Advice for Cat Digestive Issues (Super NWR)

posted 3 years ago in Pets
Post # 3
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: November 2013

@highschoolhoneys:  What do you feed her now? My kitty has colitis (which is probably not what yours has) but I gave up entirely on the vet regarding his colitis. For me a diet cure fixed it all and he only has flareups when he gets very stressed (having to visit my parents – they have a dog he hates). After changing his food to grain free (a pricey brand called orijen), his symptoms disappeared in two days. 

 

Because of the mucus it sounds like your cat has large intestine diarrhea which is normally caused by infection. Are your cats outdoors by any chance? The girl cat might be ingesting something outdoors that reinfected her.

 

Otherwise I would look into diet, with cats grain free is the way to go. Let me know what you already feed her and what price point you would like a 15lb bag of food to be and I can give you brand suggestions (they range from 25-60)

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Post # 5
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: November 2013

@highschoolhoneys:  Blue buffalo indoor is what I started with too but its reall not a good food. It has oatmealvl, barley, and brown rice as the 3rd, 4th, and 5th ingredients.  Since cats are obligate carnivores that stuff doesnt get digested at all and passes right through (the possible cause for the diarrhea). For around the same price you can do solid gold-indigo moon,  blue bufalo wilderness (this one is grain free), or wellness core cat and kitten. These are all available at petco and the latter two are available at petsmart. Also,  the ones around me let you return a new bag of food if your cat tried it and didn’t like it.

 

Since they’re indoor cats its probably not parasites or a bacterium. It does sound like something chronic, do you see any blood in her stool? Try the food change for a week and I can call up my vet friend (the friend kind that doesn’t charge me for advice!) to see what else she can suggest. 

Post # 7
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: May 2014

Look up some information in Giardia in cats.  Once I was living in an apartment and they needed to do repairs so my cats when to my Moms and my sister brought in a stray and when my cats came back they were having bad diarrhea.  I took them to the vet and found out that stray had given them giardia which is basically what people get when they drink bad water when traveling.  I had to give them each two doses of medicine every day and disinfect their litter box every day until it was cleared up.  It was a pain in the butt but apparently its very contagious and so you have to completely irradicate it.  Perhaps they have had this the whole time?

Post # 9
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: May 2014

@highschoolhoneys:  

Yes it is in the stool.  I took both my cats in and at diagnosis she… collected it from the source.  But I want to say that at the end of treatment I took a sample in for them to test just to make sure they were all clear.

Post # 11
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Newbee
  • Wedding: August 2014

I have a sicky cat too! Honestly, we tried lots of things: canned food, dry hypoallergenic food, e probiotics, steroids, etc.Throughout we were living with daily cat vomit and the worst smelling poop ever.  (And I felt really dumb telling the vet that my cats poop smelled bad.  Fortunately they got a sample and discovered I was serious.) anyway, we feed her raw food now, and it helps a ton. We mix it ourselves, but it comes in freeze dried and pre-mixed forms as well.  if the new food doesn’t fix it, google raw cat food.  Good luck!

Post # 13
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: May 2014

Grain-free is definitely the way to go. Just please transition her by mixing some of the new food in with the old and gradually increasing the percentage of the new.

All my cats get probiotics. It is easy to mix into the wet food. Forget about the probiotics found in dry food as the bacteria are destroyed by the processing. Some cats improve with digestive enzymes added to their food.

Post # 14
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: August 2015 - Backyard Forest

I agree with PP – try a new food. 

 

I haven’t had those issues with my cat – but we did with our puppy. I bought REALLY expensive – good food, but he just had loose stools, every night all night long for a week. We went to the vet and spent hundreds. It went away with meds and I was so happy (even though they found nothing in the sample). 

THEN it came back! He was worse than a newborn baby up every hour whining. 

As soon as we switched foods it hasn’t come back. 

 

Good luck! I’d love to hear an update if that works! I’m a bit of a crazy cat lady so I’m worried for you!

Post # 15
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: November 2013 - Garden

Our boy kitty has no issues at all no matter what he eats, but our girl has a lot of issues without variety in her diet. She needs a good mixture of wet, dry and raw foods and occasionally a tiny bit of natural yoghurt or cat milk. Poor thing.

Post # 16
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: July 2012

We have been through it all with one of our cats. We got her when she was 5 months old and within 5 months she began having incredibly stinky diarrhea that has gone on for 3.5 years despite all kinds of vet treatments and food adjustments. She ruined carpeting and was miserable – always seeming to be either in pain or at least uncomfortable. She never wanted to be held, and often didn’t groom herself (and she’s long haired).

 

She could never gain weight, would cramp up her whole body in pain and poop – projectile diarrhea- everywhere. After 4 different vets and all kinds of tests & meds (she was getting daily Prednisolone) I brought her up to the CSU Teaching Veterinary Hospital in Fort Collins CO as a last resort since euthanasia was beginning to look like the only option.

They tried her on an Rx food and a medication (can’t remember the name) which didn’t work, then they put her on a canine wormer, Panacur C along with Tylosin which is an antibiotic. After a week on these she seemed to be getting worse & losing weight but quite suddenly began having large, normal stools, no cramping and she began grooming herself again. Now she appears to have gained some weight, looks great and it’s been almost a month without abnormal stools. She eats good quality canned food mixed with similar dry. I hope this continues to be her new normal. If not, the vets feel that we at least have a handle on what works with her. Hope this helps. I have nothing but great things to say about the CSU staff – even if nothing had worked they were tenacious and caring, calling me on a regular basis.

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