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Young Cat - Chronic Diarhea - Running out of options

 

My mom's cat is under 2yrs. He is and orange slender and highly active cat.  He has always had diarhea issues. We've taken him to the vet severeal times.  Not paracites, nothing in bloodwork, tried this charcoal powder they gave us. Pumpkin was helping for awhile, changing food doesn't help.

I don't know if he's upset that me and my cat moved out a few months ago.. but the last few weeks he poops everywhere in the basement.  Boxes, on building supplies.. everywhere..
My mom is at the point where they want to return him to the humane society or give him away.

We don't really want this, but We're running out of options..

 

We are running out of time with this lil guy. Parents are talking about bringing him back to the humane society  but since it might close I don't want him to get put down.

 

I don't know what else to do.

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 changing food doesn't help.

 

Hi Catra,

 

GI issues in cats can be tough to deal with sometimes. I really hope your parents don't give up on him yet, he really needs their help right now. Couple of questions for you:

 

Does he go outside?

What does he eat (brand/flavour/wet/dry?), and what foods have your parents tried in the past (and for how long)?

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He is  eatting a hypoallegic adult  dry food from the vet.  and he usually has a teaspoon of pumpkin which has really helped for a few months.  He was having a bit of tuna the last couple weeks mixed in because he wasn't eatting much.  But it makes his stomach worse..

 

he's eatting a lot the last few days and therefore pooped a lot..

 

he's tried royal caine for sensitive stomachs.

 

he was ok until we took him off kitten food.

 

 

He is still very active.  It may be behavioural as i and my cat  moved out the last couple months.

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He is  eatting a hypoallegic adult  dry food from the vet. 

 

Unfortunately the so-called "prescription" foods really aren't great for cats, and the hypoallergenic ones aren't totally hypoallergenic, despite what vets may say. Often the best food is much simpler (no plants - especially no grains, no fish, one novel protein source). Raw diets are fantastic for eliminating digestive problems, but perhaps your parents aren't ready to take that step. Maybe they can find a good canned food and eliminate all dry from their kitty's diet. Innova EVO 95% venison or duck, or Nature's Variety lamb, duck, or rabbit can help some cats.

 

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he was ok until we took him off kitten food.

 

 

What was the kitten food? What happens if he goes back to it?

post #5 of 8

Forgot to mention some other things that can also help along with a diet change: probiotics, digestive enzymes, and/or slippery elm bark powder. There's some good info at these links (not saying he has IBD, but chronic diarrhea can be helped with a similar protocol):

http://www.holisticat.com/ibd.html

http://www.catnutrition.org/ibd.html

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ya that is my feeling too.  But I know our vet really really loves him.

 

I've taken my cat off vet food  because he was vomiting..

 

 

They told us at the vet that he needs to be on an adult food because kitten food isn't good for him

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They told us at the vet that he needs to be on an adult food because kitten food isn't good for him

 

Since he was OK on kitten food going back to it for now seems the most sensible thing to do to me.  If it settles his problems, then very gradually change away from it.

 

Has he been wormed?  Tested for giarda, t. foetus and coccidia?  These are all medical conditions that can cause the sort of problem he has, and they can all be treated.

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I have a FLV positive kitten, whose main symptom was diarrhea. My vet gave it a dose of Barium, and gave it Purina's Prescription diet i/d cat food and their fortiflora, and it has settled it's stomach and the cat hasn't had diarrhea since... Talk to your vet about that maybe and give it a try? Best of luck!

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