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C2007-14

Dear Christopher Cat

Duke, my diabetic cat, eats the high-protein, low-carbohydrate diet prescribed by my veterinarian. Recently he developed diarrhea, and I’m concerned the cause may be his high-protein diet. How can I help him?

Christopher Responds

Diarrhea is a common problem for us cats.

In diabetic cats, diarrhea can be caused by a number of factors: an abrupt diet change, parasites (even in indoor cats), uncontrolled blood sugar, the stress of an underlying infection and even an overactive thyroid gland which is so common in us “mature” cats.

Because we cats are obligate carnivores, a high-protein, well-formulated diet rarely gives us diarrhea. Besides, it’s closest to our natural diet: mice.

The best way to help Duke is to schedule a visit with your veterinarian. Take a fecal sample so your vet can determine whether Duke has parasitic diarrhea.

Ask your veterinarian to run lab work to ensure that Duke’s blood sugar is well controlled and to identify any underlying medical problems.If the cause of the diarrhea isn’t found and typical anti-diarrhea treatments aren’t effective, ask your veterinarian about switching to a high-fiber diabetic diet.

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