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PostPosted: Sat Jan 04, 2014 11:27 pm 
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How long between the weights that have been taken and are they on the same scales? I would except around 100g weight gain a week... Or more if possible but 100g is acceptable.

Warning regarding PCR testing... You will have to wait at least 1 week after finishing any treatment for Giardia (any antibiotic or wormer) in order to get accurate results. So many things are stunned by them so false negatives are common.... So I usually recommend testing prior to any treatment.

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three weeks between weighting.The last result was 1,6kg at the vet's. Mine scales still show that he put on maybe 30 mg, which is nothing. I've read about his rule of testing after one-two weeks before, but our vet never mentioned it and i forgot to ask. I have already started them on meds (no antibiotics, only wormer prescribed) ,so it's too late. I will call the vet and discuss this issue with her. I just hope this is giardia and nothing else and they'll get better (at the same time I'm somehow expecting the worst :cry: )


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PostPosted: Mon Jan 06, 2014 9:48 am 
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lollo2304 wrote:
How long between the weights that have been taken and are they on the same scales? I would except around 100g weight gain a week... Or more if possible but 100g is acceptable.

Warning regarding PCR testing... You will have to wait at least 1 week after finishing any treatment for Giardia (any antibiotic or wormer) in order to get accurate results. So many things are stunned by them so false negatives are common.... So I usually recommend testing prior to any treatment.

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three weeks between weighting.The last result was 1,6kg at the vet's. Mine scales still show that he put on maybe 30 mg, which is nothing. I've read about his rule of testing after one-two weeks before, but our vet never mentioned it and i forgot to ask. I have already started them on meds (no antibiotics, only wormer prescribed) ,so it's too late. I will call the vet and discuss this issue with her. I just hope this is giardia and nothing else and they'll get better (at the same time I'm somehow expecting the worst :cry: )


Unusual for there to be no weight gain over such a long time if the kitten has been eating well... Unless there has been a lot of watery/runny poo. There can be a slight variation due to different scales... My kittens often weigh around 40g more on my scales than the vets... Mostly because I use kitchen scales which weigh up to 3kg and the vet weighs on scales that weigh up to 20kg. I bet mine are more accurate for smaller babies.

Regarding the testing, vets often do not follow the recommendation I gave you about waiting. Not sure why unless it's a financial reward for them. I know from experience, personal plus being on here for years, that all antibiotics (which includes wormers) will affect some parasites and make testing too soon pointless.

It is normal for cats and kittens with a TF infection to actually be quite well other than the diarrhoea. Same applies to other parasitic infections. Weight loss and poor weight gain are not normal symptoms unless the diarrhoea is so profuse!

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PostPosted: Mon Jan 13, 2014 3:19 am 
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sorry to hear about your kitten my kitten is 12 weeks. and eats 1/3 cup of dry biscuits throughout the day while im at work. An has a whiskers kitten packet of wet food. Vet said this phone was fine.

Am i feeding mine enough?

it says to increase the wet food to 2 packets once 4 months old, can i do this early as she is 3 months tomorrow


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PostPosted: Mon Jan 13, 2014 10:31 am 
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Urimagination wrote:
sorry to hear about your kitten my kitten is 12 weeks. and eats 1/3 cup of dry biscuits throughout the day while im at work. An has a whiskers kitten packet of wet food. Vet said this phone was fine.

Am i feeding mine enough?

it says to increase the wet food to 2 packets once 4 months old, can i do this early as she is 3 months tomorrow


I never restrict the food of kittens.... They are growing so need more food than an adult. Lots of small meals a day help....

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PostPosted: Mon Jan 13, 2014 3:33 pm 
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Kittens have high energy levels - plus they are growing rapidly, so I would pretty much let your kitty eat as often and as much as he wants. I feed my cats small meals between 4 or 5 times a day. And they have dry food available at all times. (Not to mention daily treats!)


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PostPosted: Wed Jan 15, 2014 8:18 am 
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will do ill leave biscuits out for them throughout the day, and a packet of kitten food morning and night.

Also she is starting to sniff what the dog is eating? its just pedigree food but its annoying lol


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PostPosted: Wed Jan 15, 2014 1:54 pm 
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My boy Jazz is doing really well now. He started putting on weight really fast. In less than two weeks almost 300 gramms. Already seems to be bigger and much healthier. And stonger! Their poo issue has resolved and all is looking well for now. so it seems that he did have giardia (and so did my other cat).
I never restricted the amount of food he eats. So at this point it's wet food from 5 to 7 times a day and dry food always availbale. By the way I have found the brand of dry food he nibbles on from time to time(other brands he never even touched).
For now I'm happy. hopefully we will not have a set back.
So happy to see him finally putting on weight like he should!
I will take pictures right this moment and upload them right away. He's resting lazily in his cat bed...


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PostPosted: Wed Jan 15, 2014 3:32 pm 
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Hi

Glad to hear the treatment for the Giardia worked and all is well. Jazz is one gorgeous boy!!

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PostPosted: Wed Jan 15, 2014 4:22 pm 
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There we go! He certainly looks much much better now. Good job in sorting out his problems.

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PostPosted: Wed Jan 15, 2014 6:36 pm 
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He is lovely :mrgreen:
Cant see his claws, they recently trimmed back alot?

If he has tested free of TF and only had Giardia then thats great... TF is horrible to get rid of.
More pics pls :biggrin:


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PostPosted: Wed Jan 15, 2014 8:47 pm 
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Yes! his claws have been trimmed a few days ago ( the thing I can do only when he's sleeping, otherwise he doesnt let me to). :rolleyes: :redface:
I would never ever declaw a cat, i think that's a terrible thing to do!
I will upload more pictures in days to come. :wink:


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PostPosted: Thu Jan 16, 2014 1:21 am 
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Great looking cat!


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PostPosted: Wed Jan 29, 2014 3:09 pm 
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My female had weight issues when she was young. I found boiled chicken mixed with the royall cann dry food ur using worked wonders. Or even add flavor too the dry food with some tuna in spring water. I found the wet food gave horrible n very smelly facts. My femail also will not use drinking bowls she only drinks out of the tap.


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PostPosted: Sat Feb 01, 2014 8:59 am 
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minx my bengal wrote:
My female had weight issues when she was young. I found boiled chicken mixed with the royall cann dry food ur using worked wonders. Or even add flavor too the dry food with some tuna in spring water. I found the wet food gave horrible n very smelly facts. My femail also will not use drinking bowls she only drinks out of the tap.

Thanks. My other cat drinks from the tap as well, but not my bengal. I gave up the dry food alltogether. It's there, since my other cat likes to eat it, but my bengal Jazz eats wet food only.I find that feeding high quality wet food only is more expensive,but I can manage the costs as long as he's healthy. :) And he's doing fine now. gaining weight and feeling fine. =)


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