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Hi,

I need some advice. My 16 year old kitty, Dakota, was throwing up alot and had occassional diahrrea. I put him on differrent food for a sensitive stomach. But the diahrrea has gotten so bad. I clean the litter boxes and he poops all over the outside and sometimes in our hallway and upstairs, it seems wherever he wants. But the boxes are basically clean. I don't understand. And the diahrrea is so completely runny. Sometimes he poops half in and half out of the box. I am at my wits end. He doesn't seem to be in any pain. He purrs all the time, but he is old and getting really skinny. But he is forever hungry.

I had taken him to the vet and they had tested him for tons of different things and everything has come back negative. I think he is just getting old and his digestive system is just having alot of trouble. Is this normal for an old cat to have these problems and how do you deal with it.

I love my cat so much, but I don't want to be cleaning up wet diahrrea 5 times a day, when the litter box is clean. I want his quality of life to be good. I just don't know what to do. Please help with suggestions. I can't have him pooping all over the house.

Is there something specific I should be testing him for? Is he just going to get worse? Should I just put him in a cage and just take him out when I can keep an eye on him to make sure he doesn't poop around the house? (I would really hate to do that). I just don't know what to do.


Thanks so much.
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My first thought was a tapeworm. My cat had one for a few months before it was finally detected.

My second thought was that you may need a prescription food. My mom's cat has digestive problems, but nowhere near that bad. That cat is on special food too. I'm not sure if the food you are on is from the vet or just something you found.

My current thinking, is that you maybe should take the cat to another vet.

When they go outside the litterbox it is often a bad sign. It means that they are in pain or similar, and think that going outside the litterbox might help.

I don't know how much you trust the vet, but I would seriously consider getting a second opinion.

[added]Also, those symptoms over a long period of time can be very dangerous, especially if the cat does not appear to be eating or drinking much.
 

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Hi,

Thanks for the reply, actually he has been tested for worms and the food I put him on was Science Diet and Iams, any of those brand name cat foods that I could find in the pet store for Senior cats with digestive problems.

As for my vet, I trust him....I just made an appointment to take my kitty to the vet tomorrow.

I just wish we would find out what is wrong with him.

Thanks again.
Marybeth
 

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And one more thing, he eats and drinks non-stop all day, but has been tested for Diabetes, liver problems, kidney problems, thyroid, etc....all negative.
 

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Has the vet tested the stool specifically for Giardia and undigested foods (starches, fats and proteins)? (These will not necessarily show up on a typical fecal float exam.)

Has the vet tested for pancreatic insufficiency, or done a trial of digestive enzymes?

Has the vet ruled out IBD/food allergy with a diet trial?

Has the vet done (or at least suggested) an abdominal ultrasound or biopsy?

The GI tract does not "wear out." There is something wrong. You may want to consider getting a second opinion from an internal medicine specialist or cats-only vet. Meantime, have a look at these articles, which may give you some more ideas:
http://www.littlebigcat.com/index.php?a ... iatriccats
http://www.littlebigcat.com/index.php?a ... w&item=011

Cheers,
Dr. Jean
 

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Thanks so much Dr. Jean!

I am bringing my kitty to the vet tomorrow with your list of questions!

I will let you know what happens.

Thanks again,
Marybeth
 
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