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    Laura
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    I have 4, 2-3 week old kittens, and they did perfect the first week I had them. Then, all of a sudden, they’ve developed diarrhea, and it’s not letting up. I haven’t changed the milk, they’re on Powdered KMR. I’m feeding them every Four hours, to make sure I’m not over feeding, I was scared that may have been an issue. Now, one of the kittens has started to lose his appetite, which may have been a fluke last feeding, but the rest are still eating like champs! How can I get rid of the diarrhea! It’s exhausting!

    #849113

    Kittyzee
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    http://petcha.com/pet_care/dealing-with-kitten-diarrhea/
    In kittens this age, dealing with diarrhea can be life threatening. I’m sure they aren’t using a litter box yet, so the bedding and each other is probably constantly soiled. The loss of appetite is the scary part and since you mentioned that, I think that a vet visit is in order. If he is lethargic and limp, rub some honey or karo syrup on his gums. This may perk him up long enough for you to get some food into him. Pedialyte (human grade for babies) is another tool to help replace electrolytes lost during diarrhea. These kittens could have parasites (worms and/or one celled ones like coccidia or giardia) and would need to be treated by a vet. It’s not unusual for kittens to have these parasites, but the vet has the best treatment for them as over the counter remedies aren’t predictable and are harsh. Keep us posted on how they are doing!

    #849115

    Kittyzee
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    Forgot to mention to mix the pedialyte with the formula. I’m posting some links to hand rearing sites too, they are beneficial in raising kittens!
    http://www.safehavenforcats.com/newborn.htm
    http://messybeast.com/handrear.htm

    #849228

    Laura
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    I have talked to a vet and they gave me worm meds to see if that will help clear it up. The lethargic one came out of it and seems to be doing great now. I will definitely try the pedialyte to make sure they are staying hydrated through this process. One has had blood coming out of his rectum, I informed the vet and he seems to think parasites are causing it. I’m just curious if that can be the case with blood in the stool??

    #849229

    pussigato
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    Hi Laura,

    Here’s information of blood in stool:

    Bright Red Blood in Cat Stool
    Blood in cat stool that is fresh, bright red, and relatively liquid is called hematochezia. It is usually caused by bleeding in the colon or rectum. One occurrence of hematochezia may not be a problem, but if more than one episode occurs, you should take your pet to the doctor. Repeated events of this nature can be a sign of serious health issues including cancer in older animals or parasite infestation in younger pets.

    Tarry Color Cat Blood in Stool
    If you notice cat blood in stool that is black, tarry and more or less non-fluid, this can be sign of melena, which is what happens when the digestive fluid in your cat starts to work on the blood. The unusual color and consistency of this type of blood in cat stool can indicate old blood that has been digested much higher up in your cat’s intestinal tract.

    Some of the other reasons for cat blood in stool include such things as bacterial infections, allergies, polyps in the colon or in the rectum, injury to the anal area or injury to the lower bowel, colitis and other inflammatory bowel problems, and parasite infections.

    Symptoms of Cat Blood in Stool
    In addition to seeing blood in feline stool, you may also notice some other symptoms or signs. These might include your cat straining hard when defecating or more bowel movements than usual. Your cat may also be more thirsty than usual or they may show signs of vomiting and diarrhea.

    I”m not comfortable with any kitten/cat have blood in their stool. However, please review this info and if you’re still undecided then call another vet.

    PG

    #849305

    Laura
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    The kittens have been on the wormer going on 4 days today. Nothing is really changing and there is still blood in the stool. I still have 6 days left of the dosage. But last night on of my babies stopped eating. Now he’s lethargic and still has no appitite. I called the vet and still haven’t heard back. My stress level has reached an all new high.

    #849306

    Kittyzee
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    If he is lethargic, then get the syrup or honey on his gums or on your finger into his mouth to bring his sugar levels up. When kittens this young don’t eat, then they become hypoglycemic. Once he perks up, then get some formula or goat’s milk into him even if it’s by syringe or a drop at a time. You have cause to worry, as kittens this age can perish from FKS or Fading Kitten Syndrome: when a seemingly healthy kitten suddenly goes downhill for no apparent reason. Unfortunately, the diarrhea is probably the reason, but your vet won’t answer the phone. Do these things first and if you don’t see improvement, call an emergency vet if you have one. If not make sure he is warm (place him on your skin under your shirt) or on a heating pad on low wrapped in a towel and a place to crawl off if he gets too warm. Hoping the best for you–keep us posted!

    #849307

    Kittyzee
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    If you live in the US, then you are looking at a holiday weekend, and are going to have a hard time finding a vet open. I would probably switch formula at this point, thinking that the kitten is not tolerating it well. Administering wormer to kittens this young has it’s risks, but the vet prescribed them so I guess the vet knows what’s best. 😐 I would get them on goat’s milk found in the refrigerated milk section at the grocery, or in the baking aisle in cans. The canned is condensed so add water 1 to 1. Make sure you check out the links I provided initially, they are full of help when kittens suddenly get sick.

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