I only get to live here because I feed the cats. ❤
- Mar 15, 2022
- Pittsburgh PA
Aw, I'm sorry to hear you went through this with your previous kitty Krista. It is certainly no fun!If you are concerned about c. diff or e. coli, you can submit a stool sample (if you can collect one solid enough) for a Diarrhea PCR. That will test for the presence of these strains as well as certain toxins they produce. Cats can have clostridium in their gut that isn't causing issues. That's why they test for the enterotoxins too. The best medicine for c. diff and/or e. coli? S. boulardii! But it takes time. My last cat, Krista, she had a summer of c. diff. Metronidazole did nothing for her. S. boulardii, and a whole lot of it (2 human sized capsules spread over four or more meals a day) was what got her through it. It took a couple of months. That's also why AB's Gut Maintenance Protocol is a two month supply.
Krista also had a recurrence of liquid poops that turned out to be her previously well-managed IBD progressing into lymphoma. It took me a long time to catch because I thought it was simply her clostridium coming back. It wasn't until she was losing weight dramatically and relentlessly that I was able to convince myself and her vet that this was something different. If he's already had an ultrasound that indicated inflammation, why hasn't he started steroids yet? That could shore up his vomiting and his appetite. It may even help with his diarrhea if that's caused by the inflammation rather than being the cause of the inflammation.
Often times it's not the protein but the recipe that a cat objects to. If you tried rabbit, turkey, and venison in one brand, that maybe only says he doesn't like that brand. I would definitely encourage you to try again with Rawz and once more with Mouser. It certainly helps that Incredible Pets sells by the can.
I think I'm going to shore up his S. Boulardii dose. It does seem like it's helping, but to your point it's just talking a long time. I will try to capture a stool sample that's not utter liquid to get it checked!
And therin lies the crux - the vet is hesitant to prescribe steroids because of his diabetes. But I think the ends outweigh the means in this case. I can adjust insulin dosage, and at this point I think it would help him with his appetite to your point. That's exactly what I messaged the vet about, if she doesn't want to prescribe prednisolone then there must be an alternative that can help!