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 Post subject: Intussusception
PostPosted: Wed Jan 03, 2018 10:26 am 
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Hi this is my first post and I'd really love some advice. Our 13 week Bengal cross suffered an intussusception at 11 weeks following a period of chronic diarrhoea. Initially we put this down to the change in environment and a change in diet. Subsequently we returned to the food she was being fed by her breeder and wormed her. She appeared to recover well from the operation itself, eating by herself soon after and going to the toilet albeit still fairly loose. The operation required removed of one piece of intestine and also the pulling out of a second intussusception that was in the process of forming. She was fed Hills I/d during her stay at the vets (an out of hours emergency vet and not our local) we were then given Hills a/d by our local vet but the loose stools continued and she then proceeded to be sick. We were then given RC gastrointestinal wet pouches by our local vet but not enough to cover us over Christmas so we then had to get the nearest we could on Christmas eve which was Hills I/d.

She hasn't been sick again but has continued to suffer from diarrhoea which is sometimes more formed but never better than toothpaste. There is still occasionally blood also. She is fairly bright though definitely back to her very playful self before her illness. The vets who conducted the operation sent of the intestine they removed and a stool sample for testing which both came back as clear. The cause of the intussusception was cited as inflammation which doesn't really give much insight. We now continue to feed her I/d with some of her dry kitten food from Tesco mixed in. Our vet has suggested doing another stool sample over 3/4 days to retest as the previous sample could only have been over 48 hours as this was her length of stay at that vets. Any advice or suggestions would be much appreciated. Getting a retest feels like the right thing to do but wasn't sure when would be sensible to try another diet in case this is the cause. Thanks!


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 Post subject: Re: Intussusception
PostPosted: Tue Jan 09, 2018 2:30 am 
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This sounds like a nightmare for everyone! The poor kitten!

I highly recommend switching to a raw diet. Cats are designed in all ways to eat raw meat - they naturally digest it better and they process significantly more of it. This means less goes through to waste. Part of the problem with commercial cat foods is all of the filler that they can't process and just poop out.

There is a lot of places you can find out more on raw diets. I have some on my website, or you can view it on www.catinfo.org for lots of general info.
There is a facebook group - Cat CRAP (Completely Raw and Proud) which is very helpful.

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 Post subject: Re: Intussusception
PostPosted: Tue Jan 09, 2018 6:29 pm 
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I'm guessing your vet tested for Tritrichomonas foetus. A parasite that is extremely difficult to get rid of and contagious among cats that share the same litter box. I am so sorry your baby has had to go through of all of this -- and I know it hasn't been easy on you either. You've tried several different diets. Did the vet recommend a probiotic for the kitty? My bengal this morning has a very liquid stool. Yesterday, it was fine. Now, tomorrow it may be fine again. It's just the way he is. I've tried several special diet foods from the vet and my kitty likes NONE of them. I do have him on grain free now. He is not interested in raw at all. I hope you hit on something that will help your little one out. My heart aches for you.


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 Post subject: Re: Intussusception
PostPosted: Tue Jan 09, 2018 8:26 pm 
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For Shinobi it took about 3 months to move him to raw fully.

We had to do a lot of things and very slow transition including fortaflora to convince him to even try it the first time. Now he prefers it to most food. Cats are generally picky but we can eventually get them there with a lot of patience.

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