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« on: August 10, 2014, 05:09:08 PM »

My brother ended up in emergency with his 3 month old kitty Benny.  Benny, who is a fire cracker was hunching, vomiting and meowing and acting/looking sick.  At the vet they did all the bloodwork, including testing for FELV and FIV and Xrays which showed trapped gas in the colon.  The vets said that he "may" have eaten something that made him sick but they didn't have a definitive answer.  After talking with my brother  he said (and didn't tell the vet this) that Benny's food was switched over 3 days before that to a dry kitten food (Acana sp?) and since the food was switched he noticed Benny's stools were like small pellets.  After fluids at the vet, Benny came home and had a good bowel movement and my brother said hes been ok.  I called the vet to tell them about the food change (can that in itself make a cat sick/trapped gas?)and whether this could be constipation related but they said there wasn't a lot of stool in the xray and they didn't think it was constipation because his stool wasn't full?   Benny is now off the dry food and back to the canned food he was eating.  Any ideas?
 
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« Reply #1 on: August 10, 2014, 06:00:18 PM »

I'm glad to hear Benny is doing okay now.

If your brother stopped the canned food and just switched to dry, I would certainly think this could be the cause of Benny's problems.  That's a very significant change for a young cat (any cat, for that matter), and a big decrease in the amount of water and increase in the amount of starch, which the cat would not be accustomed to, if he's always had canned food.

If I had a young cat who was doing fine on wet food, I would keep him on that, JMO.

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« Reply #2 on: August 10, 2014, 11:26:38 PM »

I'm happy that your brother kitten is doing okay now.  I agree with Spartycats about the change to dry food.  If the kitty is satisfied eating the wet food, I would never change that.  Wet food is really best, but I realize that not all cats are willing to eat canned, so we do the best we can.  Changing foods for any cat, whether it be wet or dry, should be done slowly by adding just a small amount of the new food at a time to the old food.  For a kitten so young, sudden changes are likely to produce GI issues.  Maybe when the kitten is older, a little bit of dry food can be introduced, but unless there is a good reason for doing so, I would suggest just sticking to wet food.  In the 44 years that I had cats, none of them ever ate dry food.  My vet warned me against feeding dry food when I had my first kitten, and I listened very well!   Wink
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« Reply #3 on: August 11, 2014, 06:38:53 AM »

I agree 100% with Spartycats and Mandycat. The food switch is most likely to be the cause. Wet food is better for cats, so if you have a kitten who is willing to eat a wet food diet, there is no reason to switch.  The hard stools are an indicator that Benny was not getting enough moisture from the dry diet.

I'm glad to hear Benny is doing OK now.
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« Reply #4 on: August 11, 2014, 04:53:58 PM »

I agree totally with Spartycats , Mandycat & Catbird . Any sudden food change will cause stomach distress , especially in a young or senior animal . Also if you have a dog or cat happy with wet food , why on earth would you change to dry ?! Tell him to stick with what worked , also he may need to consider switching vets if they don't understand that dietary changes can cause these issues .
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