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 Post subject: Diarrhea
PostPosted: Mon Oct 05, 2015 5:12 am 
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I know there are a ton of topics on this but I'm starting a fresh thread anyways. I'm in the US and I got my baby from a great breeder a couple weeks ago. He was born June 18, so he isn't even 4 months old. He is having diarrhea on and off and it's liquidy, smelling and I'm not sure what to do. I took him to the vet and they said he fecal came back great (I don't believe he was tested for tritrichomonas) and he doesn't have diarrhea all the time. The breeder had him on Iams kitten and currently I am switching him to Blue Wilderness Kitten and I am mixing them together. He likes the Blue Wilderness Kitten canned wet food too. I gave him nearly 1/2 a can yesterday and he had diarrhea then a nice solid poop and today my boyfriend who is watching him while I'm at work says he just had another round of nasty diarrhea. What do I do? I plan on calling the vet and asking about the tritrichomonas and seeing what they say but I'd like to also ask you all who have had bengals before!

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 Post subject: Re: Diarrhea
PostPosted: Tue Oct 06, 2015 5:20 pm 
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Continue your inquiry with the vet. But it could be as simple as the stress of moving into a new environment, or just the food change - even if it is gradual (did he have any diarrhea before you started with the food shift)?

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 Post subject: Re: Diarrhea
PostPosted: Tue Oct 06, 2015 5:45 pm 
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Munashi wrote:
Continue your inquiry with the vet. But it could be as simple as the stress of moving into a new environment, or just the food change - even if it is gradual (did he have any diarrhea before you started with the food shift)?

I second this. At least make sure your vet can do the TF test and get info on what will be needed from you for the test. You can ask the vet about a probiotic to sprinkle on his food too. That may help his system get back on track.

If he's had the issue since you brought him home it could be due in part to stress. If it started with the introduction of the new food it could be the transition.

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 Post subject: Re: Diarrhea
PostPosted: Wed Oct 07, 2015 3:58 pm 
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Could be a lot of things going on here. Stress in moving to a new home can definitely bring on diarrhea. Changing a diet can cause a similar problem if it's not done gradually. And it could be TF which, I believe, requires a special test. My bengal gets diarrhea at least once a year -- we go to the vet, check the stool. He last had coccidia which required medication. I use FlortiFlora on his food every day. It's a probiotic that helps the digestive tract. It's made a huge difference for him. If it does not clear up shortly, I'd definitely ask the vet to test for TF. For some cat owners, it's a relief when the test comes back positive -- at least they know what's causing the diarrhea, but the medication for it takes a while to work.

Good luck and keep us posted on how things go.


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 Post subject: Re: Diarrhea
PostPosted: Wed Oct 07, 2015 4:22 pm 
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Thanks for all the help guys! I took him to the vet this morning and he does have TF. We got some antibiotics and we're gonna start putting probiotics on his good for now. My poor baby! I'm glad it's been figured out though! Hopefully he'll be good to go after the antibiotics!


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 Post subject: Re: Diarrhea
PostPosted: Thu Oct 08, 2015 12:52 am 
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I'm sorry to hear he has TF, but I'm glad that it was detected! At least now you know what you are dealing with. I hope he recovers nicely, keep us posted if you don't mind. Good on you for persisting through to a diagnosis!

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 Post subject: Re: Diarrhea
PostPosted: Fri Oct 23, 2015 7:27 pm 
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Okay so today is day 17 of antibiotics. The vet gave me metronidazole to give him and he's had on and off diarrhea with it. Some days its hard, others its hard. I'm worried because he got really bloated as well but the vet gave me carafate two days ago to give him and that seems to be helping the bloating a lot but that's it.

I'm reading a lot on here about how metronidazole doesn't work and that ronidazole is the medicine he needs. I'm in Texas, USA and I find that a lot of vets here don't prescribe ronidazole. I took him to one vet first who did a fecal and said he was clear but the other one I took him too said it was positive for TF. He did it in the office (its an animal hospital) so idk if they did the PCR or not.

I'm so concerned because all he does is SLEEP all day. He will follow me around the apartment when I get up and move around but he won't play with any toys that jingle or anything. I'm a hunter and he did enjoy going outside and would watch bugs fly around and would try to pounce on beetles but otherwise he just meows a lot, sits around/sleeps.

I'm not sure what else I can do for him :(


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 Post subject: Re: Diarrhea
PostPosted: Fri Oct 23, 2015 7:53 pm 
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I would call the vet back and ask about the ronidazole. That's really the only thing that is going to clear the TF and since he's not really improving it's pretty clear that the antibiotics are not working. I would be really concerned with such a young kitten that's lethargic. When they're little like that things can go from bad to worse pretty fast.

I don't know where you're at in TX but if you're in the north Dallas area I can recommend our vet's office. Parker Animal & Bird clinic in Plano. Dr Blonien owns the practice and he loves Bengals, Dr Whetstone is great too - all of their vets really are top notch.

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 Post subject: Re: Diarrhea
PostPosted: Fri Oct 23, 2015 8:01 pm 
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Donna741 wrote:
I would call the vet back and ask about the ronidazole. That's really the only thing that is going to clear the TF and since he's not really improving it's pretty clear that the antibiotics are not working. I would be really concerned with such a young kitten that's lethargic. When they're little like that things can go from bad to worse pretty fast.

I don't know where you're at in TX but if you're in the north Dallas area I can recommend our vet's office. Parker Animal & Bird clinic in Plano. Dr Blonien owns the practice and he loves Bengals, Dr Whetstone is great too - all of their vets really are top notch.


I just called them back and he said that he normally has good results with the other medication but since he isn't responding as well to it he is going to try to get me the ronidazole. He's gotten a steriod shot of pro-def and some B12 too. I'm in Fort Worth and I take him to a vet hospital in Bridgeport, TX because its in between my place and my boyfriends where I spend most of my time and where I'm moving to. Do you know if he carries ronidazole? My vet asked me if wanted to I could call around and see if another clinic has it. I have no problem driving to plano if I need to to get my baby boy better!


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 Post subject: Re: Diarrhea
PostPosted: Fri Oct 23, 2015 8:19 pm 
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I did just talk to my breeder and she is concerned since none of the other people who bought bengals from her have had diarrhea. So she's going to get her vet to do a Saline rinse and PCR test on his fecal for me and check him out this weekend. Praying for the best for this little guy!

Hopefully if it isn't TF it is something else simple and curable!


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 Post subject: Re: Diarrhea
PostPosted: Fri Oct 23, 2015 9:55 pm 
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I'll text our vet tech at Parker and ask about the ronidazole.

I'm glad the breeder is lending some support and is going to get him tested with her vet. Did you get him here in TX? Diesel came from a breeder in Decatur TX.

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 Post subject: Re: Diarrhea
PostPosted: Fri Oct 23, 2015 10:27 pm 
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Yes, he came from Texas - Aubrey, TX to be specific! She's being really helpful through this whole process. She told me she had a bout of TF about 8 years ago when she brought a ragdoll in from the UK but hasn't had problems since so we will see what's going on with this little guy!


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 Post subject: Re: Diarrhea
PostPosted: Sat Oct 24, 2015 3:55 pm 
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I'm happy you finally discovered the reason for the diarrhea. I'm glad you're getting ronidazole as that seems to be the medication that works. Know that TF is not easy to get rid of -- and some cats need a longer treatment period. And .. the diarrhea may not clear up immediately either. It can take months. Ask the vet about a probiotic that may help the digestive system. Pet medication is not cheap, and I hate that you wasted $$$ on a medication that didn't work for your kitty.


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 Post subject: Re: Diarrhea
PostPosted: Tue Oct 27, 2015 3:25 pm 
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llinthicum0109 wrote:
Yes, he came from Texas - Aubrey, TX to be specific! She's being really helpful through this whole process. She told me she had a bout of TF about 8 years ago when she brought a ragdoll in from the UK but hasn't had problems since so we will see what's going on with this little guy!

Good morning! I was out of town all weekend, sorry I didn't reply sooner. How did it go with the breeders vet?

My husband works up in Little Elm, I didn't realize there was a breeder in Aubrey!

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 Post subject: Re: Diarrhea
PostPosted: Wed Nov 04, 2015 8:44 am 
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Yeah she's wonderful! She's going to have one more litter then just do her Ragdolls because she's such a small breeder for Bengals she has a hard time selling them.

Diarrhea is gone! Woo! PCR came back negative from A&M which is fantastic. We gave him a little wormer too and he's now a crazy little kitten and I couldn't be happier! The only thing that concerns me now is he gets a big ol' pot belly and I'm not sure if it's normal or not. It goes down after he poops but I still feel like it's more distended than it should be.

Any thoughts?

I'll add some pictures when I get home!


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