bottoms with a rag to make them go; Maybe the Vet should be called.
They need to be nursing the mom but if thats not possible, use only kitten formula.
Kittens that small - you have got to be very careful! I'd take them to your vet - pronto. Well worth the expense to treat them properly and not make matters worse.
The goats milk is prob the culprit (06/20/2007)
By tupelo granmom.
Contrary to popular belief cats are lactose intolerant. I would highly recommend giving them kitten formula sold in the store instead of the goats milk. It will probably be much gentler on their stomachs.
Once they are old enough to be completely weaned off of the milk do so. Diarrhea can be a common problem though. Have them checked out at the vet to be sure it's not an underlying health issue and that they are not getting dehydrated. A dehydrated cat does not always know they need to drink and they may not drink enough. Dehydration from diarrhea can kill a kitten faster than you think. Good luck! (06/20/2007)
My dog once had the worst diarrhea imaginable. We spent 70 bucks to take her to the emergency vet.The vet told us to give her yogurt. I bought about a quart of organic yogurt and she ate it all and it solved the problem. this works for humans too. we think she might have eaten or licked something off of my husband's work boots, he is a butcher. Anyway, it's worth a try. I dont know if cats being lactose intolerant matters, dogs probably are too. Good luck (06/20/2007)
I have used baby rice cereal and one of those small cans of cat food, and mixed in a little amount of that kitten milk. It works great. My kitten was only 5 days old when I found her and now she is a healthy 6 year old cat. I hope this works for you as it did for me. (06/22/2007)
KMR kitten food makes a second stage mix, get some of that and follow the instructions. Also, get them off of Iams it is junk, full of fillers like corn which is not great. If you wish to continue feeding I suggest Felidae of Natures Variety from the pet store, or even chicken soup for the cat lovers soul all of which are about the same price as Iams junk. (06/26/2007)
They may be allergic to goat's milk, or whatever you are feeding them. Discontinue the goat's milk, and if the diarrhea continues, change their diet. (06/26/2007)
The facts are that the underlying etiologies for this can be varied and even multi-factorial. Being a veterinarian myself and having stumbled onto this site, I guess you might expect the following response from me. Have your appropriately trained health care professional examine, diagnose, and treat your pet-that would be a veterinarian- not some ill informed, maybe well-intentioned web-surfer! (04/18/2008)
This absolutely worked for my kitten who had severe diarrhea and almost died. After all the tests at the vet were negative, I was told to feed her only Friskies Ocean Whitefish Dinner. I did and it worked. It actually saved her life. Please do try this, you have nothing to lose, except maybe your kitten! Luvmykats (09/22/2008)
I too was told 6 years ago to give my kitten with diarrhea kaopectate. But-Kaopectate's formula has changed and it now has salicylates that are harmful to cats. (11/13/2008)