Colitis in Cats

Dr. Jason Gagné, DVM, DACVIM
By Dr. Jason Gagné, DVM, DACVIM
Updated: 5/20/20241-2 minutes
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How Do I Know if My Cat Has Colitis?

Colitis is an inflammation of the colon, also known as the large intestine. Colitis can be acute, beginning suddenly and ending relatively quickly; or chronic, lasting for weeks and recurring periodically. Signs of colitis include blood and/or mucus in the stool, diarrhea and frequent defecation of small amounts of feces. Chronic colitis may result in weight loss. Cats with colitis can be managed through diet or a combination of diet and medication.

What Causes Colitis?

The more common causes of colitis include:

  • Parasites such as hookworms, roundworms, whipworms or giardia
  • Food allergy
  • Bacterial, viral or fungal infections
  • Eating nonfood items such as grass, plastic or fabric

How Can I Reduce the Risk That My Cat Will Get Colitis?

  • Bring your cat in for regular fecal checkups with your veterinarian
  • Keep garbage and spoiled food away from your cat
  • Keep an eye on your cat—and what he or she eats—while outdoors

How is Colitis Managed?

Your veterinarian may prescribe medication for your pet. He or she may also recommend a special diet and/or dietary supplement that provides nutritional support for your pet with colitis.

 

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