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4 cats all with intermittent diarrhea...faecal test negative!

Discussion in 'Cat Health and Nutrition' started by impulce, Aug 21, 2013.


  1. havoc

    havoc PetForums VIP

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    There's no such thing as a 'faecal test'. Without the full report you have no idea what they've tested for. You are one of the lucky ones who has a great vet so presumably you are 100% sure they've run a comprehensive panel. Knowing that does make a difference to the advice given on here as we can discount all those things.
     
  2. Satori

    Satori One of Life's Winners.

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    Then, logically, wouldn't a parasitic infection seem most likely? Plain chicken going down best would make sense of course. What does the vet see as next step?
     
  3. impulce

    impulce PetForums Member

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    I will ask for a report when I next go, but in the first instance you trust the people that know more than you and presume your vet will check for everything relevant dont you? I've never had a reason not to trust them in the past, and haven't felt they were just trying to make money. I do appreciate the advice and didnt mean to come across as grumpy :)

    Their last advice was that if the bowels didnt stabilise with a probiotic, to take a faecal sample over 4 days so I will ring tomorrow to ask for this, and ask for the full report from this sample. It seems to be affecting one of my cats (the first to get it) more aggressively and intermittently than the others, though the others do all still have soft poo.
     
  4. nicolaa123

    nicolaa123 Riley

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    I would just give the chicken with out the rice for now, they don't need the rice.

    As for poo tests, I asked for a print out when mine was tested, anything that I did not understand I asked my vet to explain in normal every day language..he had a pooled sample and was tested for parasites plus other things I did not understand so asked her and she explained. I trust my vet but I'm always armed with questions even if they seem silly.

    As for the diarrhoea I feel for you I really do. It's just a nightmare! Try just the chicken and see if they firm up, then slowly slowly introduce the food again. But it would be better to have a grain free food to go back on.

    I would also get some feliway plug ins, incase this is stress affected.
     
  5. vanillatea

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    Hi,
    I just wanted to ask how things are going for you and how your lovely cats are?
    I really feel for you. We've been having similar problems with our kitten - soft stools ever since having him from the breeder (he's a ragdoll), but then he got diarrhoea over christmas. We've had a few visits to the vets, he's on his second course of Stomorgyl 2 (combined antiobiotic and anti inflammatory) and he had a comprehensive set of faecal tests. One came back positive, people don't seem to mention it much, it's a parasite called 'cryptosporidium' and although the Stomorgyl could be very effective, it's more a case of the kitten itself building up it's own immunity as it gets older.
    I know yours were ill in August, so you may not check this thread any more, but if you get this please let me know how things are going x
     
  6. havoc

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    It is commonly tested for in a properly comprehensive panel - look at the example I gave earlier in this thread. It can be pretty nasty as it can make humans very ill indeed.
     
  7. vanillatea

    vanillatea PetForums Junior

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    Yep it is part of the comprehensive test on faeces, but what I meant was it's not one of the parasites that's commonly spoken of, especially among cat owners. (TF and Guardia seem to be the main ones)

    Yes the lab results that the vet went through with me/showed me on the computer was the exact same layout as the one you had from someone else, so that could be the standard one that they all use.

    I've been reading up about cryptosporidium, and it seems that humans should fight it off the same way as adult cats (with normal immune system) do. It can make humans really ill, as the others can, if they have a compromised immune system, the main issue seems to be dehydration due to the diarrhoea, but I don't want to scare people either as the immune system should be effective against the parasites.
     
  8. vanillatea

    vanillatea PetForums Junior

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    And I can't believe that it's more likely for humans to contract cryptosporidium from other humans, or livestock, than it is from infected pets! Encouraging!
     
  9. havoc

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    Probably not among pet owners. I've seen it discussed on a specialist breeding forum because the (otherwise healthy) breeder was hospitalised and ill for months. This wasn't in the UK but even so I'd hope any responsible vet warned owners about the dangers if their cat tested +ve.
     
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