Could dry food be causing my cat’s diarrhea?

Original Question: My cat has diarrhea every time she eats dry food. I try to feed her slowly each day and give her small amounts but after a while she gets diarrhea and we have to start from zero again. - Mai

Could dry food be causing my cat’s diarrhea? Nov 8, 2017

Hi Mai,

Thanks for your question. Diarrhea is a very common and unpleasant problem experienced by many pet owners, I encourage you to take a look at our video ‘What to Do Before the Vet if Your Dog or Cat is Vomiting or Has Diarrhea’ for more strategy suggestions. There are many possible underlying factors and it can be tricky to determine the exact cause. Possibilities may include infections like parasites, viruses, bacteria, mal-absorptive disorders such as a problem with the pancreas, food intolerance or sensitivity, inflammatory bowel disease and some types of cancer. In your case, I would suggest consulting with your vet and rule out infections and other diseases before trying another diet change. There are many diets your vet can review with you that are specifically designed to help with digestive sensitivities – but ensuring there is nothing more worrisome going on is a good idea.

I hope this is helpful!

Dr. Kim Hester

Disclaimer: and its team of veterinarians and clinicians do not endorse any products, services, or recommended advice. All advice presented by our veterinarians, clinicians, tools, resources, etc is not meant to replace a regular physical exam and consultation with your primary veterinarian or other clinicians. We always encourage you to seek medical advice from your regular veterinarian.

Related Q&A

  • Why is my cat shedding so much?
  • Answered by: Paul
  • Apr 30, 2023
  • Why is my cat always hungry?
  • Answered by: Paul
  • Apr 29, 2023
  • Why is my cat panting?
  • Answered by: Paul
  • Apr 6, 2023
  • Why is my cat clingy?
  • Answered by: Paul
  • Apr 4, 2023