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post #1 of 13 (permalink) Old 05-16-2017, 08:01 PM Thread Starter
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Should I switch food or wait?

So I found my newest kitty in between my pay weeks. I had to buy her food and could only afford to get the fancy feast kitten food(wet). I want to switch her to what I have feisty on but she hasn't even been on the fancy feast a week and I am not sure if I should switch her food again so soon. She has had diarrhea for the past 2 days but other then that has been perfectly healthy. I figure it is from the food switch and the stress of being dumped.

Any advice in this is welcome!

I would also like some opinions on the food I will be switching her to. I currently have feisty on merricks purrfect bistro grain free but was thinking of switching them both to earthborn and I don't know a lot about that brand so any comments on that are also welcome!
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post #2 of 13 (permalink) Old 05-16-2017, 08:23 PM
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Have you had her to the vet for a checkup, shots, worming, blood tests? This is important, to find out her base health level. I'd prefer to spend my $$ on a vet bill and worry about food choices much later in the game. Perhaps you've already posted all this information and I missed it... I'm really good at that! (Is this the Walmart dumped black kitten?)
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It is and she will be going to the vet next week (soonest I could get in) to have a full checkup and get her shots started

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post #4 of 13 (permalink) Old 05-16-2017, 09:25 PM
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Maybe just baby food until then? Anything without onions/garlic. Or boil a boneless chicken breast and let her go to town after you shred it. Limit her amounts as strays are used to downing their meals. You're probably correct in the change of scenery/food.
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post #5 of 13 (permalink) Old 05-16-2017, 09:43 PM Thread Starter
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I think I am just going to leave her on the fancy feast until after her visit to the vet. Her diarrhea is worse today sadly it has gone from really soft to pretty much liquid and mucus:'(. I don't wanna cause her more digestive issues at the moment. I think I will call the vet tomorrow and see if they have had any cancellations so she can be seen sooner.

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In the meanwhile you can try chicken and probiotics
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post #7 of 13 (permalink) Old 05-17-2017, 12:46 PM Thread Starter
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I will pick up some probiotics tomorrow, I didn't even think to try that. Well the vet still can not get her in until next Tuesday so hopefully her diarrhea will get better.

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post #8 of 13 (permalink) Old 05-18-2017, 01:17 PM
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How is the kitten doing today?
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post #9 of 13 (permalink) Old 05-18-2017, 03:02 PM Thread Starter
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She still has diarrhea but I did talk to my vet. She said to go ahead and switch her food and see if a different food helps her out. So I will pick her up some today and give it a try.

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post #10 of 13 (permalink) Old 05-20-2017, 02:33 PM
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This must be so hard for you - I am beginning to appreciate my vets more than I used to - they always slot in "emergencies". I'd hate to wait that long with a rescued kitten.
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