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Author Topic: please help-my 1 yr old cat has a liver shunt, I don't know what to feed him  (Read 4144 times)
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« on: May 19, 2009, 04:24:26 PM »

My 2 cats tried 4 different science diet prescription foods for chronic diarrhea they had when we 1st brought them home from shelter.  I finally did my own research and switched them to Wellness canned and within a week the diarrhea cleared up.

One of them recently spent the weekend at the vet because he stopped eating and was running a fever.  After results from blood work and that he has copper colored eyes, the strongly feel he has a liver shunt.  They put him on Science diet l/d dry (he won't touch the wet) and antibiotic and lactulose.   He has diarrhea again.  And just threw up the litter that he ate this morning.  Don't know if its the Science diet or the lactulose giving him the diarrhea.  But really want to get him off the Science Diet.  Vet says it's good for him because it's low in protein which is better for the liver shunt.

Any recommendations would be greatly appreciated. 
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« Reply #1 on: May 19, 2009, 04:37:01 PM »

Welcome Guacster ! There are some helpful sites listed on this thread about liver problems http://itchmoforums.com/help-with-my-sick-pet/hepatic-lipidosis-t8353.0.html.I hope you can find a food that works.
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« Reply #2 on: May 19, 2009, 05:06:37 PM »

Welcome Guacster,
Here is a very thorough article on this problem. I hope it will help you.  It might help to explain what your vet has recommended.

There is a correlation between copper eye color and portosystemic shunt, but there are more definitive diagnostic tests, if your vet can do them, or refer you somewhere.  Good luck with your kitty!


http://www.petplace.com/cats/portosystemic-shunt-hepatic-shunt-in-cats/page1.aspx

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catmom5
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« Reply #3 on: May 19, 2009, 06:08:29 PM »

Not sure what your situation is, but I would strongly recommend getting your cat into see a specialist. Sometimes surgery can correct the shunt. Liver disease, though not a shunt, is what we are dealing with with my 13 year old cat. I hope you can find something to help your guy.

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« Reply #4 on: May 19, 2009, 06:30:11 PM »

My cat likes Royal Canin LP. This site: http://webpages.charter.net/katkarma/dry.htm has a list of foods showing protein content. Cato might have some ideas for making your own cat food. Hope this helps.
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« Reply #5 on: May 20, 2009, 12:42:07 PM »

Guacster, I have no experience with liver shunts in kitties but just wanted to welcome you to Itchmo.  I hope you are able to get answers and help your kitty feel better.  I was wondering though, did you switch the kitty to the new food right away?  Sometimes an abrupt food change will cause diarrhea on its own.  You might want to back off the new food and start mixing increasing the amount of the new a little at a time to see if things get any better with the diarrhea.  Lactulose can sometimes cause diahrreah also depending on how much is given and anti-biotics can cause diarrhea also depending on what kind.  What anti-biotic is he on?  I would suggest calling your vet to report how your kitty is doing and they can maybe suggest some minor changes to make to help things improve....please let us know how its going. 
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