my one cat appears to have mild diarrhea but otherwise is fine (not acting different than normal). the wet food i feed isn't a recalled brand, so i'm not worried that it is it. from what i read online, if it is mild with no other symptoms it usually clears up on its own. if it is bad, other symptoms, or had blood, i should take her to the vet (duh).
does anyone have any good ideas about how to treat this mild diarrhea? i feel like if i take her to the vet they won't be very helpful unless something is really wrong, but i don't think that that is the case (i will take her in if it doesn't clear up soon or other symptoms start up). until then, just looking for some ideas. i hunted around online and didn't find anything really helpful.
I just emailed my vet -tech/ dog sitter/ kittie sitter Anya and asked her for you (she has a lot of titles I just realized). I give my dogs canned pumpkin and rice. I don't know if that will work for a cat. I mean it would not "kill" a cat by any means. I'll let you know and post it when she writes me back. She is a big time kittie person and is so knowledgeable about cat stuff so I'm sure she has a remedy.
Can't you just call your vet and ask them over the phone without them making you bring her in?...just a thought....
My cat usually self-corrects. I agree with you. I won't take my cat to the vet if it doesn't seem really important, like an abscess, because if my cat is already stressed by a sickness why add additional stress by taking him to the vet. How long has your cat had diarrhea?
I think the biggest concern is you cat loosing fluids. When I'm concerned about my cat I'll buy him something like SmartWater that has electrolytes in it.
Well she just saw my email and called me. She said if it is mild to just let her fast for a day. She needs fluids, so she would recommend a "chicken broth fast" for at least 24 hours. It will clean out her digestive system and keep her hydrated at the same time. Makes sense to me. Good Luck, and I hope she feels better soon...
I really HAVE to get out of my studio and get back upstairs to the "real world" now! I've been down here recording and tinkering around editing stuff on this computer ALL day!Oh yea and checking the internet and vegweb all day...now I'm done! Have a good night ya' all.....
I'm glad to hear she's feeling better. :)
I'm not really sure, but since Dave has gone to bed... don't drinks like gatorade have more salt in them because salts are electrolytes and are good for retaining water? So unless you're already underway on homemade broth, I think the store-bought broth with the added sodium wouldn't be harmful, it might be beneficial.
Making your own broth would be best but I guess I can't ask you to do that... :-[ at least that way you'd know what was in it.
If she's the kind that will allow it, stroke her tummy and see if there's any discomfort, and if not, lay your head on her side and have a listen. If there's a lot of noise in her intestines, she may have a bit of a bug...or she may have eaten something off the floor or out of the trash that has upset her. If she shows discomfort at the strokes, do find a vet somewhere to take her to. Cats are notoriously difficult, they won't show any pain until something really needs attention.
I buy "Un-Chicken Broth" from Imagine to use for various recipes. They do make an Organic Chicken Broth and even make a low sodium version of it (I've almost picked it up and thrown it in my cart by mistake several times).
Since I'm in my kitchen, I went to my pantry and I just looked on my carton of un-chicken broth and see that they have a website with their products and store locater info.
Here's the one I would get:
So glad she's back to normal. 8)
Whew, what a relief! (wipes sweat) Kipling in his poem "The Power of the Dog" speaks of "giving your heart to a dog to tear"...well our kitties certainly sharpen their claws on ours...
i'm so happy that she feels better! ;D
I would do just that....watch first....you don't need to bring the wrong kitty to the vet. :o