I have a cat who we got from the Cats Protection about 6 months ago. They told us she was about 3 years old, she has lost one of her back legs which no-one knows how it happened and her mobility isn't great. When we got her we got told she has a "touch of diahorreah" but every test has come back clear. She has had bloods and scans done and everything has come back clear. Our own vet (who we know well and is amazing) told us they think she is nearer 10 years old, she is now on a special diet of dry gastro food, but she still has issues where she has really bad poop. Because of only having 3 legs she can get herself in a mess which upsets her when we try to clean her up. At the moment she is on steroids which seem to be doing good but a bad episode about once a fortnight upsets her (and us) as she seems ashamed of needing cleaned. Any advice appreciated
Thank you so much for your response - we were told the food we have is prescriptive it is Royal Canin gastro intestinal - I can't see anything else on the packet to tell you that may help, but please tell me where to look if it could help. I also have picked up from the Vet today some Royal Canin 100g pouches of wet food. I am not sure if it is a good idea to give her wet food or not? I only want to give her some wet food as she is desperate to mix with our other 2 cats (both of whom are on slight diets and so wet food) and the integration process has been slowed up because of her progress. Her medication is prednisolone if that helps?
You are so helpful - thank you! But I am unsure where to go from here?Should I ask my vet to do food intolerance testing? She does drink a lot, but I have been told it is due to dry food diet, age and steroids....
I would first see if an adjustment to her prednisolone dose or adding metronidazole to the prednisolone will suffice to control her diarrhea. After all, the prednisolone appears to be effective - if not completely at this time. Should the above fail, it's reasonable to see if food intolerance testing is of value. Changing food can be a stressor in itself and so I don't jump to food test if a prior therapy has been of value and might just need a bit of tweeking. Her drinking a lot doesn't appear to be due to metabolic disorders because nothing showed up in her biochemical panel but oftentimes I can find things in the testing or tests that should have been run but weren't that others miss. Can you upload a copy of her test results to our conversation? I understand that you might not have a copy of the results at home but her vet should be able to give you one which you could scan into your computer and give me the link or you can photograph the page(s) and upload the images by using the paperclip icon in the toolbar above your message box (not if you're using the chrome browser) or by using an external app such as imgur.com or dropbox.com.
Hi and thanks again - we have a long and valued relationship with our vet and am not sure how to get the results without offending them. will try to get them for you as the happiness and welfare of our pusscat is more important
Hi there, I have the full history now from our vet by e-mail - is there an address I can e-mail them to as I don't have a scanner here?
I have sent the records there - am a little disappointed reviewing them - I haven't seen them before but I feel a bit let down......
Don't you think that this is related to her diahorrea problem? We were as good as could be at introducing her to our other cats and they all get along ok. We used a child gate and did everything by the book. Even our little hunter Ciara sleeps within a foot of Jazzie. They are very comfortable with each other and have no arguments. The issue the other day was when I was at home and there was nothing to make her react that way.
I cannot give praise for good behaviour via food as I cannot give her treats.....
She can eat, sleep and play with the others and so we don't feel any stress around the house.
We have integrated a few cats into our house and although I see what you are saying about her behaviour I honestly don't believe there are any stress reasons for it
I don't know how you feel about Jackson Galaxy, but we have taken on board loads of his ideas when we integrate cats. Jazzie is very confident with the other 2 and has even pushed our fat boy out of the sun so that she can lie there. I have moved our cat tree so that the most dominant of our cats loves a different room now. I understand that people don't always get cats but I think we are pretty close. I just want her problem poop to stop so that she isn't upset - the worst thing for me is when she gets herself in a mess.