The vet did take a fecal smear to test, and said that, as he suspected, there was no evidence of parasites. So the assumption at this point is that it is colitis. He gave Red Cat an injection, I didn't ask what it was, but am assuming it was Prednisone or something like it, as that seems to be commonly used for this type of problem, according to what I've read on the web. He gave Red Cat the first dose of Metronidazole and I took home enough pills for another nine days. I also picked up the ten pound sack of Hill's Z/D while I was there. But I still don't know what all this is going to cost me. The vet asked if I could just stop by tomorrow and settle up with the receptionist. Can you imagine that happening at a vet clinic in a larger city?
Trying to pill Red Cat is going to be fun! I've always had a terrible time pilling a cat, and Red Cat is strong, heavy, and an active fighter against it. There is no way he will accept a pill in any food. In the first place, he is on a dry hypoallergenic diet, so I can't just try to put it in cheese or something. Besides, in the past whenever I did try to hide it in food, he'd smell it and wouldn't touch it. I had used a short pill-popper with my first cat, but that broke, and the only one I've tried with Red Cat was too long for my small hand and didn't work at all. But after several years, I finally found another short one a while back. I've never tried it with Red Cat yet, so wish me well. I have to give that 14.5 pound fighter a pill twice a day without assistance.