i think that many of us have found, no matter what WE might have thought,
that sometimes the best diet for a cat--especially one with an underlying
problem--is whatever the heck they'll eat.... we all know 20-year-old cats
who've never seen anything but meowmix, after all. sigh.

wondering if you did any probiotics stuff when she had the diarrhea--i know
that i've heard that sometimes the EVO can cause it, but so MANY things can
cause diarrhea that it's often hard to track down. for my kids, i do a
slurry of pumpkin and yogurt--they love it (well, jess doesn't even wait for
the yogurt to be added--or for the pumpkin to be out of the can, for that
matter), it's good for them, it adds in good gut flora.... (it's cheap....)

if the sheba is making her happy, well, i'd go for it.

i'm also with nina on dry kitten food in terms of calories, but it's so rich
that for SOME adults, it can cause the runs as well.... ember's being happy
and playful is really the most important thing, tho...

unfortunately, i have no answers, but sometimes the numbers aren't the most
important things...


On 9/27/07, Lance <[EMAIL PROTECTED]> wrote:
> Ember went to the vet today for a CBC. We go roughly every three
> months. For the last eight or nine months, Ember has been losing
> weight. This particular problem started around last Christmas, when
> Ember developed diarrhea, and I had no idea of how to get rid of it.
> Pumpkin helped a little, but I was reluctant to try anything else,
> especially since it really didn't seem to be an infection. I decided
> to take Ember off of Innova EVO dry, and the diarrhea almost promptly
> went away.
> Since then, Ember has been dropping weight. She's lost about 1.8
> pounds since that time until today, when she weighed 9.5 pounds. Now,
> this might be my fault. I hope it is, as that would be the easiest
> thing to fix. I've only been giving her a can of EVO a day for most
> of the time, and that might not be enough. In the last few weeks,
> I've also given her two cans of Sheba a week as treats.
> Ember's CBC was normal, which, in her case, means good red blood cell
> count, and just below normal white blood cell count. The vet doesn't
> think that this is thyroid-related, but I might have her run that
> test on Ember in a few weeks.
> Ember eats well (especially the Sheba). She is playful and loving as
> always. Should I try a brand new bag of EVO dry to see what adding
> that back might do? I would add that *very slowly*. Would it be okay
> for me to bump up Sheba, and has anyone fed much Sheba? The vet
> wanted Ember to come back in to be weighed in a few weeks, but I'd
> rather do that at home. Is there a postal or baby scale with which
> anyone here has had good results?
> Thank you,
> Lance


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