Originally Posted by Furrytails
My 6 year old ocicat has had treatment for over 10 months for some very serious diarrhea. At that time a cat imported from the SE came with terrible stool. She and eventually all cats were tested and treated for various associated conditions. They have all been on Flagyl for 21 days, Albon, Droncit and antibiotics over a period of time.They are all fine now except for the one boy who has had repeat meds and still has terrible stools.He has also not using the litter pan as I believe the stools are uncomfortable for him.
As a last resort, he is on Ronidazole, ten days at this time. Also probiotics.
No results and I am at my wits end. He eats dry food, hairball type, and eats canned food.
Any thoughts? Furrytails
What were the cats being fed before they came to you? What was your 6 year old cat eating?
I'll share Bishop's background with you and it may shed some light on your situation. Bishop has had diarrhea / loose stinky stools for as long as I can remember. He is now 12 years old. I was one of those people that was kind of naive and following everything my vet said to me. I wish I knew back then what I know now then my kitty would not have had to go through so much discomfort. The first thing the vet did was put Bishop on medication. It would work for a bit but then it would always return. So he woud try another medication. He also did many tests. Everything always came back negative. The vet put him on Medi-cal hypoallergenic and when this stopped working he put him on Royal Canin Sensitivity. These two foods were work for a while but his diarrhea always returned. My vets answer to all my cats problems was that he had a sensitive stomach. Never discussing Irritable bowel or allergies. Never mentioning that some cats are allergic to grains, fillers, certain meats, and all the non species appropriate ingredients in commercial pet food, etc. I never questioned him because I thought he knew what was best for my kitty. Bishop's problems never went away on these foods or with all the medications pumped into him.
In August of 2008 I started researching commercial pet food and cat nutrition. And I heard from numerous people and research that cats are obligate carnivores and some cats stomachs CAN NOT handle all of the grains and fillers in comercial / prescribed pet food. As I was contemplating switching my cats to a grain free diet I came across raw feeding. After much research I decided to give it a try. If there was a possibilty for it to help calm Bishop's stomach and rid him of diarrhea I was going to give it a try. After a month and a half of switching Bishop from canned food to raw his diarrhea was completely cleared up. In the last 8 months that Bishop has been on a raw diet and also a grain free canned food diet his diarrhea HAS NOT returned. His poops DO NOT stink either. It is so amazing. I finally found two vets that really care about my cats well being and has now diagnosed Bishop with IBD - irritable bowel / allergies / sensitivities. I am now in the process of trying a process of elimination diet to find out what irritates Bishop's stomach.
After doing research on this issue I believe that some cats get messed up from vaccines and over medicating - just my personal opinion.
One thing I would look at is what you are feeding. If anything try and go grain free, fillers free and look for more than one meat in the first 4 ingredients. If you are willing to try homecooked or feed raw that would be great. But these require much research before jumping in. If you would like some guidance on where to start - please ask http://www.catinfo.org/