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HI...Cosmo is my first official kitty!! I already have a Golden Retreiver and they get along lovely. Cosmo is 6 months old. Here is the problem....

Last week Cosmo had diarrhea and I brought him to the vet...she gave him antibiotics . I told her he might have ate some plant leaves (thank God were NOT poisonous) and she said that might have upset his belly. Now, his consistency is better BUT he whereas before the consistency was the problem, now it is frequency. He defecates like 4 times a day and it smells awful!! He also eats a heck of a lot for a little 6pd 11 oz kitty. Any advice out there?? I feed him Solid Gold dry food and Half a can 2x a day of NutroMax canned. Any advice would be greatly appreciated.....
post #2 of 11
The food s your feeding are excellent but not for him...

You may want to try Natural choice kitten or California natural for drys and keep wet to one meat and one grain

till you can switch try some plain pumpkin mixed in the canned

I dont use yogurt many cats have adverse reaction s .... I use probiotic powders ... probios and Bene bac are common in pets and feed stores

welcome to TCS
post #3 of 11
Often antibiotics will cause more frequent and smellier bowl movments. Is your kitty still taking antibiotics? Kitten food as suggested above would also be much better for your kitten.
post #4 of 11
Also, a couple of licks of unsweetened, plain yogurt might help get his digestion back on track, after antibiotics.

Cheers, from
SwampWitch
post #5 of 11
Two things come to mind:
1- he needs intestinal flora...try a good acidophilus or something like "bene-pac"...it is geared for felines & can be ordered from Amazon
2 - he is parasitic...loose, frequent stools w/that notorious smell indicate Coccidia

Diarrhea is only a symptom of something else...it seems his body/system is trying to rid something. Antibiotics will only attack an infection & are actually killing the good bacteria in your little guy's system. May be a good idea to first add acidophilus to his food along w/the antibiotics you were given.
post #6 of 11
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The vet checked for parasites and he was negative. She dewormed him again just in case even though everything was negative. I will try the Acidophalus. But here is my other question. I thought Solid Gold was supposed to be a great quality food for cats and Kittens. Why switch? They are no longer loose just frequent. Today it is 830pm and he has gone 3 times already. Isn't that a lot for a 6pd 11oz kitten? Can it be the canned? When I adopted him , he was not getting canned but I added it due to the information I read in reference to canned food. Besides the fact that he goes WILD for it. It is the funniest thing. At 6am he is meowing and nudging me until I feed him and again at night. It took him all of 1 day to start doing that. Then once I give it, he inhales it. Any help would be appreciated. Thanks!!
post #7 of 11
I don't have answers for all of your questions, but I can try and help.

He's young and growing fast. At that age, they will eat a lot. In general I do like wet food better than dry but at that age I would recommend having dry food available to him all the time. Bottomless bowl.

I don't have much experience with coccidia, but as I can recall it's not part of the typical fecal test. Maybe some one can confirm this?? I would think that the stools would be loose with that, though...again, I'm not sure.

I would continue feeding him the canned food. The fact that he likes it is a blessing IMO. Some refuse it....especially when they weren't offered it at a young age.

Oh, edited to add: I lost track of the total amount of food he's eating, but you can generally count on them eating two times the recommended amounts, when they are growing. If a kitten wants more, I always give it...the recommendations on the cans and bags are just a guide.
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The vet checked for parasites and he was negative. She dewormed him again just in case even though everything was negative. I will try the Acidophalus. But here is my other question. I thought Solid Gold was supposed to be a great quality food for cats and Kittens. Why switch? They are no longer loose just frequent. Today it is 830pm and he has gone 3 times already. Isn't that a lot for a 6pd 11oz kitten? Can it be the canned? When I adopted him , he was not getting canned but I added it due to the information I read in reference to canned food. Besides the fact that he goes WILD for it. It is the funniest thing. At 6am he is meowing and nudging me until I feed him and again at night. It took him all of 1 day to start doing that. Then once I give it, he inhales it. Any help would be appreciated. Thanks!!
Solid Gold is an EXCELLENT food /// I am suggesting something a bit less coplex in the meat and grain area ... see some cats dont do well with say fish .... Canned food is also great , i do feed max cat in my rotation as it is a great food but it too may be to coplex for your babys system
post #9 of 11
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Originally Posted by SwampWitch View Post
Also, a couple of licks of
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unsweetened, plain yogurt
might help get his digestion back on track, after antibiotics.

Cheers, from
SwampWitch
The new Activia is causing hundreds of thousands of problems with people and cats alike. You can do your own internet research on this. It is best to stay with the time honored, thousands of years old, plain yogurt without jams and jellies added. Try Bulgarian some day, if you are used to sugar filled yogurt. Much better for you and your darlings. Americans in particular want jams and jellies in their yogurt, but your cat probably does not. Persi, and now Alley, always get a tad of Bulgarian yogurt which means all they get is yogurt, no additives.
post #10 of 11
Hi, I am Bobbie, and I wish you luck! I know you're going to be fine!
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The new Activia is causing hundreds of thousands of problems with people and cats alike...
Activia's loaded with sugar, too. Not good for humans or kitties.
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