Cats having GI problems, vets are not helping
December 8, 2012 6:16 AM Subscribe
Cats suffering from blood in poop, diarrhea, vomiting for the past month. Vets keep telling me there's nothing wrong, all of their treatment suggestions haven't worked. Can't keep spending money on vets, please advise. Cat poop discussion inside!
posted by schroedinger to pets & animals (13 answers total)
I'm taking care of four cats (sorry, don't have pictures at the moment). Rosalind is an indoor/outdoor friendly stray. Daisy, Anatoli, and Aneta are indoor-only; Daisy is a recent ex-stray. Everyone is on Revolution, FIV- as of two months ago, and up to date on all vaccines. Litter box is scooped 1-2x daily, minimum, changed every 1-2 weeks.
A month ago Aneta had a lot of diarrhea with a lot of bright red blood in it in the middle of the night. She hadn't been eating as well and her stools had been loose prior. I completely freaked out and immediately took her to the vet. The vet did a stool analysis and found nothing wrong. $100 later, they gave me a couple cans of bland intestinal distress prescription cat food and sent me on my way.
Her stools slightly firmed up. Then Anatoli started to have the bloody diarrhea. This time I noticed tapeworms. All four cats got a dose of Drontal followed by another dose three weeks later.
Drontal worked for the first two weeks. The third week the bloody diarrhea from Aneta and Anatoli returned, accompanied by throwing up on an empty stomach almost daily. This did not improve after the second Drontal dose. So I took them to a second vet, who ALSO found nothing in their stool. This time I got metronidazole and a recommendation to give them canned pumpkin.
OK, fine. Well, a week of canned pumpkin and metronidazole later (again, treating all four cats) we are back to bloody diarrhea and barfing.
I am pretty sure this is a parasite, given two of the cats have it and one seems to have given it to the other. Daisy seems to be OK. Rosalind refuses to poop inside, so I don't know what's going on with her, though she hasn't thrown up. She's probably the disease vector though.
I'm wondering if it could be coccidia, as I read it's difficult to detect and some vets give medication on symptoms alone. Second vet straight-up refused to give medication for it since they saw nothing. What do I do next? Go to a third vet? I am running out of low-cost vets to go to.
Also--prior to this everyone was hale and hardy.