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post #1 of 12
Thread Starter 
I'm new to this site, but I had a question that maybe some of you could help with. Also, please bear with me, as I tend to be long winded

About 2 weeks ago, I adopted another cat, Oliver. I had just lost my 18 year old cat, Nutmeg, to CRF and my remaing cat, Noelle, was pining for her lost buddy. After a few days of keeping him in a different room for adjusting, he wanted OUT and he and Noelle have been playing together ever since. Even sleeping in the same cat bed in less than a week. I was very surprised by how easily she accepted him.

The problem, however, is that ever since I brought Oliver home he has been having soft stools. At first, they seemed pretty bad. He could be walking around and he'd leave little "droplets" on the floor. After a few days though, the droplets stopped and his deposits in the littlerbox seemed a bit firmer.
Because of that, I thought maybe it was because of the food change. I have no idea what the shelter was feeding him, so I couldn't gradually change his food over. But after almost 2 weeks had gone by and there was still no change - other than no droplets - I took him to the vet again (I had also brought him to be checked over when I first got him). They said he had a slight fever and could possibly have GI inflammation, so they put him on Flagyl and Diarsanyl - an anti-diarrheal paste type stuff in a syringe plunger with pre-measured incriments. They also sent me home with Purina "EN" veterinary diet pouches (looks like tender vittles) for him to eat for the next few days. I'm supposed to gradually switch back to his old food once I see an improvement in his stools.

So that was on Friday and I've been giving him the medications, which has been a chore and a half. He's still skittish of people at times, so catching him has been rather difficult. I've found a way to smoosh the pills into 2 or 3 of the special food kibbles, so that is much easier on him, but the other med I still had to catch him for and because he's difficult to hold, he ended up with much of the paste everywhere else but in his mouth. And as a result, I really don't know how much of it he actually got into his system. It's now Tuesday and I haven't seen really any improvement in his stools. I called the vet back today, but they were not available, so I spoke with the receptionist. She didn't seem overly worried, though, and said she's pass the message along and have someone call me back.

Some background information - Oliver is about a year old. He's had all of his vaccinations, has been tested for FeLV and FIV, and has been wormed. He also had ear mites, but was given medication and they're now gone. When I brought him in on Friday, I also brought a stool sample for a fecal, which was negative. He's been extremely active and playful with Noelle and eats and drinks normally. And all eliminations - except one on the first night - have been in the litterbox. Both he and Noelle are on Nutro Natural Choice for Indoor cats.

Am I just expecting results too soon in this case? I had read cases where people had given these medications and had seen improvements in just a day or two, but maybe he's just going to take a little longer. However, if this doesn't work, any ideas as to what could be causing the diarrhea? I believe the vet had also mentioned something about possible food allergies. Could that be it?

Any an all input would be appreciated. Thanks!
post #2 of 12
Are you feeding your cat any milk products? They can cause diarrhea.

About medicating pastes -- if all else fails, smear the proper dose
on the cat's front paws. Smush it in well, because the first
thing the cat will do is shake the paws to try to get the stuff
off. When that doesn't work, the cat will lick the paws to clean
them -- Voila! Dose administered.

Best of luck!

post #3 of 12
Thread Starter 
Nope, no milk products. My assumption was that all adult cats are lactose intolerant, so I've never tried to give them any.

Re:pastes. I didn't think to put it on his paws, but I did manage to get some dabs on his mouth area, which he did lick off. If I have to give pastes again in the future - this paste is all gone now - I will use that paw trick though! I'm sure it will be easier to get it on his paws than it was his mouth.
post #4 of 12
Since he has been checked by the vet and I assume he is eating well and drinking water I would just give it a little more time. Even though he seems to have adjusted well there have been a lot of changes for him in a relatively short time and it may just take some more time for his system to fully adjust. If it continues then the next thing would be trying different foods but I think it is a little too soon to start with that.
post #5 of 12
Vet check

how long on the indoor ??
post #6 of 12
Thread Starter 
Yeah, he's definitely not having any trouble eating or drinking. He actually gained about 3 ounces between his first and second visits to the vet (about a week and a half between). He isn't overly fond of this special food though, as it's rather bland, but he's eating it regardless. I just have to be careful to keep Noelle's food up unless she's eating it or else he tries to steal it.

I think I might be overreacting a little at this point, so I'll just keep with the rest of the flagyl and see if there is any difference when that's done. Since my older cat died about a month ago, I think I'm just being overly cautious and worrisome with the new addition.

thanks for the input!
post #7 of 12
Thread Starter 
I got him on Feburary 18th - he's been eating the Nutro Natural Choice for Indoor cats since then. I started giving him the special food from the vet on Friday the 3rd.
post #8 of 12
time to get a vet check.. natural choice is good food ... the indoor has some soy and that can diagree with many kitties..
post #9 of 12
Thread Starter 
I called them this morning, but neither of the vets were available. When I told the receptionist what was going on, she didn't seem all that worried and said she'd pass the information along for them to call me.

What would be a better food for indoor cats?
post #10 of 12
the regular natural choice
post #11 of 12
Thread Starter 
Oh, ok. I'll try that one then. Thanks!
post #12 of 12
once he's through with his meds, if the softness persists, you might try a round of bene-bac. Java had a bacterial overgrowth tha was causing diarrhea & gas when i found her [stray] & after 2 rounds of anitibiotics was still having very soft stools. the bene-bac cleared it right up, much faster than the yogurt the vet had suggested.
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