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« on: July 19, 2014, 10:22:58 PM »

I came home after being gone all day and there was a big pile of diarrhea on my bed and smeared all over the floor. It had blood in it and a lot of mucus. She has had poop problems her whole life and I'm at my wits end trying to deal with it. The boys are fine in the poop department. I just don't know why this keeps happening. She either has diarrhea or vomiting depending on the food I try.

I'll type more tomorrow. I'm really tired and now I have to sleep on the couch.
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« Reply #1 on: July 19, 2014, 11:00:36 PM »

Ned,
I am so sorry that Stormy is having problems.  Has she had an ultrasound to see if she has IBD?
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« Reply #2 on: July 20, 2014, 03:05:42 AM »

Oh Ned, how frustrating and worrisome.  I'm so sorry.  I guess like with Sandi's Sophers, and though I don't write much about it, Yoyo also always has had sudden bouts of really bad diarrhea, there is just something going on in their systems where sometimes they can handle and sometimes can't. 

I'm sorry about your bed.  It gets so awful when the bed gets involved, I know.

Sending lots of good thoughts your way.
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« Reply #3 on: July 20, 2014, 03:29:52 AM »

Sending prayers and good thoughts for Stormy, poor baby. Maybe a stool test for worms, etc is in order? Maybe allergies, too, so frustrating as there are a lot of things that can cause this. Sorry about the bed, eek.
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« Reply #4 on: July 20, 2014, 04:52:46 AM »

Oh Ned, that's a tough situation, for sure. I'm sorry that you're both having to deal with all of this. We've not had to deal with bloody diarrhea, but I can imagine how worrisome it is. Hoping you can find some answers for Stormy. And good luck with the bed. Hope you're able to clean it up and don't have to replace the mattress. Keep us posted when you can.

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« Reply #5 on: July 20, 2014, 06:02:28 AM »

Oh, I feel so bad for both you and Stormy.

Has she ever been on antibiotics?  (I can't remember.) When all else fails, and there are no signs of IBD, my vet sometimes places the cat on a course of antibiotics, even if stool cultures are clear, and the problem clears up. (This happened when my cats got sick from that bad bag of food a couple of years ago.) The conclusion is that there is some type of infection in there, and that the cultures just didn't catch it.

I don't know if this would work for Stormy, but I'm just throwing it out there.
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« Reply #6 on: July 20, 2014, 06:16:38 AM »

Bruce has it too right now . He alternates between bloody diarrhea & constipation . Tests negative for everything, & no vomiting or obstruction. He is finishing up 1 week of flagyl Tuesday & the vet is putting him on compounded liquid Tylosin for a month . The Tylosin is safer for the longer dosage . He has had this since before we got him & is probably the reason his family gave him up .
 I'm sure certain foods aggravate it , but he is a very picky eater & I have yet to find anything he will happily eat other than what is on our plates . Or stealing Oreo's food when he gets a treat of rare FF or Friskies ! I hope you can have better luck finding an answer than we have , or August , Sandi , etc .
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« Reply #7 on: July 20, 2014, 09:30:23 AM »

Oh no, Ned.  Sad Hope you can find an answer soon so that lil Stormy will feel better soon. Too bad about your bed, too.  Shocked I hope you were able to get a good nights rest on the couch.

And hope that you can find an answer to Bruce's problem, too, lesliek.

Sending hugs to Stormy, Bruce, Ned and Lesliek.

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« Reply #8 on: July 20, 2014, 11:54:38 AM »

Gosh if there is blood in it, I would be thinking coccidia.  But how she would have contracted it, I dont know.  For sure I would do a stool test when there is blood.  For all the diarrhea issues Sophs have had, she doesnt have blood in her stools...at least anymore.  She did when we first got her and had coccidia that took forever to get rid of.  Did she have this bloody poo problem before you brought the newest kitty home? 

When Sophs goes into her diarrhea episodes, we have found that putting her on Clavamox so far gets it under control.  Why, no one knows but it works.  We have the same issues with food, if I try anything different than what she is eating, she seems to get diarrhea, even if I only give her one teaspoon of the new food to start with.  So thats why she remains on FF and TOTW.

Let us know how things go, k Ned?
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« Reply #9 on: July 20, 2014, 01:29:16 PM »

Oh dear..sorry ned.  You must be beat.  Hope you got some rest. If it is more than a couple episodes, you might need to bring stool in or get Stormy into vet. Is Stormy getting any dairy products? Is she upset about anything or being picked on?

We've actually had 2 of our cats this week with single episodes of a little blood and mucus on top of their stool.  They seem to do best on Friskies pate believe it or not. Any of the better foods seem to cause diarrhea.  DH has started giving them some kibble lately...so I wonder about that.
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« Reply #10 on: July 20, 2014, 01:56:57 PM »

Oh, crud!  I hope it's just a temporary thing, Scooby had some blood in her diarrhea once.  It does tend to frighten you when you see it! Poor kitty, I hope she's feeling better today.  Kiss
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« Reply #11 on: July 20, 2014, 03:53:20 PM »

Stormy does seem to feel better this morning. She's a bit lethargic but doesn't seem to have tummy pain like she did last night. She would not let me touch her sides at all so she was obviously having some pain there. She had another bout of diarrhea at 3am. She again did it in my room so I know she's trying to tell me she's really not feeling well. To make things worse Smoggy attacked her as she was trying to leave the room. I gave him a slap on the butt when he did that and then I felt horrible because I never hit my cats. I was very upset when he attacked her when she was so sick. He wasn't bothered though. He just looked at me like "what did you do that for?"

Anyway when I was cleaning up the poop I did see that there was a long compacted hairball in it and I'm hoping that was the cause of the bloody diarrhea. She usually hacks up her hairballs and she has never pooped one out before. I think it may have blocked her up and caused her current problems. So I'm keeping and eye on her today and feeding some ID to help settle her tum. If she continues to have more diarrhea then I'll take her to the vet.

I think the ongoing occasional attacks by Smoggy might also contribute to stress related ibs. Might be time to get some Feliway for her.

Mandycat, she has not had an ultrasound. Her symptoms seem to come and go but this is the first time with really bad diarrhea and going outside the box.

Catbird, she hasn't been on antibiotics before. If the diarrhea continues I'm going to ask the vet about giving her some Flagyl since that did seem to help Smoggy when he had bleeding in his colon.

Leslie, I'm sorry to hear Bruce is going through the diarrhea/constipation roller coaster. Trying to figure out digestive issues is so complicated. It took 47 years to find out I had a gall bladder that didn't work right. Of course by then it was too late and that sucker had to come out. The main symptoms I had were - you guessed it- constipation and diarrhea. The doctors said eat more fiber. That didn't work.  Angry

JustMe, she is stressed from Smoggy's harassment and I do think that contributes to her problems. He's much better now with Cosmo to distract him but he still attacks her every now and then. She also does get a little whipped cream when I have dessert but i have stopped that for now.

I will keep you updated. Thanks everyone for the suggestions and support.

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« Reply #12 on: July 20, 2014, 03:59:37 PM »

That big old hairball that was in her colon does sound like it might have been the source of the problem! It's good to hear that she is feeling a bit better today. Don't blame yourself for getting angry at Smoggy--you were worried about Stormy, and trying to protect her, and you are only human.
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« Reply #13 on: July 20, 2014, 04:50:25 PM »

So glad that Stormy is a little better today. But sorry to read that she had another bout of diarrhea at 3 am so that your sleep got interrupted again. You must be totally exhausted today. Hoping that you can get some sleep tonight.

Give Stormy a  Kiss for me.

 
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« Reply #14 on: July 20, 2014, 05:25:47 PM »

I hope Stormy continues to feel better, Ned. 
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