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Hi, I found a stray kitten and she has had diarreah for a couple days.
I have not owned a cat in years and I am unsure what to do.
She is drinking and playing normal. She will be going to a vet soon.
To be spayed and for a check up.  I am uncertain about the diarreah,though.
Maryann Carrigan

I answered this question for you yesterday. If you have lost the e-mail, here is my answer from yesterday:

  Hi Maryann,

Diarrhea can be caused from a change in diet, worms and other parasites, or bacterial overloads.
If it's food, it should clear up in a day or so.
Worms and bacterial problems your vet will take care of when you take her in.

Make sure she is on a high quality food such as Science Diet Kitten Growth. Purina has cows milk in it and on it so don't use that. Cats and dogs are lactose intolerant once they are weaned so keep her away from milk. Cows milk causes diarrhea in most cats and dogs for this reason.
Goats milk is a little better but not needed.

You can try to mix some boiled white rice or rice water into her food and see if she will eat it. That can help the diarrhea. Also there are some homeopathic diarrhea drops or meltable tablets for babies that I do believe are safe for cats, but I am not sure so I am hesitant to recommend them. You might want to call a vet to ask about those. You can use canned pumpkin- the plain canned not the pie mix canned. Give her a little spoonful with her food or on the side.

Seaweed can also help. Seaweed helps to balance electrolytes and offers prebiotic properties to facilitate reestablishment of gut microflora. The fiber in seaweed absorbs excess fluid in the digestive tract. Seaweed also boasts anti-microbial and anti-parasite properties, and helps to remove toxins. Since it is low in carbohydrates, a small amount of seaweed is a suitable fiber and supplement for cats. You would have to grind up the seaweed.

Once she is used to her food and free of parasites her diarrhea should clear up.  

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