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my kitten is 3 mths and 1/2 mths old. she has been having issues with "soft stools" (dark mustard in color, semi formed semi liquid) for the past month or so. she has been to the vet 3 different times (dewormed three times). tested and treated for coccida (with Albon) and then had a round of Flagyl (metronidazole). now the vet says its colitis causing the mushy stools. she has been on forti flora (probiotic from purina) for 6 days with no real improvement. (before that I tried yogurt which my vet had recomended, canned pumpkin-which she refused to eat, and switched her kitten chow to Premium Edge b/c it has no wheat gluten or corn). Does anyone have any recomendations? I'm at my wits end (and though I love my cats very very much, I can't afford to be at the vet every week!!!). She is otherwise a very active kitten (eats, drinks, terrorizes my 4 year old cat! haha). Any advise would be greatly appreciated!! I never thought I'd be so worried over stool in all my life!!!!
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I'm sorry your baby is having this problem, how worrisome.

Has she been tested for FeLV/FIV? (feline leukemia and feline aids)

I would think the forti flora would have helped by now, it's usually pretty fast, but don't stop giving it, it may be helping more than you realize.

How long has she been on the new food? Is it canned or dry food? It may be the protein source she is sensitive to, rather than the grains.

Was there any improvement at all while she was on the flagyl?

I understand these vet trips are draining you financially, but at this point I recommend a second opinion with a different vet. Either ask for a referral to a veterinary internal medicine specialist from your vet, or find another vet on your own and take your kitten to that vet, with copies of the records of all that has been tried so far.

Do you have access to a veterinary college?
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she tested negative for Fiv and feLV. she's been on the new food about 2 weeks (almost 3). tonight her stool was much worse, stunk to high heavens, had traces of mucousy blood in it (sorry for the description) and she cried when she went to the bathroom. i just called the vet and am (anxiously) waiting a response. (the flagyl didn't seem to do anything for her, no, but it was only a 4 day treatment....maybe it wasn't long enough). ***am very worried*** (she's not symptomatic otherwise, eats/drinks/plays.....but, that's just not NORMAL to have loose stools that long...to me, anyway!).
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The flagyl really needs to be given for much longer than four days, sometimes kittens will be on it for a month or more for things like this. Why did you stop it?

Poor baby crying when she poops. Did you change the food abruptly? That almost always causes serious intestinal upset in cats and kittens.

Food changes should be done very slowly. And once the transition is complete, you need to give the new food six weeks to know if it is going to be good for the kitty.

Keep us posted, hope you hear from the vet soon.

What's your kitten's name?
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I didn't stop giving Harlee the flagyl, thats all the vet prescribed it for, a 4 day course of treatment thinking it was a bacterial infection, since her fecal tests were negative. No, i didn't change the food abruptly (i've had cats since i was 2....so I'm pretty familiar with the "normal" things like transitioning food....i've just never run across an issue like this and i'm frustrated...and concerned that things aren't improving and worried that i'm running out of options?)
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I'd like to correct you on one thing. YOU aren't running out of options, your vet is.

It's time for a second opinion with another vet, another practice.

While I've not dealt with chronic diarrhea in kittens personally, I have read much about it in other forums, and I've read that kittens are kept on the flagyl for quite some time before there are results, that's why I expressed surprise. Fecal tests aren't always accurate.

I hope you can get to the bottom of things soon. But as I said earlier 2 weeks is not really long enough on a food to judge, unless of course the condition markedly worsens.

Keep us posted on your baby
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I did just change vet offices 2 weeks ago....they were horrible to me and not overly friendly to my cat.

But anyway, I saw a different vet today (from the same new practice) ....he put her on another dose of flagyl, some electrolytes, continue with the probiotics. SO if that doesn't work within 10 days he wants to send out some labwork to check for IBS, etc.

She's currently running around, acting like a nut and pouncing on my other cat. (I'M the one who's upset and tired....yeesh)....I think its time for momma to take a nap!!!

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You may want to think about pet insurance. I do not have it yet but I spoke to my vet who recommends Trupanion--he says it is better than the others.
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If its Colitis you can control it! To many probiotics can cause loose stool as well. Also pay close attention to any forum of supplement you use and foods. Many Baked cat foods have been depleted of all for of nutrition from high temps when being made. It could also be diabetes. What to watch for and is over looked often To summarize, cat caregivers should look for the following signs if they suspect feline diabetes:

* Polydypsia and polyuria;
* Weight loss from the body’s inability to process insulin;
* Vomiting;

* Appetite loss;
* Weakness in leg muscles;
* Poor condition of hair coat;
* Breathing problems; and
* Dehydration.
If you want a whole list of feline aliments and ways to control them have a look at my site felinesupplement.com
I hope your furry little friend feels better soon
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