Hi again, Marjorie and thanks so much for your helpful reply.
Also, thanks for your patience, as I had a lot to say, as you can see! : )
The first thing to consider would be that intestinal parasites may be causing this problem. If she has never been wormed, it might be time for that, after a fresh fecal sample is analyzed by the vet. There are microscopic protozoan intestinal parasites, like giardia and coccidia, in addition to worms, which can cause this kind of loose stool. Here is more information: Intestinal Parasites
and here is more info on Diarrhea
She could have developed a bacterial or viral intestinal infection and this is the cause of the loose stools. This can only be verified by the vet, after analyzing a fecal sample. It's also possible that she could have developed allergies to one or more ingredients in her food. Common allergens for cats are corn, wheat, gluten, soy, dairy products, artificial flavors, colors and preservatives. It's healthiest to feed a grain-free diet and some well recommended brands of both wet (considered most healthy) and dry food available in your pet supply store are: Wellness, Wellness CORE, Felidae, Blue Buffalo, and many others. Just read the labels and make sure real meat or fish is the first ingredient and it doesn't contain any of the aforementioned allergens. She also may be nibbling on any plants or flowers you may have in the house or on another toxic or non-food item which can cause stomach upset.
For the moment, you can mix 1 TBS of plain canned pumpkin (not pie filling) into a small amount of her canned food, daily (this is not an instant fix, but the natural fiber is beneficial and it usually takes about 2 weeks to see the effect); also mix 1 tsp. plain, unflavored yogurt or Culturelle (should be found in your supermarket near the yogurts) in with her canned food twice a day. Keep her on a bland diet of plain boiled chicken breast (skinless) without any seasonings mixed with plain boiled white rice, for the time being. You can also add a teaspoon of infant rice cereal to her canned food. She can also be given plain jarred baby food meat containing no onion products, garlic, or any seasonings at all, which is also bland, but only for short term use until you can see the vet. Beechnut Stage 1 chicken and chicken broth is a good one.
You can get FortiFlora, a probiotic nutritional supplement from your vet or order online. This is recommended for diarrhea in cats, and is also an immune system booster and contains extra taurine. See information here: FortiFlora
Your next best step would be an in person vet visit and bring that fecal sample with you, if possible, to save time. Once the cause of the diarrhea is diagnosed, Sissy will be treated and feeling much better.
I hope all will be well with your furry girl!
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