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Aden

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Hello Sphynx Lair--

In March I adopted a 5-year-old male Sphynx, Nuru, that had been kept by neglectful owners. Since receiving him, I have had several problems with litter box training, "poop tail," and chronic diarrhea. Upon adopting him, I learned that Nuru had Irritable Bowel Disease. I knew that this meant he would require extra care, but I did not expect that I would be completely unable to litter box train him and have to watch him suffer through such painful bowels. I understand that he does not want to use the box with the level of watery diarrhea he discharges but there is nothing I have been able to do to harden his stools. He always pees in the boxes, but he poops everywhere else. I have done everything possible to try and train him to go in the box but it has been 7 months and I cannot keep cleaning diarrhea off my carpets every minute of the day. With such liquid stools, there is an added issue with "poop tail," (his tail dips into his poop and gets everywhere, it is simply disgusting.) There is nothing I have not tried and I need help because no one, including my vet and others, knows what I can do anymore.

After adoption, I took Nuru to the vet and had a full exam, including: x-rays, urine analysis, blood test, allergy test, parasite test, and stool sample testing. In addition, I have had countless follow up appointments since. He currently has two litter boxes, which I monitor and clean constantly. I've tried cat attractors and do not use any odorizing formula.

When I got him, I did a lot of research and decided on having him eat Blue Buffalo Basics Limited Ingredient Grain-Free Formula, Turkey & Potato. He liked the food but it did nothing to help his system. His vet suggested adding a probiotic, which I did, but again nothing changed. The chronic diarrhea remained the same and is still never in the box. Recently, I switched his diet and he is currently eating Royal Canin Sensitive Digestion. Again, he likes the food but it has done nothing to harden his stool or help his system. He continues to diarrhea only on the floor.

I am at the end of my rope and I don't know what to do. I beg someone can help me figure out what I can give him to harden his stools and stop this issue. I love Nuru, he's a very sweet and affectionate cat but there is nothing I have not tried and I am really looking for any hope. His vet explained that with this situation it is important to consider euthanizing him but that is not even close to my thoughts so please don't suggest it.
 

NinaGato

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Please look into Iams intestinal plus. It used to be called low residue. They make wet and dry. It was the only food that my sphynx and my friend's sphynx could eat and have good stools.
I am sorry to hear of your issues. I know poo problems can be quite frustrating as I have been through them.
 

Yoda mom

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@Aden Welcoming you amd Nuru to the lair family
Glad you reached out to us

Here is a link
Sphynx pooping or peeing outside the litter box

We all come together here to help in anyway to share our experiences
Amd things to ask or test at the vet

You have no doubt given him a world of love and best of care ..
Ome thing that Coe,s to mind did the vet test for giardia ?
Even if negative many will treat for giardi in case a false negative test.

Tritrichomonas is not mentioned as much but we have seen it be a source of unresolved poo issues .
It is treated with a different medication- ronidazole from my understanding .

My boys also prefer a large tall box with no door flap if a covered box
Along with plain unscented dr elseys litter .

My mom adopted a cat that had poo issues - we sketched her litter amd all was well.

I know other members will definitely chime in!

Here for you !
Keep us updated!

Many of us have used canned 100% pure pumpkin
I have used 1 teaspoon .. But omly ome of mine would eat it -

My vet prescribed Flagyl (metronidazole )


So sorry you and Nuru going thru this-
I would also consider a second opinion vet -

Does Nuru vomit ? Any other signs, symptoms? Blood in stool ?
We can't diagnosis here but share our experiences so you can check with your vet

The upper right search box is good for specific searches too
Search Results for Query: Giardia | Sphynxlair

Search Results for Query: Tritrichomonas | Sphynxlair


Positve vibes you get amswers for what is going on with your sweet boy

Bless you for giving him the best love and care

Do you have a pic of him:)
 

Aden

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Please look into Iams intestinal plus. It used to be called low residue. They make wet and dry. It was the only food that my sphynx and my friend's sphynx could eat and have good stools.
I am sorry to hear of your issues. I know poo problems can be quite frustrating as I have been through them.
I will definitely do my research and look into Iams. I have not tried that brand of food with any pet before.
 

Aden

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@Aden Welcoming you amd Nuru to the lair family
Glad you reached out to us

Here is a link
Sphynx pooping or peeing outside the litter box

We all come together here to help in anyway to share our experiences
Amd things to ask or test at the vet

You have no doubt given him a world of love and best of care ..
Ome thing that Coe,s to mind did the vet test for giardia ?
Even if negative many will treat for giardi in case a false negative test.

Tritrichomonas is not mentioned as much but we have seen it be a source of unresolved poo issues .
It is treated with a different medication- ronidazole from my understanding .

My boys also prefer a large tall box with no door flap if a covered box
Along with plain unscented dr elseys litter .

My mom adopted a cat that had poo issues - we sketched her litter amd all was well.

I know other members will definitely chime in!

Here for you !
Keep us updated!

Many of us have used canned 100% pure pumpkin
I have used 1 teaspoon .. But omly ome of mine would eat it -

My vet prescribed Flagyl (metronidazole )


So sorry you and Nuru going thru this-
I would also consider a second opinion vet -

Does Nuru vomit ? Any other signs, symptoms? Blood in stool ?
We can't diagnosis here but share our experiences so you can check with your vet

The upper right search box is good for specific searches too
Search Results for Query: Giardia | Sphynxlair

Search Results for Query: Tritrichomonas | Sphynxlair


Positve vibes you get amswers for what is going on with your sweet boy

Bless you for giving him the best love and care

Do you have a pic of him:)
Hi YodaMom,

I have used pumpkin and sweet potato as softeners but neither works. He does not vomit nor has any blood in his stool! Also, here's a picture of my sweet baby boy.
 

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Yoda mom

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@Aden , awwwwhhhh Nuru is precious! What adorable pics!

All paws crossed for Nuru!

@Xandria , and @Toa and Ross may have some advice amd psyllium suggestions too

With my IBD Bengal I have been successful with Nutrisource cat and kitten in the blue bag -
It's sold on line and some smaller pet stores will order it -

I got to the point that I was not on the grain free wagon -
My crew of 4 sphynx amd a Bengal with IBD all have solid poos amd no skin issues with
The Nutrisource cat and kitten food -
Another members kitty does well on their pure vita line ..

Just be sure to give any new food a time to settle for results -
My bengals I did food "trials " for several weeks -
She did great on Fromm game bird recipe -
I started feeding her a couple of months ago to the sphynxs food -Nutrisource to see if it would be fine with her so I can feed all the same food -
It was a smooth transition


Let us know which food you try with Nuru is working -
Positve vibes sent!
Keep us updated often!

Also, I ca not give my kitties those packaged treats - they get the runs from it
Amd they are not allowed table scraps

Fwiw, for treats I buy a bag of hills urninary hairball kibble -
I started using it as treats when I learned some kitties with poo issues do good with s urninary hairball formula
So I use it as treats they love it -

A member recently posted she was at wits end with poo issues - as a last resort she started Halo bread food amd wpraved about it

Lots of choices - I would definitely contact the vet amd as about Things like giardi amd tritrichomonas

Look forward to Positve updates!
Thanks for sharing adorable pics of Nuru! Head smooches sent !
 

Toa and Ross

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Welcome to sphynxlair! Nuru is handsome and adorable.

Psyllium husk power can help to firm up poo. @Xandria gave me this advice and it helped my boy Toa when he had diarrhea for months. I'm not familair with IBD though so don't know if you can use psyllium husk power when Nuru has IBD. Psyllium husk power a natural product but better ask the vet.

Sending healing vibes!
 

Xandria

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I think it's important to eliminate all possible Health issues, even if you have to go to another veterinarian. So much good advice above.

I also question whether or not psyllium husk powder would be good for a Sphynx with IBD. Having said that, it may also help. I think this would be a good discussion to have with a vet. I gave my boy psyllium husk powder (1/4 teaspoon with each meal) and it really helped. To this day I still don't know why he had soft stools for a few months, but it seemed clear up on its own.


Good luck, and please let us know how things are going.
 
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