Just a suggestion, have you ever tried a raw diet?  I feed raw, and one thing 
I've read many times, is that cats with chronic IBD often develop normal poo 
when fully switched to raw.
  ----- Original Message ----- 
  From: Caroline Kaufmann 
  To: felvtalk@felineleukemia.org 
  Sent: Wednesday, December 19, 2007 3:36 PM
  Subject: RE: OT: diarreah in 6 month old kitten

  Well, Yoda's favorite thing to do is run across my bed, romp on it and 
rummage in my pillow!  So sometimes there are poopy footprints left on my bed!  
It's so gross- and I have a multiple junky covers I use as my top sheet to 
protect my actual bedsheets from getting the Yoda-prints...but still, it's 
gross and I'm tired of changing it every day after his little party on my bed!  
He really trashed it one time and my mom was like, "I would rather die than 
sleep in that bed!"  And I'm a clean-freak/germaphobe-- that's the irony!

    Date: Wed, 19 Dec 2007 13:25:06 -0800
    Subject: RE: OT: diarreah in 6 month old kitten
    To: felvtalk@felineleukemia.org

    Metronidazole can in very rare instances cause convulsions.  Very rare 
though.  Untreated giardia is far more dangerous.

    And, uh, Caroline, if you ever catch giardia from a foster kitty, we're 
going to have to discuss some grooming issues.  Transmission is a fecal to oral 
route.  So don't take playing mamma cat too literally and you should be OK.

    Caroline Kaufmann <[EMAIL PROTECTED]> wrote:
      No.  I didn't want to give him anything that he didn't need.  But I do 
have access to Albon.  
      Incidentally, one of the other fosters told me on Sat.- when I was 
complaining about Yoda's on going saga- that some of her cats- or a litter that 
was recently adopted, not sure which, just tested positive for giardia, but 
they haven't treated yet b/c the vet said that the drug for it can cause 
seizures and that scared her to death.  This is another one of those "this is 
just what I heard."  But she wanted to know if Yoda tested pos for giardia 
(which he didn't and I'm sure he doesn't have- it's a Yoda-specific problem and 
if he had had giardia, I'd have it by now!), b/c she wanted to know what I 
decided to do b/c the vet really freaked her out about treating the cats for 
giardia.  Anyone know about this?  

        Date: Wed, 19 Dec 2007 15:06:14 -0600
        From: [EMAIL PROTECTED]
        To: felvtalk@felineleukemia.org
        Subject: Re: OT: diarreah in 6 month old kitten

        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!

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