Colitis in Cats

Colitis in Cats

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. Dogs 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.