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I have a 11 year old Bengal cat, about 1-1/2 years ago, she started go #2 on the carpet every once in a while. At first I figured she just wanted the little box cleaned more frequently. After a while, I noticed she was vomiting up her food, which was not all that frequent. We took a trip to the vet, we tried changing her food, which she had been on all her life and adding more litter boxes along with trying multiple types of litter. Nothing changed. The Vet also did a Thyroid check and blood work, which came back normal. I searched online and read up on Irritable Bowel Disease and it matched with what she was doing. When she used her litter box, her stool were normal, but outside the litter box, they were more loose and every once in a while I noticed blood in her stool. I decided to try treating her for IBD, first we changed foods again and then we did prednisone along with B-12 shots. The problem went away for about 2 weeks. After treating this way for over a month, I decided to be a little more aggressive and tried Depo shots, which didn't make a difference what so ever. I ended up having to keep her in a large utility room over night (that's when she had her accidents) a couple of months go by and nothing is getting better. I decided to try a different Vet just to get a second opinion. This Vet also did a Thyroid check and blood work (again came back normal) and also noticed a broken upper Canine tooth which had been that way for around 4 years. He thought that this might be a contributing factor, so he did a tooth extraction and then followed up with antibiotics, nothing changed. I started searching online again and came across Feline Tf, I went back to my original Vet and decided to do a PCR test for Feline Tf, which of course, came back negative. I have spent a lot of money in the last two years trying to get this problem figured out and I am trying to avoid having to euthanize her. Has anyone else had to deal with this type of problem? Any help is very much appreciated, thanks.
 

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Abby Dad had a similar problem with his Aby with Tf tritrichomonas foetus. He may see this post or send him a private message.
 

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Usually the first line of defense when a cat presents with colitis is a course of Flagyl (metronidazole)...it seems odd that your vet jumped to treating for IBD. If that hasn't been tried, it's where I'd start.

If your cat is an indoor cat and hasn't been exposed to other cats...I see no reason to suspect T. Foetus, which is passed between cats in close contact (sharing litter box etc.).

You mention food changes...specifically, what has been tried previously and what are you currently feeding?
 

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The Vet didn't jump into treating IBD, I did, after reading up on signs and symptoms, it resembled IBD. The only reason I have suspected Tf, is that it seems pretty common in Bengal Cats, something she could have carried for years without showing any problems and the symptoms are the same. But as I stated the PCR test came back negative.

As far as foods, she grew up on Nutro Max Cat, after all of this started I have tried: Califonia Naturals, Prescription Diet c/d, Prescription Diet i/d, Royal Canin SO, along with many, many trial packs of whatever the vet gave me to try and now on Iams ProActive Health Hairball Care. I even tried a raw diet with ground chicken and/or turkey. She refuses to eat wet/canned cat food, last time I tried by purchasing over 10 different kinds of it and she wouldn't eat for over a week and I was forced to go back to dry food.
 

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So then, Flagyl hasn't been tried? I would suggest that as a next step.
 

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You mentioned that you "did prednisone". How much and for how long? If it is IBD (only confirmed through biopsy) your pal will likely need to start at a fairly high dose (5mg 2X/day) and taper down (5mg every other day) for life.
 

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I tried prednisone for almost 2 months along with the B-12 shots every few days for almost a month. In the first 10 days she never had diarrhea and always used the litter box, but after those 10 days it started again.
 

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I have no idea what the dosage was for the prednisone, I've tried so many different things it's hard to keep them straight. As it turns out we were given a prescription for the metronidazole after the PCR test, but I miss understood what it was for and didn't give her any. As of last night she is on that now.
 

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After several weeks of being on Metronidazole along with another food switch, nothing has changed. I have come to the decision that it is time to give up with finding a cure for this problem.
 

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Digestive enzyme deficiency is a possibility...it's rare, but with so many other possibilities eliminated, it moves up on the list.

At this point, I would suggest seeking out a clinic at a veterinary school. They usually have the latest equipment and many specialists on staff...many more options than at a local vet.
 

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I don't know if your vet explained this to you, but responses to diet changes don't happen overnight, or even within a few days or weeks. Any time you change your cat's diet, you need to keep her exclusively on the new diet for at least 6 weeks before you'll know whether or not the new diet will have a positive effect. If you've been changing foods every few days or every week or two, that, in itself, may be prolonging her digestive upset.

Also, if she's been on metronidazole for several weeks, that, too, may be causing her diarrhea. Any time you put an animal on antibiotics, it's a good idea to give a probiotic to repopulate the good gut bacteria that the antibiotic is killing off. Metronidazole may have resolved the original condition, but you won't know that until you counteract the potential negative side effects of it with a good probiotic for a week or so.

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Thanks for all the help on this matter. Unfortunately I ended up having to put her down last week. It was a very hard decision for me, and I feel terrible about it, but at least I know she isn't suffering anymore and she isn't locked up in the back room anymore.
 
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