Why does one of my cats have soft stool, but not the other? I feed them the same food.

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Some reasons for this condition include:

• Food: Each cat reacts differently to a food so what may be good for one just may not be good for the other. Intolerances, allergies and sensitivities might be experience by your cat. If your cat is allowed to roam outside, she may also be eating garbage or foods given by neighbors, all of which can cause stomach upset and loose stools.
• Intestinal Parasites and Worms: Giardia is one type of parasite your cat can come in contact with by drinking old, standing water outside your house that contains these parasites.
Tapeworms and hookworms can also cause diarrhea. Some varieties of intestinal worms can be seen by the naked eye, but they are usually hard to spot. If your cat has diarrhea, take a sample of its stool to your veterinarian who can check for worms and parasites through a microscope.
• Intestinal Blockages: Many cats eat fabric, yarn, plants, and other non-consumables. This behavior is known as Pica and can be dangerous for your pet. If it eats nonfood items, resulting blockages can prevent stool from leaving the body.
• Toxins: Pesticides, oils and other toxins are some things your cat may inadvertently drink. Some people use poisons around their houses to prevent rats and other animals from entering it.
• Inflammatory Bowel: While this disease is not usually curable, symptoms, including vomiting and diarrhea, can usually be controlled through diet and medication.
• Disease: Always check with your veterinarian if your cat has persistent diarrhea or shows signs of other symptoms, including change in behavior and lethargy.
• Stress: Your cat may become anxious when you have visitors in your home, are away for long periods of time or are planning a big trip. Moving, traveling or staying at a kennel can also cause stress and loose stools.

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