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Old April 6th, 2009, 04:58 PM
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Originally Posted by tbcookie View Post
General was having soft stools and some diarrhea for a few weeks, and I'd been noticing fairly frequent occurances of mucus, sometimes with a touch of blood, in his stools. The vet prescribed metronizadole for this.
Something else to consider when there are intestinal issues is the food. What does General eat? A grain-free, meat-based wet food, possibly even a novel protein source such as venison or duck, can be very helpful in minimizing the symptoms of IBD or colitis. In fact it's frequently the inappropriate plant ingredients in kibble that cause IBD in the first place. If you haven't seen these links yet, they have some good info on what an obligate carnivore should be eating for optimal health:
www.catinfo.org
www.catnutrition.org

In the meantime, if the soft mucusy stools return, you might want to pick up some slippery elm bark powder. It's easy to mix about 1/8th to 1/4 of a tsp in with some wet food a couple times a day (along with 2 tbsp of extra water). The SEB works by soothing the intestinal lining, and it also helps balance the moisture levels in the colon, which is good for both diarrhea and constipation. More on that here: http://www.littlebigcat.com/?action=...em=slipperyelm
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