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Soft stools

Pete

Savannah Kitten
#1
My 4 year old f-1 male has had soft stools for about the last 2 years.The vet tells me there is nothing wrong.When I am saying soft,I mean alittle watery.Any Ideas out there what I might do.
 

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Paige
Staff member
#3
My 4 year old f-1 male has had soft stools for about the last 2 years.The vet tells me there is nothing wrong.When I am saying soft,I mean alittle watery.Any Ideas out there what I might do.
it is probably nothing, as your vet says...could be the food you are feeding him. What is his diet like?

If it was TF, the stools would be runny diarrhea and horrible smelling...soft stools are not watery, foul-smaelling stools.
 

Pete

Savannah Kitten
#5
That what is seems to be,runny and very bad smelling,He is also going on the carpet alot.This just started a few months ago
 

Patti

Admin
Staff member
#6
I would recommend you run a diarrhea PCR panel on him to look for infection, plus a fecal float to check for worms. If he is having incontinence problems I would be concerned, but if all the above tests come out negative you might have to look at the food you are feeding. Have you changed his diet recently? Some cats don't do well with the high protein diets. You can try adding fiber to his diet (psiylilum or wheat dextrin) or adding a hairball formula (I personally find Iams Hairball works best) to their diet.

The other thing you might consider, especially if he seems to have any pain such as stomach cramps, is that he might have developed IBS or IBD. Both are treated pretty much the same way - flagyl and steroids, but that would need to be diagnosed by a vet.
 

Pete

Savannah Kitten
#7
Thanks,I am going to my vet today and speak to him.This is my second savannah.My first died of fop at about 4 months old. I found out that others from that litter also had it. I wonder if this can also be from a bad breeder. The breeder replaced him with this cat at 12 weeks old.Two total different boys.My first was very sweet .This one dont want to have anything to do with anyone but me.
 

Patti

Admin
Staff member
#10
I wouldn't label a breeder as 'bad' because they have had FIP. Any breeder who has been around for any length of time will encounter FIP, it is just a statistical fact. It is what the breeder does about the issue (retires the parents, replaces the kittens, etc.) that determines the quality of breeder you are dealing with.

Kittens can have different personalities as well, that is really not breed, nor breeder specific either. Some kittens are totally people oriented, others are more shy and tend to bond only with one person, particularly F1s. As you've already said, you received a very friendly kitten the first time from the breeder, so it doesn't sound like there was a lack of socialization.

I hope you get to the bottom of things and can fibure out what is going on with your boy. Please keep us posted.