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I should've entitled this: Worried that my breeder royaly screwed me! (can I say that here?) Anyways - listen to this little bit of info:

My cat has been having diaria for 3 weeks now! Since he has been here - I have seen maybe ONE solid stool! I went to the vet twice - he hasn't seen any worms or anything else that could cause this in his stools.

o_O It JUST occured to me last night something that our breeder said to us before we left. She said "If he has diaria at all - then give him peptobismol (sp?)." She told me how much - and I assured her since we would be pretty much sticking to his diet anyway - that he wouldn't need it. Well... 3 weeks later - sans the fancy feast and iams she fed him (we feed just science diet kitten formula) - he is still having diaria.

She was pretty old - so I'm worried that she might not know a lot about animals? She might have given it to the babies thinking that their diaria was a bad thing (when almost all babies have it). Maybe he is dependant on it?

I was thinking about giving him some... maybe it would fix his stomach - because I know it fixes mine when I need it to. But I was also worried that giving it to him might be bad - as it might reinforce his system to depend on medication to harden his stools.

Has anyone heard of a genetic defect within cats that makes their poop runny? When he has a BM his body scrunches up and he makes a grunting noise - and looks like he is straining... a lot! I'm really concerned and I don't want his stomach to hurt.

P.S. Needless to say that I'm not going back for another animal from her - infact I won't be giving her a recomendation to anyone.
 

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DO NOT give a cat Pepto Bismol; it contains an aspirin compound and is toxic to cats. Same with Kaopectate.

A lot of breeders have endemic parasites in their catteries (especially the less reputable, or less careful breeders) like coccidia, giardia, and all manner of worms. Has your vet done a microscopic exam of a stool sample to check for all of these?

The straining and diarrhea is abnormal, and your vet needs to diligently track down the cause. You may want to seek a second opinion on this from a vet who works primarily or only with cats.

Cheers,
Dr. Jean
 

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Sorry for my lateness in checking back. He looks like he is having an easier time going potty now - but still having diaria. I didn't give him any pepto (thank GOD).

I'm not sure what they scanned his poo with - but I'm getting worried. I don't think there is a cat specialist in our area - but you can bet I'll start checking. I actually think our vet is partial to dogs (but doesn't react poorly to cats either).

We are going to have to go back on the 13th of this month to go get his rabies shots - I'm either going to the same lady to ask - or I'll try to see a specialist.

I'm worried about the bill... =/ I hope this isn't something too serious - it would make me sick if this is something fatal or genetic that he'll have to live with. I hope we can find the cause soon. I'll update when after we take him in.
 
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