My poor kittens have had diarrhea for 3 weeks now. Nothing else, no vomiting, they're not lethargic, they're definitely still active. If anything, they're more clingy.. that and tons and tons of pools of diarrhea. Sometimes it almost has a shape, normally it's just light/medium brown and very watery. They go about 4 times a day now, if not more.
I explained all of this to my vet when I dropped off their stool samples, after 2 weeks of hearing, "Wait and see, it might just be from the albon."
Now, rather than see them, she calls back 2 days after getting the samples, to tell me, "Everything came back negative, it just seems like a digestive tract upset."
Then she suggested some kind of probiotic capsules to empty into their food from the Holistic pet store, but they're way beyond my price range.
I know the sudden drop of the albon is not the cause, they were fine for the 10 days they were on it, it wasn't until almost 2 weeks after they finished the albon that this happened.
My question is, what's a "digestive tract upset"? Is it just like IBS for cats?
And could their food be the cause?
I had them on Wellness Entrees [I know it's not grain-free, but it was easier to switch them to a pate with another gravy-like chunky food], Core, and Nature's Variety Instincts.
Then my mom decided they needed a cheaper diet, because their food was "too gourmet for a cat", so she bought them varieties of 9 Lives canned and the Fancy Feast canned I had just weaned them off of.
I asked her to take them back because I knew all those changes within a week wouldn't be good for them, and ever since they've had diarrhea and I feel so bad watching them go through this just so mom could feel like she helped save me a few bucks.
We made an agreement that if there were no changes in their litter boxes after going through the new foods, we'd go back to Wellness Core, Entrees, and Nature's Variety [yay]
We're almost out of the 9 Lives canned, so hopefully since there's no changes, they'll let me buy their food.
I tell you this to ask, will going back to grain-free help?
I only wonder because I read somewhere that corn/wheat-gluten-meals can cause IBS and other similar problems in cats, so I'm keeping my fingers crossed that that's the problem.
If it doesn't help, what can I do to help harden their stools?
I've read around on here, other sites, and books about slippery elm bark and canned pure pumpkin. But I'm not sure if these work for both softening and hardening, how much to give my kittens [if at all], nor where to find them.