Cats diarrhoea not going away

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Fee we lix had a recipe change and my cats were having diarrhoea on it so I changed their food to Sheba and Whiskas but some cats were eating it and some not, so changed to Webbox and they all liked it. But after 6-8 weeks my two cats started to suffer from diarrhoea and my one cat was hospitalised do I changed back to Sheba but as two of my cats were not eating it so tried butchers classic with them but then all my cat wanted to eat and they all developed diarrhoea. Now all have diarrhoea and some are vomting too. Boiled chicken dose t suite them anymore as my one cat who was hospitalised was mostly eating boiled chicken with some wet when she developed diarrhoea. Last two days I fed them chicken but they vomited a lot on it. My one year old kitten has this habit of biting into food pouches and recently I discovered maggots and their eggs where I store their food. My cats litter trays are there and sometimes they sleep on the carpet there. I cleaned the area but yesterday discovered maggots under their litter trays. Now I’ve closed the room and will throw away their old litter trays and food and try to clean that area. Can this sickness be linked to maggots? Today I fed Asda Tiger wet food which they used to have as kittens and was gentle on their stomach. Yes I had to change their food again as boiled chicken was making them vomit. I gave less than half a pouch and they seemed fine then one hour later I gave them some more. My mistake as my two cats seemed lethargic and took two steps and then lie down as if unable to walk. They are still having diarrhoea and boiled chicken did nothing to improve their digestion. I don’t know what to feed them as nothing seems to suit them. Continuous changes in food seem to weaken their digestion. Webbox contained inulin which is prebiotic but can irritate their digestive system with gas and diarrhoea. This all trouble started after feeding them Webbox. Dont know how to cure their digestive system. My one day was hospitalised and scan, blood test fluids did nothing to improve her condition when she came back she had sorest diarrhoea. Nothing showed on tests. I wanted to do stool test but have more than one cat and can’t provide three days stool for one cat. Please advise
 
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Sorry lots of typo mistakes as my iPhone keeps changing what I type
 

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Verify with your vet about the stool test and what is required. I have never heard of 3 days' worth of stool being needed. And, since both of your cats have diarrhea, if there is something going on that would show up in the stool, they both probably have whatever it is. A full fecal PCR test is probably what would be needed, as it checks for a whole host of parasites, as well as bacterial and viral issues - things that would not be caught with a simple fecal smear or float test.
 

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As for the boiled chicken causing vomiting, are you poaching it in plain water with absolutely NOTHING in the water? No seasonings of any kind, no onions, no garlic, and most important, NO bones? How many cats are vomiting on plain poached chicken? And is it truly vomiting, or could it be regurgitation because they like it so much they are eating too fast or too much of it? IF you are not adding anything to it and they are not overeating or eating too fast, have you tried cooking a different protein for them to see how they handle it? Of course, this type of food is not 100% nutritionally complete, but is normally only used to help with diarrhea caused by food intolerance.

Can you store their food somewhere where the kitten cannot get to it like in a cupboard or behind a closed door?

Have you tried adding a pre/probiotic to their food aside from the food that has inulin already in it. Many people there add their own pre and probiotics to their cats' food. And many people actually use human ones. I do. And I give 1/2 capsule (opened and dissolved in a little water, then mixed into their wet food) twice per day for each cat.
 
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Thank you for the replies, no I don’t use any seasoning in the chicken and I’ve tried boiled fish but they don’t like it. I had bought hills prescription diet I d Digest Care food dry and wet for them to try. The others ate it one cat vomited on it and didn’t eat it. The other three ate it with no problems but my one cat developed terrible diarrhoea and vomiting after eating it. She was fine before eating it and had just vomited once two days ago but after eating this food she was in the litter box every five minutes and vomited all night. Now she’s vomiting every time she eats and I’ve noticed one or two loose motions with some blood in the litter. It’s supposed to be food for sensitive tummy and people also use it if their cats has Colitis or have other digestive disorders. I think because she was well and ate this food designed for serious digestive disorders it have effected her in a bad way. I’m so worried for her. I’ve given stool sample for my two other cats to the vet. I couldn’t collect three days samples as many cats and can’t be sure if the poo was from the same cat. The results will be available by the end of next week. Has anyone else experienced this type of reaction from Hills I d Digest care food please? I’m worried it might have caused some damage to her digestive system? What should I do?
 

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I am unaware of any issues with Hills I/D that would be brought on so quickly (or at all really) for a cat who doesn't have a sensitive stomach. You really need to discuss this with your Vet, and in order to get a stool sample, separate this cat from the rest until you can do that. In the meanwhile, is it THIS particular cat who also cannot eat plain paoched chicken without getting sick? If not, then I would feed her that for the next several day. You can mix it with cooked white rice if you want to, and use some of the poaching water to help make everything nice and moist. Try adding in FortiFlora to it too, or any other probiotic. There are many out there specifically used for cats with diarrhea. You might be able to get them at a big box pet supple store like Petco, or Amazon for sure.
 

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Thank you for the replies, no I don’t use any seasoning in the chicken and I’ve tried boiled fish but they don’t like it. I had bought hills prescription diet I d Digest Care food dry and wet for them to try. The others ate it one cat vomited on it and didn’t eat it. The other three ate it with no problems but my one cat developed terrible diarrhoea and vomiting after eating it. She was fine before eating it and had just vomited once two days ago but after eating this food she was in the litter box every five minutes and vomited all night. Now she’s vomiting every time she eats and I’ve noticed one or two loose motions with some blood in the litter. It’s supposed to be food for sensitive tummy and people also use it if their cats has Colitis or have other digestive disorders. I think because she was well and ate this food designed for serious digestive disorders it have effected her in a bad way. I’m so worried for her. I’ve given stool sample for my two other cats to the vet. I couldn’t collect three days samples as many cats and can’t be sure if the poo was from the same cat. The results will be available by the end of next week. Has anyone else experienced this type of reaction from Hills I d Digest care food please? I’m worried it might have caused some damage to her digestive system? What should I do?
Blood in the litter is not good! Nor is vomiting.
I have never had a problem caused by Hills ID digest care. Never.

Was your cat hospitalized?
 
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One of my cat is vomting every time she eats and it’s undigested food. It happens 10-15 minutes after eating. She never did this before is it regurgitation or vomting? She makes a noise and moves her abdominal muscles and then food comes out. She had an upset stomach and after giving her boiled chicken for few days she’s doing this. Despite giving my cats boiled chicken for the last few days their is less poop but still soft and diarrhoea like. One poop was yellow with a drop of blood. I’m really puzzled what’s happening. Hopefully stool sample results will come soon. One time I saw a white grain of rice type thing in one of my cats poop but it was soft and a bit swollen. I wondered if it was tape worm or not, but it was not moving and was a bit fatter than uncooked grain of rice but same shape and creamy colour.
 

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These are the pictures of my cat’s vomit/ regurgitation. Could you telll me please if it looks like regurgitation or is it vomit?
 

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From what you describe, it is vomit. With regurgitation, they don't normally make any noise and the abdominal muscles don't really move.

That rice like thing could most definitely been a worm, and that may be the problem.
 
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it’s been two weeks now but my one cat still has diarrhoea and since two days she was not vomting but now
From yesterday she’s vomting again. Ivee we been giving them boiled chicken don’t know what’s the reason for her vomting again. My vet is hopeless took my other cat to them when she was vomiting and diarrhoea they did all tests and gave her fluids but she came back with the sorest diarrhoea and vomiting. She’s ok now but if I take this cat to the vet they will do the tests and say to give her probiotics just like my other cat.
 

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Unfortunately, there is no way WE can diagnose what is wrong here. It's possible she has IBD since that is something that can cause both vomiting and/or diarrhea, but that requires testing and often a biopsy to determine if that's the case. BUT certain food often makes it worse.

since you say your "vet is hopeless", have you tried getting a 2nd opinion from another Vet (from a different clinic)? That would be my advice.

In the meantime, did you ever ask your Vet to prescribe an anti-nausea medication for your little one? Did you ever get the results of the fecal exams? Ongoing diarrhea is not good. Is this one cat the only one who still has it? Regardless, you cannot continue to feed just boiled chicken to them as it's not a complete food. You need to introduce cat food back to them. If they all start having diarrhea again, then you absolutely know it's the food and need to find something else.

ARE you using a good probiotic with them. I would suggest you do. They can work very well. I've been giving my cats probiotics for ata least tenyears now, every single day, to prevent the issues you describe. Nexabiotic is one that several people here use. 1/2 capsule per cat, twice a day. I just open up the capsule and dissolve that 1/2 capsule in a little bit of water, then add it to their moist food.
 

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Did they test your cats' faeces and are they vaccinated about panleukopenia (FPV)? I ask because these are symptoms of the virus - my foster cat has it and is now in specialist isolation unit back at the charity she comes from, along with her kittens. The virus cannot be treated but supportive care is essential if they have it.
 
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I fed my cats boiled chicken and they were better except one cat who was still having loose stools but not so bad as before. After three weeks I slowly started giving them wet food, little at a time. It’s blink cat food, grain free but they have started to have diarrhoea again. This food is good quality but does contain thickner Carrageenan which can cause inflammation of intestine.I think I will have to go back to boiled chicken until I find a suitable food which they all eat. Another thing is that when I started adding wet food back in their diet they used to sleep a lot as if it’s too rich for their digestive system. First I tried Canagen and then blink. Canagen caused diarrhoea in one cat but they all were sleeping all day so I stopped and now blink is causing diarrhoea. I’m so worried, what to do. The vet tested for infections but not parasites. The result came back as having Clostridium perfringens but she said this bacteria is found in healthy cats too so she’s not sure if this can be causing diarrhoea issues in them.
 

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There have been a few cats here on TheCatSite with Clostridium perfringens and they have all received some form of treatment or another. As far as I know, the best thing for it as using S. Boulardi, which is a form of a probiotic. But often antibiotics are given as well.

I can't reiterate enough that feeding only chicken is not 100% nutritionally complete. Are you feeding any dry cat food along with it? At least that would provide some more nutrients. If not, can you add in a pre-mix to help? I don't believe you are located in the U.S. after you named those wet cat foods since they aren't at all familiar to me, otherwise I could give you the names of some pre-mixes you could add to the chicken. I do know of one company that can ship anywhere except Australia and Taiwan, if you are interested. Shipping would be pricey though.
 
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There have been a few cats here on TheCatSite with Clostridium perfringens and they have all received some form of treatment or another. As far as I know, the best thing for it as using S. Boulardi, which is a form of a probiotic. But often antibiotics are given as well.

I can't reiterate enough that feeding only chicken is not 100% nutritionally complete. Are you feeding any dry cat food along with it? At least that would provide some more nutrients. If not, can you add in a pre-mix to help? I don't believe you are located in the U.S. after you named those wet cat foods since they aren't at all familiar to me, otherwise I could give you the names of some pre-mixes you could add to the chicken. I do know of one company that can ship anywhere except Australia and Taiwan, if you are interested. Shipping would be pricey though.
Thank you for the reply, I’m in the UK. My cats are not vomiting anymore and diarrhoea has stopped but when I feed any wet food they get soft stool and than diarrhoea so frustrating. I found one food which seemed to suit them but it had few brown chunks mixed in with pink chunks. Only few and in two pouches but I’m worried if it’s off or something. I was happy that I found a food which is not causing any bad reaction but I’m thinking what to do now. There has been recall on few dry food and lots of cats died in uk than Felix had a recipe changed and cats became very ill including few of my cats. I changed to another brand which made all of my cats very ill so I’m paranoid now about what to feed. I’m posting pictures of the food could you advice me if it looks like a mould or not. The food is called James beloved cat food and its grain free
 

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How does it smell? I would call the manufacturer and ask them if it's normal, but I really can't say because I have no idea what flavor, etc. If it's a combination food (salmon/turkey or something like that) sometimes you will get different colors based on that. But if you fed it and none of your cats had any ill effects then I'm guessing it's all good. Did you google it to see if anyone else is having issues?
 
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