|Purred: Tue Jun 18, '13 8:13am PST |
|At this point, the emergency vet is probably not necessary, but I would definitely make an appointment as soon as you can to take her to your regular vet. You need a fecal, and even if the vet doesn't see anything in the fecal, they will probably give you a broad spectrum dewormer. You may want to ask about irritable bowel syndrome. Work with your vet to come up with a short-term plan (perhaps a bland diet, some metrinidozole, Pro-Pectalin, or some combination of these and other actions to take), then talk about what improvement looks like and what modifications you can make once improvement occurs. Metrinidozole is a short-term treatment, as is Pro-Pectalin, but if you find that a certain food or the addition of pumpkin or Greek yogurt (all the benefits of vet probiotics with a fraction of the cost) to your cat's diet seems to alleviate symptoms, then keep doing those things. Nothing bad will happen to a cat whose diet includes canned pumpkin and a little bit of Greek yogurt (or at least it hasn't bothered my cats any).
Anecdotally, I'm going to venture a guess that intestinal problems are some of the most common issues that vets see in cats of all ages. If your vet seems to be at a loss, look for a second opinion. As a first call, I'd contact the local humane society or a local cat rescue and see which vet they use. Rescue cats are NOTORIOUS for having all manner of intestinal maladies and vets that deal with them on a regular basis have found all sorts of tips and tricks to try.
In the meantime, lots of water...use Pedialyte if needed. A spoonful of canned pumpkin or Greek yogurt (or both) mixed in a can of food. And make that appointment. Many of us have dealt with these issues and while it's messy and gross and smelly, this too shall pass.
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