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Discussion in 'Cat Health and Nutrition' started by Rosietoes, Aug 11, 2018.
I NEED ADVICE!
I’m sorry to hear your cat is unwell. It could be a food allergy. Just because one food didn’t help doesn’t mean another won’t. @chillminx will hopefully be along to explain the elimination diet to you that you could try. One of my boys had this issue and a different Royal Canin food the Hypoallergenic food helped him combined with a wet food by Hills, which was the z/d.
My friends cat had the same issue and Hills Sensitive Stomach worked for him.
I did have another cat for whom no food worked at all. After exhausting all possibilities that we knew about, he went to a specialist who performed an endoscopy and it was discovered he had an abnormally short bowel. The middle part where fluid and nutrients were absorbed was missing. Sadly there was nothing we could do to help him.
Hello @Rosietoes and welcome
I am sorry to hear about the problems your poor little kitten has been having, bless her. And it must be very stressful for you trying to cope with all this, and find a way to stop the little mite suffering.
As so many possible causes have been ruled out by vet investigations and tests, I agree with Sacremist that it's possible your kitten could have an allergy.
It is heartbreaking to read of how when she eats, most of the food drops out of her mouth and ends up on the floor. This is a sign of a kitten who feels nauseous, or is in pain when she eats.
I see your vet has suggested possible pancreatic inflammation. Is it the Pancreas Specific Lipase test the vet said can't be done because of the amount of blood needed?
There could be more than one thing going on, and perhaps asking the obvious, has the vet fully checked your kitty's mouth and teeth to rule out problems like chronic gingivitis, which would affect appetite?
Pancreatitis does seem quite a strong possibility in view of all the things that have been ruled out. Lypex can be useful, but diet is important too. Food needs to be very low carb (same kind of diet that would be fed to a cat with diabetes) high in meat protein and medium to low in fats. This rules out all dry food as dry food is all high in carbs.
I see you say she is OK on cooked white fish? Does this mean the diarrhoea stops when she eats white fish and nothing else? And that her appetite returns?
White fish is good in the short term for resting the bowel but long term would need a supplement of vitamins and minerals added, especially as she is a growing kitten who needs the right nutrients.
How has she been if you've fed her plain home cooked chicken drumsticks + the cooking juices? Still had diarrhoea?
One of the best diets for treating chronic pancreatitis can be a balanced raw diet, as it is very low in carbs, high in protein and lowish in fats. If you were to feed mince, I would mince the meat at home so it is super fresh and you know how much fat there is in it.
Here is a useful article about diet for cats with pancreatitis. They stress the low carb diet, and small regular meals, a little every few hours. They also suggest avoiding probiotics (not sure if kitty is on probiotics, e.g. Protexin).
Have you at any point tried adding a tiny bit of dietary clay to her diet to see if that helped stem the diarrhoea? I will find you a link to the kind of thing I mean.
Also, has your vet prescribed regular pain relief for your kitten?
Thinking about it, as your kitty is so small it may be best to avoid the dietary clay for now and instead give her Slippery Elm - if you can get her to take it .
Thank you so much for all your help. I have not heard of this cat food. I will look at what the 'hypoallergenic' means. Given I have already tried Royal Canin Senstive (which didn't yield any change in her symptoms), ill be keen to see what the difference will be on this. Is it just dry food or wet? I note @chillminx noted that dry food is high in carbs so may not be good for her. THANK YOU!!
It is dry food. Unfortunately my boy was fed dry food long before we knew wet was best and now I have trouble getting him off it. I did feed it in combination with Hills z/d though, which for some reason he liked. It worked for him, but what suits one doesn’t suit another. It’s a case of trying different foods to see what works for your cat. If you can find a wet food that your cat will eat and it works, I would go with that.
@Rosietoes - you may like to look at a pinned thread kindly put together by one of our members listing all the good quality wet foods from Zooplus and their carb content.
I would look for foods that are 3% carbs or less, if possible.
I’m sorry to hear about your kitten’s difficulties. I don’t have much experience of this sort of thing, but I would suggest maybe trying a soft pate food, perhaps Miamor pate tins? As this food is very easy to lick, and if she likes it, should not fall out of her mouth, so she should be able to eat more of it.