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post #1 of 7 (permalink) Old 08-31-2019, 09:16 PM Thread Starter
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Question kitten has diarrhea

I'm fostering a kitten who's had diarrhea since last night. I cut out the KMR and goat milk right away. Is there anything else I can do that might help? He also has lost his appetite; takes a bite or two of wet food then wanders off. He's never eaten a single bite of kibble in the week or so that I've had him.

Otherwise he doesn't seem sick, so it doesn't seem like a medical emergency. I just don't want him to get dehydrated. He's not been a big water drinker. (I've had kittens who were.)

He's had one episode of low blood sugar, the day after I got him . . . scary! Need to avoid that, too.

Any suggestions?
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post #2 of 7 (permalink) Old 09-03-2019, 09:38 PM
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If he were my kitten with those symptoms, I would have him checked out by a vet ASAP. Kittens that are not eating well and have diarrhea can go downhill fast. He may have parasites.

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Thanks, catloverami. I'd planned to call the vet but Oden was better when I checked on him this morning. He ate well today and is back to his usual bouncy self. Spoke to the shelter about it and they were concerned about coccidiosis, so I will be keeping a close eye on him . . . which I am doing anyhow!
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post #4 of 7 (permalink) Old 09-04-2019, 05:30 PM
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It would be a good idea to drop a stool sample off to the vets to check for parasites and infection. Lots of things besides parasites can give kitties diarrhea. Dairy products for one as most cats are lactose intolerant. My cats love milk and I will treat them with a dollop of half and half in their bowls sometimes in the morning after breakfast. Mouse will clamor for more but she is extremely lactose intolerant and if she gets more than a quarter size of half and half she gets very, very gassy.

New foods can cause diarrhea as can very fatty foods. Even though cats can tolerate more fat in their diet than we can, they can still overdo it. Table scraps can cause temporary issues like diarrhea as well.

Food poisoning is another culprit of diarrhea in cats (and humans). There has been pet food recalls in the past due to salmonella contamination. Most food poisoning is limiting and clears up on its own.

Viral infections. There are intestinal viruses that infect cats and dogs that cause the same intestinal distress that the Norovirus causes us.

Food intolerances, food poisoning and viral infections usually are self-limiting and tend to clear up by themselves (assuming that the intolerant food is not given again and the source of food poisoning has been identified and removed).

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Thank you, Libby.

Do you know if KMR contains any dairy product? Oden won't eat it at all, even mixed in with his wet food, which is why I was giving him goat milk. I know cow's milk isn't good for cats or kittens, but had been told that goat milk was okay as a replacement for mother's milk.
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post #6 of 7 (permalink) Old 09-05-2019, 05:09 PM
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Yeah, here are the ingredients for KMR. You can try goats milk. It's often recommended for cats as they seem to tolerate it better.

Ingredients
Water, Condensed Skimmed Milk, Milk Protein Concentrate, Soybean Oil, Cream, Egg Yolks, Disodium Phosphate, Choline Chloride, L-Arginine, Soy Lecithin, Potassium Chloride, Zinc Sulfate, Magnesium Sulfate, Vitamin A Palmitate, Vitamin E Supplement, Carrageenan, Manganese Sulfate, Taurine, Calcium Phosphate, Ferrous Sulfate, Ascorbic Acid, Niacinamide,Coppersulfate, Calcium Pantothenate, Maltodextrins, Vitamin D Supplement, Potassium Citrate, Thiamine Mononitrate, Pyridoxine Hydrochloride, Riboflavin, Potassium Iodide, Vitamin B12 Supplement, Folic Acid, Menadione Sodium Bisulfite Complex, Biotin.

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Crude protein (min.) 7.5%, crude fat (min.) 4.5%, crude fiber (max.) 0%, moisture (max.) 82%. The calorie content (ME) is 0.83 kcal/ml (calculated).

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Thank you, again, Libby.
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