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jmari
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« on: September 15, 2007, 06:05:56 AM »

Hi everyone,

I have a 6 month old kitten named Sky who has diarrhea.  I'm feeding him Felidae right now- I leave dry food out thru the day and he gets around 1/2 can of wet food in the evening. He's already been tried on the medication Metronidazole with limited success (some better formed stools, but most are still just somewhat formed and soft with some red blood streaks in them).  He's very active and curious and seems just a normal kitten in every other way.  My other kitten Callie (Sky's sister and littermate) has perfectly fine stools.  My vet says she doesnt really know the cause of Sky's diarrhea, saying maybe he is unable to tolerate the rich diet.  Anyway, I'm wondering if anyone has any ideas....any foods that you'd recommend, or other things that have worked for your cats/kittens with diarrhea?  Or any other thoughts.  Thanks so much!

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Laurie
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« Reply #1 on: September 15, 2007, 06:34:47 AM »

  jmari, So sorry to hear of your little kitties problems. You did not mention the type of wet food you were feeding. Has kitty been on other foods and still suffered with the diarhea?
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« Reply #2 on: September 15, 2007, 07:52:46 AM »

jmari,

I'm so sorry about your kitty.  Can we assume your kitty has been wormed and your vet has ruled out any kind of parasites?

Does your kitten have loose stools on any type of food you have tried?  Just wondering if it could possibly be the lamb.  Mine don't do well on lamb. 

What treats if any do you give her besides her regular food?  Do you give them milk?

Yes, littermates can have different issues, 1 with irritibable bowel, 1 without.  I've seen that with my own cats who were littermates. 

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« Reply #3 on: September 15, 2007, 11:58:21 AM »

Last summer I rescued two little boy cats who were about 4 - 5 weeks old, full of worms, fleas, very underweight and sick.  After getting them vetted we had terrible trouble with Jonas having diarrhea and bloody stools.  Turned out that he was getting more food than his little guy could handle.  He always seemed hungry, but the overeating was causing the bloody diarrhea.  If you have made sure this little one is not sick, has coccidia, ghiardia, etc, I would look carefully at the kind and amount of food he is getting.  Sounds like if he is free feeding dry AND getting wet that you might be overloading his poor little digestive system.  My vet said this is the most common reason for diarrhea/bloody diarrhea in kittens. And, yes, they are all different even though they are littermates. Good luck!
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« Reply #4 on: September 15, 2007, 12:04:15 PM »

if all medical is ruled out, you can try slippery elm to firm up the stools. also mixing some pure pumpkin in with the wet may help. my youngest male had trouble with rich food until his digestive track seemed more mature. basically he grew out of the issue  Wink
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jmari
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« Reply #5 on: September 15, 2007, 12:24:05 PM »

Thank you all for your responses. 

I've been feeding him Felidae dry and Felidae wet also...as I have his sister.  He has been wormed, checked for parasites, etc, and...nothing.   The only other food he has ever had was Natures Variety, while he was at the sheilter where I got him.  And as far as I recall, his stools were always soft...I attributed it to the move when I first got him, but I guess not!  Interesting point about overfeeding.  I dont know, though...neither of the cats eats all the dry left out..they just eat as needed and leave the rest, as my previous cats have done.  They do love the wet food, though, and would eat and eat it if I let them, but I try to limit the amount.    I want to try a different food, if that is the cause,  but I dont know what kind.   Any suggestions?    Any thoughts about yogurt?

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« Reply #6 on: September 15, 2007, 12:31:00 PM »

Jmari- Yogurt could help keep up the good bacteria level. If he won't eat it,you can break up an acidophilus pill into his food.
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« Reply #7 on: September 15, 2007, 12:33:29 PM »

   jmari, Trying a different food may be a good idea. You might want to consider going to a grain free food. Adding some probiotics to the food may help also.
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« Reply #8 on: September 15, 2007, 01:07:49 PM »

You could try looking at the Cat Food by Brands board.

http://itchmoforums.com/cat-food-experiences-by-brand-b75.0/

Did your vet give the kitten a course of probiotics?  Two of my cats have irritable bowel and one of them had probiotics as a kitten.  It came in a tube similar to this product

http://www.petfooddirect.com/store/product_detail.asp?pf%5Fid=10953920&dept%5Fid=195&brand%5Fid=238&Page=3

but I don't remember the name of it, not sure if it is the same one, but tube is the same.

Has your kitty been on a prolonged course of antibiotics?  That's how one of mine got diarrhea for a long time and developed irritable bowel and subsequently was prescribed probiotics.

My cats are on Wellness wet and the 2 with irritable bowel have been much better since they have been off grains.  Haven't had a kitten since they started Wellness, so I have no experience with their kitten wet/dry food.  Not recommending it, just saying that mine have done well on it for the past almost 6 months now.

When switching foods, you should switch gradually, of course, to avoid further stomach upsets.
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« Reply #9 on: September 15, 2007, 03:30:06 PM »

You might want to read through this thread to see if anything posted  may be able to help you with your kitten:
http://itchmoforums.com/help-with-my-sick-pet/rescued-ex-feral-kitty-3-moss-might-have-destroyed-intestines-t1837.0.html

MarySmith

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« Reply #10 on: September 15, 2007, 04:32:05 PM »

Here is another thread that may be interesting to you:

http://itchmoforums.com/miscother-pet-discussions/the-scoop-on-pooptalkin-stool-t1929.0.html

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MarySmith
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« Reply #11 on: September 15, 2007, 04:37:54 PM »

Has your kitten been tested for Tritrichomonas Foetus?  It's a parasite that lives in the large bowel and causes diarrhea in varying degrees.  Otherwise, the cat appears healthy.  Cats may cycle in and out of soft stools/diarrhea.  It is prevalent in Bengals and Abyssinians, and anywhere that large numbers of cats are housed - i.e. catteries and shelters.  It's not something that most vets specifically look for, and a large number of vets are not even aware of TF in cats.
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