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Causes and treatment for cat diarrhea

Learn why cats get upset stomachs and what to do about it.

Eating something they shouldn’t

If your cat ate something inappropriate, they may experience symptoms like diarrhea, stomach discomfort, vomiting, fatigue, and lack of appetite. It can also lead to pancreatitis. Our online vets can help guide you on what to do.

Diet changes

Switched your cat to a new brand or type of food? This can lead to watery or loose, shapeless stools — especially if you made the change abruptly. You may need to go back to the old food before gradually introducing your feline friend to their new diet.

Food intolerance or allergies

Some cats have food sensitivities or allergies, leading to recurrent diarrhea, as well as skin or ear problems. For example, fish, beef, milk, and gluten are difficult for some cats to digest. If you changed your cat’s diet and they don’t adjust to it, they may be sensitive or allergic to one of the ingredients.

Infections and parasites

Bacterial infections, like E. coli or salmonella, can cause bloody diarrhea. Raw or undercooked meat is often the culprit, but wet and dry cat food as well as treats could also be the source. If you think your cat may have a bacterial infection, go to a vet as soon as possible. Viral infections and parasites, such as intestinal worms, giardia, and coccidia, can also cause runny cat poop. Our online vets may be able to prescribe cat dewormers if that’s suspected to be the cause.

Other health conditions

There are a number of diseases that can cause cat diarrhea, including inflammatory bowel disease (IBD), colitis, pancreatic disease, hyperthyroidism, liver disease, and cancer. Stress or anxiety may also cause litter box troubles.

Medicine & treatments for cat diarrhea

If your cat is dealing with gastrointestinal issues, we’re here to help. One of our licensed vets can consult with you over video to evaluate your cat’s upset stomach and determine the next steps, which may include prescribing medication that we ship to you at no cost or recommending you go to an in-person veterinarian, if needed.

How it works

  • 1. Choose your subscription plan

    Choose an annual or monthly membership plan with Dutch to get started.

  • 2. Online vet visit

    Pick a time and get care from a licensed vet from home.

  • 3. Prescriptions shipped free to you

    We’ll create a treatment plan to help your pet and deliver it direct to you.

  • 4. Ongoing care & follow-ups

    We’ll keep track of how your treatment plan is going & you can follow up as much as needed.

Prescription treatments, delivered to you

Help your cat live a healthier, happier life with expert vet care — wherever you are. With Dutch, you can connect with a licensed veterinarian online anytime and have prescription and over-the-counter medication shipped free to your door.

Get customized treatment plans that combine medication, education, vet-designed behavior modification (if needed), and ongoing care for an array of health issues — starting at just $15/month.

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Frequently asked questions

What is a visit with Dutch like?

When booking a video call with a vet, you'll be asked a few questions about your pet’s health issue. Depending on the issue, you may also be asked to fill out a longer questionnaire about their symptoms and share photographs of them so our veterinarians can better understand what’s going on. You’ll then pick an appointment time that works best for you.

During your video call, one of our licensed veterinarians will talk to you about the symptoms your pet is experiencing, ask you questions, review your pet’s medical history if you’ve provided it, and answer any questions you have. The vet will ask to see your pet and their environment. And they may ask you to perform some simple checks on them if needed.

After your video call, the vet will send you a message with a custom treatment plan to help your pet feel better, including a link to buy any recommended prescription or over-the-counter medications. Place your order and we’ll ship it free.

Who is Dutch for?

Dutch is for dog and cat owners wanting a more cost effective and timely way to handle common pet issues. We eliminate the unnecessary vet visit as well as the stress related to getting your pet to the vet. The Dutch experience is designed to connect you with a vet via video call for general advice and recommended OTC product offerings. In certain states, vets may prescribe medication and therapeutics and our partner pharmacy will ship it right to your door.

What states does Dutch service?

As a Dutch member you can chat directly with a vet in all 50 states and access our OTC products.
If you are seeking prescription medication for your pet we currently offer telemedicine services in the following states: Alabama, Arizona, Arkansas, Colorado, Delaware, Florida, Georgia, Idaho, Indiana, Iowa, Kentucky, Louisiana, Maine, Maryland, Massachusetts, Michigan, Missouri, Nebraska, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New Mexico, New York, North Dakota, Ohio, Oklahoma, Oregon, Pennsylvania, South Carolina, South Dakota, Vermont, Virginia, Washington and Wyoming.

We will continue to service additional states in the coming months — stay tuned!