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Kitten with Explosive Watery Diarrhea

Discussion in 'Other Pets & Livestock' started by ThornyRidge, Nov 22, 2009.

  1. ThornyRidge

    ThornyRidge Songster

    Oct 28, 2008
    I have a 8 month old neutered indoor only male kitten who has developed diarrhea with the consistency of water. It is kind of an orange/brown color and very smelly!!!! I am not sure if he has eaten something.. he has been on the same kind of food for a couple months and it was only a couple days ago I noticed soft stools and then today and last night water like diarrhea. He also appears to strain or at least straining when pooping after the liquid comes out. There is no other symptoms of illness with him. He has been eating and drinking (although today I am not sure what he has actually eaten as there is only dry food out and does not look like a lot is gone) but I have seen him drink water. He is still playful and active. and nose is cool to touch. No vomiting ( I wondered if he could have ingested something or have obstruction somewhere). I am gonna call my vet in the morning but what direction to go I have no idea other than he has foul smelling water diarrhea. Oh and food he will only eat Iams dry kitten food.. I have tried every type including wellness, nutro, etc. and he won't touch them. He does (although not for a couple days) eat moist canned food in a variety of brands incluiding felidae, nutro, wellness, etc.

  2. Did you by chance dust him with flea powder or something of the like?
  3. MomtoSyd&Emma

    MomtoSyd&Emma Songster

    Jul 13, 2009
    Southern VA
    The only time I had a cat/kitten with a belly like that, they had coccidia! Have the vet test for that.
  4. patandchickens

    patandchickens Flock Mistress

    Apr 20, 2007
    Ontario, Canada
    If it's sudden, chances are good it's some sort of intestinal infection, either bacterial or coccidia.

    Hopefully you have taken him into the vet today -- how is he, and what did the vet say?

    Hoping he's feeling better soon,

  5. ThornyRidge

    ThornyRidge Songster

    Oct 28, 2008
    [​IMG] took kitty (Fuzz) to vet today.. I am still awaiting an actual Poop to see what status of diarrhea is.. I have been at work and unsure.. anyway vet thought probably something upset digestive tract and was undetermined of nature. therefore vet prescribed an antibiotic and some antidiarrhea/probios type paste. at this time kitty seems more lethargic as he had a rough day at vet.. he did not like getting his exam or temperature taken and was a wild cat (they claimed he had a fever of 103, however not really a high fever and I know he was stressed which could have caused it to risen and since he is still considered a kitten they run a bit higher anyway) also since there was no stool sample they used thermometer to scrape out some fecal and man he reaalllly hated that!!!anyway vet called it a mild fever and said that if there is no change in a day or so to bring him back.. of course cause it cost a whopping 76 bucks for this.. whew.. where is my pet insurance.. fecal came back clean- no cocci, no parasites.. so at this point we are kinda guessing and hoping it is a mild bug.. we shall see!!! still waiting for a litterbox poop episode to see where we are at [​IMG].. oh and he just ate a little moist food.. not as much as he normally does but did eat some...
  6. jerseygirl1

    jerseygirl1 Crowing

    Jun 20, 2009
    Orange County, NY
    $76 is a great deal - I walk in the door with mine, and we start at $165 for one cat
  7. Silkie Man

    Silkie Man In the Brooder

    Nov 21, 2009
    Northeastern Ohio
    Quote:You may want to try a food switch again? Too many switches is bad and possibly even worse, but sometimes as they progress from kitten to adult they will for some reason start rejecting some types of food internally. Sometimes house cats/dogs are also irritated by wheat in their food products. Info comes from personal experience with many cats and our pug. Anyway, it might be worth a shot to eliminate that specific food if it has any possible irritants like that. (ie- wheat, possibly others)

  8. Skyesrocket

    Skyesrocket Songster

    Mar 20, 2008
    I hope he is feeling better real soon. My vet has a "collection" of items either passed through or taken out of cats. One cat chewed off and swallowed the nylon cord from a mini blind. It was like 4 foot long! They eat a lot of Christmas decorations too.
    Do you have any houseplants he might have chewed on? Could he have snuck milk from the kitchen? There are so many things that can upset their tummies. I'm glad his fecal was clean.
  9. Chickn chick 46

    Chickn chick 46 Songster

    May 22, 2009
    Glad theres no parasites. My kitties have had their share of these types of intestinal things and my vet recomended feeding them a bland diet to help the gut get back in working order, things like chicken and brown rice with broth or lean ground beef and brown rice. Sometimes they were put on a bland prescription diet can food.

    Hope he's feeling better. Diarhea is horrible no matter who it is [​IMG]

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