My 12 week old kitten has loose stool and gas. He passes gas and a small amount of stool comes out too (though he doesn't seem to notice and I have to wipe his bum or it gets everywhere). On the days that this happens it almost always happens between 4:30 - 6:00 am. The problem seemed to have passed, as he had 5 days free from gas/loose stool but now it's back (though I haven't changed his routine or diet). I do notice his stomach gurgling and it sounds unsettled. There is no blood in his stool.As for his diet ... he eats about 1/3 cup of canned food (Weruva - Paw Lickin' Chicken and/or Peking Ducken) twice daily (6:30 am and 5 pm) and about 1/4 cup of dry food (Wysong - Epigen 90) throughout the day. No food over night. He occasionally munches on cat grass. The past two weeks I have been giving him OptaGest (digestive aid) in his wet foods and initially this seemed to have helped (those 5 gas/loose stool free days) but now the gas/stool is back. He is up to date in his shots. He was de-wormed just before I adopted him (1 month ago today). He doesn't go outside and has no contact with other cats. He is an active and playful kitten and has no other health concerns.Is his gas/loose stool issue related to his diet? Any ideas on what can I do to alleviate his problem? Or is this normal for kittens?
Pet's Gender: Male
Pet's Age: <1
Name of Cat: Olie
Hello,I am sorry to hear Olie is having some trouble. I would love to help I just have a few questions so I can better assist you.Was he only dewormed the one time?How many sets of shots has he had?Does he ever have any vomiting?
Nope, there hasn't been any vomitting. He was dewormed twice (March 17 & March 31) with Strongid T. He received FVRCCP twice (March 17 & March 31). He also received Ivomec Drops twice (March 17 & March 31).I took him to the vet on April 14 for his third round of FVRCCP (the humane society said I should) but the vet said this was too near his other vaccines and to wait for another 4 weeks or so. I'll be taking him in for that soon.Hope this info helps!
Ok I do not think this has anything to do with the diarrhea , however, the final vaccines should be done 3-4 weeks after the 2nd set so that would have been the end of April this needs to be done asap or some vets will make you start the series over again.The most common reason for intermittent gas and diarrhea in kittens is parasites. Not only worms but microscopic ones such as coccidia and giardia as well.Most kitten need 3 deworming to be free of all worms, and typical dewormers will not cover giardia or coccidia Click here for more on this Cat grass can cause digestive upset in some cats so you may want to eliminate that as well until this gets under control.Food intolerance and problem such as IBD can also cause this however these would be rare to see in a kitten this young. It is also important that he have some food available overnight. Going more then 6 hours without food can cause a drop in blood glucose levels and an increase in stomach acid causing stomach pain, gas, nausea and or vomiting. I would suggest leaving some dry food out for the kitten at night so he can pick at it. Click here I would give you vet a call and schedule an appointment for the vaccines and to have a fecal done. I would ask that they send the fecal out to the lab and not do it in the vets off as to many things can be easily missed I hope this helps, please reply back if you have additional questionsCandy
Practicing Veterinary Technician for 23 years.Former Veterinary Practice Owner, Technician Trainer