Appointments: (02) 6251 1444
16-18 Purdue St, Belconnen, ACT
(Parking via Gillott Street)
Mon - Fri: 8:30am - 5:30pm
Saturday: 8:30am - 1:00pm
BOOK ONLINE NOW!

Canberra Cat Vet Blog

My kitten has diarrhoea...

Wednesday, June 03, 2015

Many kittens develop diarrhoea especially in the first week or two in their new homes.

Often it is due to the big changes in their lives - a new family, leaving mum, new surroundings, but most often it is because of the new diet. Even good quality kitten food causes diarrhoea in a kitten that is not used to it. Find out what the breeder or foster carer fed your kitten and feed some of the new food mixed in with some of the old food. Gradually increase the proportion of the new food over a couple of weeks.  

Kittens lose the enzyme for digesting milk very quickly so avoid dairy products. Kitten foods contain all the calcium and protein that a kitten requires.

Check when the kitten was last wormed. Worm young kittens every 2 weeks until they are 12 weeks old to avoid diarrhoea from worms.

If your kitten develops diarrhoea switch to just cooked white chicken for a couple of meals and deworm with a reputable wormer like Milbemax. Do not use a wormer based on piperazine.

If the faeces does not firm up within 24 hours or your kitten is lethargic, vomiting or not eating consult a vet immediately. Kittens quickly dehydrate and become very ill because of fluid loss.

More serious causes of diarrhoea include enteritis (also known as panleukopenia), giardia, coccidia, cryptosporidium, trichomonas,clostridia, salmonella and campylobacter. Take a sample of the diarrhoea to your vet so that we can check for them if necessary.


Search Blog

Recent Posts


Tags

restless tablet sick constipation blood pressure toxins obese bed drinking more attack snakebite vaccine salivation ulcerated nose new year dental check pica euthanasia carrier marking dehydration comfortis urine spraying aerokat enclosure hole cognitive dysfunction revolution catoberfest insulin pet hypertension sore eyes snake bite pill collapse fear sick cat open day sore ears diarrhoea thirst dental treatment desex pain snakes return home castration blood test award pain killer roundworm fireworks tradesmen overweight birthday urinating outside litter unsociable eye vaccination aspirin kitten play pet insurance cat behaviour photo competition sun painful biopsy home visit aggression new kitten lame stress hard faeces hypertrophic cardiomyopathy RSPCA fat worms groom cystitis train wobbles flu allergy scratch tartar vocal fever cat food puzzles arthritis pet meat flea treatment thiamine deficiency mouth breathing tumour off food massage vomiting dementia blind dry food kitten echocardiography renal disease goodbye visit headache snuffles behaviour change cat worms obesity furball love computer home prey prednisolone water best cat clinic fight sore health check blockage lymphoma plants enteritis hunter adipokines indoor cats antibiotics plaque ACT diet slow Canberra Cat Vet pain relief desexing kidney disease poison dental kitten deaths diuretics changed sensitive twitching anxiety eyes spey hyperactive scratching FORLS cat fight learning crytococcosus paralysis AIDS opening hours open night paralysis tick cat enclosures string ulcer yowling wet litter abscess moving itchy christmas African wild cat chlamydia anaemia hairball jumping tooth sudden blindness rash holiday diabetes skin hunched over intestine grass worming body language annual check urinating on curtains or carpet tapeworm poisonous bump on heat sucking wool fabric rolls toxic information night holes in teeth scratching post paralysed seizures check-up gasping skinny vomit panamax eye infection dymadon New Year's Eve physical activity kidneys noisy breathing kibble training poisons joints best veterinarian behaviour fits litter antiviral blue cough heart disease litter box signs of pain eye ulcer bite allergy, best clinic runny eyes grooming mental health of cats asthma drinking a lot vet visit weight control best vet socialisation decision to euthanase head panleukopaenia furballs cat flu bladder radioactive iodine hyperthyroidism odour whiskers calicivirus sense of smell pred Canberra stare into space brown snake lump snot breeder teeth introducing meows a lot lily hiding paracetamol fluid pills feline enteritis cta fight hospital herpesvirus permethrin dilated pupils cat enclosure cortisone liver weight loss flea prevention cranky snuffle enemies abscess,cat fight exercise urine lick Hill's Metabolic mass depomedrol outdoor cat inflammatory bowel disease urinating holes senior discount poisonous plants foreign body mince FIV stiff cage high blood pressure appointment wool urination breathing difficult rub panadol microchip snake free skin cancer bad breath straining sensitive stomach examination advantage feliway blood poisoning competition feline herpesvirus strange behaviour xylitol introductions introduce checkup hunting corneal ulcer hungry IBD hunters petting cat scale when to go to vet cat friendly blood in urine fleas gifts pheromone senses heaing cryptococcosis blocked cat spraying cat vet old heavy breathing conflict mycoplasma cat history aggressive face rub activity thyroid hearing weight introduction kittens lilies unwell sneeze nose scabs appetite panadeine spray change bladder stones rigid head not eating cat containment nails old cat kidney holidays thirsty panleukopenia feline AIDS new cat ribbon tick rough play blindness ulcers vision wet food client night touch virus house call pancreatitis polish lilly in season cancer runny nose

Archive

A calm, quiet haven for cats and their carers staffed by experienced, cat loving vets and nurses.

Canberra Cat Vet 16-18 Purdue St Belconnen ACT 2617 (parking off Gillott Street) Phone: (02) 6251-1444

Get Directions