Post # 1
Some background info first. DH and I live with our aunt, who until recently had 3 cats and a dog. The cats are very unsocial and do not leave aunt’s room. Just after Christmas we decided to adopt a kitty, and then realized we would like to adopt 2 so that they can be friends. When we were at the animal shelter, aunt also fell in love with a cat and brought another one home. So now we have the ridiculous amount of 6 cats in our house.
The three cats that we got in late December have been having issues with diarrhea ever since we brought them home. At first we figured that they were adjusting to the new food, but that just doesn’t make sense anymore. They are otherwise happy playful kitties, but cleaning their litter is a nightmare. They were all dewormed before we got them, and the other 3 cats haven’t been affected. Does anyone know what might be wrong with our boys?
Post # 2
- Wedding: August 2013 - Rocky Mountains USA
Have you taken them to a vet? That should be step #1 (like 2 months ago).
Cats will often have GI issues when you make sudden changes in their diet, or due to stress. Have you tried switching the kind of food you give them (somewhat gradually, over the course of a week or so)? Do they seem stressed out by the other cats who live there?
Please just take them to the vet – 3+ months of diarrhea isn’t normal.
Post # 3
Huh, I actually have the same problem. Kittens often have this problem and need to be watched closely. Do they pass the pinch test for dehydration? Are they drinking enough water? Are they frisky and active? At any sign of dehydration they must go to the vet AT ONCE.
With my boy then we took him to the vet who recommended special food. Special food did nothing. Then we got a probiotic. Also did nothing. Then we tried antibiotics. Nope. Still nothing. In the end, I just put it down to a sensitive stomach… it is especially bad if he eats chicken or tuna. It is also worth saying that some hybrid breeds such as bengals and savannahs do have persistant tummy troubles as kittens which they grow out of as they get older… my previous hybrid, Pika’, had frequent diarrhoea until she was about 7 months old, and my bengal, Spock (who has been to the vet about 12 times about it) still has it at 7 months.
So basically… vet… special food… probiotics… antibiotics… and if none of that works then watch their diet closely, check what sets them off and restrict their access to it, and hope for the best!
Post # 4
I agree with everything said above. Vets now. They are all probably stressed with the sheer amount of other cats around. Cats can tollerate company (i have two) but generally prefer
To be on their own. It sounds like they were probably not integrated slowly enough and are ill due to stress.
Post # 5
Are these shelter cats? Take some stool (ew, I know) to the vet’s office and have it tested for parasites, especially round worm. (DOUBLE EW, I KNOW.) Many shelter animals have parasites, and while they’re often dewormed when they’re brought in, it sometimes takes a few rounds to completely kill everything, and they can easily get reinfected when other cats with worms are taken in. It happens all the time. The good news is that it’s a relatively cheap fix, and the dewormer dissolves everything so your litter box shouldn’t contain anything too horrible to look at.
Post # 6
My cat was having random diarrhea on and off for months before we realized he was drinking from the soaking dishes in the sink. Covering up the dishes fixed that problem. Could it be something like that?