Advice on my sick kitty-could antibiotics be making her sick?

posted 3 years ago in Pets
Post # 2
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: January 2014

Dang exploratory surgery?! That seems extreme. What other tests did they do first? I would be getting a second opinion for sure.

One of my cats has IBD, and his symptoms started out similarly. Has your vet suggested that? Steroids and diet change are the first lines of treatment.

Post # 4
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: January 2014

IBD is really tough to officially diagnose. They pretty much just ruled everything else out based on ultrasounds, X-rays, and blood tests. They said they could do a biopsy, but that it would not be at all definitive, so we just started treating him for IBD.

My cat’s IBD is managed well by diet so far (about 8 months) but steroids are our next option if it comes back. He eats Natural Balance Limited Ingredient Diet duck and green pea formula. He can’t have any chicken, turkey, grains, or any of the weird stuff they sometimes put in cat foods, like carrageenan, guar gum, cranberries, avocado, etc. He can also eat fish and pumpkin. He also doesn’t do well on an all wet food diet (unfortunately).

Post # 5
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Blushing bee

sometimes antibiotics can make your kitty’s tummy upset. Especially if she’s not feeling well already.

 

When our cat had surgery, the vet actually did an antibiotic injection called Convenia – it’s a 2-week injected dose of antibiotics, so you don’t need to worry about getting kitty to take medicine. Our cat had zero problems on it. The one issue is – it is expensive; I think 1 shot was around $50 and it might not be OK to use for a cat as young as yours, but it may be worth asking the vet about!

Post # 7
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Blushing bee

PakiBee03:  Her tummy may just be a little upset. You can try feeding her some soft pate food – especially senior cat food. Wet senior food tends to be more “yummy” smelling and tasting to kitties, so she may find that more enticing.

If it makes you feel better, both my kitties went on hunger strike for entire days (refused to eat except at night for multiple days!) when we moved cross-country, so she probably won’t have ill effects from not eating for a day.

Post # 9
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Sugar Beekeeper
  • Wedding: February 2014

Did they suggest any kind of GI food? My cat also has a sensitive tummy and that’s the only dry food that won’t upset him. He also gets raw as his main diet, but I leave the dry out for him at all times. What kind of diet is your kitten on? I know they have GI kitten food since that’s what we started with. 

Post # 12
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: July 2016

Try putting her on a higher quality food. Sometimes it is that simple.

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