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post #1 of 14
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Last night, Willow had extremely soft stool (literally mush) He also has it this morning.

All three cats were womed when Willow was neutered (a month or so ago) and Willow's poop improved a lot. It had been shaped, but moist.

I haven't changed their diet at all and can't work out what it could be. Tibby is also slightly lethargic today and I'm not sure if it has anything to do with Willow's tummy trouble.

Other than the diarrhea, Willow is acting normal, playful and eating.

Tibby is acting prettly normal, but seems rather lethargic today - I haven't yet seen his poop, so I don't know if he has tummy trouble too, but I'm keeping an eye out.

Molly, on the other hand, is fine.

I plan to call the vets this morning to see if they can give me any advice (but the receptionists and vet nurses are quick to cut you off) So I was wondering if anyone here had any ideas too - the more ideas the merrier, then I can attempt to persuade my vets office to listen to me.

Thank you in advance!
post #2 of 14
Are the cats being flea treated with safe products?
post #3 of 14
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Willow was given the all clear for Fleas when he had his checkup at the vets, so they haven't been deflead for a long time.
post #4 of 14
Well that would be one of my guesses, fleas and parasites.
post #5 of 14
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Thanks, MA!

So by saying that, do you mean that Willow could possibly have fleas even though he was primarily given the all clear - and this could be causing the diarrhea?

How would I find out if he has parasites? Would I have to take a stool sample to the vets? Are they easy to clear up? Will all three require to be treated if it is?
post #6 of 14
Flea can be tricky....Their eggs are nearly impervious to chemicals, and lay in wait in places like cracks in the ground and such.....They can also last about 2 years before hatching....

So in the end just because she didnt have fleas her last appointment doesnt not mean she doesnt have fleas now....A monthly topical vet perscribed treatment would probably be the wisest desicion....

Also you might want to bring a stool sample into the vet ASAP so they can do a full check up for parasites........

Good luck and I hope everything is ok
post #7 of 14
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Thank you, Bridget!

I have hunted through all their fur for fleas and haven't seen any, but I see what you mean about the eggs.

When Tibby and Molly came to live with me, they were crawling - and you could literally see them in the fur of their faces. I guess, I was expecting the same thing with Willow.

When I initially took Willow to the vets, I took a stool sample and they just told me to worm him and he's be fine. It did work at the time and he began having solid stool.

This might sound daft, but could the possible fleas cause the diarrhea?
post #8 of 14
ummm...I dont think fleas persay cause diarreah...but a lot of other parasites do....

For example coccidia...The eggs are passes w/ the feces....Now lets say those eggs end up somewhere in the cats enviroment...They could easily digest them again.......see what I am saying

If the worming worked the first time..then yes they had parasites...However things like Giardia, and coccidia have high reoccurance rates no matter how hard we clean the area......

I am sure your vet would be able to tell you for sure....When you call just say you suspect your cat might have parasites, that will get them to listen....

Good luck, and I hope all turns out well
post #9 of 14
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Thank you for all your help, Bridget!

I tried to get through to the vet, but they are engaged right now - I'll try them again until I get through! Thank you for the tip to get them to listen to me! I hope it will work!

I'll let you know how it goes!
post #10 of 14
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Just before I managed to speak to my vet, I noticed that Molly was in the same situation as Willow - poop wise. Tibby's has been fine!

The vet recommended that I starve all three for 24 hours and it should clear up, i'm about to feed them, so we'll see how things go! They said that if it's not normal again today then we will have to go in!

If we do need to visit, should I take Tibby anyway - even though his poop is normal?
post #11 of 14
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Originally Posted by Sar
Just before I managed to speak to my vet, I noticed that Molly was in the same situation as Willow - poop wise. Tibby's has been fine!

The vet recommended that I starve all three for 24 hours and it should clear up, i'm about to feed them, so we'll see how things go! They said that if it's not normal again today then we will have to go in!

If we do need to visit, should I take Tibby anyway - even though his poop is normal?
Starve them???....what an odd suggestion.....Oh well hes the one w/ the degree.....

Yeah if molly suddenly got what willow had...I would definitly bring Tibby in....I still think its parasites of some kind, ecpecially since its spread....I'd get a second opinion if I were you......
post #12 of 14
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I visited the vet today - with Molly for her eye (different problem) and spoke to him about their toilet problems. Initially it cleared up and their poop was normal, so the vet suggested that we stick to one flavour of food for a week to see how things go.

As we are away over Christmas, we can visit my vet at my parents' - then we can get a second opinion and also keep an eye on things.

Tibby is still fine - but if the problem persists with the other two - he will visit the vet at the same time.
post #13 of 14
Well good-luck Sarah..........

I hope its nothing serious and it clears up soon.....and have a merry x-mas....let usknow how the kits made out when you get back
post #14 of 14
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Originally Posted by Nebula11
Well good-luck Sarah..........

I hope its nothing serious and it clears up soon.....and have a merry x-mas....let usknow how the kits made out when you get back
Thank you, Bridget!

I will let you know when we get back - I'm sure it's just an upset tummy as Molly's has cleared up now! *touch wood*

I hope you have a very merry Christmas and a happy new year too!
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