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Published: Apr 26, 2012

If your cat has diarrhea, it may be a clinical sign of a more serious problem. Diarrhea is a very common condition caused by a variety of illnesses, therefore it is necessary to perform testing in order for veterinarians to diagnose exactly what's wrong.

Although it may be unpleasant, it's important for pet owners to pay close attention to their cat's feces when diarrhea occurs. There are several things cat owners need to look for in order to help veterinarians make an accurate diagnosis.

When examining the cat's stool, be sure to take note of the consistency - soft, hard or almost liquid. Note any discoloration, especially reddish or blackish colors which may indicate the presence of blood. Some conditions will cause the stool to have a coating of mucus, which has been described before as similar to egg whites, reports VCA Animal Hospitals. The power of the smell is also important when it comes to narrowing down the possible causes.  Keep track of how long your cat has been having diarrhea, how many times your cat is experiencing diarrhea each day, and whether your cat is having urgency or accidents associated with defecation.  

Other information that will be useful to a veterinarian includes information about the cat's diet or any recent changes in food, the presence of vomiting, lack of appetite, weight loss, as well as any other medical conditions the cat may suffer from. Take all of this information when you go to the veterinarian appointment as it will be extremely helpful in determining what the underlying issue is.