|Purred: Sun Dec 2, '12 12:07pm PST |
|Hi Guys...I have a two year old kitty, neutered, DSH, 15 lbs, ( big but not fat ) who has had diarrhea and soft stools for months( very smelly too ).
After my vet ruled out other problems with blood, urine and fecal tests, we started food trials...the best thing for my kitty ended up being Hill's Prescription WD dry (mixed with a little water and sometimes, if he is being picky, a TINY bit ( like half-a-pinky-nail amount ) of the canned version mixed in, just for taste ( I am lucky b/c most of the time, he will eat the dry with water--too much wet and we get the bad poop again )
In addition, and most importantly, my vet prescribed VETASYL, which is a psyllium capsule. I mix Vetasyl cap in a few drops of water, mix well, then gradually add the dry kibble with more water, let it sit a few minutes and then give him small meals thru the day of this, keeping the rest refrigerated.
We don't have 'tootsie roll solids" yet, but his stool is the most formed ( looks normal in the box, but is still a little soft when you put it in the poop bag ) and it has no smell.
We had, prior to this, done Hills prescription ID, Purina EN and nothing worked. I of course, on my own, did Wellness Healthy Weight, because I prefer the holistic foods, which didn't work either.
I found that the configuration we needed was high protein, high fiber and low fat--the fat being kept at 7% or below. The dry seems to be working more than the wet, by the way. The higher the fat, the more diarrhea he had. And it seems that he doesn't do well on the wet foods at all. Re: the Wellness Healthy Weight, it had the right configuration of fat, fiber etc. but for some reason didn't work like the Hill's Prescripton WD did.
I hope that all this might help someone.
Just so you know, as of now, I have NOT tried pumpkin or any holistic medications/supplements but am not ruling them out in the future.
Oh and initially, we did the Metronidazole and it didn't make any difference.
The dr. initially put us on pro-biotics, a few months ago, I sprinkled it on his food and he promptly ate and threw it up. Perhaps the pro-biotics might make a difference if pre-mixed in water prior to feeding it, but I have yet to try that again.
I got my cat as a four week old kitten and bottle fed him...he got a respiratory and gastrointestinal infection as a kitten and my original vet said he may have had presumptive herpes, because he had a few initial problems with holding his eye at half mast sometimes, but this is something he has outgrown and he is fine now. However, I am not sure how much this 'presumtive herpes" has to do with his current gastric issues and I have to ask the vet about that.
Needless to say, I have a drinkwell cat fountain and plenty of water available, which is important if the cat is using any kind of Vetasyl/psyllium products.
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