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    Yes, R/D did the trick. My vet said it had more fiber, which I would think would make the stools looser, but it did the opposite. I don't know if it is OK for use all the time or just temporarily, but the vet will know.

    The issue with food allergies is that she could be allergic to an ingredient in the I/D food.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Cynthia View Post
    Maybe the vet has her on the wrong diet. He said she needed I/d but she keeps having diarrhea. The vet has giving her a big work up with blood work and everything and just told me she has a sensitve stomach. I wish she would always use the litter box. I don't know why when I crate her she will go next to the litter box instead of in it. I will have to call my vet on monday and see what medicine I can give her because she has been worse lately.
    Cats refuse the litter box when they have medical problems because if it hurts for them to go, or if the stool is uncomfortable, they blame the box. How many boxes do you have? Maybe providing another box or two would help. Please do let your vet know that she's not doing well on the current diet -- with her issues, it's NOT a good idea to medicate her without a vet's okay. I also don't know if Immodium is safe for cats, but there's probably something that can be given.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Cynthia View Post
    R/D is that the food that cleared him up? I will call my vet on monday and see if I can try that. My cat has had loose stools her whole life. When I got her the breeder said she had loose stools but said she used the litter box. But she doesn't always use the litter box and sometimes she has more problems than other times. I got her when she was 1 she is 4 now. There was a time when she had blood in it. That's when the vet did all the blood work on her and found nothing wrong.
    I had a cat that had loose stools, sometimes, with blood in them and they could never find anything wrong with him. He was like that ever sense he was a kitten. I think he had IBS. Anyway he died at the age of 6 from FeLV.

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    I work with a cat rescue group. We go to the park in town for our outreach program. We hear all sorts of interesting things there. One lady came up to me last week and talked about her cat who had a "sensitive stomach". They were trying everything, sensing that it was an allergy after all the tests came back negative. She switched foods -- no change. Finally she switched to a chicken breast cooked in broth -- he got worse. After many months of trying to figure out what he might be allergic to they discovered the culprit -- chicken! Once she stopped feeding anything with chicken in it, he recovered and has been fine since. This is the first time I've heard of a chicken allergy, but most of the low allergenic diets tend to be made from chicken and they were all making him worse. I had never heard of this before but it does teach us to think outside the box at time. Of course, if it's my cats, it's always something odd that is causing the problem. I just got through dealing with an antibiotic resistant strain of coccidia in some rescue kitties. We went through a lot of different treatments before we found one that worked.

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    You might try putting a bit of canned pumpkin into his food. Pumpkin seems to help both diarrhea and constipation in cats.
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    Hi Linda, chicken is a known allergen to cats. As are beef and grains.

    Cats with suspected food allergies are often put on foods with lamb, rabbit or veal, or I think, even venison, as the protein source.

    Cynthia, your kitty could have IBD also.

    have you thought of getting a second opinion from another vet, esp an internal medicine specialist?

    Have you contacted your breeder? (or is this a rescue kitty, I don't remember?) I wonder if this is a genetic based problem?

    Keep us updated.

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    Avoid Imodium in cats. It can cause extreme central nervous system excitation.
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