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post #1 of 16
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I have a male kitten that I adopted when he was 4 months old. He is now 9 months old. Every since I got him he has had diahrrea. I had taken him to the vet who ran all the tests but couldn't find anything wrong with him. The vet also said that the cat looks so very healthy he would never have guessed he had diahrrea. He put him on probiotics but they didn't help. I tried different high quality foods and a grain-free food but they didn't help either. I tried yogurt but he won't eat it. I have finally been able to get him to eat pumpkin if I mix it into his dry cat food.
The pumpkin seems to be making a difference. I have been mixing about a teaspoon in with his food at each mealtime (three times a day).
I was wondering if I should be giving it at every meal like that or if its only needed at one meal per day? Also, do I need to feed it for the rest of his life or has the pumpkin "fixed" the problem?
post #2 of 16
glad to hear the pumpkin seems to be helping!
my Java [former stray] had some major intestinal issues when i found her. soft stool, leading to diarrhea, plus probable intestinal cramping [she used to lie on me a lot] & horrific gas
the vet told me she had a 'bacterial intestinal overgrowth'. it took 2 rounds of antibiotics to get rid of, plus a treatment of Bene-Bac before she was back to normal.
since he won't eat yogurt, you might try the Bene-Bac. it's got the same type of thing in it to help.
or you could try mixing a human probiotic [comes in capsules] w/his food.
post #3 of 16
I have had to cut out all foods that contain chicken to cure Millys bouts of D!
post #4 of 16
I currently have two fosters with diarrhea. We tried several things but plain yogurt really worked! It does not seem to take much of it either. One kitty will eat the stuff up. The other one is not interested. For her we wipe yogurt across the mouth and she licks it off. We noticed a difference within half a day.

The one who eats it readily (a tablespoon per day) as near as we can tell, is cured (after 3 days), but we are keeping him on it for a little while longer.

The female's has firmed up considerably but is still not "normal".

You might try the wipe/lick trick on your kitten.
post #5 of 16
How many food changes?? are you gradually switching over 2-3 weeks??? and then leaving on for another4-8 weeks??
post #6 of 16
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How many food changes?? are you gradually switching over 2-3 weeks??? and then leaving on for another4-8 weeks??
Yeah, I know how to switch foods, I've tried three different kinds and when none of them helped I figured it wasn't the food thats causing the problem. I'm going to try the bene-bac and the probiotics, thanks Laureen )
post #7 of 16
The ??? was did you leave them on it for a reasonable time?? ie many will still have prior food residue in them at 4 -6 weeks ...

probiotics are great make sure to also add digestive enzymes
post #8 of 16
I'm sorry your kitty is having diahrrea. I always feel terrible when one of the gang gets sick , human, feline, and canine. When my girl kitty was having tummy issues, I found that she was allergic to chicken. The vet said to wait 4 week to see if the food is working. I tried a few expensive dry foods, she only will eat dry. The one that worked was Purina One Sensitive Systems. At first, I was opposed to feeding Purina but someone said it worked for her cat. I tried it and she's doing well.
post #9 of 16
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Hmmm, I will give that Purina a try! Thanks for the suggestion
Sharky, yes I left him on it for enough time, I didn't actually count the weeks but I left him on each for the length of two large bags so that was probably at least 6 weeks.
post #10 of 16
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I'm going to try the bene-bac and the probiotics, thanks Laureen
you're welcome! btw, Bene-Bac is a probiotic, so do either one or the other. [i think...]
post #11 of 16
Fang had mushy bowels and the vet suggested sensitive system food and gave him a course of prednisonlone. He has been great since, its been years,. Sometimes i will try a different wet food, and if I give it more than one day, mush shows Up
They all get sensitive system, purina one, and trader joes turkey with giblets. Neither have corn, both seem to be good quality.
No problems now.
post #12 of 16
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Originally Posted by laureen227 View Post
you're welcome! btw, Bene-Bac is a probiotic, so do either one or the other. [i think...]
Ohhhh, Ooops, thanks

But..... Isn't bene-bac kind of a short-term thing, but the probiotics could be sprinkled over every meal for long-term... or is that totally unnecessary?
post #13 of 16
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Originally Posted by jaycee View Post
Ohhhh, Ooops, thanks

But..... Isn't bene-bac kind of a short-term thing, but the probiotics could be sprinkled over every meal for long-term... or is that totally unnecessary?
i just know when i used the Bene-Bac, it worked. haven't really had a use for it again...
post #14 of 16
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Someone suggested I feed him food grade aloe vera gel along with the probiotics, thats what she did for her cat when it had a diahrrea problem, any opinions on that?
post #15 of 16
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Originally Posted by jaycee View Post
Someone suggested I feed him food grade aloe vera gel along with the probiotics, thats what she did for her cat when it had a diahrrea problem, any opinions on that?
ALOE is a KNOWN TOXIN
http://www.cfainc.org/articles/plants.html
http://www.aspca.org/site/PageServer...cc_toxicplants
both obviously reputable sites
post #16 of 16
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WOW, I'm really surprised at that because she fed it to her cat every day for two months! I wonder if she was just lucky or if the process of turning it into gel makes it safe? Oh well, I won't risk it on my kitty, sure am glad I asked about it!
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