Friday, we took Castiel to the vet. He has been having some loose stools marked with blood. This has been going on for about a week to two weeks. Initially, I switched to a better quality, sensitive stomach food. Still, his digestional upset presisted.
Dr. M looked him over. I held my breath for bad news. After Morpheus exhibiting similar symptoms a few months before he became severely ill, I worried until the vet eased my mind. Castiel immediately was put on a diet. The sensitive stomach food that I started him on was fine. But he needed to drop three pounds.
Castiel weighed in at 18lbs. “And he wears it well,” said Dr. M.
Honestly, I thought he weighed upward toward 20-25lbs. Still, his weight issue is something I need to tackle now, while he’s young. I really don’t want to see him become diabetic in a few years.
Dr. M suspects that Prometheus gave Castiel giardia in November. She said that sometimes it doesn’t display symptoms right away. The fecal flotations in November tested negative after Prometheus finished his meds. That included a selection from our non-quarentined cats.
So, I’ve been following Castiel to the litter box nonstop for the past few days trying to get a stool sample. He always manages to poop when I’m not around. And with litter boxes shared by seven cats… Well, lets just its hard to differentiate between shape and size according to each cat. By now his stool is probably normal looking, since he’s been on meds for a few days.
Wish Cas luck. If his diet doesn’t work, he’s gotta go on prescription diet food! We’re aiming for 15lbs right now, but Dr. M would feel comfortable if he were 13-14lbs.