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Ok, this one might be gross, so beware.  Don't read on if you don't want to read about poop.  

For the past few days the cats have had really bad diarrhea, and it's been worrying me.  At first it was no big deal.  They frequently vomit, and it's all part of having really fluffy cats.  I figured a little diarrhea now and then was no big deal and would pass.  That was for the first couple of days.  

Over the past couple of of days it started to really worry me.  What if it's something, and I'm too dazed and broke to notice and do anything about it?  I started searching online and read that you should give them rice and cottage cheese.  My cats, as it so happens, are as picky as I am, and that's bad.  They ONLY eat kibble and a very specific flavor of wet food.  If I try to give them ANYTHING else, even a different flavor of wet food, they won't touch it.  Still, I bought some cottage cheese anyway, though I don't eat that.  They wouldn't touch it.  I bought some rice and put that out for them, but they wouldn't touch it.  They basically didn't eat for over a day because they wouldn't even take a bite of it.  Well a day of no eating meant a day of no poop, so I was momentarily relieved.  I got tired of seeing them not eat, so I gave them real kibble again for dinner.  They ate it up joyfully.  Then Mia came out of the litter box with poop dripping down her butt.  I got her cleaned up and tried to Lysol where she'd stepped.  Oh, and I had called my vet on Friday to see if they'd give me any advice.  I was so disappointed in them and am really questioning their ethics.  They refused to give me any advice.  They said just to take the cats in.  My old vet would happily answer a question over the phone and honestly tell you whether something sounded urgent or banal.  These guys actually played on my fear and anxiety last time and suckered me into paying a vet bill that was probably unnecessary.  Mia had been vomiting more than usual, and I was upset and scared.  Instead of making me feel better or giving me some advice they told me if she'd swallowed something when I wasn't looking she could die and to rush her in.  I thought her life was on the line.  Anyway, they reluctantly admitted that some cottage cheese and rice might be good, but only after I totally called them on their refusal to give me advice.  Anyway, then Grendel came out of the litter box with a big turd stuck to his butt, and I thought I was never going to get that out, but I did.  I finally got him cleaned up and found vomit behind the futon.  Then less than an hour later Mia came out of the litter box with poop down her butt again.  It was just non-stop, and I was starting to panic.  What if this is a real emergency, and they die because I can't get it together and take care of them?  I started searching online for all the signs that it's a real ER.  One of them said to check their gums.  I checked Mia's, and they looked white to me.  It said that was a major red flag.  I called the after hours number my vet's vm said to call, and they said to rush her in tonight and referred me to another clinic.  I called them, by now sobbing and scared, and they said not to go by the gums as unless you know what they're normally like you probably couldn't tell.  They made it sound like it was no big deal and there was really no way it could be an emergency if they're acting normal.  She said that it's a good sign that they're eating and acting normal and basically not to worry.  She did say to take them in on Mon if it doesn't clear up by then but after a night of sobbing, poop, and worry, I could finally just relax and let it go.  It was 1am by the time I was calmed down.  

As for this AM, so far so good.  So far no poopy butts, but the day is young.  It could happen again tonight, and if it does, I don't know what I'll do.  I may have take them in, which I really can't afford, but if I have to then I must.  Mia was sweet and playful this AM.  She was trampling all over my chest, which is really painful, and attacking my hands, biting and slobbering all over them.  She's always loved that game.  It's painful for me, but she enjoys it.  Grendel's been sleepy and whiny, which is normal.  He's always either sleeping or crying for attention.  

All this just makes me wonder what I'll be like as a parent.  I already have an inner debate going on about the ethics of one day raising a child in a studio apartment with no friends and family around for it.  I debate about whether it's good for them to grow up around someone who's always scared and will eat only a few things, none of which are very healthy.  I wonder how I'll know when there's a real emergency and what to do.  I couldn't get my cats to eat rice.  How could I get a kid to eat something they don't want that might be good for them?  The debate continues in my head as does the drama.  



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Comment by Cordellia Amethyste Rose on May 27, 2011 at 5:18pm
Much better, thanks.  Mia got some medicine on Mon, which she hates, but we only have to do one more dose.  Her butt has been clean for a few days.  Oh what a difference a week makes.  I was up to my elbows in poop a week ago and going crazy with worry.  I don't miss it.  Thanks for asking.
Comment by roxanne on May 27, 2011 at 5:10pm
Just wondered how the kitties were doing?
Comment by Cordellia Amethyste Rose on May 23, 2011 at 10:48pm
Gave Mia her medicine.  She spat it out, and Grendel ate it.  Cats are gross but not wasteful.  So far so good with the butts.  *fingers crossed*
Comment by Cordellia Amethyste Rose on May 23, 2011 at 7:56pm
I'm in the middle of a 4h class now.  I'm afraid when  I get home I'll find Mia covered in poo and my furniture as well.  They go a few times in the evening.  Ugh.  It's going to be disgusting.
Comment by Cordellia Amethyste Rose on May 23, 2011 at 7:55pm

I've tried giving them meat in the past and rice, separately.  They really won't eat ANYTHING but kibble and a very specific flavor of wet food.  They won't even eat other wet food, let alone something completely different like that.  They don't even drink milk or eat tuna.  They really only eat what they like.  They went a whole day without a bite of food because I put rice in their food dish.  I've tried all kinds of different things.  Trust me, they won't eat it.  

The medicine is liquid.  She spat it on the floor.  I'll try again though later.  

Thanks for the positive thoughts.  

Comment by roxanne on May 23, 2011 at 7:25pm
Did you try the rice with the warm ground meat? I'm saying a prayer for you that the medicine works - and you can get it in them. There's something called pill pockets that is really amazing for pills, even with fussy cats. (Although yours' may be fussier yet.) They are treats with a whole in one side that you can put a pill in. I get them at Total Pet for $5.
Comment by Cordellia Amethyste Rose on May 23, 2011 at 3:21pm
Talked the vet into giving her some medicine.  Had to walk back because the syringe didn't load, eating up much of my afternoon before class.  Mia spat up the medicine.  I hope I can get it together and give it to her.  Poor thing.  Her butt is so messy.  Grendel's butt was poopy again earlier, too.  I can't wait until this passes.  I hope it does soon and on its own.
Comment by Cordellia Amethyste Rose on May 23, 2011 at 10:01am
I tried the rice diet.  My cats ONLY eat kibble and a certain flavor of wet food.  I can't get them to touch anything else.  They went a whole day without food rather than try the rice.  Grendel seems to be getting better except he puked, and Mia's still got the diarrhea.  Ugh.
Comment by roxanne on May 23, 2011 at 9:22am
My friend &I have an animal shelter, so we run into this alot.  Try boiling some ground chicken or turkey and mix with rice, adding some warm liquid from meat.  You can also get something from Pet- Smart, $5 or 6, called KP anti-diarrheal med, good for diarrhea & upset stomach.  There's another med called Kaolin, about the same.  You can also use about 1/4 teaspoon Pepto Bismal a couple times a day.  They probably have a little virus.  My friend has cared for 100's and says the ground chicken & rice always works.  Just boil enough so it's not raw.  Are they wormed?  You could take a stool sample to vet.  Let me know.
Comment by Nomad on May 23, 2011 at 6:03am
Your kitties are in my thoughts.

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