Manx Cats with Diarrhea, Digestive Problems

The Natural Diet for Manx and Other Cats with Bowel Problems: Diarrhea, "Poopy Butt", Leaking Poop, Liquid Stools, Loose Stools, Mushy Stools, Flatulence

Cats in general and Manx cats in particular have been part of our family for several generations. These notes are the result of many years of experience caring for cats, enjoying their heart-warming company and sharing good and not so good times in our pets’ lives. 

Manx cats are amazing pets - friendly, intelligent, funny, but unfortunately many of them, especially at a young age, tend to suffer from soft, liquid, smelly stool or even diarrhea, often accompanied by flatulence and vomiting, all of which have repeatedly been linked to commercial canned food and most brands of dry food. Some Manx cats and kittens reportedly have to use their litter box up to five times a day after they had some commercial food whether it’s dry or wet. Some Manx cats don’t even have time to run to the litter box because they can’t control where they poop, while they go to pee in the box just fine. This problem can seriously affect Manx kittens’ weight and growth rate. Some cruel owners choose to keep their Manx cats and even kittens outside when they are not able to produce hard stools, exposing them to cold weather and a risk of predators.

Before you try this natural rice and protein diet, please ensure that your cat has no underlying medical conditions, so arranging a visit to the vet is highly recommended.

Another preliminary step would be switching to a different (premium, grain-free) dry food. Sometimes just changing the diet can resolve the digestive problem 
(diarrhea, flatulence) in cats an dogs. 

If your vet has determined that your cat has no serious medical issues and changing dry food has not eliminated the problem, then the following protein-based diet (salmon, chicken or turkey) might be a good solution. Take away all dry food in the house and offer your cat this home-cooked meal. 

The following natural diet has helped a number of Manx cats of various ages and health levels to overcome their digestive problems resulting in soft stools and diarrhea. This simple, healthy, nutritious, protein-based, home-cooked diet has been proven effective to produce regular, normal, solid stool in the box within 5 to 10 days, if you carefully follow the instructions below. In essence, you need to feed your Manx (or a cat of any other breed suffering from loose stools / diarrhea) a mix of cooked, mashed salmon with small amounts of white rice, cooked separately. The recipe for 1 meal is as follows:

- 1 Tsp. of cooked, mashed salmon (wild pink salmon works best)
- 1/3 Tsp of well-cooked, soft white rice, finely chopped or mashed with a fork
- a bit of broth to ensure a smooth pâté consistency

Stir the mix well and serve. Adding a little bit of rice water should help to stop diarrhea faster. Make sure the meal is served at room temperature, never hot or cold from the fridge - always check the food temperature with your fingertip if you choose to reheat the meal in the microwave!

How to Cook Salmon for Your Cat: Detailed Instructions for Daily Use
Once a day, take a small pot with a lid. Then take a piece of salmon steak (the size roughly enough to last a cat for 24 hrs) and rinse it thoroughly under cold running water. Put it into the pot, fill it with cold water enough to cover the fish and about 1 inch (3 cm) more above it. Put it on the stove and bring the water to a boil at medium heat. Once the water starts boiling, add 3 pinches of sea salt. Turn the heat to low and cover the pot with the lid. In about 3-5 minutes, lift the lid and check if the water is simmering as it should be. Remember the time when it starts simmering as it takes 40-45 minutes to cook the fish. Then turn off the gas - the salmon should be ready. If you can’t find salmon, which is ideal, try cooking chicken or turkey and see which your cat chooses – most cats prefer salmon rather than meat. NEVER ADD SPICES OR ONIONS to the broth, they are dangerous for animals. There should be nothing but fish/meat, water and a bit of salt in your pot.

Once the salmon cools down, take a piece large enough for one meal and either chop it finely with a knife on a clean cutting board or simply mash it with your fingers right inside your cat’s bowl (make sure you have washed your hands really well as cats are sensitive to smells) to achieve a consistency of pâté – soft and juicy enough for the cat to lick. For that you would need to add a bit of fish broth.

How to Cook Rice: Detailed Instructions
You can cook rice in advance - the cooked rice can be kept in the fridge for up to 3 days in an airtight glass container. You would need to add very little of it to each cat meal, so you can cook most of it for yourself and leave some for your cat. We used Basmati organic white rice to cure our Manx’s bowel problems. For 1 cup of rice you will need 1 ½ cups of water. Rinse the rice under cold running water several times. Once the water starts boiling (with a bit of sea salt thrown in), add the rice and keep stirring it, so it doesn’t stick to the bottom of the pot. Once the water is boiling really hard, turn the heat to low to simmer and cover the pot with the lid. White rice usually takes about 15 to 20 minutes to cook. Cook until there are small dimples on top of the rice. You can tell it’s done cooking if all the water is absorbed. Taste a few grains to make sure that they are soft and chewy. Be sure to mash or chop them really well before adding them to the salmon meal.

More Tips:
- Keep your cat on this salmon-and-rice diet for 5-10 days, or until you see an improvement in his (her) stools. Eliminate all other sources of cat or dog food around the house. No wet food, no dry food, just freshly cooked salmon and rice. Make sure your cat isn’t hungry, so feed him (her) small portions frequently during the day. That’s all your cat should be allowed to eat during this period. Every time he (she) comes to you asking for some food, make him (her) a fresh salmon-and-rice meal.
- Remember to remove bones from the fish before serving the meal to your cat. There are fewer bones 
near the tail.
- All food should be served to cats at room temperature, never hot or directly from the fridge.
- Cooked salmon can be safely kept in the broth in the refrigerator up to 24 hours. Do not feed your cat old fish, it’s not safe. He (She) may vomit, at best.
- Most cats of any breed enjoy drinking some fresh, low-fat, non-concentrated broth, so you could offer it in a separate bowl.
- If salmon is not available, try cooking turkey or chicken breasts, but meat requires longer cooking time - 60-90 minutes. Be sure it’s always thoroughly cooked. Always remove all fat from the broth before preparing a meal for your cat.
- You should start brushing your Manx’s teeth once a day to prevent tartar buildup and bad breath. It’s a small price to pay for your cat’s normal life – and yours.

What’s Next?
Once the stool becomes regular, nice and solid, you can reduce the amount of rice added to each meal. Eventually, your cat may no longer need the rice but it’s hard to say when you can do away with it – in each case, it’s different. For some cats, it may take up to ten days for their bowels to get completely stabilized, for others – 2-3 weeks, so you need to be very patient and understanding and do your utmost to help your furry friend overcome this problem. But remember: cats love fish, so from now on, your four-legged buddy will be addicted and expecting his (her) salmon meal at least once a day, even after he (she) can eat dry food again! In fact, the salmon meal is sure to become the most important event of his (her) entire day!

Dealing with Diarrhea, “Poopy Butt”, Soft Stool in Manx Cats
- Be patient. Very patient and loving. Your cat is suffering, it’s not his (her) fault, but it’s in your power to help him (her). With our adopted Manx (who had been eating low-grade commercial dry food for months before coming to our family), his diarrhea in combination with awful flatulence and vomiting initially continued even after we had put him on this rice-and-salmon diet. Then a miracle happened: after 5 days he stopped leaking liquid poop – it became solid! The bowels had been cleaned of the old food and new, natural, solid stools began to form. But for your Manx, things might get better faster: a long-suffering Manx cat in Pittsburgh was able to get solid stool in just two to three days (see his owner's testimonial here).

- When a Manx cat is cleaning himself after defecating every time, he also causes bleeding in the anal area due to his rough tongue. Responsible owners should immediately wipe his rear with a moist paper towel. 

- If the poop is still soft after a few days, your Manx may not be eating enough food to form regular size stools. Try feeding your cat more frequently and adding a bit more rice. Feed him (her) small, freshly mixed portions of salmon and rice and monitor the stools.

- The cooked white rice is the key. You will need to adjust the amount of rice added to salmon meals depending on how soft the stool is – the softer it is, the more rice should be added. Once the stool becomes solid and well-formed, reduce the amount of rice but continue to monitor.

- If you add too much rice, your cat will get constipation. In that case, stop adding the rice and just try feeding him (her) pure salmon. Monitor what happens next and act accordingly.

- Fresh water should always be available to your cat. Water should be changed at least 3 times a day (morning, midday, evening) - cats love drinking clean, fresh water.  

- After a few days of improvements, it is possible that you may see a setback, even full blown diarrhea. Don’t be disappointed. Just stay on the same course - within a day or two things should get better.    

- However, if after 2-3 weeks this diet fails to produce solid, well-formed, normal stools (once to twice a day), you should definitely take your cat to the vet for testing to see if your cat might have a bowel infection, some gastrointestinal disease preventing him (her) from normal food digestion, or maybe even diabetes.

Will I Be Able to Feed My Manx Dry Food?
Yes. As soon as his stool is nice and solid and well-formed for at least a week. Start with feeding him (her) very small quantities of premium dry food (1 tsp for starters). Stay away from low-grade, cheap commercial foods that make cats fat or eventually sick. You may think you are saving some money now, but if your cat develops diabetes or some other disease, treatment will be cost you so much more in the long run. A high-quality dry food with the right balance of ingredients is the best choice. Check online reviews and read the ingredients on the label to ensure your cat gets real protein from meat and fish. Stay away from corn and animal by-products. And again, always read product feedback online posted by other cat owners.

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