new cat's bowel 'issues'
I have a question related to the new Siamese cat that I got from the shelter. Ever since we got him he's had loose, odiferous stools and gas. We - and vet - thought it was related to whatever he might have been eating as a stray and shelter cat. So he's been eating canned Natural Balance Chicken and Pea and dry Natural Balance Duck and Pea. We have an IBD cat and that's what he eats so that's what everyone eats. That however has not made much of an impact on new cat's stools/gas.
So a couple weeks ago he was started on FortiFlora probiotics. Still no improvement and over the last week he's also been vomiting which he never did before - with a couple incidents of barfing out one end that results in some poop coming out the other. I guess the barfing could be entirely unrelated though - could be hairball or something. Otherwise he eats well, is gaining weight, and is very active and seems quite healthy and two vet exams and tests have shown nothing negative. He is now an indoor only cat as my other cats have been for 10 plus years.
So the vet is recommending trying a different food as the first step in figuring this out. It can be any food - doesn't need to be anything special - just a different food. So I will look for another good quality food and hopefully keep cats from eating each others food that they shouldn't have.
He's had one fecal test that showed no parasites but he's having another one to see if anything is still there that didn't show up the last time. My understanding is that you could keep doing a lot of fecal tests and still have a chance of missing things that aren't in that particular sample so I'm not sure how you are ever sure there aren't parasites remaining.
Anyone have any other thoughts or ideas on this?