You know - has he been treated for coccidia?  A lot of times my vet will
treat for coccidia even if nothing shows up on the fecal, because it is so
hard to detect.  Metronidazole doesn't cure coccidia...Albon or there is a
new drug that does it...

On Dec 19, 2007 2:32 PM, Caroline Kaufmann <[EMAIL PROTECTED]>
wrote:

> I have a 6 month old non-felv kitten named Yoda that has had diarrhea
> pretty much off and on ever since I've had him (Labor Day).  Some of you may
> remember me asking you about Yoda's diarrhea back then (at first I thought
> it was just the antibiotic for his URI, but he hasn't been on an antibiotic
> since the first weeks of Sept., so that is out).  The vet ran a fecal back
> in Oct.- nothing.  We treated with metro...zole (can't remember the name)--
> no difference really.  And I have treated him with probiotics just for H of
> it- I used a whole can up of the Eagle Pack Holistic Remedy for Diarreah
> (added to his food)- it seemed to make no difference with Yoda, so when it
> ran out, I stopped using it.  I've been adding benebac (sp?) to his wet food
> at night lately- again, no difference.  Don't ask about food and diet
> changes-- I'm so TIRED of answering those friggin questions-- I mean, this
> isn't my first time up to bat-- I'm not an idiot.  I'm tired of the adoption
> agency people (those that have to "approve" Yoda going to the vet) asking me
> every friggin week about diet changes (um, none!) and the vet's office
> asking the same.  If anyone asks this on Sat. at Cat Adoption Day, I'm going
> to say: "Yeah, I'm trying this new thing were I feed Yoda something
> different for every meal...and tons of table scraps!  Why?  Do you think
> that could be it?!"
>
> What else?  Oh, I took him back to the vet this Monday so they had the
> Yoda butt to really test for giardia- which I knew it wasn't b/c Yoda is
> mingled with other fosters and personal cats and they would all have it by
> now and they don't, but just in case...They did another fecal--
> nothing.  And I know he's healthy-- he looks like a little greyhound he's so
> healthy- he's all muscle and lean and just doing wonderful.  He never feels
> bad, but he'll go in the litter box and I will hear these horrible diarrhea,
> squirty sounds (sorry!) and then he just comes out like nothing happened!
> But it smells horrible and sometimes he can't help but getting it on him and
> we're all just really tired of it!  The Vet said he looked "great"- which I
> already knew- and his hydration was great, his temp was fine, etc.  But I'm
> not crazy!  He's having this diarrhea!  He had a whole puddle of it last
> night in the litter box!  Sometimes it more "cow pie"-like, so that is why I
> say it comes and goes.  It's obviously not sustained diarrhea or else he
> would have hydration issues, which he doesn't.  But I really want to solve
> this problem and I feel like I'm at a loss.  *Yoda also seems to pass gas
> a lot*- especially when he is nervous- like when we go to the cat adoption
> day-- he kind of "smells" and it's not his fur b/c I kitty wet wipe him
> before each adoption day- it's him sitting there nervously passing gas like
> he has IBS or something?
>
> *I've been feeding Yoda kitten food- the Eagle Pack Holistic Chicken
> flavor that is for "adult cats and kittens" *(whatever the H that means?)
> in the day.  In the evening, he gets half a can of the small can of Wellness
> kitten with Brewer's Yeast and Lysine added.  *The vet said that kitten
> food can be "richer" and to try switching him to adult cat food- maybe all
> dry b/c he thinks the wet, with the extra moisture can contribute to
> diarrhea. * *He recommended Purina (no, I'm not kidding-- my mom and I
> would have laughed, but we're tired of the runny poo, so it's not as funny
> as it should be), *so* *I kind of think this vet's a quack at this point
> (for this an other reasons) and with all the premium brands on the market,
> why in the world would I feed him Purina?  (plus that means I'd have to
> switch over two other cats who eat with Yoda- one who is underweight that I
> am rehabbing and needs the best of the best brands of food).  *Has anyone
> heard anything like this?  Has anyone had any problems with the newer
> premium foods with their cats? * I just wonder if Yoda has a
> gastrointestinal problem like IBS, UC or even Crohns or something--
> something that isn't life threatening, but still a problem that can be
> managed by diet.  I just wonder if the newer premium foods- with the
> emphasis being on the high protein content- maybe that is harder to digest
> for some cats?  I switched him on Monday to adult, regular wellness wet at
> night and he's now only getting 1/4 of a can.  I haven't changed the dry
> food yet b/c I haven't decided what to do about that?  We're status quo with
> the runny poo.  I just don't know what to do/try and I'm so frustrated!
>
> Someone help!
> Caroline
>
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