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post #1 of 18 (permalink) Old 10-05-2008, 04:22 PM Thread Starter
 
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Bloody Stool?

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Alright, I did not want to make another thread about this same issue but here it goes.

I took Eva to the vet and the doctor said everything looked fine with her. Brought in a stool sample, no parasites found. Her temperature was normal, no inflamed bowels, etc. The vet said it was probably just the stress from traveling, new home, adjusting etc.

Well, about two weeks ago I cam home to find more bloody poop on the welcome mat(which subsequently had to be thrown away). Over the week I found a couple of such droppings in quite a few places. Not knowing which kitten was doing this I decided to make appointments for them both.

We went to the vet and when the doctor was taking Aiden's temperature the thermometer came out with some blood. So, they decided Aiden must be the culprit this time. However, in every other way(temp, stomach size, stool sample etc) he was normal. Eva came out fine too.

The doctor tried to tell me that I should get Aiden a colonoscopy to figure out what is wrong. She tried to insinuate that Aiden probably had some kind of genetic bowel disorder. I told her that Eva has had the same problems and that it just did not make sense to me. So, she gave me some deworming meds just in case and some stomach infection meds to take home with me.

She gave me a weeks worth of supplies and the liter box seemed to be getting much better. Less smelly, runny poop. However, near the end of the med treatments Aiden refused to take the medications. I would pop the liquid into his mouth via a dropper and he would just spit it right back out. So, he really only got abotu 4 days of full meds. Eva was good though and took all hers.

Now, I called the vet and asked if I could get more meds, possibly in pill format since Aiden is just spitting it out. She tried to tell me that she did not think it would help and that Aiden really needs to have a colonoscopy.

I just do not get it though. Before I got Eva, Aiden's stool was always well formed, round logs. Eva has never had such formed stool. It has always been runny. The week after Eva came, Aiden developed an intestinal infection so bad he would not eat, drink, and hid from everyone. We treated him with meds and he got better. He is still acting normal, he just has runny stool, with occasional blood in it. And Eva is having the same stool issues.

So, how does this point to a genetic bowel disorder? Eva and Aiden came from different breeders and thus differnet parent cats. It just seems like everything correlates too well for this to be the case. Did they both end up with the same genetic disorders? They are only 6 months and 11 months old. It would not flair up that quickly would it?

I am just wondering if any of you guys have any other ideas of what this may be or if you think my vet is right. Let me know what you think!

Oh, and also lately the blood in the stool has had little white specks in it. Anyone know what that is? Thanks in advanced.

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Hey Everyone!

I am having a little bit of a dilemma here. Now, I know that no one here can diagnose or treat my cat over the internet, but I figured I would ask for your opinions.

A month ago I got my new kitten Eva. About two weeks later, Aiden, my other kitten started acting very sluggish. He did not want to be around me, was hiding constantly, not eating, drinking, etc. I took him to the doctors and after a whole bunch of X-Rays and Blood tests we came to the conclusion that he had an intestinal infection. So after some re-hydrating IV treatments and medications we got Aiden back up and feeling great again.

When this happened, the doctor told me that Eva, the new kitten, was most likely carrying some sort of infection and Aiden just picked it up. I told her she had not symptoms and was out, causing havoc around the house. She said that she did not need to be and could still be carrying it.

SO.... I guess you are wondering what my issue is? Well, today I took Eva over to meet grandma. She did not poop in the litter box like usual and decided grandmas bathmat looked better instead. The problem is when I was cleaning it up I noticed there was blood in her stool. Now, Aiden also had this symptom with his infection. I am wondering if I need to go get her some sort of treatment too? Though she is not acting sick at all. She is running around, eating fine, and causing all kind of mischief. Is it best that I just monitor her stool to make sure it doesn't keep on occurring, or should I still take her to the vet? I guess this sounds greedy, but Aiden's pet bill was over $700 and I do not really have that kind of money to spend again just to find out it is nothing serious.

I would really appreciate any opinions you could give me. Thanks in advance
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Re: Bloody Stool?

Was it bright red blood or older dark blood? Bright red would indicate some sort of irritation in her lower intestinal tract. It could just be a little stress colitis because you brought her to a new, unfamiliar place. It could also be due to parasites. If it's darker blood, that indicates more serious issues further back in the tract. It's worthy of a vet visit, no matter which because blood in the stool just isn't normal, but I'd be more concerned with darker blood over the brighter.


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Re: Bloody Stool?

Fresh blood in the stool can occur from a number of different causes. Some more common possibilities are stress, bowel irritation from a dietary change, or parasites. Ask your vet about treating both kittens for giardia and coccidia (parasites not typically seen in stool samples). Both of those parasites can cause bloody stools, and they're both usually treated based on symptoms rather than definitive diagnosis.

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Was it bright red blood or older dark blood?
It was bright blood.


Also, we just got back home. She decided to poop in the corner of my bedroom instead of in the litter box. A little bright red blood, but only a few drops. Im just wondering why she would poop on the floor at home. We have never had an accident at home before.
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Probably because she is feeling uncomfortable and associates the feeling with the litterbox. The need to go may also be coming on her very quickly and she doesn't have time to get there. She really needs a vet visit.....


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I probably will take her just in case. However, she just went back to the litter box. Im wondering if she was holding it on the car ride home and just went for it when I let her out?
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Please read my update to the original post and respond. Id really appreciate it. THANKYOU!
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White specks could be mucous or parasite larvae? Possible un-digested food?

How about a different vet for a second opinion? I don't like that the vet is pushing for a c'oscopy. All that will do is show the vet what the colon looks like. It won't treat it and there is a possibility (if the colon is not the problem) that you won't even get a diagnosis. ...and if it is a genetic something or other? ...I don't think meds will be able to treat something like that.

If Aiden was fine and then you introduced Eva, who had runny poops and then Aiden developed similar stools....it stands to reason that Eva has brought something with her and now they both are suffering from whatever it is.
Has your vet ruled out giardia? There is another similar bacteria that causes runny stools, but I can't remember the name, also a tri-something-something that does the same thing, too. The last one is very hard to detect.



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The other bacteria Heidi mentioned is Tritrichomonas Foetus and it's what I was thinking when I was reading the update.

Here's a website with a lot of good info on TF:

http://www.tffelines.com/index.html

This is one of the links from the site above that you should read:

http://www.cvm.ncsu.edu/docs/documents/ ... 042808.pdf

I would certainly test for this before a colonoscopy. I think you're right on track with the idea that this isn't genetic. The first member we had here with TF cats dealt with it for a year. Had the same situation you did...added a second cat and they both ended with with diarrhea issues. The vet was trying to treat them for IBD, which made no sense...2 cats don't come down with IBD at the same time.

Have you talked to Eva's breeder? They may not admit it, but it might be worth asking if they're having any diarrhea issues. If they have it in their cattery, it tends to spread and is difficult to get rid of.


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Re: Bloody Stool?

I know I mentioned these before, but there are two parasites, coccidia and giardia, that are generally NOT identified in stool samples. They can both cause bloody stools. Since testing for these parasites is unreliable, vets normally treat them based on symptoms. Each of these parasites requires a different treatment, and the treatments cannot be given at the same time. If your kittens have been treated for one or both of these parasites, and if one of your kittens didn't complete the treatment, the kitten with the incomplete treatment could easily reinfect the other kitten, starting the whole cycle over again.

If I were in your situation, I'd tell my vet that I want to start from scratch, treating both kittens for both coccidia and giardia. Only AFTER both treatments were complete would I even consider the possibility of putting one of the kittens through a colonoscopy, and even then I'd have to be convinced that it was an absolute last resort diagnostic procedure.

You seem unsure of what, exactly, your vet has been treating. You really need to find that out so that you'll know what possibilities are still on the table.

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