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post #1 of 10
Thread Starter 
I have a 12 year old cat with chronic diarrhea (very soft brown stool). Veternarian cannot seem to help, with shots, antibiotics, etc.

The cat is overweight, drinks a lot of water, but seems otherwise reasonably healthy and friendly. My other cat shares the litter box but has no such problem.

I've tried a lot of foods, (Hills Science), digestive aids, starchy foods--nothing helps. Occasionally the problem goes away for a day or two, then comes right back. It is exasperating!

Anyone have a similar problem out there?.
post #2 of 10
Have they done all the routine fecal testing and blood work?

If they have and have ruled out giardia and other things like coccidial then I would find a good health food store near you and ask them if they carry GSE (Grapefruit Seed Extract) Buy the liquid not the pills, the liquid is very bitter, take and put two drops on this on her/his wet food and mix it up well. Also take and drop 2 drops into the water bowl. The substance has amazing properties and the ability to kill any harmful bacteria or fungal infection that is lurking within. Keep this up for a full week.

I would also start feeding the cat some canned pumpkin. Introduce a little bit of it at a time until it can accept it. Mashed up green beans is another source of good fiber to firm up stool, as is catnip (organic) BUT using catnip is not advised if the cat is a domestic or purebred(versus stray or feral) because sometimes the cat will refuse to eat anything unless catnip is present in the food, and that is a dangerous way to go. For some reason the strays and ferals don't have that same tendency.

Good luck!
post #3 of 10
Hi richard1u,
My cat didn't have such a problem chronically, but he did have it for about a month... it was the longest month of my life. We had full blood panels done, everything came back fine. My vet clinic has a bunch of doctors at it, and I had to go through three of them before anyone could help him. They gave him centrine (pretty much like Imodium) and it just backed him up. I had him tested for FELV thinking the worst. But the last vet there put him on antibiotics, and she put him on them for a good month, but it lucikly stopped his problem. Oh, I also switched his food from Nutro Max to Nutro Natural Choice, but I really don't know if that was a help or not... it's supposed to be for sensitive tummies.

I don't have any advice really... hopefully Hissy's ideas will help. I just have a small clue about what you're dealing with, and I know how frustrating it can be. I'm sending get-better thoughts to your kitty... poor little thing, I hope (s)he gets better soon.
post #4 of 10
I'm curiuos about the mentioning of trying a lot of foods.
Just how many foods have you tried, and over what period of time? Switching often, specially to different brands can cause digestive upset, and some cats are more sensitive to that then others, even IF you switch them very slowly each time.
Keep speaking with the vet to figure something out, but I would personally discuss with the vet about the idea of keeping him on just ONE food, for now, save any additional treatments like the pumpkin hissy mentioned.
post #5 of 10
Thread Starter 
I want to thank everyone for the kindness of their replies.

To clarify, my cat has been treated with antibiotics, and was given a shot of what I think was cortizone. I use Hills Science diet mature formula (age 7+), both canned and dry. Nothing seems to help.

I'm now trying a pet store digestive aid that has cranberry juice, papaya and yogurt cultures, as ingredients. So far, no luck.

What does canned pumpkin do? If I try to feed my cat green beans, should they be cooked first, and mixed with moist cat food?

Another charactoristic he has is dry skin with fur shedding--thought his coat remains full, soft, and seems normal to the touch.

post #6 of 10
Yes cook the beans first and mash them well. Most cats love it- it contains fiber and will help firm up loose stools as will the pumpkin. Just feed the canned pumpkin straight, no need to cook that.

Has kitty been tested for Diabetes? With him drinking so much water, that would be a concern.
post #7 of 10
Hissy, I have a question. I always read and was told that canned pumpkin was good if a kitty was constipated... does it work in both cases?
post #8 of 10
Have you considered a food allergy? My Hoots ate regular sicence diet till the age of 8yr, then she had diarrhea for a month till i switched her to a non-chicken based food. I all so have to switch her foods very slowly or she get diarrhea from that too. Just something to think about.
post #9 of 10
yes pumpkin will work in both cases..
post #10 of 10
Thanks for clearing that up, Hissy.
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