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Mr. Bean's butt......

post #1 of 11
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Howdy all.
my name is Justin and I've got a 5 month old kitten named Bean. He's an absolute sweetheart. But.... and I mean but.... he's had pooping issues from the start.

My wife brought him home when a coworker found him in a Starbucks parking lot. He was about 6 weeks old. Tiny. We took him home and immediately had him de-wormed. Right from the start though, we noticed little drops of blood on his rectum after pooping. There wouldnt be any blood in the poop though. We've been to the vet over and over, given samples, and they say they cant find anything wrong. His poop smells TERRIBLE too. On the whole his bowel movements are on the loose side, but I'd never say wet... We've been feeding him high quality foods, though I will admit we've switched around a bit with all the different samples we've purchased and gotten from the vet. We are taking him to a different vet tomorrow, and hope for some resolution, but I thought I'd bounce this off some other cat owners. Bean is healthy otherwise. He'll be 6 months in December, and already weighs about 7.5 lbs.... and isnt fat...
Help. I want to be sure he is ok, and I want to be able to not think about that silly "smellycat" song from friends when I hug him!!!! Plus, we just lost our 16year old cat a few weeks ago from renal failure. (a long battle and a long story)

post #2 of 11
Hello & welcome to the forum. I'm sorry to hear of your loss & the problems with Bean. You say you've been giving him samples of different cat foods. This could be part of the problem. When switching dry foods it neccessary to change slowly to give the stomach time to adjust to a new food. I hope the new vet will find a solution.
post #3 of 11
Hi Justin, welcome to TCS.
So glad you've joined us! We love hearing about each other's kitties.
I am so sorry for the loss of your older kitty from CRF.
As suggested from the previous poster,
changing food to rapidly can create problems for kitties with sensitive tummies.

As you learn your way around the site, if you need help,
please feel free to contact me.
Simply click on my user name and send a private message.
I will get back to you asap.
post #4 of 11
Welcome to TCS!

As others have mentioned food changes can cause smelly poos. Another cause, especially with blood, is coccidiosis. This is a parasite called coccidia and causes loose stools, extremely smelly poo - sometimes there is blood and/or mucus in the stool.

Has your vet checked for this? You might ask him to check.
post #5 of 11
Hola y bienvenido a TCS, ...Catulina y Milky te saludan!!!........
(Translate: Hi and Welcome to TCS, Catulina and Milky say hello to you!!!...)

See you on the forums!

Originally Posted by KittiesHasMe View Post
Has your vet checked for this? You might ask him to check.
...did you take him to his vet?..
post #6 of 11
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Originally Posted by CoolCat View Post
Hola y bienvenido a TCS, ...Catulina y Milky te saludan!!!........
(Translate: Hi and Welcome to TCS, Catulina and Milky say hello to you!!!...)

See you on the forums!

...did you take him to his vet?..
Oh, many times. My wife actually is there with him right now again! I'll see if they've tested him... Pretty sure we've tested for every parasite though.
post #7 of 11
Thread Starter 
well, bean came back from the vet with some new, mild food, and a clean bill of health. The vet said the blood and mucous could still be a parasite, and treated again for worms. Hopefully that will be it. He said he is not overweight, and will be a BIG boy...
post #8 of 11
What wonderful news! Please post photos of the little guy when you can Welcome!
post #9 of 11
Thread Starter 
when he was really little...
post #10 of 11
Awww, look at baby Bean.
You are taking excellent care of your sweetie pie.
Hopefully the worming and food change will normalize his poo soon.
post #11 of 11
Sorry for the loss of your 16 year old cat.

As for Bean, I don't know if you'd be willing to try this, but this is something I went through with my girl Zan. She had pooping issues as well, but with her, it was pretty much diarrhea. I'm pretty sure the vet ran tests, but it has been a few years and I really can't remember. I remember her getting put on prescription foods and all, but none of that helped. What the vet eventually suggested is this.....and I admit, it was very hard to do. She had me completely eliminate all food intake for 2 entire days. I could feed her NOTHING, which was a bit difficult with other cats around. The point was to get her body to where there was nothing inside for her to eliminate, to hopefully get rid of whatever little "bug" was wreaking havoc on her system. She cried and cried those whole 2 days for food and it was heartbreaking to see, but I was determined to help fix her problem. Once those 2 days were over and I was positive she was no longer having bowel movements, I was allowed to start reintroducing her food, but it was not a normal serving size. I had to start out with small, very small amounts and gradually work back up to a normal feeding. I wish I could remember how much food she was allowed, and how much I increased each serving by, and how long of a period it was, but it's just been too long now. My cats eat only twice a day and it is 1/4 cup each they only get 1/2 cup of food per day.

Eventually, with this method, we got her bowel movements back to normal. The vet commended me on it because she said most owners would not have done what I did.
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