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A LOVELY LAD
Feb 8, 2006

Hey man, wanna hear a secret?





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Hey,

We have 2 cats which we've had about 2 years now - indoor only, possibly siblings around 4 yo.

One of them has a bit of an itching problem where she was scratching herself and causing cuts which would end up getting worse, so steroids for that.
Anyways she got sick about this time last year, all of a sudden runny bloody poop, not eating/drinking/moving etc. Got her to the vets who did bloodwork and thought that it could be intestinal blockage, surgery found nothing. During her recovery and a good while after she was off steroids due to being made to eat every other pill under the sun multiple times a day but wasn't actually itching like before so all was good. The itching finally came back so we have her back on the roids, although its a 1mg dose every 2 days so not too bad. We noticed every now and again the poop would have dark red areas, which we were given probiotics for which may or may not have helped.

We are trying elimination diets now to see if we can stop both the itching and the digestive upset (kibble only, they used to be on kibble and wet) with novel and hydrolysed proteins now and we've been on about 4 of different brands.

A hydrolysed soy and rice one has given us the best results turd wise, and also reduced the other cat throwing up but on the other hand has started her itching to the point of hurting herself as well... Whenever we switch out to a different hypoallergenic food, the stomach problems (red bits in poop, occasional vomit, the odd lethargic episode) return within a couple of weeks, so we end up going back to soy.

So really the question(s) are:
1 - Should we keep trying other foods? The next brands will likely have a lot of the same ingredients, I'd like to try them on wet only but they're really picky when it comes to wet.
2 - Is it the right choice to put them back to soy when the digestive symptoms are appearing, I feel like trying to power through for the full 8 weeks could end up making her super ill again.
3 - Any other suggestions really?

Thanks!


empty whippet box posted:

cheeto is home. it will probably be a rough couple days, and a two week recovery, and he will have to learn to use the litterbox again basically. but he's gonna be ok.
That sounds super awful, glad he's going better!

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A LOVELY LAD
Feb 8, 2006

Hey man, wanna hear a secret?





College Slice

1up posted:

So I have an almost 14 year old cat with raging dermatitis and you should definitely commit now to a feeding schedule and feed them completely separately. If the itching still happens, you might need an immunosupressant as well. My cat takes atopica/cyclosporine daily and eats isolated from our other cats, but all it takes is 1 little bit of kibble overlooked after a meal to trigger a new episode of scratching a hole into herself.

Thanks for that - yeah we had another mild bad stomach day so switching back to soy again, I was kinda hoping for a magic bullet where both cats could eat it and we wouldn't have to worry about food stealing etc and we'd have no more itching or red poos. The steroids handle the itching in the main problem catte (and hopefully we can try ween her off if it is indeed a food allergy causing the itching) , and keeping the other away from the soy kibble should stop her itching as well.

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