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Coccidia and T. Foetus

Mommy2Felix

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Hi all. Recently got our sphynx kitten, Felix, 4 weeks ago. My boyfriend has already started an account and done a proper intro but I need answers while he is away on business for a couple days. Felix’s fecal exam showed coccidia, which he has been treated for. However, his diarrhea still persists and often contains a little blood like before. Vet asked for another fecal sample as she believes he may also have T. Foetus. We are awaiting the results. In the meantime, his diarrhea has been very messy in the litter box and he steps in it by accident every time he goes now. We are staying on top of it and trying to keep him comfortable the best we can. He still loves to eat and play but we are very concerned. Seems like one health issue after another. Any advice/tips would be appreciated! Thank you!!
 

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@Mommy2Felix so sorry you little one is having issues still and I am sure you both are frustrated. the good thing is that he is using the box which is a huge plus. Is the litter box small? If so you might look at getting a bigger one in hopes of him not stepping in it as often. Try not to stress too much…hopefully the results come back with an easy treatment otherwise it will be about finding a proper food and possibly allergy testing to se if they are allergic to any ingredients. Keep us updated on the test results…you might also inquiry if it could be Giardia…often the test comes back false negative and vets treat for it anyways if they think it could be the case as the treatment will not hurt them.
 

Mommy2Felix

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@Mommy2Felix so sorry you little one is having issues still and I am sure you both are frustrated. the good thing is that he is using the box which is a huge plus. Is the litter box small? If so you might look at getting a bigger one in hopes of him not stepping in it as often. Try not to stress too much…hopefully the results come back with an easy treatment otherwise it will be about finding a proper food and possibly allergy testing to se if they are allergic to any ingredients. Keep us updated on the test results…you might also inquiry if it could be Giardia…often the test comes back false negative and vets treat for it anyways if they think it could be the case s the treatment will not hurt them.
Hi Catzzzmeow. Thank you for your compassion and help! Yes, he is so good with making it to the bathroom even with all his tummy troubles. We do have a large litter box coming in the mail! Thank you for the suggestions. I will be sure to talk with my vet about these!
 

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@Mommy2Felix , awh.. hugs n head smooches to baby Felix. keep us updated on the test results. . also some members have shared ruling out tritrichomonas and crypto when had poo issues and other tests were neg and finally got a diagnosis and treatment plan.

sharing, not sure what food you feed? mine had blood in stool with acana/orijen was just a little too rich for them. each kitty is different.

litter boxes.. my crew likes large litter boes. the jumbo catit litter box, I take the door flap off, it has a fold back lid section for easy scooping. the other fav is the good petstuff hidden litterbox (** I do Not use the moss it comes with incase kitty chomps on it.)

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Mommy2Felix

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If the bigger box doesn’t help, you might try a different entry top…I love our top entry boxes.
@Mommy2Felix , awh.. hugs n head smooches to baby Felix. keep us updated on the test results. . also some members have shared ruling out tritrichomonas and crypto when had poo issues and other tests were neg and finally got a diagnosis and treatment plan.

sharing, not sure what food you feed? mine had blood in stool with acana/orijen was just a little too rich for them. each kitty is different.

litter boxes.. my crew likes large litter boes. the jumbo catit litter box, I take the door flap off, it has a fold back lid section for easy scooping. the other fav is the good petstuff hidden litterbox (** I do Not use the moss it comes with incase kitty chomps on it.)

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Hi @Yoda mom and @Catzzzmeow ! Thank you both so much for sending love and advice. We got him a new litter box that is working really well for him.
Some updates: Felix did test positive for tritrichomonas—as well as coronavirus. Poor babe had a URI and coccidia when we brought him home and was on antibiotics that he has now finished. Now the t. foetus requires Ronidazole and this concerns me. I’ve been reading about some instances where kitties get neurotoxicity, fevers, etc. Not to mention it is carcinogenic to humans. We ended up getting him the meds yesterday. We tried orally inserting the capsule as directed by the vet. It broke in his mouth before we could get it down his throat. Going to be difficult to get these down the next two weeks. But back to my concerns. Vet said his gut bacteria is out of balance right now with everything going on and will heal eventually. He is also on probiotics to aid this. But I’m worried about adding Ronidazole to the mix right now. Vet said that even after this course of antibiotics, he may still have t.foetus for a long time and will just have to be on a prescription diet for possibly a couple of years. If this is often the case, why even put him on this harsh antibiotic that is also a risk to humans? His diarrhea is getting better naturally. More solid but still a little blood. Changing his food helped. I’m feeling so conflicted. Would love some advice! Thanks all. Added a couple pictures of my sleepy peanut this morning ❤️
 

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Yoda mom

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@Mommy2Felix , hugs.. such adorable pics. deep breaths, you got this. you can call your vet and and ask questions and your concerns about ronidazole.

other members have shared treating tri tri with ronidazole as it needs its own meds. glad you did get a diagnosis and treatment plan. glad the change of food is helping and you are using probiotics. I used probiotics too for gut health when my crew was on antibiotics.

one step at a time. you got this.
you can wear non latex gloves during pilling time. my Macie was near impossible to pill ,I wanted to sit down and cry. ** I came up with a routine that worked like a charm.

I used a jorgensen pill popper (my vet gave me one and I ordered a spare on amazon). I took Macie in the bathroom and shut the door. when she meowed at the door to get out, I straddled her, crossing my legs so she couldnt back out on me. Then when she meowed I gently put the pill popper back side of cheek (not directly down throat). pilling was over in a few seconds, I opened the bathroom door and she went about her business like nothing happened.

hang in there, we are here for you.. continued hugs n healing vibe head smooches.

tagging @slarned666 about her recent post about treating tri tri
 

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