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Kitten with loose stools.

post #1 of 12
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Well, Pounce is doing good other than his apparent digestive issues. When I got him (about a month ago) he was being fed Royal Canin Kitten 34. I switched him to Evo (wasn't even to 100% Evo yet). He has bad gas which I shrugged off as a kitten thing. His stools smell AWFUL, almost to the point of gagging at times and he doesn't seem to want to bury them (maybe they smell too bad?) This morning he had an extremely loose stool, stepped in it, or didn't quite make it into the box before some of it let loose and there was... poop... all over the bathroom, up onto the walls of the box and the walls of the bathroom.

This morning I dumped out all of his Evo cat food (and Evo/Royal Canin mix) back into the bin. Put what I had left of Royal Canin into his bowl (enough for 3-4 days).

There is a place just up the road that sells Wellness, is this a good choice? I could also go with the Royal Canin, but it's a substantially longer drive. The Wellness would be on the way home from work. (http://www.wellnesspetfood.com/cat_w...can_index.html)

Thanks for any help everyone!

Also: Science Diet is available in that same store.
post #2 of 12
Has he been to the vet?

Almost every kitten I take in has diahrea, and they also don't bury it..and it smells. We treat them for coccidea (Use Albon) and it clears up within days and is healthy from then on.

I don't think its the food.
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Originally Posted by Punkygirl0101 View Post
Has he been to the vet?

Almost every kitten I take in has diahrea, and they also don't bury it..and it smells. We treat them for coccidea (Use Albon) and it clears up within days and is healthy from then on.

I don't think its the food.

He went... I'd have to check for sure, but it was a couple weeks ago.
He didn't start having the gas or anything until the Evo.
post #4 of 12
My understanding is that EVO is very rich. Also is seems that you are switching foods quite a bit. You have to remain consistent even if the poop isn't... I too second the thought of maybe another visit to the vet for some more tests. But remain consistent on what you are feeding, the more switching you do the harder it is on the digestive system--and the less information you really have as far as what "normal" is.

Leslie
post #5 of 12
I've heard that Evo is pretty rich too. Ours are on Royal Canin. Too much switching too fast on dry can also cause problems with loose stools. If you are gonna switch to the Wellness instead of going back to RC, then do it slowly over a period of a week or two.

Are you also feeding canned foods. I would feed a combo of dry and canned.
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Originally Posted by Jack31 View Post
My understanding is that EVO is very rich. Also is seems that you are switching foods quite a bit. You have to remain consistent even if the poop isn't... I too second the thought of maybe another visit to the vet for some more tests. But remain consistent on what you are feeding, the more switching you do the harder it is on the digestive system--and the less information you really have as far as what "normal" is.

Leslie
Switching too often? He's been eating a mix of Evo and his original Royal Canin (started 75/25 now 25/75 in favor of Evo over the course of a month). It has steadly gotten worse, at first I thought it was his digestive system adjusting... I should have cut back earlier maybe and went back to the RC.
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Originally Posted by GoldenKitty45 View Post
I've heard that Evo is pretty rich too. Ours are on Royal Canin. Too much switching too fast on dry can also cause problems with loose stools. If you are gonna switch to the Wellness instead of going back to RC, then do it slowly over a period of a week or two.

Are you also feeding canned foods. I would feed a combo of dry and canned.
Yes, he gets Innova canned food at night and in the morning.
post #8 of 12
I would personally put him back on the Royal Canin. Maybe buy a big bag of it, so you don't have to drive as far as often.
post #9 of 12
Have the vet check for giardia and cocidia ... then you may need to reswitch back to the RC for a bit and then try again
post #10 of 12
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Switching back to RC as we speak.
post #11 of 12
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I've also noticed that when we play he begins to pant, sometimes extremely hard. Mouth open and you can hear him from well across the room, he'll just plop. He also gets black crusties in his nose from time to time. I told this to the vet and he didn't seem too concerned.
post #12 of 12
what you just described should be seen by a vet ( likely not the one not worried about it ) as kitty may have a URI , asthma or other breathing issue or simply a case of herpes( common and controlable in cats )
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