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What Food Makes My Cat Have Diarrhea?

Friday, October 07, 2016

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Cats are highly sensitive creatures and this is true when it comes to their digestive tract. Have you ever seen your kitty suffer from bouts of diarrhea? Then, you would surely realize how miserable a pet owner could feel when her baby is suffering from such a dreadful condition.

There are many possible causes of diarrhea in cats. However, the most common are the food that you are providing to your pet. You may have fed the feline with something that did not sit well with its digestive tract leading to an unwanted reaction.

If this is the case, you may want to know what these foods are so you can avoid feeding it to your cats in the future. Here are some of the products that you should avoid giving your kitty so that it won’t be prone to diarrhea.

Low-Quality Cat Food

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This is one of the most common causes of diarrhea in cats. In fact, there are many pet owners who regret going for a cheaper option because their felines suffered a lot after being fed with low-quality food.

Stick to the kind of food that will meet all the nutritional demands of your cat especially the protein content. Another smart thing to do will be to go over the ingredients of the product that you are planning to buy. If you notice that there are too many fillers in it, it may not be the best choice for your cat.

It’s quite easy to know if the food is the cause of diarrhea. Next time, when you put food in your automatic pet feeder, you should take note of what food you placed there. After that, try to change the kind of food you are giving to your feline and see if it doesn’t suffer from diarrhea anymore.

Dairy
There are some human foods that cats are cannot handle and one of this is milk. Most cats are lactose intolerant. This means that they do not have the necessary enzyme to process milk. If this is the case, they would suffer from stomach complaints and diarrhea when they consume milk and milk-based products. The extent of how lactose intolerant cats could be to dairy could vary. Cheese, ice cream, and other milk derivatives may be given to your kitty but only in small amounts.

Some people who know that cats need protein think that milk is good for cats but this is not true. Milk can cause an upset stomach. However, just like any rule, there are certain exceptions.

When your kitty is complaining of having an upset stomach, you may want to give your pet some low-fat plain yogurt to help the digestive tract settle down. If you already know that your kitty is not in its best health, don’t offer a bowl of milk since it can worsen the condition.

Allergic Reactions to Food

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Cats are just like humans in the sense that they could develop food allergies later in life. This means that there are certain food products that do not sit well with their digestion. If they commit the mistake of consuming any of those prohibited food items, they suffer from dire consequences such as diarrhea.

In cats, the most common food allergens are grains. This includes but is not limited to soy, wheat, and corn. You may be wondering why these lists of products seem harmless and are even in some popular cat food brands.

In fact, there is a prescription diet for some cats that have food sensitivities. There are also cat foods that are grain free which is ideal for cats that suffer from diarrhea when they consume grains.

If you are feeding your cat not only the food from the automatic pet feeder, you should think about putting your feline on an elimination diet. This is necessary to know its food allergies. Nevertheless, it is recommended that you consult your veterinarian first before doing any kind of diet.

Spoiled Food/ Garbage

When your cat has access to clean water from the cat water fountain and good food from its feeder, you may be wondering why it is suffering from diarrhea. In this case, the culprit could be your cat’s curiosity. These animals seem to think that everything is a treat which includes garbage and spoiled food. As much as possible, clear away any garbage that your cat could accidentally munch on. There are also human foods that cats can be extremely allergic to. If you have leftovers lying around, your kitty can try to see how it tastes like and end up having a stomach ache.

Conclusion

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There are many other food products that can trigger diarrhea in cats. Since it’s hard to list all possible allergens, it is up to you to make sure that all food products harmful to kitty are out of the way.


Guest blog posts are written by Diana Hutchinson, the founder of  Tinpaw.com. She has more than ten years of experience in nurturing and caring cats. "A home without a cat is just a house"


Improvements Continue in The Cat Clinic

Friday, August 26, 2016

We are rapidly growing and expanding our all Cat Clinic to better serve you and your feline family.


Welcome Barbara Goodrich, DVM!


Our veterinary care staff continues to grow! We are pleased to add a second veterinarian, Barbara Goodrich, to the Cat Clinic team.  Previously owning her own feline practice, Dr. Goodrich brings a wealth of veterinary knowledge and expertise to CCS.  


With a combined 20-plus years veterinary care experience, the Cat Clinic team offers exceptional care to our shelter cats as well as our clinic patients.


Enjoy Our Expanded Services


To provide the highest quality care for your feline family, we have expanded our veterinary services to include extended hours, in-house bloodwork, urine culture testing, ultrasound testing and Royal Canin prescription food. In addition, we now offer additional surgery options and dental procedures using our digital dental X-ray unit.


With the addition of our second veterinarian, we are now expanding clinic hours to include Saturday, starting with 8:00am - 12:00pm, increasing to 8:00am - 5:00pm, beginning September 10th. In addition, starting September 13th, we are extending clinic hours further to include Tuesday-Friday from 7:00am - 6:00pm. Our goal is to better serve you, our loyal and valued clients!


All of these important upgrades mean less outsourcing; more savings we can pass on to you; faster turnaround on imaging and tests; and most important, the highest quality veterinary care for your cat!


September Dental Special


September is Dental Health month at the Cat Clinic! We are offering discounted dental procedures for a flat rate of $350 (for cats 7 years and under) and $425 (for cats 8 years and over). The cost includes exam, bloodwork, scale/polish, unlimited extractions, anesthesia and medication(s).

Dental care is critical to the health of your cat and proper dental care can prevent the onset of many health issues.


Clinic Makeover - Cat House Gallery


The Cat Clinic makeover is complete! We have repainted the Cat Clinic with calming colors, updated our waiting room furnishings and added new artwork. The final step was the completion of our mural which is displayed in the clinic waiting room. We want every customer and patient that enters the clinic to experience its warm and inviting atmosphere from a fear-free vantage point.


The artwork on display is part of the Cat House Gallery which hosts rotating artwork for sale in the Cat Clinic waiting area. Art shows will alternate every few months and include various themes. Best of all, 40% of the art sales directly benefit the cats at CCS and to date we have sold 24 paintings. Our new show, Walk on the Wild Side has already begun, so please stop by to purchase your own exotic wild cat art!


We're Not Done Yet!


We have accomplished so many of our important goals for the Cat Clinic and we're not done yet! We still have plans to upgrade our standard X-ray machine and purchase an in-house ultrasound unit in 2016.  We are planning a mix of fundraising and grant writing activities to help us fund these enhancements, ensuring that the CCS operating budget will be minimally taxed.


Thanks for your continued support, the future of the Cat Clinic at Cat Care Society looks bright and we look forward to serving you and your feline family for all of your veterinary care needs!


What is FeLV?

Tuesday, August 09, 2016


FeLV is more commonly known as Feline leukemia virus.  Despite its name, it is not a form of cancer or leukemia, it is a retrovirus in the same family as FIV (feline immunodeficiency virus), and it is able to copy its own genetic material into infected cells, which is how it reproduces in an animal.

FeLV is known as a “friendly disease”, meaning that cats spread it to their friends.  It transmits very easily between cats since the virus sheds in high quantities from saliva and nasal secretions.  It can be passed from cat to cat as they groom each other, share food and water bowls, share litter boxes, and fighting amongst themselves, and it can pass from mother to kitten in the womb or to a nursing kitten by way of the mother’s milk.  It can also be spread by urine and feces, though that is not as common.  Even less commonly, it can be passed by way of flea bites, blood transfusions, or non-sterilized needles or surgical instruments.  

The only way to diagnose FeLV is by way of a blood test.  Your veterinarian can run a test in their clinic, and if the test comes up positive, a second sample is sent to the lab to confirm the diagnosis.  Cats can test positive within a few weeks of exposure, and most cats who are positive will be so within 30 days.  Younger cats are more susceptible to FeLV.  Some adults are able to fight off the infection after exposure and will never develop the disease.  Most veterinarians recommend retesting after 6 weeks if the test is questionable.

There is no way to diagnose FeLV from symptoms because there are no specific symptoms to watch for.  Cats with FeLV generally have weaker immune systems and are more prone to common infections such as dental disease and upper respiratory infections.  They can live normal lives, but their life spans are significantly shorter.  Kittens with FeLV will generally live one to three years; adults can live a bit longer.  FeLV does not cause death itself, but the cats develop other diseases due to the weakened immune system, such as feline infectious peritonitis (FIP), lymphoma, or bone marrow disease.

There is no treatment for FeLV.  Preventative and supportive care is the most important part of caring for a cat with FeLV.  Any illness or infection needs to be treated by a veterinarian as soon as it is noticed, and dental care is a high priority, since infections in the mouth and gums can pass through the bloodstream and cause more serious infections they can’t fight off.  Raw foods and unpasteurized dairy products should be avoided because of the risk for foodborne bacterial and parasitic infections from such items.  

Vaccinating any cat who goes outdoors or may be exposed to cats with FeLV with the FeLV vaccine can help prevent transmission of the disease.  If your cat goes outside, or if you bring unvaccinated cats into your home (or cats that you are not familiar with their vaccine history), the vaccine can protect them from the virus.

FeLV cats must reside indoors, so they do not expose other cats to the virus, and can live in homes with FeLV negative cats as long as they live completely separately.  They can never share food bowls, litter boxes, and can never come into contact with each other.  They may have a shorter life span, and they do require more attentive preventative care, but they are worth it.  FeLV cats are wonderful, amazing animals, and deserve the chance to live happy lives filled with love.  



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