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Kitty IBS? Update #10!

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  • Kitty IBS? Update #10!

    SO and I adopted a kitten 3 xmas's ago. Adorable, sweet, loves attention and any food. However, it became apparent that she had a GI tract issue. She would leave ah... drips everywhere. Somedays it would get bad that we would have to intervene and clean her up before she "marked" areas with runny poop. Other two adult cats are fine, all eating same food, using same litter boxes. No one was going out in the snow for long, kitten was staying in. Called the rescue, see if it was a hold over disease. Yup, same symptoms, forever to diagnose, gave us an Rx that worked. Never got the name of the bug or the Rx. Cleared it up pronto, as in 24 hour turn around!

    Fast forward to today: Cat still has these bouts with what we've named "stinky butt." Before it would clear on its own. This current one has been going on since JULY! Taken her to vet multiple times, fecals done, Rx'd with anti-diarrheal and 2 anti-parasitic drugs. Changed all over gradually to a higher quality food. Scrubbed litter boxes with ammonia. Tried calling rescue, will not return calls (multiple months worth).

    Vet is stumped, keeps saying food allergy/IBS. I would believe that too, if it hadn't cleared up the first time with an antibiotic! I'm planning on making an appointment for a cat specialist, I'm just trying to go in "armed" with possibilities.

    Cat otherwise behaves normally. Eats/drinks/plays fine. We've cut out all people food, aside from a lick of plain yogurt here and there. Other cats are asymptomatic. We're getting tired of cleaning up "butt drips," her butt and drag marks across the floor. She wants to be lovey, but she seriously reeks somedays. Note: somedays she's not so drippy, other days she's a mess (think bathtubs!).

    Has anyone experienced anything remotely similar?
    Last edited by Heliodoro; May. 31, 2011, 01:36 PM.

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    I had the same problem with my cat Cashie when he was a kitten. We went through the same issues you are describing. We finally gave up and the issue finally cleared up when he was a year old for so. However, he continues to have stomachachs even now and he is 5 years old. We cannot determine what causes and I don't want to put him through scoping or surgery to find out. He is and has always been a healthy active kittty.
    RIP Sucha Smooth Whiskey
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    • #3
      LOL! I call it ABS in my adult cat - Angry Bowel Syndrome. The only thing that keeps it in check is adding canned pumpkin to his diet. Canned pumpkin, not pumpkin pie mix. The pumpkin fiber works to optimize the moisture balance in his colon. Works on people too BTW. So it will ease constipation, and regulate diarrhea. I swear by it.

      Paula
      He is total garbage! Quick! Hide him on my trailer (Petstorejunkie).

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      • #4
        I've had two cats that displayed IBS symptoms. The latest cat went through tests, medications, x-rays, and nothing worked. Both cats had problems developing with their teeth and had to have teeth removed. The infection that had resulted from the problematic teeth was getting into their system and causing the diarrhea. After oral surgery and treating the infection, the problem disappeared in both cats.

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        • #5
          Has she been checked for trichomonas? It usually requires a special culture or a PCR test to find.

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          • #6
            I use pumpkin also, not on my cat but on my dog who has GI issues. Her problems are mostly controlled by meds and prescription kibble but the pumpkin helps for the off days. It obviously won't address the root of the issue which needs to be identified, but it might make everyone more comfortable in the meantime.

            ETA: have you tried different kinds of food? I know you said you switched to a "higher quality" food but allergies can be really specific, i.e. parts of grains and certain proteins. Food allergies can be very detrimental to the GI system, come and go, and cause the symptoms you have listed. Have you ever tried an allergy formula food?

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            • #7
              I know several people who have permanently cured their cats IBS by switching to either canned 95% EVO or a pre-made raw diet like Nature's variety.

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                Originally posted by Dry Clean Only View Post
                Has she been checked for trichomonas? It usually requires a special culture or a PCR test to find.
                My current vet lacks the equipment to test for trich. in house. I have been researching it a little bit.

                Scheduling another vet appointment with a feline practice this week... cha CHING!

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                  I took one of my cats in last week for her yearly checkup. We're working on her runny poop problem. I have some probiotics to try, and, after that, she wants me to try the canned pumpkin. If neither work, the vet was telling me about a new diarrhea screening test that has just been developed in the past year. It may be the same test as the one for trichomonas but she didn't mention that problem in particular. Whatever it is, we'll give that a try.

                  She's going in for a teeth cleaning in a couple of weeks. I'll try to find out the name of the test, and let you know.
                  If you are neutral in situations of injustice, you have chosen the side of the oppressor.
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                  • #10
                    Antech (one of the major national labs) offers the trichomonas culture and PCR. There is a special GI lab at Texas A&M that does blood tests for GI conditions like IBS. Hope this helps!

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                      So took little Roxie up to a cat specialist Friday am. Vet was awesome, listened to my paranoid thoughts of grandeur of what she could possibly be sick with and history of Roxie's "stinky butt" issue, too bad she's an hour drive! Vet prescribed azithromycin (I remembered the old Ab started with an "A" and I described the color/smell) and panacur for 6 days. If those didn't knock it out, we were going to have to send blood work out for diarrhea panels.

                      So we've finished Day 4 of meds and her butt is clean and healthy, YAY! Though she's figured out I mixed the panacur powder in yogurt and now won't eat all of it... I'm heading out the store tonight to pick up some wet food/tuna and convince her it's not all that bad!

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