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Is it normal cat to go the litter box in the middle of

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Is it normal for a cat to go the litter box in the middle of eating? I think she has diarrhea because it's runny. Should I be concerned?
JA: I'll do all I can to help. What is the matter with the cat?
Customer: She eats well but when she goes to use the litter box her poop is runny and not solid . Should I be concerned?
JA: Is there anything else the Veterinarian should be aware of about the cat?
Customer: She's 12 yrs old still very active.
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Submitted: 1 year ago.
Category: Cat Veterinary
Expert:  Dr. Peter replied 1 year ago.

Hi, I'm Dr. Peter. Welcome to JustAnswer. I'm reviewing your question now, and will post back with your reply ASAP.

Expert:  Dr. Peter replied 1 year ago.

Thanks for asking your question. First I need to ask you a few questions so that I can be well informed and give you the best advice.

1- How long has this been going on?

2- Any pre existing medical conditions?

3- Is she strictly indoors?

4- Any other symptoms?

Customer: replied 1 year ago.
1. About a month and a half
2. No pre-existing medical condition
3. Indoor cat mostly but she do go outside with me holding her in my arms.
4. Vomiting alittle
Expert:  Dr. Peter replied 1 year ago.

Friend, it is not normal for her to go to the litter box in the middle of eating. The fact that she has diarrhea it is likely a response to the inflammation in the colon (large intestines). The big question is: Why does she have diarrhea? Diarrhea can be caused by many different medical conditions. It will be difficult for me to determine the exact underlying cause without a hands on examination and some testing. But, common causes are: Diet, autoimmune (IBS), infections, or even part of a systemic disease to name a few causes.

In this case, I would recommend a hands on examination by family veterinarian given that this has been ongoing for 1.5 months. In the meantime this is what you can do:

1- Do not give things like Pepto Bismol or imodium.

2- No food or water for 8-12 hours, need to give her gastrointestinal tract time to rest. Then, offer small amount of water followed by a diet of rice (50%) and boiled boneless chicken or ground beef (50%) until the stool is back to normal then wean her back into her regular diet.

3- Supplement with a probiotic (fortiflora), these are friendly bacteria that help with regularity. You can buy this over the counter in any pet store.

4- Follow up with your family veterinarian for a hands on examination. If cost is a concern look into your local ASPCA or Shelter where they often offer veterinary services at a lower cost.

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