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Our cat who is 16 months old, recently started having

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Our cat who is 16 months old, recently started having diarreha. he is acting completely normal.

Veterinarian's Assistant: I'll do all I can to help. What is the matter with the cat?

He started having diarreha. He has had it about a week. He acts normal.

Veterinarian's Assistant: Where does the cat seem to hurt?

He appears to be in no pain. I rub his belly and he's fine.

Veterinarian's Assistant: What is the cat's name?

Charlie

Veterinarian's Assistant: Is there anything else the Veterinarian should be aware of about Charlie?

When we found him, November, 2016. He was about 2 weeks old, weighed 1.2 pounds. We nursed him back to health. Today he weighs about 9 pounds, eats well and plays alot.

Submitted: 28 days ago.Category: Cat Veterinary
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Cat Veterinarian: Rebecca, Cat Veterinarian replied 28 days ago
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Cat Veterinarian: Rebecca, Cat Veterinarian replied 28 days ago

I am sorry to hear Charlie has diarrhea. Good he is acting normal otherwise.

There are many possible causes of diarrhea in a young cat. Has a stool sample been tested for parasites? Not all parasites are worms and most can not be seen without a microscope.

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Cat Veterinarian: Rebecca, Cat Veterinarian replied 28 days ago

If he does not have parasites, this could be diet related. Has he eaten anything different recently? What food is he getting?

You could try some probiotics to see if that helps. I like ones made just for cats such as Proviable or Fortiflora.

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Customer reply replied 28 days ago
No...How would he get a parasite
Cat Veterinarian: Rebecca, Cat Veterinarian replied 28 days ago

Does he go outside at all?

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Cat Veterinarian: Rebecca, Cat Veterinarian replied 28 days ago

Does he hunt mice?

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Cat Veterinarian: Rebecca, Cat Veterinarian replied 28 days ago

When I see a young cat with diarrhea, I look at a sample of the diarrhea under a microscope. In addition to looking for parasites, I look for excessive bacteria in the diarrhea, and for blood cells. If that is all normal, I try probiotics, and/or a diet change.

I sometimes put a cat with diarrhea on a course of metronidazole, which can help treat infection and colon inflammation.

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Cat Veterinarian: Rebecca, Cat Veterinarian replied 28 days ago

You can start by trying the probiotics; you do not need a prescription to get them.

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Cat Veterinarian: Rebecca, Cat Veterinarian replied 28 days ago

Are you still there?

Please let me know what other questions you have.

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Cat Veterinarian: Rebecca, Cat Veterinarian replied 28 days ago

If this was helpful, please let me know.

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Cat Veterinarian: Rebecca, Cat Veterinarian replied 26 days ago
Hi,
I'm just following up on our conversation about your pet. How is everything going?
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Cat Veterinarian: Rebecca, Cat Veterinarian replied 21 days ago

How is Charlie doing?

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