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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....

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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.

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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...
-dave

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.....

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thanks for the help! here's the update:

yeah, my vet isn't really the "call kind" .... yeah, i should find a new vet...

i refreshed the water and will keep an eye on the box. she was sleeping for a bit in the living room and then started attacking her toy, so i'm thinking she is feeling fine minus some runny poo. i might try to get her to drink some broth, but i think that would require me making some since the stuff in the store has salt and whatnot added....i can't imagine that that is good for her ?

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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.

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some salt is good but i know a lot of broths go overkill. maybe i'll find some at the hfs tomorrow that is low sodium....

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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.

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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:
http://www.imaginefoods.com/products/product/1669.php
good luck

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okay, so i pulled her food last night (ha ha, this morning she was BEGGIN!!) and woke up this morning to find her at 10000% of her normal fisty self. granted, she didn't get in my face to wake me up but i think that was because she was chasing her sister around and jumpin' around like a jelly bean. i guess she is feeling better!

i did try the petting the tummy thing and she was all about the belly rub. i'll kept an eye on her box (haven't smelled anything funky yet) but i think it might be the wet food treat i give them....sometimes she gets a little poooey from it but her sister is fine. whoooo knows! i will pick up a box of the imagine broth (my co-op carries imagine and i imagine they carry chicken flavor) for the next time the poo monster comes to visit. thanks for your help everyone!

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So glad she's back to normal.  8)

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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...

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i'm so happy that she feels better!  ;D

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UPDATE: so cleaning the box today i found a very questionable turd--it is very soft and pinky-red colored. there isn't obvious "blood" but it isn't normal. any ideas?

not sure which cat, they are both acting fine but i suspect that it is more likey to be cory (since she has had potty probs in the past but not mimi). i guess it will be a night of watching the litter box, figuring out who it is, and going to the vet in the morning....

cory isn't having pain in her guts when i pet her, neither is mimi. they are chasing each other around so it no one "appears" to be sick and i haven't smelled any "funkyness" from their box (it is in my living room, so i notice pretty fast if bad stuff is happenin in the box).

here is a pic of them "bird watching" this morning. i couldn't believe they were sharing the space! cory is the black tortie, mimi is the dilute calico.

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I would do just that....watch first....you don't need to bring the wrong kitty to the vet.  :o

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true true.... i just don't know what to do with them somedays!! i'm sure whoever it is will be pissed at me for the "trip" since i've never met a cat who likes getting stuff up its butt.

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