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Hi , I want to introduce myself. I have 2 bald babies. Cosmo a black 11 yr old male that is very sick. I call him poopie pants. Nova is a tortie 8 yr old female that is a sweetheart. I've been searching for months for help with Cosmo and his tummy problems with no relief found yet. I am afraid he will have to be put down soon. As of now he is still happy to see me but hardly ever eats because I'm sure he just plain tired of vomiting and having the squirts. I wish I could have a happier introduction and I will post pics when I get a chance as for now I am information searching....
 

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What are you feeding him?
Welcome to the Lair. It's a good place to be.
 

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Welcome to the site.
Have you tried feeding him duck?



 

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WoW! You definately found the right place. There a TONS of threads here full of awesome amounts of information! lol You will prob be on here a lot! Welcome!
 
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I have tried almost every food out there including raw. Right now both cats are on By Nature ( corn, wheat and soy free) Cosmo has been to the vet numerous times and had a blood test done. Everything came back fairly normal. He was put on metronidazole for a possible infection. That hasn't helped so he is now also on prednesone. I think he has Inflammatory Bowel but if he does then why isn't he getting better? He can't even hold down his food wet or dry for more that an hour. When he poops it's about a tablespoon of liquid. I am at a loss. He is locked in my master bathroom so I can clean up after him easily. I just want my kitty to feel better. He is so skinny, every rib shows. I am ready to stop the medications and let him finish out his life. Crying again....
 

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Oh I'm so sorry to here of your troubles! Unfortunately I don't have any suggestions except perhaps getting a second opinion from another vet, I just wanted you to know that Mug-Y and I will be hoping and praying for an answer for you and a full recovery.

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Hello and Welcome....I am sorry to hear about your boy!! I don't know if he could hold it down, but have you tried giving him some pumpkin? It works well for upset tummies. Just make sure that it is 100% pumpkin. Can't wait to see pictures!!
 
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off to the vet again. I will ask about pumpkin and duck. I haven't tried pumpkin, do you feed it alone out of a can? I've tried duck foods but not straight raw duck. I can't get it from the grocery store, I'll have to stop at the butcher and ask. Thanks for the suggestions!
 

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I've heard the canned pumpkin just a teaspoon full works pretty well. Someone on here suggested it and others have said it works. I never had to try it because as soon as it was recommended, Butterball stopped having the squirts. I'm sure you've tried this but sticking to one type of food for a couple of months with no deviations might settle his little belly.

I hope he pulls through! I don't want to read another well wishes thread. Those put a damper on my day.
 

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Yes, you buy 100% pumpkin in the can and either feed it alone or mixed with food. It does wonders for stopping diarreah, but it doesn't cure the problem that caused the diarreah to begin with. I'd try him on it right away, as there is nothing in it that would harm him and many of us swear by it. I will pray for you both and sincerely hope you find something to help him. Use the search tool above every page to look for posts on diarreah, diet, irritable bowel syndrome, pumpkin--anything you can think of that might give you a clue for something to try.
 

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What has he been tested for? I am assuming giardia and coccidia- and the metronidazole is not helping at all?

If not, I think it's worthwhile- particularly if you think you might lose him- to get him tested for tritrichomonas foetus...

"Studies have shown that this parasite mainly causes colitis (large bowel diarrhoea) with increased frequency of defaecation, semi-formed to liquid faeces, and sometimes fresh blood or mucus in the faeces. With severe diarrhoea the anus may become inflamed and painful, and in some cases the cats may develop faecal incontinence. "

Tritrichomonas foetus infection in cats

This is NOT something vets routinely test for and it IS something that can and DOES flourish in some catteries. I would HIGHLY recommend testing for this bug while you are looking at everything else.

GL!
 
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Welcome to the Lair! You have received great advice and starting the pumpkin right away would be ideal. Im sending my thoughts and prayers I hope you find answers soon. Poor lil guy. Goodluck and keep us posted.
 

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Welcome to the lair! We have a great bunch of people on here! I hope you try the pumpkin, I have heard great things about it helping! I hope he gets better soon!!
 
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Back from the vet. I asked about pumpkin and duck. She suggested cooking chicken and feeding him that only and to stop the meds right away. As far as pumpkin goes she said she has heard of that working also so I might try that too. I threw the chicken breast with the fat removed into the food processor and the cooked it and cooled it. He ate a few tablespoons full. That was a good sign, at least he still has an appetite. I then let him roam the house for a little while...he ended up in his favorite old place...on top of the stove where the oven heat comes out while I made dinner! :Smile:
 
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I would try the pumpkin asap. Changing his food up isn't going to give you immediate effects as it will take his stomach a while to get used to it. With pumpkin you should see a difference next time he goes potty.
 

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Do the pumpkin ASAP--it really does help. I sense you might be a little reluctant--it really is quite a dramatic change--please try it.
 
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You should have your vet do a pouch test on his stool. There are things that just don't show up in regular stool floats and smears. After inoculating in the proper solution something else might show up.

Good luck.
 
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I can't find pumpkin anywhere!!! I've looked and called lots of places and have found the same result...nothing. Apparently there has been a shortage of pumpkin since this years crops flooded. I'll have to search online but that could take days to have it mailed to me. Until then Cosmo is doing no better and no worse. I am dropper feeding him a teaspoon at a time of ground chicken with water. So far no poops for almost 24 hours. I am really hoping it was the meds that didn't agree with him.

Thanks everyone for your support. I have had him tested for so many things and all have come back normal or negative. I am not ready to give up on my baby!
 

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Another thing you can try is baby food.
I used the chicken or turkey and it works well for dia and throwing up.
I get the Beach Nut with nothing added.
 
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I'm in Ohio so not all that far from you but maybe a good enough distance to find something. If I find some in the store when I go later I'll get a can or two for you and send it to you if you don't mind. I looked it up online and the prices were rediculous and most out of stock so I'm not sure how much luck I'll have. Even found articles of the pumpkin shortages. I had no idea. I'll keep you posted if I find something!
 
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