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    BabyLuke
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    Hey everyone,

    I’ve got a question I just can’t seem to find the answer to myself and I was hoping one of the more knowledgeable members might be able to help me out 🙂

    So after losing our Luke, we adopted a pair of kittens (Bo & Tony) who are the moooost adorable sweety pies ever. Unfortunately, as soon as we got home we noticed Tony had a bit of diarrhea. At first we thought it was the stress. We doubt very much that he got infected we something Luke may or may not have had (the vet’s pretty sure he simply died of overall weakness from being out on the streets too long, having lost an eye, flees, being underfed, etc.), since it started right away and I suppose there’s some kind of incubation period? Anyway …

    Tony’s been hospitalized now for two days as his diarrhea unfortunately got worse (felt more like he was constipated, as very little came out, he strained quite a bit to do it, once pooped on the carpet – poor thing – and, also, the diarrhea was a bit yellow-ish, although that’s just a side info, not a proof of being constipated :)). The night before, Bo had relatively normal poop. So I took both of them to the vet with a couple of stool samples. They gave us some medicine (felidiarix) to administer once daily & asked to bring them back in if the situation got worse. For Tony it did, so that night we brought him back in. She started having diarrhea again too, although not straining like he did, no yellowish color, just normal brown & loose (not watery, more .. idk .. pudding? sorry for the gory details lol), sometimes a bit of mucus. I found the mucus usually indicates something’s up with the large intestines. I passed the info onto the vet & he confirmed this.

    But, but, but … she’s still having diarrhea now (so 2 days later), still the same consistency and everything, but she plays a lot, she eats extremely well, she’s just like a normal kitten really except for the diarrhea. I suspect she may have whatever he has, but I find it weird that while he got quite lethargic & seemed to be in pain, she’s not like that at all. She’s really quite normal, except for the poop. I tried starting her on another kind of food (the vet gave us RC sensitivity, but it’s for adult cats & I feel she was still always hungry & needed some kitten food). So I give her a spoonful of the RC, mixed with a grain-free wet food that’s primarily made up of meat & supposedly has probiotics in it (or probiotic qualities??? I don’t know)…

    I don’t know, does anyone have an idea why she still has loose stools? Could it simply be the stress from going to the vet (it stresses her out a lot to sit in the car), and from not understanding where her brother disappeared to? Or do you think it’s really worrying? And if it is, why is she otherwise doing so well? She’s gaining weight as far as I can tell, she’s not lethargic, not in pain either….

    I’m lost 🙁

    I hope the stool sample results come back quickly because it’s driving me nuts … and I just want to help them and keep these two alive. And I’m so worried about him being all alone there, not knowing what’s going on .. Ah sorry for rambling.

    Please help me 🙁

    #853678

    BabyLuke
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    Ah also: they’ve both been dewormed when we got them (on Saturday) and once before as well I think. They used procox that time (which is against coccidia and some other parasite) and a “normal”, generic dewormer the first time. In case that helps… 🙂

    #853679

    BabyLuke
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    Ok so another update (I’m really sorry for keeping on posting here, I’m just so lost .. :'( ). The samples came back negative for parasites, coccidia, giardia & worms (he said they tested for quite a lot of things). One result is still pending. I asked him about the reliability of the test & apparently they really tested everything, not just parts of it & they do all the tests twice (don’t ask me how, I didn’t fully get it). He said the tests are actually very reliable because of the way this lab does them (let’s assume that’s true) and that Tony has to stay there. If the last test is still negative, they will continue to search for other reasons, and would therefore prefer to keep Tony until they know more so they can continue to observe him. He said that since she’s very active & eating really well, I shouldn’t really worry too much as this is a very good sign. Tony too seems to be eating okayish where he is, although not really independently yet … I really wish I knew what the hell was going on -.-

    #853684

    Kittyzee
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    Hi BL, don’t apologize for posting, we know you are stressed and worried. I was going to suggest that Tony be tested for coccidia and giardia, which are one celled parasites that are treated with a different medicine than regular worms (roundworms, hookworms, tapeworms). But your vet already has that covered. My next suggestion would be to give Tony goat’s milk, because it’s full of probiotics for the gut and an immune system booster. But since she’s at the vet, you can’t do that now. I don’t know what to recommend, as I’m not a vet and they have tested for everything that I would be concerned about. Keep us posted on what they figure out the problem is, as it could help someone else out in the future!

    Dealing With Kitten Diarrhea

    #853773

    BabyLuke
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    Hey Kittizee, thanks for the link! I haven’t tried goatmilk yet but mostly cause I’m a little worried they might not be used to any milk anymore and that it could make the diarrhea worse. I know it probably won’t but I’ve reached paranoia land with this stuff ha 🙂 Bo’s doing much, much better though, with mostly solid poop (except for once or twice), so that’s actually a good thing. But now I have to put cooked chicken in all her food or she wont eat it.. cats 😉

    Her brother Tony’s still not back home though :'( I really hate that he’s been there for so long. Apparently he still doesn’t eat independently and the doctor couldn’t find anything wrong with him. They’re now close to 12 weeks I think … I wonder why he has such a hard time coming around. Can you think of anything else the vet could test aside from parasites etc.? I’m just wondering if there’s something else I can ask him about … hope he’ll be back home soon.

    #853776

    Kittyzee
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    Hey BL, have your vet check him for FPV. Don’t be afraid of the goat’s milk, even though is has a little lactose, it’s not like cow’s milk that causes diarrhea. It’s because it has so many probiotic bacteria in it that it’s actually good for their gut. Yes, cat’s can be so finicky, they can drive you nuts with food if you let them. 😉
    Hey, keep us posted on Tony, I am so curious as to what’s going on!

    #853806

    BabyLuke
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    Hey there 🙂 Thanks for the info, I’ll remember it! Still no idea what’s up .. they said they tested for pretty much everything that could matter, no idea if that’s true … Tony’s doing better, but he’s still there :'( I saw him today and he was very happy to see me and is finally eating on his own again so that’s good .. but now Bo’s at the vet’s too as she’s gotten a fever. I’m really at my wit’s end and so, so sad :'( I hope I can take both of them home soon …

    #853808

    Kittyzee
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    Wow, how disheartening. Have they given them a nasal swab for feline herpes? I hope you can bring them both home too. It almost sounds like a virus, which just has to run it’s course. Keep us posted!

    #853809

    BabyLuke
    Participant

    Hmm when you say it sounds like a virus, do you mean something like a cold/flu, as in, something very treatable? He was so skinny when I got there, it broke my heart a little. Fortunately, their purring has a way of cheering me up every time, but I wish there was more I could do …

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