Ruby offers you a hug to make up for our punctuality problems.
Ruby hugs make everything better.
Well... almost everything is better. We have identified the source of the leak in the upstairs bathroom. Although we are waiting for the repair, at least we know what NOT to do to avoid puddles downstairs. Our vacation plans are finalized and our back-up pet sitter (who is now our new primary pet sitter) has been engaged to wrangle the cats while we are gone. I can finally keep down a meal and comment on Facebook again. We're getting there.
Someone (ahem) is still having health issues. Old man Norman has lost weight and become a bit bony again. He's stinky, gassy, and having daily bouts of diarrhea (my apologies for the TMI, but it's necessary in order to get the advice I desperately need to solve this problem). We're heading back to the vet in the morning to head off the intestinal drama of a couple months ago when he was hooked up to an IV and suffered the indignities of being held down to have the tremendous bubbles of gas in his intestines permanently captured on x-ray.
He's a bit of a mess.
While not being officially diagnosed with Irritable Bowel Syndrome, Norm seems to respond better to the treatment for IBS than anything else. His appetite returns, the gas releases, and the litter box situation improves. I imagine that tomorrow we will be back on meds (more apologies to the pet sitter, but at least I'm seeking to improve her scooping experience).
My question is one of diet. Do any of you have experience with special diets for gassy kitties? Is there a certain type of food that I should be looking to use (or looking to avoid)? I'm learning that turkey (or at least the turkey filet cut in the canned food) produces exceptionally explosive results, of the negative variety. He does better with liver or chicken, but it's still not ideal. I could also use some help identifying food which can help him gain and maintain an ideal weight.
I believe that we have previously established that Norman will eat anything. So my problem isn't going to be picky eating. I am willing to make all sorts of radical changes to help Norm feel better. However, one thing that we need to have as part of the diet is dry kibble. I'm not "stuck" on it as a dietary staple, but it's turning into a psychological thing for Norman.
You see... He spent so much time scavenging on the street to provide his own meals that he's constantly worried about where his next meal is coming from (even after 14 months in a residence where he has never missed a meal). We have learned that he is calmer and easier to manage food-wise if there is always a bowl of cat kibble full and available to him. He's not so worried about stealing his next meal off my plate because he knows there is food that he can access.
So, while the type and brand of dry kibble is negotiable, it's presence isn't.
Any help and advice you can offer would be greatly appreciated. I'll keep you updated after our vet visit tomorrow.