loose stools in a cat due to food sensitivity

gibby2015November 17, 2011

The now three year old cat that we got from a shelter last year has had loose stools ever since we got him. He had parasites - treated and retreated - and multiple stool samples tested negative since then. So the vet thinks it is a food sensitivity thing and to try different food.

How long does one need to be on the new food before one concludes that the new food is not working?

This cat also had terribly bad breath and gas and those two problems resolved shortly after I started giving him probiotics. The loose stools improved slightly but not much.

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annzgw

Was he tested/treated for Giardia? It can cause the symptoms you're seeing.

    Bookmark   November 17, 2011 at 9:10PM
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gibby2015

Yes - multiple times.

    Bookmark   November 17, 2011 at 11:01PM
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harebelle

One of my IBD cats presented with loose, foul-smelling stool. He's had radiography and ultrasounds done, but I decided to not have him put under yet again for a biopsy (WHY would the doctor NOT get a biopsy when the cat was under that one time???) so nothing is confirmed. Pancreatitis is also suspected, in fact his doctor thinks Triad syndrome. His breath isn't bad though. His problems haven't been such a frequent trouble since I stopped all dry food. And he no longer is fed poultry of any kind. Still flares but once or twice annually instead of almost every month.

Really bad breath sounds a little like renal issues or gingivitis/stomatitis or ???. You said that the vet tested for giardia but have any other diagnostics been done yet?

You must be at wits' end trying to solve the problem.

    Bookmark   November 21, 2011 at 11:32AM
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gibby2015

He's had all kinds of tests and everything looks good. I guess that may be why the vet thinks it's food. I actually thought I saw something rather formed in the box this morning and I'm 99% sure it came from him but there is a small chance it was one of the other two. Maybe I just need to continue a while longer with the new food. I probably should call the vet and ask this question also. It's a relatively minor problem compared to my other old cat who doesn't always use the litter box. I do feel at times like my entire life is consumed by the bodily functions of my cats....

    Bookmark   November 21, 2011 at 8:04PM
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harebelle

I do feel at times like my entire life is consumed by the bodily functions of my cats....

Wow, you sure said it! Please hang in there. These things aren't easy to bring under control. You have plenty of empathy.

    Bookmark   November 22, 2011 at 1:51PM
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gibby2015

Woo-hoo!!!!! I saw him leave a nice cigar shaped dropping in the box this afternoon! Who would have thought one could get so excited about the shape and consistency of poop. Maybe the new food is working .

    Bookmark   November 22, 2011 at 7:15PM
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jonereb

Gibby, what food are you now using? My cat has similar issues. Vets thinks it Irritable Bowel and had me switch food. We tried a few and settled on Nature's Balance Green Pea and Duck. It contains no grains, which helped. My problem is that my cat doesn't consistently use the litter box. We have two cats...two litter boxes. He'll go anywhere...no favorite place.

    Bookmark   December 6, 2011 at 3:30PM
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gibby2015

Ironically when he was having the problems he was eating Natural Balance Duck and Pea because that's what my IBD cat was eating. He was also eating some Wellness canned grain free food because IBD cat was also eating that. So I thought it couldn't be the food because I thought he was eating good food for sensitive intestinal issues.

Vet said to switch the food though to any other kind of food. So he is now eating Natural Balance weight reduction food - exclusively - since he also needs to lose some weight.

Fortunately he is a good boy and goes in the litter box. When he was having the runs though I would some times see him making a mad dash for the box like he thought he wasn't going to make it in time. And sometimes it looked like he barely made it before he let loose. He doesn't have that problem any more.

    Bookmark   December 6, 2011 at 6:10PM
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jonereb

Is you using wet or dry Natural Balance weight reduction food?

    Bookmark   December 6, 2011 at 9:09PM
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gibby2015

Dry - he was also eating dry duck and pea before along with the canned wellness grain free. Now he's only eating dry natural balance weight reduction food.

    Bookmark   December 6, 2011 at 11:49PM
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