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« Reply #90 on: August 04, 2016, 01:08:49 PM »

So glad to hear Smoggy is better, except for the diarrhea. I agree with August they may adjust to the new food. Sometimes it seems like the gi tract has a mind of its own and doesn't like new things, but gets used to them.

Canned pumpkin as lesliek suggested is also good.
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« Reply #91 on: August 08, 2016, 07:49:02 PM »

Stormy's diarrhea got much worse so I stopped feeding her Smoggy's food. I'm now feeding her regular food by locking her in the bathroom so she can eat without Smog getting into it.  Roll Eyes  Smoggy is not having any problems with his prescription food except that he doesn't want to eat it.  Sad He only ate a couple bites of dry today and he did vomit this morning. I really hope he doesn't have a flare up of his pancreatitis.

Other than that, his ear seems better although it's still bothering him. He has tried numerous times to get Stormy to play with him but we all know how that goes. Poor guy. He has resorted to running around the house by himself and occasionally attacking one of Cosmo's old toys.
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« Reply #92 on: August 09, 2016, 12:34:23 AM »

Sorry to hear about all the food troubles. Is there any other kind of prescription food with similar properties? My Max has absolutely refused to eat any flavour of liver prescription food, but he is happily sneaking in bites of renal food (in addition to his regular diet) and that has done wonders for his liver.

Also, ou can consider one of those automatic feeders for restricted access. I use microchip-based SureFeed feeder for renal dry food since Sophie can't eat kibble, and it works wonderfully (easier to train kitties and occupies less space than Meowspace box). I'll be getting one more feeder for wet food for younger cats.
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« Reply #93 on: August 09, 2016, 06:19:58 AM »

Good luck Ned so hard to feed different foods I know. Hope you don't get poopy bed again.
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« Reply #94 on: August 10, 2016, 08:05:51 PM »

Scitches for Smoggy and Stormy Kiss.   Wish I had the magic food answer for you.  Undecided
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« Reply #95 on: August 17, 2016, 02:31:18 PM »

Hoping for everything to work out with the diet and resolution of the ear condition, soon.
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« Reply #96 on: August 30, 2016, 11:42:53 AM »

Have had good results with Benebac plus powder for diarrhea.  Seems to dry it up quickly in Mabel.  The vet always recommended Fortiflora and/or Metronodizole but we've never had any luck with using either of those- just Benebac powder.
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« Reply #97 on: September 15, 2016, 08:43:10 PM »

Stormy's diarrhea cleared up when I stopped allowing her to eat Smoggy's food but I will keep the Benebac in mind for any future incidents. Thanks for the info rbauer.

I looked at the feeders you suggested alek. They look promising but are a little out of my price range for now (until I pay off my hospital bill). Right now I'm feeding Stormy separately in the bathroom and I have Smoggy's food up where Stormy can't get to it. So far this is working and has the advantage of training Stormy to eat at certain times rather than free feeding.

I also looked for a hydrolyzed protein canned food for Smoggy. I'm very uncomfortable feeding Smoggy only dry food. I decided to try Science Diet ZD and it was a disaster. Within two days of starting it, both Smoggy's ears filled with fluid and he was scratching, crying, and shaking his head - obviously very uncomfortable. I stopped the food immediately and cleaned his ear with an antibiotic wash. They were very sensitive for about a week and are now better but still not back to normal. Now he is eating only Royal Canin Multifunction Urinary and Hydrolyzed Protein dry. It's soy based so I guess Smoggy is the world's only vegetarian cat.  Undecided

I'm thinking of getting another fountain to try and get him to drink more, even though they are a pain in the butt to clean.

On the positive side, Stormy did not poop in my bed this time! Yay!



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« Reply #98 on: September 18, 2016, 05:47:11 AM »

Sounds like you are making good progress. Hope it continues. Life gets complicated with more than one cat!

I recently purchased the pagoda fountains for the girls. It is so much easier to clean than the others I've had. They are about the same price ~ and the filters are fairly cheap on amazon. https://www.amazon.com/PetSafe-Drinkwell-Ceramic-Pagoda-Fountain/dp/B00BD3UN8C

I prefer to use Chewy: https://www.chewy.com/s/brand_facet:Drinkwell?gclid=Cj0KEQjw9vi-BRCx1_GZgN7N4voBEiQAaACKVgCkM6W5QLq4vnge1PUuumNLfkotG_6JHvmkT-SiNlkaAoq38P8HAQ&gclsrc=aw.ds

I don't mean to suggest that $80 for the fountain is "cheap" but the filters are easier to use and affordable for me.

Good luck
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« Reply #99 on: September 18, 2016, 07:38:44 PM »

I have Drinkwell Avalon which uses same filters as pagoda fountain, and I second that it is very easy to clean.  I currently have three fountains (drinkwell 360, drink well avalon and one custom made ceramic), and Avalon is by far the best to clean.
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« Reply #100 on: September 18, 2016, 11:12:07 PM »

Thanks catmom and alek! I'll check those out!
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« Reply #101 on: September 19, 2016, 12:11:47 AM »

That's great to hear that Smoggy is feeling better.  I hope the new fountains work out - that Pagoda one looks great!
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« Reply #102 on: December 07, 2016, 11:10:01 PM »

Smoggy had a check up with the vet last week and even after 3 months on the special food, his ear was still red, itchy and irritated. He got a cleaning and a week of Zenequin and also antibiotic ear drops. The vet said he could go back to his regular food since it's clear the food isn't causing the problem. Now we have finished the antibiotics and are doing a weekly cleaning and special drops with a steroid in them to see if that will settle his ear down. I really don't know what else we can do for him. We just can't pin down what is causing this.
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« Reply #103 on: December 08, 2016, 01:48:07 PM »

Ear problems Tongue. Almost all of mine have had itchy ears but usually nothing to see. I think my problem is environmental. I hope you can find an answer for your boy.
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« Reply #104 on: December 09, 2016, 07:09:11 AM »

sounds like you are going to have to lowly try changing all laundry & cleaning products to see if any of that helps .
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