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Hi Ali,
Thank you for giving me your time! I adopted a Russian Blue mix on Monday from a shelter. She is five and on Monday her pregnancy was terminated and she was spayed.  Due to diarrhea and a bladder infection since developed, she is on medication, including amoxy. Her diarrhea is no longer liquid, but she is still having ALOT of loose stool. She seems to be passing twice the amount she is consuming. Vet is closed today. Could she be allergic to the food I am feeding her? If so, do II change her food? Couldn't that change exasperate the problem?
What do you think? Thank you!
Natalie

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Natalie,

Don't change her food at the moment... Her body has been through a lot, she needs to have some time to recover. You can add a probiotic to her food OR offer her some plain, unsweetened yogurt to help her get the beneficial bacteria back into her gut... Antibiotics often give diarrhea because they don't discriminate between the beneficial bacteria that should be present in the digestive system and the bad bacteria making your cat sick.

If her condition is such that you believe she needs to see a vet you may have to take her to an after hours clinic. Dehydration is a serious threat for her right now so anything you can do to convince her to drink more will be important... Even if it is stuff like tuna juice and meat based baby food (just watch that there aren't garlic/onion powders in them).

If you have any further questions or concerns, please don't hesitate to contact me again at any time... I'm more than happy to help in any way that I can...

Kind regards,

Ali

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I am the proud guardian of 5 mixed breed cats ranging from 12 weeks to 13 years old and one purebred ragdoll. I have 20+ years experience working with mixed breed cats from a variety of different situations. I have fostered cats/kittens with special needs/behavioral issues. I have rescued/rehabilitated/re-homed a variety of stray/abused cats. I can offer advice on managing feral cat colonies, rehabilitating strays and finding them forever homes. I can help you to determine whether a cat is stray or feral, there IS a significant difference. Improperly introducing a new cat/kitten can result in aggression between newly introduced cats because cats are territorial by nature and they don't like sudden changes in their environment. To learn more about a peaceful way to introduce a new cat into a home with other cats please check out my previous answers on this subject. Proper nutrition for cats can be confusing, I recommend checking out catinfo.org which was created by a veterinarian (Dr. Lisa Pierson) who takes a common sense approach to explaining feline nutrition. Cat behavior and instincts are different from those of humans, I can help you understand your cat's needs so that you can meet them adequately and have a balanced, psychologically and physically sound kitty. Cats vary in personality, energy level and intelligence, different approaches may be required to achieve results in terms of training and interaction with your feline companion. An intelligent, high energy cat must be kept busy or they will make their own fun. I am NOT a licensed veterinarian and I can't offer medical advice. If your cat is ill/injured my advice is always the same: get prompt medical treatment provided by a veterinarian. If finances are an issue I will try to find resources in your area that can help with medical costs or make other choices to ensure the welfare of your cat.

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I have fostered feral and stray cats, rehabilitated and homed cats that many people recommended euthanasia for. I am willing to make an effort to do the research and ask questions because I care enough to find solutions to behavioral problems rather than giving up. I have an interest in the use of alternative therapies to help provide the best possible care for all cats and I can say in all honesty that I've seen some incredible things happen for some incredible cats and their human caregivers when the right alternative therapeutic modality is used by a qualified veterinarian with expertise and experience in the field.

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I've earned my diploma as a veterinary assistant with honors.

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