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We recently moved and our outdoor cat is now and indoor cat.

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we recently moved and our outdoor cat is now and indoor cat. he seems fine, however, he is having dirrahea and blood in his stool. I am hoping to avoid a trip to the vet as this will just stress him out more. he seems to finally be adjusting to the new home and staying indoors. please provide some insight and if he needs to see our vet. this has been going on for the last week. we've been in our home for less than a month. thank you. mindy
Submitted: 10 months ago.
Category: Cat Veterinary
Expert:  Jess K replied 10 months ago.

HEllo, this is Dr. JEss. I am sorry to hear about your kitty!

Are his appetite and energy level normal? Are his gums pink in color? Is he having any vomiting? Any changes in diet? Is he in indoor/outdoor cat?

Customer: replied 10 months ago.
He was indoor/outdoor but now just indoor since our recent move. Not safe for him to be outside anymore. Appetite is fine, he may have vomited days ago but not recently, and gums seem fine.
Expert:  Jess K replied 10 months ago.

Ok. Has he been on any sort of dewormer or is he on a combination flea preventative/dewormer? The first things we want to be sure of in a cat that has been an outdoor cat is that there aren't any intestinal parasites. You can check this without bringing your cat in because most clinics will let you drop off a stool sample to be tested if they have seen your cat before, so if you are still in the same town as your old vet you could see if you can drop a sample off for testing.

Expert:  Jess K replied 10 months ago.

You can go ahead and administer a dewormer to be safe as well, there are some available without a prescription, such as: http://www.petco.com/shop/en/petcostore/cat/cat-health-and-wellness/cat-wormers/sentry-sure-shot-fish-flavored-liquid-de-wormer which will treat roundworms,

but they will not treat other parasites such as coccidia, which can only be treated with a prescription medication. I would also consider a probiotic, which helps replenish the normal healthy bacteria in the GI tract.

I like this product: http://www.amazon.com/ProPectalin-AntiDiarrheal-Gel-Dogs-Cats/dp/B00552J3QU which is a paste that has both probiotics as well as kaolin and pectin which help soothe the GI tract.

Expert:  Jess K replied 10 months ago.

You want to avoid any products like pepto bismol because they contain BISMUTH SUBSALICYLATE which can be toxic to cats, so avoid anything OTC with that ingredient.

Expert:  Jess K replied 10 months ago.

Feeding a bland easily digestible diet for several days may help as well. A mixture of plain cooked white rice and boiled ground beef or chicken breast- no fats/oils/spices/etc.

If the diarrhea is still persisting, if vomiting occurs, if energy level decreases, if the gums begin to look pale, or if the blood persists in the stool, a veterinary exam is needed because additional testing and prescription medication may be needed.

Expert:  Jess K replied 10 months ago.

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Expert:  Jess K replied 10 months ago.
Hi Mindy,
I'm just following up on our conversation about your pet. How is everything going?
Jessica Keay