Cat Veterinary

Have Cat Questions? Ask a Cat Vet Online.

Ask a Cat Veterinarian,
Get an Answer ASAP!

I rescued a cat from outdoors. He was very skinny and wasn't…

Customer Question
Hi - I rescued a...
Hi - I rescued a cat from outdoors. He was very skinny and wasn't doing well. It's been very very cold. Anyways, he is using the litter box to go urine, but his basically going diarrhea in the little cat house he is lying in and isn't eating very much. Any idea why a cat would poop in the spot he is lying, but use the litter box to pee?
Submitted: 4 months ago.Category: Cat Veterinary
Show More
Show Less
Ask Your Own Cat Veterinary Question
Answered in 7 minutes by:
12/29/2017
Cat Veterinarian: Dr. Beth, Cat Veterinarian replied 4 months ago
Dr. Beth
Dr. Beth, Cat Veterinarian
Category: Cat Veterinary
Satisfied Customers: 464
Experience: Veterinarian in practice since 2004 - 5 years of exclusively feline medicine, 7 years general practice, 4 years shelter medicine
Verified

Hi, I'm Dr. Beth and I'll do my best to help you today! To make sure I don't miss anything, please give me a moment to review your question - I am not the fastest typist so it may take me a few moments to type out a response.

Thank you for trusting us with your questions, this service is used for general information only and is not a substitute for a veterinarian patient relationship by examination.

An offer for a phone consultation usually will come up a few minutes after starting the chat, please note that it is not from me, it is automatically generated by the site. I am not always able to do phone consultations, but I can always continue chatting with you here.

Ask Your Own Cat Veterinary Question
Cat Veterinarian: Dr. Beth, Cat Veterinarian replied 4 months ago

I'm sorry your kitty isn't feeling well, how long have you been caring for him? Have you given him a name?

What have you been offering him to eat?

Ask Your Own Cat Veterinary Question
Cat Veterinarian: Dr. Beth, Cat Veterinarian replied 4 months ago

When cats are having diarrhea, sometimes there can be a factor for urgency - they have to go and can't control it, or don't have enough warning to get to the litter box. For a cat that has been outdoors, intestinal parasites (worms) can be an cause for diarrhea, even if you aren't seeing anything obvious in the stool at a glance. It can help to check some of the poop microscopically with your regular vet to see if there is a specific parasite treatment he needs, and even if no worms/eggs are found, we can usually figure out something to try to get the stool back to a normal consistency.

His appetite being down may be related to the GI upset, one thing to consider trying as many cats will go for it when not interested in much else, and easy on their system, is a meat flavored baby food (like what we would give a human baby starting solid food). Usually they like the very plain flavors by Gerber, Delmonte, or Beechnut, just meat with the gravy like chicken, turkey, or ham. Check the ingredient list that no other flavors like garlic or onion has been added. Sometimes warming a little can help make it more appealing too.

Ask Your Own Cat Veterinary Question
Cat Veterinarian: Dr. Beth, Cat Veterinarian replied 4 months ago

Just checking in, is your cat seeming any better?

Ask Your Own Cat Veterinary Question
Cat Veterinarian: Dr. Beth, Cat Veterinarian replied 4 months ago
Hi Jonathan,

I'm just following up on our conversation about your pet. How is everything going?

Dr. Beth
Ask Your Own Cat Veterinary Question
Was this answer helpful?
Ask Dr. Beth Your Own Question
Dr. Beth
Dr. Beth
Dr. Beth, Cat Veterinarian
Category: Cat Veterinary
Satisfied Customers: 464
464 Satisfied Customers
Experience: Veterinarian in practice since 2004 - 5 years of exclusively feline medicine, 7 years general practice, 4 years shelter medicine

Dr. Beth is online now

A new question is answered every 9 seconds

How JustAnswer works:

  • Ask an ExpertExperts are full of valuable knowledge and are ready to help with any question. Credentials confirmed by a Fortune 500 verification firm.
  • Get a Professional AnswerVia email, text message, or notification as you wait on our site. Ask follow up questions if you need to.
  • 100% Satisfaction GuaranteeRate the answer you receive.

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... Justanswer.com.
JustAnswer.com...has seen a spike since October in legal questions from readers about layoffs, unemployment and severance.
Web sites like justanswer.com/legal
...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:

It was so professional, so personally concerned (as we were) and you answered all of our questions. George and I are so happy that I found "JustAnswer" on my Google search -- you are now in my "Favorites" list! And, yes we do love our kitty - she makes our life complete!

Bev & GeorgeBoca Raton, 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

This expert is wonderful. They truly know what they are talking about, and they actually care about you. They really helped put my nerves at ease. Thank you so much!!!!

AlexLos Angeles, CA

Thank you for all your help. It is nice to know that this service is here for people like myself, who need answers fast and are not sure who to consult.

GPHesperia, CA

I couldn't be more satisfied! This is the site I will always come to when I need a second opinion.

JustinKernersville, NC

Just let me say that this encounter has been entirely professional and most helpful. I liked that I could ask additional questions and get answered in a very short turn around.

EstherWoodstock, NY

Thank you so much for taking your time and knowledge to support my concerns. Not only did you answer my questions, you even took it a step further with replying with more pertinent information I needed to know.

RobinElkton, Maryland

< Previous | Next >

Meet the Experts:

Dr. Gary

Dr. Gary

Cat Veterinarian

3,951 satisfied customers

DVM, Emergency Veterinarian, BS (Physiology)

Dr. Andy

Dr. Andy

Medical Director

4,790 satisfied customers

UC Davis graduate, Interests: Dermatology, Internal Medicine, Pain Management

Dr. Bruce

Dr. Bruce

Veterinarian

4,604 satisfied customers

15 years of experience as a small animal veterinarian

Dr. Scott

Dr. Scott

Veterinarian

3,998 satisfied customers

15 years of small animal, equine and pocket pet experience in medicine and surgery.

Rebecca

Rebecca

Cat Veterinarian

3,791 satisfied customers

More than 30 years of companion animal practice.

Dr. Drew

Dr. Drew

Cat Veterinarian

3,076 satisfied customers

Small Animal Medicine and Surgery

Dr. Deb

Dr. Deb

Cat Veterinarian

2,941 satisfied customers

I have been a practicing veterinarian for over 30 years.

< Previous | Next >

Related Cat Veterinary Questions
My cats anus is bright pink and swollen. Clearly he is in
My cat's anus is bright pink and swollen. Clearly he is in discomfort as he refuses to move from where he is. Is there something I can do at home to try and clear whatever it is? There doesn't appear … read more
Dr. B.
Dr. B.
Veterinary Degree (BVMS)
3,475 satisfied customers
My 10 year old cat developed diarrhea from Clavamox. Her
My 10 year old cat developed diarrhea from Clavamox. Her diarrhea continued even after I stopped giving her the antibiotic. The vet was concerned that she may have Clostridium difficile. They put her … read more
Dr Z
Dr Z
Small Animal Veterinarian
Doctoral Degree
3,715 satisfied customers
My cat meows like he is in pain very suddenly, and has very
My cat meows like he is in pain very suddenly, and has very bad gas. We have changed his food and dont feed him people food or milk at all. We have tried worm medication to try and get rid of any para… read more
Dr. B.
Dr. B.
Veterinary Degree (BVMS)
3,475 satisfied customers
She has been having some rough diarrhea for about 2 and a
She has been having some rough diarrhea for about 2 and a half weeks now. I have been feeding her a brand new kitten wet food. She had babies about 2 weeks ago. … read more
Dr. B.
Dr. B.
Veterinary Degree (BVMS)
3,475 satisfied customers
Diarrhea! Just started could it be r/t wet food Trader Joe's
Diarrhea! Just started could it be r/t wet food Trader Joe's Tuna … read more
DocPaul
DocPaul
Doctoral Degree
711 satisfied customers
Two of my cats have diarrhea one of them has had blood in
Two of my cats have diarrhea one of them has had blood in their diarrhea recently and my third cat had an worm that seemed to be a tapeworm come out of her anus. I'm having heart surgery in two weeks … read more
Sean Egan
Sean Egan
Doctor of Veterinary Medicine
490 satisfied customers
My 7 mo. old neutered cat passed a worm this morning that I
My 7 mo. old neutered cat passed a long worm this morning that I had to actually pull out of his anus (I brought him inside on March 5th, he was a stray that some neighbor kids had found in the woods … read more
DrSarah
DrSarah
Veterinarian
DVM
389 satisfied customers
Last night he threw up all his food he ate and has diarrhea
Last night he threw up all his food he ate and has diarrhea now this morning he won't eat. … read more
Dr. B.
Dr. B.
Veterinary Degree (BVMS)
3,475 satisfied customers
My cat just threw upand in the food were thread like worms,
my cat just threw upand in the food were thread like worms, do i have to worry about my other cats and will i get worms and what should i do.… read more
Dr. B.
Dr. B.
Veterinary Degree (BVMS)
3,475 satisfied customers
Throwing up and some diarrhea. Just regular food. Lil Bit. A
He has an issue with pancreas. Takes pancrea plus before meals.… read more
Dr. Schmidt
Dr. Schmidt
Associate Veterinarian
DVM
939 satisfied customers
She. Was a stray vet told us to worm her no food for 24 hrs.
She. Was a stray vet told us to worm her no food for 24 hrs. She seemed to get better. Gave her perena kitten food that started the loose stools again. … read more
PitRottMommy
PitRottMommy
Veterinary Nurse
Associate Degree
10,387 satisfied customers
She had diarrhea for several days. I changed her food to
She had diarrhea for several days. I changed her food to boiled chicken breast which I grinded to a paste and the diarrhea stopped. But it's now been 4 days and she hasn't pooped. I'm glad the diarrhe… read more
Dr. Denise
Dr. Denise
Veterinarian
Doctor of Veterinary Medicine
532 satisfied customers
She has little worms ... and with the little worms come
she has little white worms ... and with the little white worms come little white specks … read more
Dr. Michael Salkin
Dr. Michael Salkin
Veterinarian
DVM
3 satisfied customers
my cat just got foul smelling diarrhea. He is indoor only,
my cat just got foul smelling diarrhea. He is indoor only, same food as always and my other two cats do not have it. What is the deal.. It is very lose and smelly and all overnight. Help.… read more
Pet Doc
Pet Doc
Senior Small Animal Veterinarian
BVSc
2,782 satisfied customers
hi there, my 4 month old kitten eats a lot, every time I go
hi there, my 4 month old kitten eats a lot, every time I go into the kitchen, he will come follow me and want food, if i give him, he finish in a minute, then he wants more. some chat forum said we ca… read more
Dr.Fiona
Dr.Fiona
Veterinarian
Doctor of Veterinary Medicine
3,587 satisfied customers
My cat throws up in the morning immediately after her breakfast.
My cat throws up in the morning immediately after her breakfast. She doesn't appear to be sick. Is a Very fussy eater. Doesn't care for wet cat food or human food… read more
Dr. BJ Hughes
Dr. BJ Hughes
Veterinarian
Post-Doctoral Degree
4,674 satisfied customers
Bleeding Anus!!! Swollen Sphincter!! 10 week old kitty, HELP
male kitten, approx. 10 weeks old, adopted from a bad home with woman who didnt take care of him... now up to date on all shots and had a worm treatment (shot and oral medicine for 7 days) 3 weeks ago… read more
Dr. Peter
Dr. Peter
Doctors Degree
14,326 satisfied customers
kitten ate part of a rubber fishing worm and is very sick.
kitten ate part of a rubber fishing worm and is very sick. lethargic, coordination problems... just threw up about 2 inches of the plastic worm, should I induce vomiting?… read more
Dr. Dan
Dr. Dan
Veterinarian and practice owner
Doctoral Degree
5,375 satisfied customers
Disclaimer: Information in questions, answers, and other posts on this site ("Posts") comes from individual users, not JustAnswer; JustAnswer is not responsible for Posts. Posts are for general information, are not intended to substitute for informed professional advice (medical, legal, veterinary, financial, etc.), or to establish a professional-client relationship. The site and services are provided "as is" with no warranty or representations by JustAnswer regarding the qualifications of Experts. To see what credentials have been verified by a third-party service, please click on the "Verified" symbol in some Experts' profiles. JustAnswer is not intended or designed for EMERGENCY questions which should be directed immediately by telephone or in-person to qualified professionals.

Disclaimer: Information in questions, answers, and other posts on this site ("Posts") comes from individual users, not JustAnswer; JustAnswer is not responsible for Posts. Posts are for general information, are not intended to substitute for informed professional advice (medical, legal, veterinary, financial, etc.), or to establish a professional-client relationship. The site and services are provided "as is" with no warranty or representations by JustAnswer regarding the qualifications of Experts. To see what credentials have been verified by a third-party service, please click on the "Verified" symbol in some Experts' profiles. JustAnswer is not intended or designed for EMERGENCY questions which should be directed immediately by telephone or in-person to qualified professionals.

Show MoreShow Less

Ask Your Question

x