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post #1 of 23
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Johnny Cash has been at petsmart for 3 weeks now. The first 1 1/2 weeks, he ate his regular food mix half and half with Royal Canin maine Coon brand. The last 1 1/2 weeks he's been on the straight RC. Today he had very watery diarrhea.

Do you think there could be something in the RC bothering him? He was previously on a mix of Orijen/California Natural.
post #2 of 23
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Assuming this is just due to his food switch, (the RC has double the fiber content) is there anything I can give him for a few days to help firm up his stools? Yogurt or anything?
post #3 of 23
I know a small amount of pumpkin works well (if the kitty will eat it). You can get it in the baking isle, just make sure you don't get the one with spices in it, just 100% pumpkin.

Has he had a stool test just to make sure he hasn't picked up anything?
post #4 of 23
Awww, that's a shame.
Some kitties are extremely sensitive to food changes....
if possible, it would be best to return Johnny Cash to his old diet until his tummy settles down.
I know that might be a problem in the PetSmart setting.

Sending vibes that the squirts clear up easily.
Johnny Cash
post #5 of 23
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Originally Posted by AlleyGirl View Post
Johnny Cash has been at petsmart for 3 weeks now. The first 1 1/2 weeks, he ate his regular food mix half and half with Royal Canin maine Coon brand. The last 1 1/2 weeks he's been on the straight RC. Today he had very watery diarrhea.

Do you think there could be something in the RC bothering him? He was previously on a mix of Orijen/California Natural.

I can't respond to the Maine Coon foumula, but my three have been on RC Light (as adults, not kittens) and done fine.
post #6 of 23
Its possible. Not all cats can eat the same foods. We feed RC and haven't any problems. I find that some pieces of cheese usually helps stop it.

Maybe switch back to the other and see what happens. If there still is a problem, then make a vet visit.
post #7 of 23
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The problem is that he needs to be able to eat one of the petsmart foods and they don't carry orijen and C.N.

There is supposed to be someone coming to look at him Sunday, but now I'm going to have to postpone that until his stomach is straightened out. Do you think this will clear up on its own in a day or two if he keeps eating the food? I'm afraid if I take him some of my food, it will just make things worse and then start all over again when he's switched back. He's been on the straight RC for over a week now, and was on a mix of it before that.
post #8 of 23
can you GET PLAIN pumpkin and some Bene bac>??
post #9 of 23
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Originally Posted by sharky View Post
can you GET PLAIN pumpkin and some Bene bac>??
& maybe he'd do better on another food? Petsmart's Authority, while not as good [IMO] as RC, is acceptable...
post #10 of 23
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Originally Posted by sharky View Post
can you GET PLAIN pumpkin and some Bene bac>??
Bene bac is a really good idea.

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Originally Posted by laureen227 View Post
& maybe he'd do better on another food? Petsmart's Authority, while not as good [IMO] as RC, is acceptable...
Authority might be worth a try Paula but a fast switch of foods can cause further tummy upsets.

Sending you and Johnny Cash calming vibes and successful adoption vibes on Saturday. vibes:
post #11 of 23
Just a few words of caution...someone needs to make sure this kitten/cat doesn't dehydrate in that environment. Personally, I don't understand why he is being left in the store while he is ill.......
post #12 of 23
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He will be going to the vet today to have a fecal check and to make sure he is not dehydrated. We do not just leave sick cats at the store, but they do stay there if they are being treated for something minor, which this is at this point. His diarrhea is caused by the food switch. RC has twice as much fiber and he was switched too fast. He WILL be treated and taken care of as necessary, but I don't consider ONE episode of diarrhea an emergency and I don't appreciate the insinuation that he is being neglected.

I thought pumpkin was for constipation? Wouldn't that make it worse? I don't know what bene bac is. I can get some if you tell me what it is and where to get it. The reason he is on the RC is because he has to have glucosamine/chondroitin supplement for his arthritis and the RC Maine Coon food already has it in it. He won't eat the powder supplement and we're trying to avoid daily pilling. So we would really rather not switch his food and go back to the pills if possible.
post #13 of 23
They should actually have bene bac at the petsmart. They usually sell it in little tubes for kittens, it's not the most cost effective way to buy it, but any port in a storm. I've been getting bigger tubes mail order from Drs Foster & Smith.

Is he picky about wet food? When Stan gets a little loose poo, I usually feed them wet food with rice in it to help him firm up.

I know it sounds like he's sensitive to food changes, but it might also be the specific variety of RC. Stan does very well with the "Special 33" variety, which is supposed to help with digestive health.

for Johnny Cash
post #14 of 23
Bene bac is a probiotic that can usually be found at PetSmart.
As described at the link below, it can add to the natural flora of a cat's intestinal tract to aid digestion.
http://www.petsmart.com/product/inde...ductId=2751735

I always thought that pumpkin (added fiber) was for constipation too.

Sending vibes that Johnny Cash gets a clean bill of health at the vets this morning.
post #15 of 23
Thread Starter 
Thanks. I hope I don't have to change his food again. If he can't eat something easily available, it will almost ruin his chances of adoption. He has enough against him already because of his bad leg.

The vet may give him something today, but if not, I will get the bene bac at petsmart this evening.
post #16 of 23
Awww, that sweet boy.
Sending more vibes for Johnny Cash.
post #17 of 23
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Originally Posted by xocats View Post
I always thought that pumpkin (added fiber) was for constipation too.

You can actually use it for both, it is a great "regulator". You give SMALL amounts for Diarrhea and larger amounts for constipation
post #18 of 23
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Originally Posted by *Pepper* View Post

You can actually use it for both, it is a great "regulator". You give SMALL amounts for Diarrhea and larger amounts for constipation
Thanks for sharing that info.
post #19 of 23
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Originally Posted by JellyBella View Post
I know it sounds like he's sensitive to food changes, but it might also be the specific variety of RC. Stan does very well with the "Special 33" variety, which is supposed to help with digestive health.
that's the version of RC mine get, as well.
post #20 of 23
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He was doing better yesterday. No bowl movement which the vet said was a good sign. He always threw up a hairball, which may have contributed to the problem. He is not dehydrated and is doing well otherwise so she didn't want to medicate him at all. Suggested to give him yogurt and/or bene bac and let it clear up on its own. Hopefully he will still be able to be adopted on Sunday as planned.
post #21 of 23
Let's keep the vibes coming for this sweet boy's health and adoption....
Johnny Cash
post #22 of 23
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Originally Posted by AlleyGirl View Post
He was doing better yesterday. No bowl movement...He is not dehydrated...
That is very good news!

I want to clarify something with you...
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...I don't appreciate the insinuation that he is being neglected...
I intended no such interpretation. Having personally witnessed the lack of understanding about some very basic "feline fundamentals" on the part of Petsmart staff and, having read many accounts of similar experiences from others, I was concerned that this very obvious need might well be overlooked while he was in the store. My comment was intended as a "heads-up"/reminder, not as criticism of your own care and concern.

If, when you are dealing with potential "adoptors", you are able to confirm that they are flexible in their food choices for a new cat, you perhaps should consider making the strong recommendation that they slowly transition him back to what he was doing so well on before...Orijen and California Natural or, better yet a high protein/high fat/low carb wet food diet.
post #23 of 23
Thread Starter 
I know that there are problems with some petsmart situations in other places, but we don't have that problem at our store. First, the employees check the cats several times a day, but our own volunteers are there 3 times per day and evening so we're always very well aware of the cats and what is going on with them.

The potential adopters only have Petsmart in their little town to shop, so he needs to be able to eat a food sold there. The only one with the supplements he needs is the RC, so unless he has more issues in the future I don't see a reason not to have him on that, although it would not be my choice.

As for wet food, Johnny just won't eat it. I had him at my house for almost 3 months and tried every brand and flavor under the sun. I tried taking away his dry food and hoping hunger would push him to eat it, but no go.
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