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PC has diarrhea

14+kitties
May 18th, 2008, 10:53 AM
PC as in PC Kitty, not PC computer. :rolleyes:
So my question is how much pumpkin and how often can I give a little 6 week old kitten? If it continues he will be going to the vet. No question on that one!
I have looked in the archives and can't find anything for small babies, just older ones. They say to fast for 12 to 24 hours with a bout of diarrhea but that is too long for a little one, isn't it?
I have given him about 1/2 tsp mixed in with his food. He probably didnt' get that much because of "helpers" with eating the food. :shrug:

sugarcatmom
May 18th, 2008, 11:19 AM
Ya, definitely no fasting! What about slippery elm bark? You can start with something like 25mg of powder twice a day (mixed in with canned or baby food and an extra tsp or 2 of water). Work up to 50mg twice a day until you see results. Some probiotics might also be useful. Not sure about the pumpkin as I've never used it on kittens before.

14+kitties
May 18th, 2008, 11:55 AM
Thanks sugarcatmom. Never thought of slippery elm. Now where do I get it? :shrug: With all the kitties I haven't dealt with this before. Go figure. Is it just from health food stores or can I get it somewhere else?

RUSTYcat
May 18th, 2008, 11:57 AM
To sugarcatmom's excellent advice, I would add, make sure PC doesn't become dehydrated. Cats systems operate on very little water anyway...add in diarrhea, and dehydration can quickly occur.

So, anything you can do to encourage drinking and replenish what's being lost - adding extra water to his food, putting out some new and different water containers in new and different places, perhaps a dripping water tap - will help.

14+kitties
May 18th, 2008, 12:12 PM
Thanks RUSTYcat. I have been checking his water intake and he has been drinking lots. I have water dishes all over the kitchen where they are and am always refreshing it. He is still very rambunctious, has tons of energy and mischief in him, is still climbing the baby gate to get into the living room. He just has the scoots.
This is the kitty my son is adopting. I want him to get a healthy kitty. :)

ancientgirl
May 18th, 2008, 12:54 PM
Do you have a natural food market near you? I'm guessing that's probably something they'd have.

I thought your son was adopting Sparta. Is he taking two kitties?:D

14+kitties
May 18th, 2008, 12:58 PM
Do you have a natural food market near you? I'm guessing that's probably something they'd have.

I thought your son was adopting Sparta. Is he taking two kitties?:D

My son is adopting and named PC. My daughter and her hubby (my son in law) are adopting Sparta. I told them if you name them, they are yours. :)
I think we have a store downtown. I will have to go early in the morning on Tues and check.

ancientgirl
May 18th, 2008, 01:12 PM
Ah okay, it's your daughter who's taking Sparta. I think you need a kitty picture update.

I noticed they had a lot of things like that when I went to the natural food market this morning, so hopefully you can find some there.

sugarcatmom
May 18th, 2008, 02:15 PM
Never thought of slippery elm. Now where do I get it? :shrug:

Health food store for sure, sometimes you can find it in the supplements section of a pharmacy or grocery store (might want to call first). You can often find the bulk powder in health food stores, but capsules are just fine as long as they don't contain anything extra. Standard capsule sizes are around 350-500mg, so you would need just a pinch per serving (if you want to be more precise, you can empty the contents of the cap onto a plate and "cut" it into equal 1/8th daily portions with a knife).

Here are some links on SEB: http://www.littlebigcat.com/?action=library&act=show&item=slipperyelm
http://www.felinecrf.org/holistic_treatments.htm#SEB
http://www.fortunecity.com/petparade/furball/496/slipelm_arch.html

14+kitties
May 18th, 2008, 02:55 PM
Health food store for sure, sometimes you can find it in the supplements section of a pharmacy or grocery store (might want to call first). You can often find the bulk powder in health food stores, but capsules are just fine as long as they don't contain anything extra. Standard capsule sizes are around 350-500mg, so you would need just a pinch per serving (if you want to be more precise, you can empty the contents of the cap onto a plate and "cut" it into equal 1/8th daily portions with a knife).

Here are some links on SEB: http://www.littlebigcat.com/?action=library&act=show&item=slipperyelm
http://www.felinecrf.org/holistic_treatments.htm#SEB
http://www.fortunecity.com/petparade/furball/496/slipelm_arch.html


Excellent!! :thumbs up Thank you very much!! As soon as I close for the day I am heading downtown to see if I can find some at one of the drug stores. That is one thing Grimsby has lots of - drugstores. :rolleyes: Hopefully I can find some. I am going to pick up lots of baby food though. I know where to find it. :) And I know the no onion, no garlic part. Took me forever to find the right stuff the first time I went looking.
I really think they have been eating too much of mom's food and it's too much for his little belly. Poor fella'.
Thanks again for the great help!

14+kitties
May 19th, 2008, 12:45 PM
Just thought I would let you all know PC is great today!! I guess the pumpkin helped or maybe he just had a bug he had to get rid of. I also am giving him baby food for a few days. His brothers are jealous!!

I appreciate the fast responses. I didn't find any slippery elm at the drug store. Will have to keep trying other places. Thanks again. :D

ancientgirl
May 19th, 2008, 12:48 PM
Maybe he just had something that didn't agree with him too.