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Urgent re-assurance needed

Discussion in 'Cat Health and Nutrition' started by firstprincess, Sep 7, 2012.


  1. firstprincess

    firstprincess PetForums Member

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    OUR KITTEN HAS HAD DIARHOEA SINCE WE GOT HER (SHE WAS HAND REARED AS MUM ABANDONED KITTENS). THEY'VE BEEN BACK AND FORWARD TO VETS AND A FAECAL SAMPLE SENT AWAY LAST WEEK - KITTEN FINE IN THEM SELVES ETC.

    I JUST LISTENED TO A MESSAGE ON THE ANSWERPHONE AND ITS THE VET TELLING ME THEY HAVE CLOSTRIDIUM AND HE MENTIONS ENTERITIS. THIS IS ISNT FELINE ENTERITIS IS IT? YOU WOULDNT FIND THAT ON A POO SAMPLE?

    WHAT THE HELL DOES THIS ALL MEAN? IM SO WORRIED! :eek::(

    IVE TRIED CALLING BACK BUT THE VET WONT BE FREE UNTIL THIS EVENING!!! :(
     
  2. spid

    spid PetForums VIP

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    sorry I haven't got a clue - but will go and have a google.

    Hopefully it won't be anything horrid. CHin up.
     
  3. MontyMaude

    MontyMaude PetForums VIP

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    Enteritis is just a generic term used to describe an irritated intestine isn't it. I would say stop panicking and stop googling and just wait until you speak to the Vet, diarrhoea is extremely common in kittens and could be due to a huge variety of thing most of which are very easily treated.
     
  4. havoc

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    Feline enteritis would show up. However, 'enteritis' means inflammation of the intestine which can be the result of many conditions and could be as a result of the clostridium. Feline enteritis is panleukopenia which is a specific disease.
     
  5. firstprincess

    firstprincess PetForums Member

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    Thank you. I feel so sick with worry. my cats are my babies x
     
  6. chillminx

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    Please don't panic!:) As havoc says, "enteritis" in this instance means an inflammation of the gut/bowel and is, as the vet has said, due to Clostridium Difficile.

    C.Diff is usually acquired by some individuals (humans or other mammals) following a course, or several courses, of antibiotics. Has your kitten been given antibiotics since you got him?

    Actual treatment is not always necessary, as the bowel in time, on a good diet can put itself back in balance. Only severe cases need treatment, and that would be (I am afraid) more antibiotics!

    See what the vet advises when you speak to him, but I would certainly give some serious thought to reviewing your kitten's diet anyway.
     
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    i expect the vet will put the kitten on synulox antibiotics and pro-kaolin to settle the stomach.
     
  8. havoc

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    There are many different strains of Clostridium. It's most unlikely to be C. Difficile.
     
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    OK, thanks :)
     
  10. havoc

    havoc PetForums VIP

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    What the lab report is very likely to say is that there's a +ve result for Clostridium and then it will say something like 'can occur naturally'. This bit the vet won't bother to pass on :)
     
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