Chronic Diarhhea

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    Laurie Jones
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    Our kitten is 6 months old. He’s had diarhhea since we got him from the shelter. We took him to the vet, even though he was negative for coccidia they went ahead and treated him for it, since he had it while at the shelter. They gave him sulfer drugs and metranozole(I think that’s the spelling) he’s been on both meds for 10 Days and he’s no better. He eats authority kitten food by petsmart. He gaining weight and thriving. He’s playful active and happy. But, we’re so worried about this chronic diarhhea. He’s never had a normal stool. Can someone please advice

    #865445

    pussigato
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    Sorry for the delay in responding Laurie. There are two internal parasites common in pets-coccidia and Giardia.

    Giardia is usually treated with an antibiotic such as metronidazole combined with an antiparasitic drug such as fenbendazole. The treatment usually lasts between five to seven days. Always take your pet to the vet the minute you suspect an infection.

    Has he been tested specifically for Giardia? They may have so ask first. He may have an allergy to his food. You may try a different food specifically for allergies. Plain pumpkin is a good fiber and most cats like it. TDKland, we recommend Goats’ milk for kittens. Cats are lactose intolerant and can’t digest cows milk. Goats’ milk is full of nutrients, probiotics and gentler on their tummies. This can also regulate the poop. You can find it in the dairy section or the concentrate in the baking aisle. Mix the concentrate 1:1 with water or pedylite.

    I know you’re confused and scared but he’s still active and that’s an excellent sign.

    Let’s us know how you and your boy are doing.

    PG

    #865453

    Kittyzee
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    http://petcha.com/pet_care/dealing-with-kitten-diarrhea/

    I posted a link for you for more information. If you are giving your kitten cow’s milk, then that could be a cause for the diarrhea. Some cats can tolerate it, others cannot. The alternative to it would be goat’s milk or KMR (kitten milk replacer). I know your kitten is 6 months old, but sometimes they like a treat like this especially given that he has diarrhea and it can help replace some fluids. The vet probably gave him a deworming med along with something to kill other parasites.

    Keep consulting with your vet, or if you aren’t happy, find another one. Please keep us posted on your kitten!

    #865467

    pussigato
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    Hi Laura,

    Is there any improvement with your guy?

    #865469

    Laurie Jones
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    Thanks for checking on him!! His diarrhea definitely isn’t any better. I haven’t fed him to. I read the article shared with me last night. I was going to try turkey and pumpkin for a few days and see if that helps.

    If the stool gets better on a fat free diet of pumpkin and chicken or turkey, does that mean he has food allergies?

    If it doesn’t get better, what does that mean?

    I appreciate you guys helping with this. You all are great!!!

    #865475

    pussigato
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    He could have allergies but, as with humans, what it is can be hard to find.

    Hopefully with fiber from the pumpkin he’ll do better. Let’s go with that and see if the diarrhea goes away.

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