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post #1 of 5 (permalink) Old 07-09-2005, 03:40 PM Thread Starter
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Help with my Kitten

I have a 10 week old Kitten, just before vaccination (8 weeks) he started to have runny stools, Vet would not vaccinate and gave us Pro_kolin to take which made him worse (I think!) and runny stools turned to dirohea, anti-botics were given and informed to feed him boiled chicken and rice, since then I have tried to introduce small amount of kitten food but he has returned to runny stools again.. The vet run tests on a sample of faceas which turned out to be fine..

Any suggestions would be welcome... I have noticed that he does bolt his food down, then goes hyper for 15 mins.. could this be the problem.. also saw him have hiccups the other day.

I just want him to be happy
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post #2 of 5 (permalink) Old 07-09-2005, 04:27 PM
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Yeah, I think you've discovered it. Sometimes cats who eat too fast have G-I upset. You can slow down the eating by putting something in the food bowl that needs to be nudged out of the way to get at the food. Ping-pong balls, golf balls, smooth clean rocks. And sometimes elevating the dish a couple inches off the floor is required, too. So the food can go "down" to the stomach instead of having to travel "up".
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post #3 of 5 (permalink) Old 07-09-2005, 09:08 PM
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My kitten also had unexplained runny stool and the vet finally treated for geardea (no idea how it's spelled!) He had already had a couple of fecal exams but it usually does't show up. There's another one that often doesn't show on the test but I'm not sure which, coccidia perhaps? Anyway the geardea meds cleared him up. You may want to ask your vet.

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post #4 of 5 (permalink) Old 07-09-2005, 09:16 PM
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Giardia. Yeah, good point. Just because the fecal exam was negative doesn't mean there might not be something else going on in there. That needs to be ruled out before you fool around with food bowls and diet.
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post #5 of 5 (permalink) Old 07-10-2005, 06:46 PM
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there's a snap test we use at work for giardia. I know we use it for dogs, not sure if its the same for cats. Of course, I'm the queen of giardia it seems like if we have a pet who comes in with giardia, I'm the one to find it on the microscope...

coccidia usually shows up. Its possible the eggs aren't being shed at that particular time, but I would think if it were causing a problem it'd show up. My two foster kittens were the healthiest kittens I've ever seen. One had runny eyes when she came in but after the day or so of meds they cleared up and didn't hear so much as a sneeze out of them. They came in for their shots the other day and had coccidia It only showed up on one of the fecal exams though... but we're treating them both to be safe.

Anyway - good luck finding the cause of the problem and treating it quickly!


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