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One of our 4 cats has has diarrhea constantly. She will only

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One of our 4 cats has has diarrhea constantly. She will only eat Tuna or kibble. Will a change of diet help her. She is constantly being harassed by the newest cat is there a solution for this problem as well
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Annmarie
Submitted: 1 year ago.
Category: Veterinary
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Expert:  Dr. Michael Salkin replied 1 year ago.
I'm sorry that your question wasn't answered in a timely manner. The standard of care for chronic diarrhea in cats is to have a thorough physical exam performed by Boopies's vet including diagnostics in the form of blood and urine tests followed by an ultrasound of her gastrointestinal tract if the blood and urine tests revealed nothing untoward. If the ultrasound doesn't "see" anything abnormal, scoping and biopsy of her gastrointestinal tract should be considered. Yes, a conservative approach might involve switching her diet. Here's my synopsis of food intolerance for your perusal: Food intolerance/allergy is addressed with prescription hypoallergenic diets. These special foods contain just one novel (rabbit, duck, e.g.) animal protein or proteins that have been chemically altered (hydrolyzed) to the point that Boopies's immune system doesn't "see" anything to be allergic to. The over the counter hypoallergenic foods too often contain proteins not listed on the label - soy is a common one - and these proteins would confound our evaluation of the efficacy of the hypoallergenic diet. The prescription foods are available from her vet. There are many novel protein foods and a prototypical hydrolyzed protein food is Hill’s Prescription Diet z/d ultra (a hydrolyzed protein diet is my preference). A positive response is usually seen within a few weeks if we’ve eliminated the offending food allergen. Food intolerance can arise at any age and even after our patient has been eating the same food for quite some time. I would first presumptively worm Boopies with over the counter fenbendazole (Panacur) for 3 consecutive days. Fenbendazole is a broad spectrum wormer effective against the nematodes (roundworms, hookworms) affecting cats as well as the protozoan Giardia. (You'll note that there's a label warming "for dogs only" on the fenbendazole product. You can ignore it; we safely prescribe this drug to cats regularly.) As for her constantly being harassed by the newest cat...Aggression may occur between two or more cats already present in the household where there had been little or no previous history of aggression. Relationships may change as cats mature and age. In addition, increased conflicts may arise when there has been a change in the social group (people or animals becoming a part of the household or leaving the household as has occurred in this case), or when there have been major changes to the environment like moving house, or more subtle changes such as where the cats sleep, eat, perch, or eliminate. Medical problems could lead to pain or irritable-induced aggression, or may alter the way the cat interacts with other cats in the household. Any event leading to redirected aggression* could also lead to a change in the way that cats interact with other cats in the home. It's also not unusual for aggression to arise when a cat has been out of the home and then returns (e.g., from a groomer or veterinary hospital stay). This may be due to pheromonal alterations (pheromones are chemicals that cats secrete in order to communicate with other cats), anxiety or discomfort of the returning cat, or the response of one or more cats that remained in the home to some alteration in the way the cat looks, acts, or smells upon its return. There may also be territorial and status issues that need to be re-established, even if the departure has been relatively short. Many of these problems are mild and will resolve themselves over time, particularly if there is enough space, perches, and hiding places for the cat to avoid interactions while they again "recognize" each other and re-establish a compatible relationship. This may take anywhere from a few hours to several weeks for some cats, while on rare occasions the problem may be sufficiently intense to require a formal reintroduction program of desensitization and counterconditioning in much the same way as a new cat is introduced into the household. It may be prudent to sequester one or both of your cats in a dim and quiet area until their level of arousal abates. Many owners will then “test" their cat(s) every day or so and continue sequestering them if necessary. Please respond with further questions or concerns if you wish.

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