How JustAnswer Works:
  • Ask an Expert
    Experts are full of valuable knowledge and are ready to help with any question. Credentials confirmed by a Fortune 500 verification firm.
  • Get a Professional Answer
    Via email, text message, or notification as you wait on our site. Ask follow up questions if you need to.
  • 100% Satisfaction Guarantee
    Rate the answer you receive.
Ask Dr. Michael Salkin Your Own Question
Dr. Michael Salkin
Dr. Michael Salkin, Veterinarian
Category: Vet
Satisfied Customers: 33276
Experience:  University of California at Davis graduate veterinarian with 45 years of experience.
Type Your Vet Question Here...
Dr. Michael Salkin is online now

all My mama cat has sand colored diarrhea day and

Customer Question

Hi all
My mama cat has sand colored diarrhea for a day and half. she is feeding five,3 week old kittens and drinking plenty of fluids. I have fed her on dry kitten food instead of half wet, half dry food but her poo is still very runny. I am not overly concerned just yet however I thing the diarrhea could impact on her milk production and the kitten might not get enough as well as mama cat becoming dehydrated What would you advice me to do next ?
Kind Regards
Submitted: 3 years ago.
Category: Vet
Expert:  Dr. Michael Salkin replied 3 years ago.
Aloha! You're speaking with Dr. Michael Salkin

I'm sorry that your question wasn't answered in a timely manner. The hormonal changes Xenai is experiencing currently as well as gastrointestinal parasites becoming more active at this state of her pregnancy/nursing should be incriminated in her diarrhea. I recommend presumptively worming her and her kittens with an over the counter product containing either pyrantel or fenbendazole (even though the fenbendazole is likely to be labeled for dogs only). If you didn't see a positive response to worming, bringing a sample of her poo to Xenai's vet for a fecal ova and parasite exam would be prudent. There are parasites not addressed by those over the counter products. The dry kitten food should be rich enough to support her milk production as well as her basic needs. Half wet and half dry would still be appropriate if only because it offers her more water which will keep her better hydrated which is of particular importance when she needs to form milk.

Please respond with further questions or concerns if you wish.