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    • rose1503
    • By rose1503 11th Aug 18, 12:14 PM
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    Cat with chronic diarrhoea - HELP!
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    • 11th Aug 18, 12:14 PM
    Cat with chronic diarrhoea - HELP! 11th Aug 18 at 12:14 PM
    I NEED ADVICE!
    I rescued a kitten at 5 months of age. She was fine when we got her but after about 5 months, she started getting sick. She's an indoor cat but we sometimes let her out in the garden. It all started (I believe) when we let her out in my brother's garden for a few hours and she was sick 5 times in the space of 12 hours. She then started getting diarrhoea. It's been months now I have exhausted everything I can think of or feasibly afford.
    She's an abnormally small kitten, being 10 months old but the size of a tiny kitten. We began being worried when her diarrhoea persisted after 3 weeks so we took her to the vet and submitted poo samples. She came back negative for the most common parasites and bacterias. She didn't have a temperature and there's been blood in her poo which they attributed to having had diarrhoea for such a longer period. Blood tests were run and nothing abnormal came back for her core organ functioning. She was prescribed with a course of 11 days of an antibiotic just in case this would clear up any infection she might have (Metronidazole 200ml, 5ml taken twice a day for 11 days) which she completed but her symptoms persisted. An X-ray was done but this showed nothing and they stated it was difficult to see much as she is so small. We were then referred to a specialist who advised we could spend thousands running tests but she narrowed it down to what she believed was the most likely cause. She was tested for Gardia, Tritrichomonas and came back negative. She tested positive for Feline Coronavirus which I believe is untreatable and may develop into FIP (Feline Infectious Peritonitis). She also tested positive for Clostridium perfringens. The treatment for this is a normal course of antibiotics (Metronidazole). This however, had already been given to her a few weeks previously and evidently didn't work) and the vet did not know why. She therefore prescribed a different antibiotic (Antirobe 25mg taken twice a day for 7 days) in the hope that this would work, but we completed this and her symptoms are still the same.
    The other likely diagnosis was a problem with her pancreas so the vet advised us to buy her Lypex (supplement designed to help animals with pancreatic problems) to see if this improved her. The vet couldn't test for this because of the amount of blood needed to run the test and due to her size, is unable to take enough blood so the vets advice was to try the treatment regardless. We have now done 2 weeks of this and she's still the same.
    To supplement this, we have also taken her to have vitamin B12 injections as she was not eating at all prior to these and this seemed to improve her appetite but didn't cure the lathery and diarrhoea.
    I am now at a loss of what to do. My little kitty has now had chronic diarrhoea for months now, she is quickly losing weight, she had blood in her poo all the time and is so lethargic all the time. She now eats differently and seems to try and eat but the food just drops mostly out of her mouth and ends up all around her. She also acts weirdly after eating where she sits in a random corner for ages (perhaps in pain?) and doesn't want to move. And it's as if, as soon as she eats, the food goes straight out of her and she is just posing everywhere within minutes. She also leans over her water bowl sometimes, doesn't drink but sits in that position for ages.
    She makes it to the litter tray sometimes but it's got to the point where she's pretty much incontinent - she farts and then it all just comes out so the house has poo everywhere. Gone were the days where she would pounce around playing and she had periods where she just doesn't want to eat. We have tried all foods in case she had an intolerance to particular food but the expensive vet food (Royal Canin Gastrointestinal and sensitive) both leave her with exactly the same symptoms. So she largely eats freshly boiled fish now.
    We have spent so much on vet bills now and just don't know where to turn. If we could spend more and find out definitively what was wrong with her then I would pay it but this could just go on forever with no answer.
    Anyone else had similar symptoms with they kitten and found out the answer? Her vaccinations are up to date, so is her worming and flea treatment. I feel we have exhausted our options are now approaching the critical moment where we (sadly) might need to make a decision to end this all for her which I will be devastated to do as she's still super cuddly and happy at times.
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    • Red-Squirrel
    • By Red-Squirrel 11th Aug 18, 1:31 PM
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    Nobody on this forum is going to be able to diagnose a sick animal.

    You need to be back at your vet, or a new vet maybe for a different opinion and a fresh approach, not on here.

    If she does need to be PTS that should be a purely medical decision, not a financial one, so MSE is not the right place. Have you tried cat forums or facebook groups?
    • GwylimT
    • By GwylimT 12th Aug 18, 10:10 AM
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    What meats have you eliminated from her diet and for how long for?

    Chicken, beef, grains and fish are fairly common causes of allergies in domestic cats.
    • KiKi
    • By KiKi 12th Aug 18, 1:44 PM
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    Take her to a different vet, with her records. This poor cat is probably in pain and sounds desperately ill and unhappy, but I'd take her elsewhere first before exploring PTS. I would also explain that you felt it started when she went into a garden; she could have eaten something poisonous which won't leave her system. If you can find a vet who are specialists in cats even better.
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    • rose1503
    • By rose1503 12th Aug 18, 1:46 PM
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    Well initially she ate everything, and when she started getting sick, she became pickier about what she ate so, based on the advice from the vet, fed her boiled chicken and rice. But she soon rufusws to eat it so we switched to royal Canin senstive and then gastro intestinal (again, at the request of the vet) but none of these worked. These were designed for cats with more sensitive stomachs and gastro problems. None of these worked.
    She has since been on a pure boiled fish diet as itís literally the only thing she eats now. And despite all these food changes, she still has the same problem. Iím just wondering if there might be something else I can try, perhaps other cat food as maybe she is intolerant to the fish?
    • Red-Squirrel
    • By Red-Squirrel 12th Aug 18, 7:13 PM
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    • 12th Aug 18, 7:13 PM
    Well initially she ate everything, and when she started getting sick, she became pickier about what she ate so, based on the advice from the vet, fed her boiled chicken and rice. But she soon rufusws to eat it so we switched to royal Canin senstive and then gastro intestinal (again, at the request of the vet) but none of these worked. These were designed for cats with more sensitive stomachs and gastro problems. None of these worked.
    She has since been on a pure boiled fish diet as itís literally the only thing she eats now. And despite all these food changes, she still has the same problem. Iím just wondering if there might be something else I can try, perhaps other cat food as maybe she is intolerant to the fish?
    Originally posted by rose1503
    She needs a vet, not food suggestions!
    • sheramber
    • By sheramber 12th Aug 18, 7:22 PM
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    If your vet has no further options then you need a referral to a specialist vet.

    If your cat is not eating then she won't be getting the sustenance needed to grow- hence her being small
    Has she been checked for dehydration is she has constant runny poos?

    I am not a vet or medical person but my first thought is it a problem with her liver. has that been investigated? If she ate something poisonous she may have liver damage.
    • Honey Bear
    • By Honey Bear 12th Aug 18, 9:06 PM
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    How utterly heart-breaking for you. I'd echo the suggestion to try a different veterinary practice, telling your current practice that you want a second opinion. I hope you find out what the problem is, I really do. (((Hugs)))
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    • rose1503
    • By rose1503 13th Aug 18, 9:14 AM
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    She already had a senior specialist vet investigating!
    • littleredhen
    • By littleredhen 13th Aug 18, 9:27 AM
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    I really do think that it has to be a vet who advises you what to do next, Feline Coronavirus as you say is untreatable and the symptons are as you have already described, I am very surprised if this has been going on so long that your vet hasn't already advised you, hope you get it sorted very soon
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    • GwylimT
    • By GwylimT 13th Aug 18, 9:44 AM
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    She needs a vet, not food suggestions!
    Originally posted by Red-Squirrel
    To be fair most cases of chronic runs in cats are caused by food intolerence.

    We also know this cat isnít eating taurine which will lead to vision and heart problems.
    • Red-Squirrel
    • By Red-Squirrel 13th Aug 18, 10:12 AM
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    She already had a senior specialist vet investigating!
    Originally posted by rose1503
    Then I think the chances of anybody on here being able to give you any better advice is slim.

    You need to go back to that specialist, or get a second opinion from another specialist. Its definitely a situation that needs professional advice not from strangers on the internet.
    • Honey Bear
    • By Honey Bear 13th Aug 18, 6:45 PM
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    Please could you ask your brother if he has any lilies growing in his garden.


    "All parts of the lily plant are considered toxic to cats, and consuming even small amounts can cause severe poisoning. Kittens are particularly prone to being poisoned as they explore their environment, and older cats are often affected simply because they brush against the flower and get pollen on their coats.18 Apr 2011"
    Lethal Lilies - Cats Protection
    Keeping it AF
    • sheramber
    • By sheramber 14th Aug 18, 8:17 PM
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    She already had a senior specialist vet investigating!
    Originally posted by rose1503
    But that vet hasn't given you any answers so you either need to go back or ask for a referral to another specialist.

    Or di you opt out of any further investigations as you commented that the specialist said you could spend money to get an answer.

    If the cause os not known then nobody can say how many investigations would be needed tp get the answer.

    It is usual to test for routine things first and then move on to the more unusual things.

    My vets had no answer to my dog's condition until I saw a new vet in the practice who had not long qualified. On our first visit he thought he knew what the problem was. Tests proved him to be correct.

    A fresh mind had found the answer was a very unusual condition in dogs.
    You haven't replied if his liver has been investigated.

    I mentioned the liver as a friend's pup ingested paraquat. He vomited almost immediately while being rushed to the vet. He appeared to be none the worse and it was thought because he had vomited so quickly he had avoided any damage.

    Months later he became unwell and was eventually pts. A PM found his liver had not grown , probably from when he ingested the poison.
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