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Nicole622

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Any and all help is appreciated! TIA!!

Our ~7year old sphynx cat has been having diarrhea for several weeks now. We tried giving some probiotics, which seemed to help a little but didn't make diarrhea go away. After 7 days of probiotics, we took him to a vet who took a stool sample and prescribed 7 days of antibiotics. The stool sample results came back negative.

The antibiotics seemed to make diarrhea happen more often and instead of pooping twice a day, it was several times while on the antibiotics.
I took him back to the vet and he was prescribed very bland high-quality food, both dry and wet (Royal Canin Ultamino & Hills prescription diet skin/food sensitivities z/d). The vet thinks he has colonitis.

It has been 7 days on this new food, and this was his poop today (see picture). Still soft...better than with the antibiotics though. You can also see that he is straining and the skin around his anus is red. When he isn't pooping, you can't see this redness. He also threw up last night =( =( =( (he has been throwing up once every 10-14 days)

I'm currently looking for a vet that specializes in Sphynx cats in the Los Angeles area, if anyone knows someone....

I read that raw meat food can also help, but I don't want to keep switching food every week or two.
Thoughts and suggestions, please!!!!!
He is such a sweet baby boy.
 

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Welcome to Sphynxlair. Being as your baby is 7, it is odd to start having issues. I’d log everything for when you find a specialist just so they can try to piece things together quickly for you.
 

Nicole622

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Welcome to Sphynxlair. Being as your baby is 7, it is odd to start having issues. I’d log everything for when you find a specialist just so they can try to piece things together quickly for you.
Thank you for your response. The short story is that we adopted him this year, and we think he was kept in the cage for a long time because he would not walk completely upright when we brought him home. Also, the breeder said the cat would sometimes not eat every day. The food he was eating with the previous owner was like kibble or something of not good quality.

So we started giving him much higher quality of food, and he is walking upright now (we never keep him in a carrier/cage).
But I am wondering if the switch to higher quality of food began to give him colitis??

We are going to keep him on the high-quality bland food for another week or so and hope his stool starts hardening up.

You are right, we should start logging everything.
Thank you very much, and if anyone else has insights, I am all ears!
 

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I just clicked on the photo and that isn't diaorrhea per say it's a loose stool. But bowel movements definitely that are softer and don't resolve and are not USUAL then need investigation. I have a sensitive girl who has a history of loose stools, if I am concerned I get a poo sample and tests done from the vet.
 

Nicole622

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How are things going now?


Love and Sphynx ~ It’s all you need
Hello! He has been on the new vet prescribed bland food for a little over 3 weeks now. His stool seems to getting a little bit less soft, but still not great. There was also a little bit of blood in his stool the other day.

We are going to another stool sample test next week.
 

Nicole622

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I just clicked on the photo and that isn't diaorrhea per say it's a loose stool. But bowel movements definitely that are softer and don't resolve and are not USUAL then need investigation. I have a sensitive girl who has a history of loose stools, if I am concerned I get a poo sample and tests done from the vet.
Yes, there was the hope that after 3-4 weeks on the new food, it would start to get better, and it seems to be a little bit better. However we are planning on getting another stool sample next week.
 

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@Nicole622 , hugs n positive vibes continue. sharing when my sphynx were on the new acana formulas it just did not work for them. blood loose stools. switched foods and it was a game changer. please continue to keep us updated.
 

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@Nicole622 , checking in for updates.. I am in the US and switched to Nutrisource cat and kitten food many years ago with my crew.
 

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@Nicole622
You say your vet said it was colitis, but this is a "default" diagnosis when your cat has diarrhea and all the routine tests come back negative. In fact, the only way to know conclusively that it's IBD (which colitis is a form of IBD) involves doing an endoscopy or taking a surgical biopsy. These are invasive procedures so vets will "default" to saying the cat has IBD.

Diarrhea and vomiting happen because of inflammation in the GI tract. But what is causing inflammation? It could be a simple allergy, or it could be IBD or something else. A change of diet is the first thing to try because it's not anything invasive, and for what it's worth a lot of times the change of food works. It's a very good thing to try first.

The hard part is that you have to "test" several proteins AND each one must be the only thing the cat eats for a minimum of 2 months. This is because, depending on how severe the inflammation is, ANY food you give may lead to diarrhea or vomiting. It's not because of the food; it's because the cat's GI tract is so inflamed that it can't handle it. So sometimes it appears there is no improvement, but keep going because it might be working but needs more time.

I was told one of my Sphynxes had IBD last year because she was throwing up. I ended up changing her food and she has been fine, no meds or anything. In my case I ended up consulting with a veterinary nutritionist and getting some recipes for food I can make at home. It's a commitment for sure, so I'm not sure if you want to go there. The other kind of food to try is a hydrolyzed protein diet. Most vets sell it or I've also seen it for sale online.

I hope this helps.
 

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I'm just going to post a link to the veterinary nutrition service that I used for reference:
VNC putting your pet's health first .. for more than 20 yrs! | PetDiets


They sell therapeutic diets as well as basic diets for healthy animals. The basic diets are very reasonably priced at $25 for the first one and $12 for additional recipes. In the case where one is checking for allergies, I would suggest getting 3 basic recipes and trying them out. If the problem is allergies, hopefully one of these recipes will work and the problem is solved. If not, then a therapeutic diet would be needed but those are more expensive. I'm just saying it's worth a shot trying the basic recipes as long as the IBD diagnosis isn't conclusive which I don't think it is from what I read.
 
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