- Aug 31, 2018
I am new to the Lair, and new to owning a Sphynx. My cat's name is Devlinn, she will be 9 years old December 7th. I received my cat from a family member who owns quite a few. I brought her home at the end of June. She started having diarrhea a little before I took her home. We traveled 800 miles in a car back home. I know that that in itself could have caused some distress and quite possibly made her get travelers diarrhea. I've now owned her two months and have still had issues. I switched her cat food as I read some cats become allergic to chicken because its the most common ingredient in cat food (she currently was on EArthborn Holistic Feline Vantage). I tried Jarrow Formulas Non-Dairy Saccharomyces boulardii +MOS probiotic & Now Slippery Elm Powder as directed from food fur life website. I also tried feeding her babyfood turkey as a bland diet alternative. I got a few solid poops that way, then I ran out of turkey and tried chicken which gave her bloody diarrhea. I started mixing back in her dry cat food, Merrick Turkey Limited Ingredient Diet Grain Free, to the baby food turkey. Her poops have been more formed then they originally were but they are still soft and stick to the poop scooper if i dont try to coat them in litter. in the last week she dropped lots of weight, she looks like a skeleton. In July she weighed 7lbs, she now weighs 4.5lbs. I have made her a sweater using my fuzzy socks to keep her warm so she isn't loosing more weight being cold. I also have been using hot hands in a sock and filling her cat hut with warm water bottles to keep her warm. Today I took her into the vet because the weight loss and the way she looked was alarming to say the least. My kids love her to death, we'd hate to have something happen to her. The vet did an exam, her temp was down. They removed stool from her while we were there and ran a poop test for every parasite and what not, it all came back negative, she does although have lots of bad bacteria. She was prescribed Metronidazole 0.4ml twice a day and Hills weight reduction r/d chicken flavor canned cat food to add to her dry food so she can get extra fiber that will hopefully make her poop more solid. I was told I could continue to use her probiotic I have been using. Im also suppose to weigh her everyday and call if it gets worse, we also have to follow up in 7-10 days. Devlinns sister has also been ill longer than her with similar symptoms and has been diagnosed with colitis, which I found out after my vet visit. I am hoping that both can make recoveries I would hate if they both die. I am trying my hardest to make sure it doesn't happen. Its been a stressful two months, has anyone else delt with any of this? did their cats make it? Thanks so much for reading this!