Can you name something more smelly and messy than cat diarrhea? Tough question! Right?
Sometimes diarrhea indicates an underlying medical issue, other times cats simply suffer chronic diarrhea with no serious medical cause.
Chronic Diarrhea in Cats
What is chronic cat diarrhea?
Chronic cat diarrhea is when your cat:
Suffers loose stools for a period of three weeks straight.
Experiences recurring bouts of diarrhea over long periods of time.
Causes of Chronic Cat Diarrhea
There are many causes of chronic diarrhea in cats.
Some of the most common include:
- Dietary changes
- Dietary sensitivity
- Intestinal structural abnormalities
- Intestinal parasites
- Irritable bowel disorder
Pinpointing the cause of chronic cat diarrhea is a difficult task.
You should get help from your veterinarian for chronic feline diarrhea.
Your vet will rule out other diseases and health problems before diagnosing chronic diarrhea.
Most vets start with a symptom-based history.
Then, they figure out if the problem originates in the small or large intestine.
Other tests might include:
- Fecal examination
- Thyroid function tests
If answers are still not obtained, most vets recommend an endoscopy or colonoscopy.
Sometimes, vets include a biopsy for a definitive diagnosis.
Other vets ultrasound.
Western Treatments for Chronic Cat Diarrhea
Treatments vary depending on exactly what is going on with your cat.
Your cat might need surgery for an intestinal mass or obstruction.
If your cat is dehydrated, most vets recommend fluid therapy to rehydrate.
Other Western protocols include prescription diet and pharmaceuticals.
However, pharmaceuticals only treat the symptoms of diarrhea, not the root cause.
TCVM Philosophy on Chronic Cat Diarrhea
TCVM (Traditional Chinese Veterinary Medicine) considers chronic diarrhea a middle burner Qi flow disorder.
According to Chinese theory, Stomach Qi moves downward and Spleen Qi moves upward in a healthy cat.
Cats with chronic diarrhea usually have some form of Spleen and Stomach Qi flow problem.
Spleen Qi Deficiency with stagnation of Damp and/or food causes of Spleen and Stomach Qi flow disorders.
Cats with Spleen Qi Deficiency with stagnation often:
- Have variable appetite
- Have weak abdominal muscles
- Suffer fatigue
- Suffer sluggish digestion
- Vomit food after eating
- Vomit water and/or mucous
The Eastern method for treating chronic vomiting is to tonify Spleen Qi, move Stomach Qi downward and relieve stagnation of food and/or damp.
How Happy Earth Helps Chronic Cat Diarrhea
Happy Earth is a TCVM blend of 10 Eastern herbs.
The herbs work together to rebalance your cat energetically at the root cause.
Rebalancing supports your cat’s natural ability to heal and curbs vomiting.
TCVM-trained veterinarians examine cats differently than regular veterinarians do.
They understand that the root cause of health issues may be in different areas of the body than symptoms.
TCVM theory shows energetic imbalances as the cause of health problems.
The imbalances often show up in areas unrelated to where symptoms occur.
TCVM vets use different types of pulse testing, tongue testing, and other tests to diagnose your cat’s energetic imbalances.
Happy Earth helps cats with:
- A pale tongue
- A soft pulse
- Abdominal pain
- A poor appetite
- Stomach Qi stagnation
Happy Earth corrects the root causes of chronic vomiting by dispelling Dampness, strengthening Spleen Qi, and moving Stomach Qi downward.
Happy Earth herbal blend contains:
- Ban Xia to transform Damp and stop vomiting
- Cang Zu to dry up Damp and strengthen Spleen
- Chen Pi to transform phlegm and invigorate Stomach Qi
- Hou Po to move Qi and relieve pain
- Huo Xiang to transform Damp, regulate Stomach and stop vomiting
- Lian Qiao to clear Heat
- Shan Zha to move food stasis and promote appetite
- Wu Yao to move Qi and relieve pain
- Wu Zhu Yu to warm the middle Jiao and stop vomiting
- Zhi Ke to move Qi and relieve pain
- Typically, Jing Tang herbal blends take 6-8 weeks for maximum benefits.
Dr. Huisheng Xie, the founder of the Chi Institute in Reddick, FL, created Happy Earth herbal blend for animals.
Dr. Xie based Jing Tang’s Happy Earth on the ancient Chinese formula Wei Chang He.
Happy Earth and other TCVM herbs work best when combined with Eastern Food Therapy, plenty of water, and case-appropriate exercise.
Note: Information on this site is provided for educational purposes only and is not meant the o substitute advice provided by your own veterinarian.