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post #1 of 17
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looking for opinions on whether a grain or a protein (specifically chicken and fish) would be more likely to cause a food intolerance causing diarrhea. thanks!
post #2 of 17
Fish , corn , Wheat , SOY

chicken can be a gas causer ....
post #3 of 17
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Fish , corn , Wheat , SOY

chicken can be a gas causer ....
thanks Sharky. we have narrowed down intolerances to fish =diarrhea and either chicken or grains= diarrhea. right now she can only eat Instinct wet lamb. Prairie made by same company has Chicken as 4th or 5th ingred and potato starch and oat fiber but it gives her diarrhea. im trying to figure out should i introduce a starch or chicken (fish is out of the question) first. my vet either wants science diet or homeade and she wont eat homeade only s/d dry which I dont agree with being she has perfect stools on the wet Instinct Lamb. she's getting tired of the lamb and i do hope to introduce new foods soon buut am afraid of tummy upsets. she eats no dry cat food, she loves it but i am afraid to feed as it gives her the runs.
post #4 of 17
IMHO chicken as it is less likely

Lamb is a hot meat and could also cause it for "richness " issues
post #5 of 17
My Sprout also has food intolerances, and the only thing we have found that works for him is the wet Instinct lamb too. I don't know what I'll do if they ever quit making it! I have no advice, but I wish you luck in your search.
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My Sprout also has food intolerances, and the only thing we have found that works for him is the wet Instinct lamb too. I don't know what I'll do if they ever quit making it! I have no advice, but I wish you luck in your search.
wow, another kitty like Little Miss!! can Sprout eat any dry food at all? they better keep making the lamb!! were Sprouts in tolerances tummy related?

heres to Sprout doing well!
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wow, another kitty like Little Miss!! can Sprout eat any dry food at all? they better keep making the lamb!! were Sprouts in tolerances tummy related?

heres to Sprout doing well!
Yes, his problems were all tummy related. He had diarrhea when we first brought him home last year, but I attributed that to change in food. The worst of it went away, but his poo was still VERY soft and he had awful gas. Fecals were negative, so the vet had me try a hypo-allergenic wet food (lamb-based) that worked like magic. We experimented with different commercial foods, but nothing worked except the Instinct lamb.

We have not found any dry food that he can tolerate. I recently saw Instinct Rabbit kibble and tried that, but it was a no go. The Prairie lamb kibble doesn't work for him either. Unfortunately they do not make Instinct kibble in lamb formula and I haven't found any other lamb-based grain free dry foods either, so I haven't been able to try that. I was searching for a long while because, as I'm sure you've noticed, Instinct wet is not exactly cheap.

Recently though I put my other two cats back on it exclusively as well. Griffin has been having some icky ear issues and the vet recommended trying him on the lamb and seeing if it improves. Luckily my 3 cats all LOVE the lamb, so they have no problems with that plan! I just wish lamb foods were as widely available for cats as they are for dogs.
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Yes, his problems were all tummy related. He had diarrhea when we first brought him home last year, but I attributed that to change in food. The worst of it went away, but his poo was still VERY soft and he had awful gas. Fecals were negative, so the vet had me try a hypo-allergenic wet food (lamb-based) that worked like magic. We experimented with different commercial foods, but nothing worked except the Instinct lamb.

We have not found any dry food that he can tolerate. I recently saw Instinct Rabbit kibble and tried that, but it was a no go. The Prairie lamb kibble doesn't work for him either. Unfortunately they do not make Instinct kibble in lamb formula and I haven't found any other lamb-based grain free dry foods either, so I haven't been able to try that. I was searching for a long while because, as I'm sure you've noticed, Instinct wet is not exactly cheap.

Recently though I put my other two cats back on it exclusively as well. Griffin has been having some icky ear issues and the vet recommended trying him on the lamb and seeing if it improves. Luckily my 3 cats all LOVE the lamb, so they have no problems with that plan! I just wish lamb foods were as widely available for cats as they are for dogs.
do i have questions for you! how much is instinct lamb in your area? $40.00 for 24 cans here. also have you tried the instinct freeze dried raw lamb, i was thinking it might be like dry. i'll be going to my pet store on friday and will ask her about it. pm me if you like
oh my husband has always been intrigued by sphinx cats and he thinks Sprout is a beauty!
post #9 of 17
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Originally Posted by BBDOLL22 View Post
thanks Sharky. we have narrowed down intolerances to fish =diarrhea and either chicken or grains= diarrhea. right now she can only eat Instinct wet lamb. Prairie made by same company has Chicken as 4th or 5th ingred and potato starch and oat fiber but it gives her diarrhea. im trying to figure out should i introduce a starch or chicken (fish is out of the question) first. my vet either wants science diet or homeade and she wont eat homeade only s/d dry which I dont agree with being she has perfect stools on the wet Instinct Lamb. she's getting tired of the lamb and i do hope to introduce new foods soon buut am afraid of tummy upsets. she eats no dry cat food, she loves it but i am afraid to feed as it gives her the runs.
Have you tried any of the limited ingredient diets from Natural Balance? They have a Duck and a Venison with Green Pea Flour. Neither type have any grains in them. I used the Venison with my IBD cat and it did a wonderful job of helping with his diarrhea. I bought it at Petco for about $30/24
post #10 of 17
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Have you tried any of the limited ingredient diets from Natural Balance? They have a Duck and a Venison with Green Pea Flour. Neither type have any grains in them. I used the Venison with my IBD cat and it did a wonderful job of helping with his diarrhea. I bought it at Petco for about $30/24
i have, she wont even stay in the same room as duck, rabbit or venison. all she can eat is lamb. she loooves chicken and fish both resulting in explosive diarrhea.
post #11 of 17
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Originally Posted by BBDOLL22 View Post
do i have questions for you! how much is instinct lamb in your area? $40.00 for 24 cans here. also have you tried the instinct freeze dried raw lamb, i was thinking it might be like dry. i'll be going to my pet store on friday and will ask her about it. pm me if you like
oh my husband has always been intrigued by sphinx cats and he thinks Sprout is a beauty!
I pay about $43 for a 24 can case. There is only one small chain store in my area that carries it regularly, and they price it at $1.79/can. Pet Supplies Plus carries Prairie formulas and Instinct dry (no wet) and could order it for me, but they are a bit more expensive.

I've tried the frozen raw a couple of times, but I didn't even know they made freeze dried! I'll send you a PM.
post #12 of 17
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Originally Posted by NinaCaliente View Post
I pay about $43 for a 24 can case. There is only one small chain store in my area that carries it regularly, and they price it at $1.79/can. Pet Supplies Plus carries Prairie formulas and Instinct dry (no wet) and could order it for me, but they are a bit more expensive.

I've tried the frozen raw a couple of times, but I didn't even know they made freeze dried! I'll send you a PM.
mine love the freeze dried wont touch the raw .. funny aint it
post #13 of 17
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mine love the freeze dried wont touch the raw .. funny aint it
Sharky, Sprouts mom and I were wondering about the freeze dried. is it like dry food, can it be left out for a bit? anything you can tell me about it would be great. thanks!
post #14 of 17
I use it as a snack food or in place of a wet meal ... I use stella and chewys brand and crumple up 1-2 per cat and serve all 5 love it ... Natures variety is the EXACT same ingredients as the raw just freeze dried
post #15 of 17
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can it be left out for a few hours like dry cat food?
post #16 of 17
yes if not moistened ...
post #17 of 17
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heres a baby pic of little miss. i hope i do this right
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