coccidia from cats and new chicks

Discussion in 'Emergencies / Diseases / Injuries and Cures' started by sharol, Jul 9, 2010.

  1. sharol

    sharol Songster

    Jun 13, 2010
    Admire, KS
    I am fostering 3 kittens (since Tuesday). Their feces just tested positive for coccidia (and, of course, round worms). A search of the archives here came up with lots of conflicting information about cross species contamination.

    Can my new chicks (arriving in 4-5 days) become infected by the coccidia that the kittens have? They will be in different quarters of course, but could I have contaminated the brooder when I was setting it up? I probably didn't wash my hands or change clothes after handling the kittens. Some sources indicated that coccidia are species specific and some indicate cross-species contamination. Does anyone have a definitive answer?

    If it is a risk, what do I need to do to ensure that my new girls won't come in contact with the contaminants? The vet says to use 1 C. of Clorox to a gallon of water and wash down the pen the kittens are in once they go back to their original foster family on Saturday. What about the rest of the room -- same room the chicks will be using, but neither kittens nor chicks are free to roam. Both confined, but in different pens.
  2. CoopCrazy

    CoopCrazy Brooder Boss

    Mar 3, 2009
    Sorry iu dont know but I really hope others will pop up

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