How JustAnswer Works:
  • Ask an Expert
    Experts are full of valuable knowledge and are ready to help with any question. Credentials confirmed by a Fortune 500 verification firm.
  • Get a Professional Answer
    Via email, text message, or notification as you wait on our site.
    Ask follow up questions if you need to.
  • 100% Satisfaction Guarantee
    Rate the answer you receive.
Ask Cher Your Own Question
Cher, Feline Specialist
Category: Cat
Satisfied Customers: 20810
Experience:  Feline Healthcare & Behavior Specialist 40+ years Experience
Type Your Cat Question Here...
Cher is online now
A new question is answered every 9 seconds

Why does my pregnant cat (8-9weeks pregnant) have diarrhea

Resolved Question:

My pregnant cat has had diarrhea for about 5 days. The vet gave me something for it when it first developed. It had blood in it then. This med did get the blood out of it but she still has it. The vet gave me something different and also some little packets of powder to sprinkle over her food. She always acts likes she's hurting right before she has a bowel movement. I thought she might be going into labor but instead she's having "diarrhea" pains. I don't know the exact time she got pregnant so the vet did Xrays and said she was atleast 7 weeks, that was 8 days ago. Could a very scared and anxoius young cat be just stressed over her upcoming labor? Or could this possibly be a sign of early labor?
Submitted: 9 years ago.
Category: Cat
Expert:  Cher replied 9 years ago.

How old is your cat?

Is she eating, drinking and urinating normally, aside from the diarrhea? What food does your cat eat (brand and canned or dry)?

Does she go outside at all?

Do you know the names of the medication and powder the vet gave you? Was a stool sample analyzed? Were any blood tests done at the vet?

Thanks for any additional detail.

Customer: replied 9 years ago.
Reply to Jessesmom's Post: She is 10 months to 1 year old. She has been outside that is how she got pregnant. She is stictly indoors now. She is eating Kitten Chow- dry. She is eating and drinking very well, infact her eating has picked up a bit. The meds are: Diarsanyl, Metronidazole-250 mg 1/2 tab po q 24 hrs. and FortiFlora q day sprinkled over food.The vet had not done any stools samples or blood tests. She has only been seen once before the diarrhea began. I called them about the diarrhea and they have prescribed these meds but have not suggested I bring her in.
Expert:  Cher replied 9 years ago.
Hi again, and thanks for your additional information. She is quite young to be pregnant, but I'm glad you're watching her health and are in touch with the vet. I'm also glad you didn't have to subject her to the stress of a vet visit, and they were willing to prescribe the medication over the phone.

All the medications prescribed, are the appropriate ones for her diarrhea problem and the Forti-Flora is a 'probiotic', to add 'good' bacteria to her intestinal system.

While it's not uncommon for some pregnant cats to experience diarrhea right before they give birth, her symptoms may indicate that there's still either an intestinal parasite problem, an intestinal virus, or she may even be experiencing an allergy to some ingredients in her kitten chow. Her system may be more sensitive to the fillers like corn, corn gluten, wheat, soy, dairy products and artificial preservatives, which her food may contain, as these are common allergens for cats. Stress can cause diarrhea and blood in the stool, so this too, is a possibility. However, normally, a pregnant cat would not feel anxious over the pregnancy, as a human female might.

If she's eating and drinking well, that's good; I would recommend offering her some plain, skinless, boiled chicken breast (no seasonings, onion or garlic added) mixed with well-cooked white rice, and see if this bland and binding food helps her stool firm up. Make sure she's drinking sufficiently, as she's losing fluids through her loose stool.

Give the medications a chance to work, and hopefully between those, and the bland chicken and rice diet for a few days, you should begin to see a positive difference. Here is some more detailed information re: feline diarrhea, intestinal parasites and inflammatory bowel disease:

She should be ready to give birth in about a week, and this site will give you much needed and important information re: feline pregnancy and delivery:

I hope she'll be fine and please keep me posted on how she's doing and let me know when she has the babies. Thanks!

Cher, Feline Specialist
Category: Cat
Satisfied Customers: 20810
Experience: Feline Healthcare & Behavior Specialist 40+ years Experience
Cher and 3 other Cat Specialists are ready to help you

JustAnswer in the News:

Ask-a-doc Web sites: If you've got a quick question, you can try to get an answer from sites that say they have various specialists on hand to give quick answers... seen a spike since October in legal questions from readers about layoffs, unemployment and severance.
Web sites like
...leave nothing to chance.
Traffic on JustAnswer rose 14 percent...and had nearly 400,000 page views in 30 days...inquiries related to stress, high blood pressure, drinking and heart pain jumped 33 percent.
Tory Johnson, GMA Workplace Contributor, discusses work-from-home jobs, such as JustAnswer in which verified Experts answer people’s questions.
I will tell you that...the things you have to go through to be an Expert are quite rigorous.

What Customers are Saying:

  • The response from the Expert literally saved my cat's life. Thank you from the bottom of my heart -- I will recommend all of my friends to you!!! Lucia Rincon, Georgia
< Previous | Next >
  • The response from the Expert literally saved my cat's life. Thank you from the bottom of my heart -- I will recommend all of my friends to you!!! Lucia Rincon, Georgia
  • I will use your service again. I was very pleased with the response and the fact that you have a low cost option so that those of us on fixed income can have questions answered. I will also recommend you to others. Karen Jackson Heights, NY
  • You helped us to come to what we believe is a better next step in Jack's treatment, and hopefully have saved us $800!! Thanks again! Jack's Mom Tuscon, AZ
  • The vet said that the information and my following it will be what made the difference. Thanks again for being so very helpful. Tracy Grayson, LA
  • My oldest male cat had a seizure this evening. This site was the first place I could think of to go after the seizure had passed. Dr. Lucy was fantastic and she was spot on! Debbie USA
  • I must tell you I found this site by accident and was amazed when I asked a question of the Veteranians online. I wish I could have found it sooner it could have made such a difference in the outcome of my pet's surgery. However, I am passing along the information to my sister-in-law (a cat-rescue person who is also a nurse), and perhaps it will help someone else who may experience the same problem. The doctor who answered my question was amazing, and while it didn't come it time to change the outcome of my situation, it is reassuring to know the caliber of Vets/Doctors that you have at JustAnswer. Thank you for being there. Alice H. Jacksonville, Fl.
  • Wonderful service, prompt, efficient, and accurate. Couldn't have asked for more. I cannot thank you enough for your help. Mary C. Freshfield, Liverpool, UK

Meet The Experts:

  • Terri


    Feline Healthcare Expert

    Satisfied Customers:

    Expert in feline health and behavior. 20 years experience with cats.
< Last | Next >
  • Terri's Avatar


    Feline Healthcare Expert

    Satisfied Customers:

    Expert in feline health and behavior. 20 years experience with cats.
  • Dr. Gary's Avatar

    Dr. Gary

    Cat Veterinarian

    Satisfied Customers:

    DVM, Emergency Veterinarian; BS (Physiology) Michigan State Univ
  • Cher's Avatar


    Feline Specialist

    Satisfied Customers:

    Feline Healthcare & Behavior Specialist 40+ years Experience
  • Lori's Avatar


    Feline Healthcare

    Satisfied Customers:

    16 yrs health care mgmt & issues relating to cats, reproductive issues and multicat environments
  • Micki's Avatar


    Expert in cat behavior and health

    Satisfied Customers:

    Expert in cat medical and behavior issues.
  • Candy R.'s Avatar

    Candy R.

    Veterinary Technician

    Satisfied Customers:

    Practicing Veterinary Technician for 26 years.Former Veterinary Practice Owner, Technician Trainer
  • Theresa's Avatar


    A Voice for your Pet

    Satisfied Customers:

    19+ years in animal medicine as a veterinary technician