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I have an indoor only cat who is very difficult to get to the vet. Eve is more than likely an indoor feral, the only survivor of a feral litter born 14 years ago. I thought that she would adapt to being an indoor cat, which she absolutely has, with the exception of I can practically never touch her. She has been to the vet, but has been healthy and fortunately has had to go very infrequently.

Right now she has very loose stools, which seem to be continuing. Not technically diarrhea as it does not occur repeatedly, but very loose and liquid. She does use a litter box so there is not problem with cleanliness.

I tried to get her into a carrier on Friday and it turned ugly.

When I took another cat in to the vet on the same day, I mentioned Eve and the vet offered me Rx Clay. It is hydrated calcium aluminosilicate clay and is mixed with food. Technically it is a prescription, but since Eve was not able to be with us, the vet put it under the name of my other cat.

Any experience with it? Certainly this does not get to the root of the issue and we are working on that, but I think that Eve is developing a sore bottom from the loose stool.
 

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Is it possible to take in a fecal sample for the vet to test for parasites to rule that out? What about a vet who makes house calls?
 

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Have you tried wrapping your cat in a towel to get her into the carrier?
 
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LTS3 LTS3 thank you for the article which I will read and try to apply. The vet does make house calls but it would be better if Eve were in a situation with vet techs who could help manage her. Bringing in a stool sample is a good idea and I will see if the vet will accept that. I am letting Eve simmer down until the vet returns on Wednesday and then will try with the towel and do a drop off without an appointment. The clay was new to me which is why I wondered about it. It looks like the type of green powdered clay that, if mixed with water, was used to make facial masks which dry up oil. It does not seem to be appetizing and there are limitations to the type of food that might disguise it, pate formulas or something like BFF packets being the only types that might work. As I said, certainly not a solution to the problem. Vet said she used it with a client who threatened to put his cat down because it had diarrhea and it worked, so maybe it is a last ditch effort type of product, although Eve is in no danger of being put down.
 
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Just to follow up on this....yesterday I made several unsuccessful attempts to get Eve into a carrier; however, this morning I was able to shoo her into a bathroom with a hidden cat carrier, then put on a jacket, rose pruning gloves, big sunglasses, and a particulate mask, throw a towel on her and shove her in the carrier. So she is at the vet's now and will stay at least until tomorrow when results of all tests will be available.
 
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