Cat Food Filter: Cat with digestive issues is no longer eating prescription food. Need help finding new food, or a new vet.
posted by GJSchaller to pets & animals (12 answers total) 2 users marked this as a favorite
I inherited ownership of a cat when a roommate moved out (on good terms) - the cat initially moved with her, but would not adapt to the new living space which already had a cat in it, so she returned to my home where I promised to take care of her. The cat was a rescue, and came from unknown medical background / breed / age. We've known since we had her (before she joined this household) that she's had digestive issues, usually loose stools and / or clenching issues, resulting in sloppy drops, as it were. While we're willing to live with this if needed, we'd like to find a way to help her produce less offensive stools.
The original owner fed the cat prescription food for a while, and then gradually weened her off of this and onto more mainstream food - Fromm Green Pea and Duck dry food, and Trader Joe's wet food. Eventually, she was weaned to just the dry food. She has a Drinkwell fountain that gives her constant running water, and I make sure I keep it clean.
About 2 years ago, the cat's stools became much sloppier, almost liquid. We consulted our vet, who had a case history of the cat, and began moving her back to the prescription food. We had originally been feeding her twice a day, and tried moving her to an automatic feeder that would feed her in smaller quantities four times a day, to ensure she was on an absolutely routine schedule that we couldn't screw up by forgetting, being late at work, etc. In the end, she's had food and mostly eaten it all up until recently, and the stools varied from liquid to solid with no determinable reasons or factors, given all other variables have been consistent. We tried to treat the loose stools with vet-prescribed pills for a few days, but she was so difficult to pill that it was getting to the point of almost hurting her to do so, and she clearly was unhappy with us for a full day after (which didn't help the next day when we tried again), and pill pockets, grinding the pill w/ food, etc. also failed.
In the past 2 months, her stools have become more solid, but she's also eating less and less. She's always complaining she is hungry, even when food is available, and she's visibly lost weight. She eats, but not as much as she used to. We take care to make sure her food and water equipment are clean. She's still on the prescription dry cat food - Royal Canin Veterinary Diets Green Pea and Duck Cat Food (Formerly IVD). We called our vet, asking if we should try another food, and the answer was a rather blase "If you do, it needs to be hypoallergenic" - no additional help or recommendations from what was once a trusted caretaker of this cat, who is familiar with her history. The cold delivery of response was enough to make us question continuing business with this vet.
At this point, I need two things:
1) Recommendations for wet or dry cat food for a cat with loose stools, about 10 years old (we think), that is exhibiting digestive issues.
2) Recommendations for a vet in the White Plains, NY area that actually cares about its clients and treat them and their owners with some level of empathy, instead of telling them something they already know and leaving them holding the bag. Specialty in cats is a plus.