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post #31 of 49
The kittens have only been on CN for one day now is that long enough to tell if it will help? Can't wait to find out how they are doing today.
post #32 of 49
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I feel like such an idiot, allowing the vet to get me to fix what wasn't broken (ie.e. getting them off the Whiskas that the breeder had been feeding them) and then switching their dry food to Evo because I heard it was so good.

I think I'm getting this under control. I've been watching out for lethargy but both kittens are as active and mischievous as ever and even though they do not exactly devour the CN dry I've been feeding them exclusively for 48 hours now (with bottled water) they are not turning their noses up at it either. And after a poopless two days, today I was thrilled to see what looked more like a formed stool rather than a puddle of guk.

I spoke to the vet, who thinks an allergy is unlikely as it's affected the two of them, and he's happy for me to continue what I'm doing and he'll examine them again on Saturday.

Their coats smell great, as every healthy cat's does in my experience, even my old Persian's (she's nineteen) but our little girl does fart up a storm, perhaps another sign that their tummies are in a bit of an uproar. However, I'm hoping that the pendulum is swinging back now. I hope.

They are not on any form of probiotic.
post #33 of 49
A probiotic would be a great thing to add .. One it cant hurt as it is bacteria the good kind they need anyway... bene bac is readily avail , very tasty and easy to dose
post #34 of 49
So glad to hear the CN is working out! I hope everything continues to get better on that diet. Thank you for updating
post #35 of 49
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So glad to hear the CN is working out! I hope everything continues to get better on that diet. Thank you for updating
Well I think it's working out, kitytize. This is making me more anxious than dealing with human babies!
post #36 of 49
Btw - we need to see more pics of the little ones (especially the Oci owners in here)
post #37 of 49
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Yes, I'm going to go one better and upload video onto YouTube when I get a moment.

They are truly adorable. Playful, mischievous and very "people" orientated; they love to sit on laps, sleep on our beds and literally get in our faces. They are "face" cats, they like to go nose-to-nose.

There are so few "cat people" out there and it seems I can share my enthusiasm about these beautiful animals more reciprocally in places like this rather than with our friends and neighbors ("you paid how much?", they say). However, last night we had dinner with an old friend, ex-military, Lieutenant Colonel, a tough guy...and he loved them.

I'll be happier when I feel I've got their tummies stabilised, however.
post #38 of 49
Sounds as though you're doing the right thing keeping them just on the same good quality dry for the moment. If they're happy and active and still drinking enough fluids to replace the fluid lost in the diarrhea, then they *should* be ok.
post #39 of 49
SILLY ?? do you know how to check for dyhydration?>?
post #40 of 49
The farting will probably calm down as they get used to their diet. Boy oh boy though, those farts are killer. Phew tinky!
post #41 of 49
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SILLY ?? do you know how to check for dyhydration?>?
Er, who's silly? Me?

No, not sure how to check for dehydration, please clue me in.

I don't think they are dehydrated and they've been drinking plenty of (bottled) water.
post #42 of 49
you pinch there scruff( the fold right between the sholder blade).... IF well hydrated the pinch goes down fast ( under 2 second)... if longer than that they are dehydrated and if it stay s up more than about 4 seconds a ER trip is needed ... I thought it may be a silly question to ask
post #43 of 49
Even if they are drinking, they can get dehydrated fast. And when they get dehydrated, they don't want to eat. And if they don't eat....you get the picture.

I would hold off on any more major food changes fro at least 4 weeks. Perhaps simply add Cal Nat wet food for the time being. The new home & such drastic food changes would cause major diarrhea.
post #44 of 49
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Even if they are drinking, they can get dehydrated fast. And when they get dehydrated, they don't want to eat. And if they don't eat....you get the picture.

I would hold off on any more major food changes fro at least 4 weeks. Perhaps simply add Cal Nat wet food for the time being. The new home & such drastic food changes would cause major diarrhea.
Just thought I would add that Riley does great on the Cal. Nat. dry, but the wet gives him diarrhea for some reason, so he eats Merrick wet. Hopefully your two won't have that problem if you start adding wet in a couple weeks, but you might be prepared for them having to eat a different brand of wet than dry.
post #45 of 49
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Update: It turns out that the diaharrea was bacterial. We did tests for parasites and bacteria because the vet was getting a little concerned at the lack of significant improvement but I think we've discovered the root of the problem, thank goodness. Both kittens are on a course of liquid medication, once a day for twenty days.

If any of you are curious about the specifics, post here and when I get home I'll supply more details when I've confirmed the names of both the bacteria they were tested for and the medication.
post #46 of 49
Wow, how about that!! Well I'm sorry they have a bacterial problem, but I'm pleased you know for sure and they are getting medication for it Poor little rascals!!

Hope they improve soon
post #47 of 49
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Wow, how about that!! Well I'm sorry they have a bacterial problem, but I'm pleased you know for sure and they are getting medication for it Poor little rascals!!

Hope they improve soon


I'm glad the cause of the problem was found and hopefully they will show improvement in a few days We've had the same problem going round our foster homes for the rescue I volunteer with.
post #48 of 49
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The farting will probably calm down as they get used to their diet. Boy oh boy though, those farts are killer. Phew tinky!
and don't kittens go through farting stages anyway?

i remember stoli and luxor going through the farts at about 7-8 months

glad to hear it was a bacterial problem and hope it gets better FAST. it could have been from the water originally.

bene bac - good stuff.
post #49 of 49
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Originally Posted by Renovia View Post
and don't kittens go through farting stages anyway?

i remember stoli and luxor going through the farts at about 7-8 months

glad to hear it was a bacterial problem and hope it gets better FAST. it could have been from the water originally.

bene bac - good stuff.
Dunno if it's normal for kits to fart, but lemme tell ya, mine all did as kittens... I just attributed it to the food change.. but oh my goodness, if they weren't so cute while they were sitting on my lap being loved with their little butts faced deliberately in my direction. "you stopped petting me" *FART* "you moved and disturbed my sleep" *FART*
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