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post #1 of 4 (permalink) Old 10-20-2015, 01:17 PM Thread Starter
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Stomach Issues - What to Do Until Vet

For the past week, Milo has been having a little diarrhea that, at first, seemed to just be related to his food change because he's a dingus and wouldn't eat his old food when I switched - he would eat around it. I mixed it up together and everything, never failed that he'd eat the new food out. So I guess Nature's Variety Instinct got the stamp of approval for him. I have been giving him slippery elm daily since the switch to try and combat stomach issues and I found it odd that it hadn't worked on him yet.

Yesterday, his diarrhea went up to notch 11 and he's going more frequently, there's blood in the stool (Not much, but it's there), it is green in color, and smells FOUL. He still has a willingness to eat but it always lands him back in the litterbox within the 30 minutes following, regardless of what he eats. He has begun vomiting (or maybe regurgitating - the food was still very fresh) and his gut gurgles/is loud. He's not acting "sick" in that he's still active and not lethargic.

I made a vet appointment for him Thursday at 9:30 AM (earliest I could get him in) and I have taken up all food for the next 24 hours. I thought this would give his stomach time to soothe, maybe. Is this a good idea? And what should I do afterward, boiled chicken or turkey? I suspect he has an allergy to chicken so I've been trying to avoid it as a protein source. I'll be discussing that with the vet Thursday, but I just need to know some things I can do for Milo until then to ease him.

I only have 5 SEB capsules left, I had to order some online that will be here early next week so I should have a constant supply of those. They've always served me well but something is up and needs resolved if they haven't worked this long.

I also have another question. I suspect that it COULD be t. foetus. Should I bring this possibility up to the vet? I know they don't always screen for this illness and it seems to match some of his symptoms. Has anyone ever dealt with this problem? I've heard the medication for it is risky and that really scares me...

Thank you guys in advance for any and all ideas on what to do to make my boy comfortable until Thursday!
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When is the loast time he was wormed? Does he go outside?, if so worming is a must. a bland diet is key - even witholding food for 12 -16 hours might help. It will give his tummy a rest. Quick cooked chicken and some rice may help too. Best wishes, I hope this clears up soon.

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He was wormed just a couple months ago and he has gotten out about 3~4 times since then. I don't let him out, family is not very strict with the door being shut sometimes so he escapes, but I do try my best to keep him safely indoors.

I will give him some chicken and rice after withholding food for a little while, thank you very much for your suggestions! I hope that this resolves soon, too, I feel so bad for my little guy.
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Hi Dove,
I'm sorry Milo isn't feeling well...
Yes, I think a test for T. Foetus would be a good idea, especially since his diarrhea is very foul...
And yes, you do need to ask for that test...it's not a cheap test, but it is a FULL panel, for parasites, etc, so you KNOW for sure what he has, and can be properly treated!
Other members have gone through T. Foetus with their cats, I hope some of them see this, and can add more information...
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