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4 month old kitten, underweight with chronic bloody soft poop/diarrhea

Sheldon13

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It looks like a normal full belly to me in the picture.


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Mimikins

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Happy to report that Nemo is now having normal poops regularly! He is still pooping pretty frequently, about 4-6 times a day I would say. We started giving him some frozen raw nuggets (Stella & Chewy's Duck Duck Goose) with his wet food and he loves it. For the past few days, I've seen him throw up a bit of foam/bile right after his morning poop. Any ideas what this could be due to?
 

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It could be due to the raw nuggets. When transitioning to raw its normal for kitties to sometimes puke up bile while their stomachs/digestive systems get used to the raw. The company I purchase from says they can puke for the first 5-7 days when introducing raw.
 

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It could be due to the raw nuggets. When transitioning to raw its normal for kitties to sometimes puke up bile while their stomachs/digestive systems get used to the raw. The company I purchase from says they can puke for the first 5-7 days when introducing raw.
That's what I was thinking too but he's throwing up before eating anything in the morning and won't eat for a while after that. We feed him the raw in the morning and then a little around dinner time when we get home.
 

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This is Nemo our 4 month old kitten. He came to us a little scrawny with an ear infection which we were able to treat. He's always been a bit lazy/sleepy and his spine and ribs are always visible. His stools have been pretty inconsistent going from soft and brown to yellow, beige and dark grey. There is blood in his stools pretty frequently as well. His stomach is constantly making noises. He sometimes snores/makes little wheezing sounds.

On his first vet visit he weighed 2.69 pounds and about a week later he was at 2.1 pounds. During his first visit he was given a rabies vaccine and Revolution and we ordered a fecal exam. The fecal exam came back negative for Giardia but he was given Panacure anyway just to be safe as well as some anti nausea and diarrhea medicine (forgot the names). He was also prescribed some wet GI food (Royal Canin) and ate that stuff ravenously (up to 4x 3 oz. cans a day) and seemed to be doing better. He seemed less lethargic and started playing again. We even took him on a plane to Canada to meet my family. Per the vet's recommendation we've transitioned him off the GI food to a regular diet (he loves the Purina chunks in gravy).

As of now, Nemo is eating and drinking normally, his poops are still horribly smelly and soft and he is still his usual lazy self. He seemed to have gained a bit of weight as well but it's hard to say without weighing him.

Has anyone gone through anything similar with their kittens? Was there anything specific that helped?

Thanks in advance!
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Nemo has been eating a bit of the GI wet food but not as much as I would like. At this point I think he may not be a fan of chicken since when we were feeding him the Fancy Feast he always gobbled up the tuna and salmon ones but only nibbled at the chicken ones. I noticed that the Royal Canin GI foods are both chicken based so that could explain why he's not a fan. The moderate calorie one that he liked has "pork by-product" as the first ingredient so that would also make sense with my theory.

He started having diarrhea again from time to time and I think the Glop might be causing it. The last time it came out looking like milk =/ I think we're going to hold off on the Glop for the time being to see what happens.

Other than that he's still pretty active and loves to chase his wand toy around. His ribs and spine are still showing but he does look a bit healthier. His pot belly is still worrying me a bit but it doesn't seem to be bothering him and he loves when I rub it. Could it just be gas?

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Try a non chicken diet. My Tiki had weight issues and horrible loose nasty stools. I stopped al chicken products. She now gets Rachael Ray salmon and brown rice only. All issues stopped. Stools just fine. Gained some weight. Looks really good.
 

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Try a non chicken diet. My Tiki had weight issues and horrible loose nasty stools. I stopped al chicken products. She now gets Rachael Ray salmon and brown rice only. All issues stopped. Stools just fine. Gained some weight. Looks really good.
I thought about that too and we went and bought a bunch of different non-chicken based foods but he would not eat any of those and kept going back to the Royal Canin GI food. At this point I'm too scared to try switching his diet since he seems to have stabilized and I don't want to risk upsetting his stomach. He's been off the Flagyl for 3 days now and still having good poops. He seems to have gained some weight and looks significantly healthier now. I appreciate all the advice and support <3

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@Mimikins great update! so glad Nemo is doing better! head smooches sent!
congrats on your new home! how exciting!
keep us updated on the potential little nakid brother or sister for Nemo :)

hugs n head smooches !
 
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