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alex617

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Where do I start?

First let me point out that I have taken Khaleesi to the vet, on 2 separate occasions.
The first time was about 4 months ago when Khaleesi found her way into the kitchen and helped
herself to the leftovers (a cooked bratwurst) on the stove.
**We have since made the kitchen counters inaccessible to her**
The next day was horrible, she was vomiting about 5 times a day (for 2 days).
She couldn't handle any food, and even when she wasn't eating, she was just throwing up bile? slime?
She was still very much her crazy self, and my fiance and I assumed the sickness would pass.
Then came the diarrhea. (sorry I'm about to get into details)
Explosive, loose, pudding consistency. This lasted another 24 hours, along with the vomiting
We took her to the vet, they did a fecal test, nothing abnormal, they gave injected fluids on her neck/shoulder (for dehydration) and sent me home with antibiotics (metronidazole), and 4 cans of royal canin (digestive) . I was going out of town literally the next day, so to my horror, I had to take my poopy cat to my mother's house
(who has no experience with cats mind you) for 3 days. Well Khaleesi scared my mom with her hissing, and my mom could never give her the syringe of antibiotics. I came home to find Khaleesi basically completely healed from her sickness, without any doses of her antibiotics. I spent about $250 at the vet, for the cans of royal canin. Basically.

Fast foward to 3 weeks ago, when I came home with a new type of wet food. ::face palm::
Khal usually gets wellness core original wet, and dry. I thought it would be a special treat to get her the
"venison" version of the same brand.
That night, (graphic details again I'm sorry) Khaleesi started crying on the stairs, I know her upset wailing cry, so I ran straight to her, and she just started pooping, all. over. herself. She looked at her butt, looked at me, and just meowed so sadly. The first week was explosive runny stools. No vomiting.
I was hesitant to take her to the vet because this sickness, with an apparent red meat onset, has cured itself before. I tried forti flora, I tried fasting her on two separate occasions. Nothing is clearing the loose stools.
So another week goes by, She has at least 10 accidents all around the house, in my bed while she was sleeping on top of me, on my pillow, on my lap in the living room, just basically everywhere.
She has had at least 6 baths in those first 2 weeks. I felt horrible not being able to help, so I called the vet.
I take her to the vet, I get the same antibiotics, same canned food,
and they tell me to keep mixing in the forti flora. That night, her first poop was solid.
PRAISE THE LAWD..........Then the next day. back to runny poop. :(
So here we are, 5 days later. runny poop every day. I don't know what to do.
I have to wipe my cats butt after EVERY bowel movement, I'm wiping her butt more than I wipe my own butt these last 3 weeks and I am just worn out. I know Khaleesi is too, I wish I knew the solution to her problem.
Khaleesi is great, she turns into a monkey every day, bounces around the house every evening still.
She seems totally fine, but these bowel movements can not be normal.
I'm on the fence of either testing out different diets, or going to the vet again.

Thanks for reading.
I'm open to any and all suggestions. I realize it might be IBS.
I also think the fortiflora is making it worse, is that even possible?
Antibiotics have not helped.
I'm just at a dead end, and need someone to point us in the right direction.
Thank you again, I get a little long winded when I type, sorry!
 

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You need to put her on the diet before the venison in my opinion and steer clear of any food changes in the future. Food change can be very bad for some cats. You should also add a tablespoon of pumpkin (NOT the pie filler type) into her food to harden up the stool. It can take a week or more for her system to normalize again. On another note, there has not been any contact with other cats, specifically outdoor cats?
 

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@alex617 , ((healing hugs))) and rest to you and Kahleesi

Admin handsome great advice
I have used a 1/2 teaspoon of slightly warmed in microwave 100% pure canned pumpkin Libby's brand was fine just make sure it's not there pie filling label..
Here's a pic of the one I have used I put it in a little container and put enough infringe for few days and freeze the rest in an ice cube covered tray (easy to pop out one and warm up) or plastic freezer container.

My Toby ate the warmed pumpkin plain straight out oaf condiment dip cup.
Other kitties I have had to mix in a little wet food

***Ask your vet too about Pepcid AC 10 mg 1/4 Tablet regular strength only and prescription Cerenia

My vet had me give Toby 10 lb kitty 1/4 tablet Pepcid AC 10 mg regular strength only! for his tummy-
She told me she could sell me an Expensive prescription and told me to go to walgreens instead :)
My vet also gave me Cerenia prescription for Toby-( it had a dog on the box worked like a charm with vets dosage plan)

These and the pumpkin worked wonders within 5 days and never had an incident again
Never knew what it was -

Did they do an abdominal X-ray to rule out obstructions in tummy?

My vet X-rayed Toby's abdominal area and had me take a picture of the X-ray with my cell phone so I had it in case I needed to go to an after hours hospital over the weekend

*** I would also self check for dehydration by back of neck skin for tenting
cat skin turgor test youtube
cat skin turgor assessment youtube

No treats
Call kitty food companies ? Ask if any issues lately?

My vet told me in emergencies it was ok to give a little plain unflavored only clear pedialyte while getting into vet ( during hurricane season here I keep some on hand)

There are some recipes her on the lair too

***Definitely ask your vet first**** I call mine for info and they are pretty good over the phone answering questions especially if they jus saw kitty

I feel for you and Khaleesi and send healing vibe you get some relief!
Please please keep us updated
 

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MollysMom

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How old is Khaleesi? I would try the pumpkin as my next step. I agree, is it a possibility that she may have a parasite that is causing the diarrhea?

I feel your pain... Molly is a chronic puker. We did same thing every time... rounds of metronidazole, forti flora, etc. One time she was sick and she was sitting on the carpet... and a puddle of diarrhea just literally slipped out. It turns out she has IBD, and she is doing much better now.

Hope you can get this sorted soon!
 

alex617

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You need to put her on the diet before the venison in my opinion and steer clear of any food changes in the future. Food change can be very bad for some cats. You should also add a tablespoon of pumpkin (NOT the pie filler type) into her food to harden up the stool. It can take a week or more for her system to normalize again. On another note, there has not been any contact with other cats, specifically outdoor cats?

My fiance is out getting the pumpkin right now, thanks. We will give it a shot! And I don't think she has been in contact with any other cats. Unless I carried home something from Petco, I always visit the adopted kitties and give them head scratches before I leave. idk how plausible that is though. But thank you for the advice I really appreciate it !
 

alex617

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How old is Khaleesi? I would try the pumpkin as my next step. I agree, is it a possibility that she may have a parasite that is causing the diarrhea?

I feel your pain... Molly is a chronic puker. We did same thing every time... rounds of metronidazole, forti flora, etc. One time she was sick and she was sitting on the carpet... and a puddle of diarrhea just literally slipped out. It turns out she has IBD, and she is doing much better now.

Hope you can get this sorted soon!

Khaleesi is almost 3, and we will try the pumpkin! thank you for the feedback!
 

alex617

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@alex617 , ((healing hugs))) and rest to you and Kahleesi

Admin handsome great advice
I have used a 1/2 teaspoon of slightly warmed in microwave 100% pure canned pumpkin Libby's brand was fine just make sure it's not there pie filling label..
Here's a pic of the one I have used I put it in a little container and put enough infringe for few days and freeze the rest in an ice cube covered tray (easy to pop out one and warm up) or plastic freezer container.

My Toby ate the warmed pumpkin plain straight out oaf condiment dip cup.
Other kitties I have had to mix in a little wet food

***Ask your vet too about Pepcid AC 10 mg 1/4 Tablet regular strength only and prescription Cerenia

My vet had me give Toby 10 lb kitty 1/4 tablet Pepcid AC 10 mg regular strength only! for his tummy-
She told me she could sell me an Expensive prescription and told me to go to walgreens instead :)
My vet also gave me Cerenia prescription for Toby-( it had a dog on the box worked like a charm with vets dosage plan)

These and the pumpkin worked wonders within 5 days and never had an incident again
Never knew what it was -

Did they do an abdominal X-ray to rule out obstructions in tummy?

My vet X-rayed Toby's abdominal area and had me take a picture of the X-ray with my cell phone so I had it in case I needed to go to an after hours hospital over the weekend

*** I would also self check for dehydration by back of neck skin for tenting
cat skin turgor test youtube
cat skin turgor assessment youtube

No treats
Call kitty food companies ? Ask if any issues lately?

My vet told me in emergencies it was ok to give a little plain unflavored only clear pedialyte while getting into vet ( during hurricane season here I keep some on hand)

There are some recipes her on the lair too

***Definitely ask your vet first**** I call mine for info and they are pretty good over the phone answering questions especially if they jus saw kitty

I feel for you and Khaleesi and send healing vibe you get some relief!
Please please keep us updated

They did not do an x-ray because It was just diarrhea this time, last time they did a fecal float and did not find anything abnormal. Also, the vet said that she didn't appear to be dehydrated, but I will try the skin turgor test every day to keep an eye on it myself. It's either IBD or a very sensitive tummy. I just hope we can get it under control. Thank you for your advice! I will check out the recipes too! Thanks!
 

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I'm sorry you have to go through this. Stick with the same food, same amounts and same times of day as much as you can to give her system a chance to settle down. I hope the pumpkin works ( I never has success).
 

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I just wonder also, if, she has ate something she shouldn't have and there is a blockage. Seems this is the way a lot of sphynx
with this same problem act when they have. I would want a ultra sound done on her. asap.
The pure pumpkin is a excellent suggestion and another thing try some indoor cat food for fur balls.
I don't know why, but, lots of times this works. Like admin said, switching food a lot causes tummy problems also.
But, regardless, have the ultra sound done.
 

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I'm sorry to hear about Khaleesi's poopy problems, I know first hand that they can be exhausting. So first big hugs for you and the little one. I was in your shoes about 4 weeks ago trying to figure out what to do with Remi and his pudding/gravy bowel movements. What ended up working like magic was taking him off of any and all poultry: no chicken (including fat, no chicken in the ingredient label at all), duck, or turkey. His protein is fish ONLY. He is on Simply Nourish grain free Salmon dry kibble and Wellness Core ocean whitefish canned that he gets one small serving of once a day. Ultimately I didn't care about the brand so much as there was no chicken or other poultry products in the ingredients. He gets 1/2 packet of Forti Flora with his breakfast--I found that a whole one was just too much for his gi tract to keep up with. And I'll be damned his poop has been REAL scoopable, firm poop since day one of this regimen. I hope this helps, maybe your girl is a fishy cat just like mine?? Good luck!
 

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Royal Canin digestive sensitive works wonders. Grain free candiae dry all times.
 

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Writing an update to let everyone know that Khaleesi has had solid, healthy looking poops for the past 3 days!!
Thanks everyone for all the suggestions!

What is working for us
Every morning I make a slurry of 1 packet Forti-flora , 1/4 teaspoon pumpkin, and 1/4 teaspoon Slippery Elm Bark
(the slippery elm bark I read about on another post)
I add about a tablespoon of water and mix.
She eats this soupy stuff with no problem
10 minutes later I give her breakfast

I have taken away her Wellness core wet and dry and started her on a diet of
Primal freeze dried - salmon/chicken
I've been feeding her this 4 times a day, I'll start introducing dry kibble again in a few days.

Anyways, hopefully this information helps anyone else with this problem!
 

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Writing an update to let everyone know that Khaleesi has had solid, healthy looking poops for the past 3 days!!
Thanks everyone for all the suggestions!

What is working for us
Every morning I make a slurry of 1 packet Forti-flora , 1/4 teaspoon pumpkin, and 1/4 teaspoon Slippery Elm Bark
(the slippery elm bark I read about on another post)
I add about a tablespoon of water and mix.
She eats this soupy stuff with no problem
10 minutes later I give her breakfast

I have taken away her Wellness core wet and dry and started her on a diet of
Primal freeze dried - salmon/chicken
I've been feeding her this 4 times a day, I'll start introducing dry kibble again in a few days.

Anyways, hopefully this information helps anyone else with this problem!
Thanks for the update - thats great news! :)
 

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Great news! And thank you of sharing the recipe!
All paws crossed for continued health!
 
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