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My new kitten has an upset stomach. She only gets dry kitten

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My new kitten has an upset stomach. She only gets dry kitten chow but it has been almost a week since we got her from the humane society and she still hasn't had a solid bowel movement. Should i be concerned or does this just take time?
Submitted: 4 months ago.
Category: Cat Veterinary
Expert:  Dr. Kara replied 4 months ago.

Hello, my name is***** and I have over 20 years of experience as a veterinarian.
I'm so sorry to hear that your kitten Petey has diarrhea.
Short term diarrhea can be stress related but it rarely lasts a week.

In a young cat with diarrhea that seems to feel well otherwise I would be highly suspicious of gastrointestinal parasites or a food intolerance.

Even if her stool has been checked once for parasites they don't always show up on every sample as parasite eggs/cysts are shed intermittently, so it may take several stool sample checks to diagnose a parasite in some cases.
I will often treat them for parasites when loose stools linger with broad spectrum worm medications like Fenbendazole (Panacur).

I will also add a probiotic like Fortiflora or Proviable to try to replace normal gut bacteria.

At home now you can try a couple things.

I would not feed her any food for 8 hours. This should help stop gut spasms and restore normal gut motility. Small amounts of water or clear broths like low salt chicken broth given frequently are fine as she needs fluids after all that she has lost with diarrhea. You can give her pedialyte to replace electrolytes too but Gatorade is much too high in sugar which can make her intestinal irritation worse.

After her food fast start a bland diet of 2/3 boiled white skinless chicken, all fats and juices drained off mixed with 1/3 boiled, plain white rice. Feed several small meals a day. You might wish to add 1/2 tablespoon of canned pumpkin to each meal if you are seeing mucous in her stool as fiber helps soothe an irritated colon.

Once she feels better (no diarrhea for 48 hours) start mixing in her regular kitten food very slowly, less bland more regular with each day. It should take a week or so to convert her back.

But I would discuss a broad spectrum worming with your veterinarian given her age and the fact that she feels well otherwise.
Please let me know if you have any further questions.

Expert:  Dr. Kara replied 4 months ago.

Hello, I wanted to make sure that you didn't have any further questions for me, and I'd like to know how things turned out for your kitten. If you could give me an update that would be great, thank you, ***** *****

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