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Cat diarrhea

After our last cat passed, we picked up a cat from the local humane society about a month ago.  Other than the first poop he had here after coming home, he has had constant diarrhea.  We mentioned this to the vet when we took him in for a wellness checkup and brought in a sample to check for worms, but it came back negative.

So far, things we've done include Feliway, antibiotics, probiotics, and this week the vet wants to try giving him de-worming medicine and food just in case.  He has two litterboxes on opposite sides of the apartment which we scoop out every couple days in addition to changing completely once a week.  We've gotten him a larger cat tree and lots of toys.  He had been on a special food at the humane society because of a past UTI, and we haven't changed that up at all except to supplement with some wet food (Wilderness brand) to give him the medicines.

Aside from the diarrhea, he is a sweet cuddly guy who loves to play and has a motorboat purr.  We just want him to be healthy (and also not having to constantly check his paws for poop or checking the floor for it would be A++).  Does anyone have any other suggestions of what we could do, or bring up to the vet??
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Anniversary
08/13: Started TTC  - 07/14: PCOS dx
BFP 09/18/15 - Baby S 05/27/16

Re: Cat diarrhea

  • So I am not sure how fecals are done in the clinic but some parasites are definitely still possible cause (giardia and coccidia come to mind) but I am not sure what they are treating with.

    I also struggle with chronic diarrhea in many of my patients on blue wilderness it's extraordinarily high in fat which can be an issue. I recommend transitioning to a better balanced diet. My favorite is canned wellness complete health.
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  • aggiebug said:
    So I am not sure how fecals are done in the clinic but some parasites are definitely still possible cause (giardia and coccidia come to mind) but I am not sure what they are treating with. I also struggle with chronic diarrhea in many of my patients on blue wilderness it's extraordinarily high in fat which can be an issue. I recommend transitioning to a better balanced diet. My favorite is canned wellness complete health.
    Sorry, I meant Wellness.  We'd gotten several of their Duo wet food packs to see if he took to any of them.

    I asked today at the vets and apparently they looked at the sample through a microscope to see if there were any eggs.
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    08/13: Started TTC  - 07/14: PCOS dx
    BFP 09/18/15 - Baby S 05/27/16
  • Soo as far as looking at fecals go there are a lot of ways to do them.  All of them include looking at microscope for eggs.  Depending on the technique and how trained the person is who reads them some of the small parasites like coccidia and giardia can be easily missed.  

    I have worked in several clinics and I can tell you some are great and some are not, and I have absolutely no clue where your clinic lines up and how to tell you to check but if it continues to not resolve you make ask about either sending a fecal to an outside lab for a parasite check or getting a second opinion at a different clinic.  

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    DD born 1.25.15

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