My cat had diarrhea and my mom put her outside so she wouldn’t infect the dog while also giving the cat non-prescripted worm medicine,

My cat had diarrhea and my mom put her outside so she wouldn’t infect the dog while also giving the cat non-prescripted worm medicine, is this reasonable?

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  1. Did the cat have worms? Does the cat know how to live outside? Next time, take the pet to a licensed veterinarian, rather than letting relatives guess what to do.

  2. No, she should be inside perhaps in a different room. If this is an inside cat she will be terribly frightened and probably run off. She also may not eat. If she is normally an outside cat then she might be okay but you have to keep an eye on her to be sure she is getting better. It will be very hard to do this if she is outside.
    The dog is likely already infected especially if it potties outdoors. The dog should be treated at the same time as the cat either way. Maybe your Mom is worried about something else.
    Besides that, the cat could have diarrhea from other causes such as cat food, being given milk, etc. OTC wormer is not really that efficient. Call the vet.

  3. Question Answered: My cat had diarrhea and my mom put her outside so she wouldn’t infect the dog while also giving the cat non-prescripted worm medicine, is this reasonable?
    It seems quite unreasonable to me.
    Cats living outdoors in the US live an average of 2-5 years. That’s not a very long life compared to 10-15 years (or more) for indoor cats. And the specific causes of death outdoors may be pretty gruesome. At the very least, outdoor cats may need additional vaccinations to help protect them from diseases some of which do cause diarrhea as a symptom (like Feline panleukopenia.)
    Putting an indoor cat outside because she’s sick would be quite cruel. I’d even call it animal abuse. But that’s not what really happened with your cat, is it? Last month you posted a question saying the cat mostly lived outside because your mother wouldn’t let her live in the house. You also said the cat didn’t want to be in the house. So if what really happened was your mother declined to bring an outdoor cat with diarrhea indoors, that’s not so weird.
    What is weird is giving the cat OTC worm medicine. While worms can cause diarrhea, so can lots of other things like viruses, bacteria including those causing food poisoning, parasites besides worms, and so on. I’m not sure how your mother knew your cat has worms. And even if the cat does have worms, it’s important to give the correct worm medicine. Not every worm medicine kills every type of worm. And many OTC wormers are ineffective and some are dangerous. I’d have taken the cat to the vet, not just dosed her with an OTC medication.
    Diarrhea can lead to dangerous dehydration so the true cause needs to be found so it can be treated. If the cat does have worms, and the worm she has is tapeworm, she’ll need a very specific medicine AND you’ll need to deal with her fleas. The vast majority of tapeworm infestations come from eating fleas during grooming. Unless you are treating her with an effective and safe flea preventative, any outdoor cat would likely have fleas. She’ll immediately be re-infected with tapeworm if she has fleas.
    You say your mom was worried your dog might catch the diarrhea from the cat. Frankly, if the cat has a bad enough case of worms to cause regular diarrhea, I’d be pretty surprised if the dog doesn’t already have worms too. I assume he goes outside into the yard where the cat lives. The dog has therefore been exposed to infected feces. He may also have fleas.

  4. Making sure the 2 do not interact is important, but leaving it outside is absolutely wrong. It may be cold where you live, and leaving a sick animal in freezing temperatures is abuse. Find a garage, a spare bathroom or something and spread some expendable fabric or plastic over it so the cat can poop freely, wash your hands after any interaction.

  5. No your mother deserves to abused just she abused your cat. Take the cat and dog to a shelter your mother is an abusive bitch who wants to kill animals.

  6. It probably is since the deworming medicine can cause diarrhea for a few days, although I’m not sure she would have infected the dog if she was using her litter box. If the diarrhea doesn’t stop, I’d be taking her to the vet for an exam and a different medication. You should bring your cat back inside and make her an inside-only cat if possible ( if your Mom is ok with this), as they’re many dangers to outside cats, like cars, dogs, people who don’t like cats, diseased cats etc. Get her spayed and vaccinated if she isn’t already, and get her a cat tree, toys, comfy bed, litter box so she can enjoy the indoors. Good luck with your kitty.

    Victor Allen’s

  7. If your cat is bright, alert, eating, drinking and behaving normally the commonest cause of diarrhoea is drinking cow’s milk as most cats can’t digest it, probably from lactose intolerance.
    there is little chance of her having an infection that you or the dog could catch if she is well, although EColi is possible, but unlikely.
    the best treatment is water to drink and white fish or chicken with lots of small meals. However it can take 4–6 weeks to get better.
    if she is I’ll she needs to see a vet.

  8. Well if it’s outside the dogs can pick up any worms the cat is passing in it’s fecal matter from the ground it’s WAY easier to prevent transmission by keeping the cat in an environment you can disinfect than outside where you cannot. Also likely if the cat is not an indoor outdoor cat the dogs gave the cat worms in the first place.

  9. No!! You can order online Nutri vet, anti diarrhea for cats! You can feed your cat white rice with chicken in it! Add 1 tablespoon spoon of canned Pumpkin to your cats food! Make sure your cat has fresh water! Or you may need to change your cats food!!


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