Any recommendations for canned cat food? I've fed her Fancy Feast for many years but lately she's been getting diarrhea every week or two. She's allergic to shellfish and fish and perhaps poultry disagrees with her as well. Not much left. Suggestions? I noted someone mentioned diarrhea and a canned food that helped a few days ago but unfortunately I carelessly didn't print the message or note the name of the thread.

TIA

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Any recommendations for canned cat food? I've fed her Fancy Feast for many years but lately she's been getting diarrhea ... a few days ago but unfortunately I carelessly didn't print the message or note the name of the thread. TIA

All three of my cats like the ProPlan line. They love the Chicken and Rice. I'm sure you've noticed that it's kind of tough to tell what causes a cat to have diarreha, especially if it only happens once a week.
How old is your cat? Has she been tested for having hyperthyroidism? Does she go outside? It seems would be odd for Fancy Feast to be creating this problem. I would look for something else. Does she drink milk? Eat people food, etc.
Mine like Evo, turkey and turkey and chicken.
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Any recommendations for canned cat food? I've fed her Fancy ... the message or note the name of the thread. TIA

All three of my cats like the ProPlan line. They love the Chicken and Rice. I'm sure you've noticed that it's kind of tough to tell what causes a cat to have diarreha, especially if it only happens once a week.

ProPlan is great with a lot of good flavors. First, diarrhea once a week is going to be hard to pinpoint. If it's a long-haired cat, it may come down to your cat is ingesting too much fur. All cats, but especially long-haired ones, need to be brushed/combed at least once a week. You'd be surprised at how many people don't do that for their short-haired kitties.

Second, Fancy Feast isn't bad, but it depends on which flavor you're feeding. Some of them are definitely better than others. Check this out: http://hubpages.com/hub/Cat Food Review
Third, if your cat is allergic to shellfish, fish, and perhaps poultry, there's still plenty left to choose from. There's beef, lamb, and even venison in some of the better cat food brands. Cats like variety, but if you can just find 2 or 3 kinds she likes, that'll work.

Fourth, if you can afford it, check out Natural Balance or Wellness brands, since they're grain-free. Others are too, so read those can ingredients before buying. Grain in cat food is a real trigger for soft stool in a lot of cats, and they don't need it anyway.
Fifth, and most obvious, is no dairy.
All cats, but especially long-haired ones, need to be brushed/combed at least once a week. You'd be surprised at how many people don't do that for their short-haired kitties.

She's a shothair and gets groomed daily.
Second, Fancy Feast isn't bad, but it depends on which flavor you're feeding.

About all that's left that she doesn't seem to have problems with is the beef with gravy. The beef without has fish.
Fourth, if you can afford it, check out Natural Balance or Wellness brands, since they're grain-free.

I quick-Googled
wellness cat food diarrhea
and see complaints about Wellness causing it. Natural Balance doesn't seem to show this but I suspect, though I haven't checked yet, that it's not locally available. Pretty expensive, too, even without mailorder shipping.
Fifth, and most obvious, is no dairy.

Once in a blue moon - if I have a splash left over from cooking. None during the recent soft stool or diarrhea episodes.

"When you choose the lesser of two evils, always
remember that it is still an evil." - Max Lerner
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How old is your cat?

About 14.
Has she been tested for having hyperthyroidism?

Not to my knowledge.
Does she go outside?

No
It seems would be odd for Fancy Feast to be creating this problem. I would look for something else. Does she drink milk?

No
Eat people food, etc.

She insista on a small taste when I eat. She's done this all her life, the diarrhea have just showed up the last few months, if that.

"When you choose the lesser of two evils, always
remember that it is still an evil." - Max Lerner
Suddenly, without warning, KenK exclaimed (11/26/2009 1:16 PM):

I think when a cat's that old, if there's any changes in behavior, etc, it's time for a trip to the vet.
My 13.5 year old cat is going to the vet on Monday because she suddenly has a good appetite. It's not a bad thing in and of itself, but the sudden change after years of leaving food behind has me wondering.

Oh, and FWIW, allergies and food tolerances can crop up at any time. I'd try stopping the people food treats for a while and see if that helps. Oh, and take your kitty to the vet Emotion: smile
jmc
All cats, but especially long-haired ones, need to be brushed/combed ... how many people don't do that for their short-haired kitties.

She's a shothair and gets groomed daily.

Good for you! She'll have a better coat and a happier digestive tract for it.
Second, Fancy Feast isn't bad, but it depends on which flavor you're feeding.

About all that's left that she doesn't seem to have problems with is the beef with gravy. The beef without has fish.

I will say that it's not unusual for cats to have poo issues with fish, especially that Fancy Feast Ocean Fish variety in the pink can. Since turkey and chicken are out too with her, that does just leave beef.
Fourth, if you can afford it, check out Natural Balance or Wellness brands, since they're grain-free.

I quick-Googled wellness cat food diarrhea and see complaints about Wellness causing it. Natural Balance doesn't seem to show this but I suspect, though I haven't checked yet, that it's not locally available. Pretty expensive, too, even without mailorder shipping.[/nq]I have a Persian who had a diarrhea issue recently (his was 2-3 times a week, so it was a huge problem), and the Wellness and Natural Balance helped tremendously. He got better on the Wellness, so I didn't have a worsening of his problem on it, but for him, he didn't like the flavors as much as the Natural Balance. Pricey? You bet! I cringed buying it, but once his issue resolved, I started working in his favorite Fancy Feast and ProPlan flavors.

He gets the Natural Balance a few times a week, but not daily any more. I start with a visit to the vet, and he was on an antibiotic for a bit, but it didn't help. His poo issues were sudden and no fun for me, since he chose not to use the litter pan when he had them. If you look at ProPlan canned, they may have a variety your cat will eat. It's considerably less expensive than the others, and my cats love it.
Fifth, and most obvious, is no dairy.

Once in a blue moon - if I have a splash left over from cooking. None during the recent soft stool or diarrhea episodes.

Chances are, you may never determine exactly what's causing this, but you're starting at the right place with watching her diet. I remember with my cat, I thought about adding a bit of canned pumpkin to his diet. I Googled his problem, and a lot of cat owners swear by it for helping cats with soft poo issues. He got better, though, so I never tried it.

With my cat, in the end, his poop problem resolved with the change in his diet, but he kept pooping outside the litter pan, so he was left with a behavioral issue. In the end, I added not just one but TWO extra litter pans, including a larger uncovered one. Problem immediately solved. I have two more litter pans than I'd like, but no more poop surprises on the carpet.
Which brings me to another thought: Is your cat under any unusual stress lately? Something that might bring on a diarrhea attack? I've had two cats (including the Persian) who whenever they boarded at the vet would have very soft poop or diarrhea episodes. Whenever something upset their applecart, it went straight to their bowels, so to speak. Maybe something on the days she has an episode is a bit different than what she's used to - it's just something to think about.
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