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Q. My cat has had liquid stools for about 1 year. Her appetite is good, she is not losing weight, her stools smell bad.

A. That's really surprising that she's had diarrhea for a year and hasn't lost weight. Have you taken her to the vet for an assessment? I'm assuming she's been dewormed, but if not I'd start there. I would be looking for things like food allergies and inflammatory bowel disease for starters. We don't always see abnormalities on first line tests like blood work and x-rays, so sometimes diagnosis can be challenging. Many times we start by trying a hypoallergenic diet to rule out allergies. Sometimes we'll try a high fiber diet, because there does seem to be a type of chronic feline diarrhea that responds to additional fiber in the diet. This could be tough to figure out but hang in there because clearly there's something wrong.

Answered By
DR. CHRISTIE LONG, D.V.M., C.V.A.

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