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What is Coccidia?

Most cats will come in contact with coccidia sometime in their life. The majority of adult cats are immune to the infectious disease that coccidia can cause, called “coccidiosis”. Kittens under six months of age and cats suffering from conditions that hinder their immune system may contract coccidiosis. This rare infection can cause serious effects and, in extreme cases, may even be fatal. Kittens who are infected with coccidiosis are contagious and can infect the rest of the litter. The most common parasite to cause coccidiosis in cats is Isospora  felis. Veterinary attention is needed to ease symptoms and rid the cat of the parasitic infestation.

Coccidia are a group of single-celled parasites called “protozoa”. Cats are susceptible to infection from a number of these parasites, including Isospora, Toxoplasma, Sarcocystis, Besnoitia and Hammondia. Coccidia lodge in the intestinal wall and form cysts. Some of these protozoa require more than one host to complete their development. Once inside the body, it can take up to two weeks for the parasites to mature and begin to reproduce. Coccidia are found throughout the world.

Symptoms of Coccidia in Cats

Kittens may start to show symptoms of coccidiosis from the ages of two weeks to six months. The stress of the weaning process can leave a kitten vulnerable to developing a parasitic infection. Signs to watch for are as follows:

  • Watery diarrhea (may contain blood)
  • Vomiting
  • Anorexia
  • Weight loss
  • Dehydration
  • Abdominal pain
  • Uveitis (inflammation of the uvea)

Causes of Coccidia in Cats

To become infected with coccidia, a cat must come into direct contact with the parasite. Kittens are often exposed to the protozoa from their mother's feces (as adult cats often contain the parasites without showing any symptoms). All known causes of parasite exposure are listed below.

  • Direct contact with infected feces
  • Hunting and eating rodents that contain protozoa in its resting stages
  • Ingesting contaminated soil

Susceptibility is increased in cats with immune deficiencies or who are experiencing stress.

Diagnosis of Coccidia in Cats

If your cat or kitten begins to exhibit any of the symptoms of coccidiosis, bring it to a veterinary clinic or animal hospital immediately. Be prepared to provide the cat's full medical history, especially if it is an adult cat with immune system issues. The veterinarian will perform a complete physical examination of the cat, watching for known signs of coccidiosis. 

The most common way to diagnose a parasitic infection in a cat is by taking a sample of the cat's feces and sending it for microscopic examination. During this examination, larval or adult coccidia may be identified. As these protozoa are exceptionally small, if a microscopic examination comes back negative, there is no guarantee that your cat or kitten is not infected. Blood work will be run, including a complete blood count and a biochemical profile to assess the cat's overall condition. Certain parasites may also be identified via blood smears. If the infected cat is an adult, feline viruses that negatively affect the immune system, such as feline immunodeficiency virus and feline leukemia virus, should be tested for. 

Treatment of Coccidia in Cats

In some kittens or adult cats, coccidiosis may spontaneously go away on its own. In severe cases, both symptomatic and causative treatments may be needed.

Antibiotics 

A course of antibiotics such as Sulfadimethoxine, Trimethoprim-Sulfonamide or Amprolium can stop the coccidia from reproducing. Up to two weeks of oral administration is needed.

Supportive Care 

If the infected cat has become severely dehydrated, hospitalization and intravenous fluids may be needed to stabilize its condition. 

Recovery of Coccidia in Cats

Be sure to isolate your adult cat or kitten from other cats during antibiotic treatment. Reinfection can easily happen, so extra sanitation measures should be taken. Clean all litter boxes at least once a day. Most coccidia need at least 24 hours outside of a host to infect another animal, so removing feces from the litter daily can prevent the parasites from re-entering your cat. Disinfect the litter boxes weekly using hot water and bleach. 

Take extra care when monitoring the health of kittens to identify cases of coccidiosis before the infection has progressed too far. Test any pregnant cats for protozoa so that kittens may be treated after birth. Most coccidia can not spread to humans. The most common coccidia, I. felis poses no threat to owners. Infections of Toxoplasma or Cryptosporidium may present a small risk to pregnant women and any human who has a suppressed immune system.

Coccidia Questions and Advice from Veterinary Professionals

Lazlo
Domestic shorthair
18 Months
Moderate condition
1 found helpful
Moderate condition

Has Symptoms

No loose stool
eating well

How long does coccidia stay inactive/dormant before diagnosis? We rescued a feral cat who is about 18 mos. He was underweight and stressed when he arrived. Treated for roundworms. We brought him in for follow up and the coccidia was then diagnosed. We have had him isolated for about a month and not sure how he got it.

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
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Generally it takes less than two weeks from ingesting an oocyst to symptoms presenting; however some cats may carry Coccidia and be asymptomatic and may only present with symptoms later on, sometimes oocysts are found in perfectly healthy cats. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

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Lulu
Cat
9 Weeks
Fair condition
2 found helpful
Fair condition

Has Symptoms

Loose Bowel Movements

I have a rescue kitten that was diagnosed by my vet with coccidia. We treated her with Albon for 14 days. Went back for a recheck and she tested negative so I was told that it was ok to let her mingle with my other 2 cats. It has been 1 week and her stools are still about the consistency of toothpaste. As of yesterday, she has been missing the litter box. We found several small drops of poop on the floor and some were tinged with blood. During the treatment period, I scooped her litter box every couple of hours and steam mopped the floor 2 times a day. Washed all the bedding morning and night with Ammonia. Could she be reinfected or is it possible that this is because she has been eating some of the other cats wet food and maybe it was too much for her tummy? Note that when she was being treated, she never had any accidents outside of the litter box. So sorry for the length of this post. I am just worried to death because now I feel like my whole house may be contaminated. She is still eating, drinking and playing but really sneezing a lot.

Dr. Michele King, DVM
Dr. Michele King, DVM
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It is possible that Lulu may have been reinfected, or the wet food may have caused this soft stool. It might be a good idea to have another stool sample tested, and then possibly put her on probiotics if the stool sample is negative, as the intestine can take a while to heal after some insults. Given the level of cleaning that you are doing, I highly doubt that your house is contaminated.

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Mr. Miyagi
Siamese
9 Weeks
Serious condition
1 found helpful
Serious condition

Has Symptoms

Fever
Dehydration

Medication Used

Albon

My Siamese kitten was diagnosed with Coccidia at age 7 weeks and treated with Albon. Today when we took him back for his 9 week check up and vaccination, the vet noted he has an even worse case of Coccidia and is dehydrated. His stools have been normal and has been eating/drinking. He has also gained with since his previous exam. Our vet gave him sub-q fluids and is doubling the dose of Albon. Is there a better drug of choice to rid him of this? Thank you.

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
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Albon (sulfadimethoxine) is the only licensed product to treat coccidia in companion animals; other medicines may be used to treat coccidia (off label), there is a list of these different medicines in the link I provided below. The use of any medication off label would be at your Veterinarian's discretion. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM
www.capcvet.org/capc-recommendations/coccidia

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Mango
Orange tabby
11 Weeks
Mild condition
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Mild condition

Has Symptoms

Loose stools. Gas

Medication Used

Albon

I have a 10 week old kitten from a shelter that was diagnosed with coccidia. We did a 7 day treatment of Albon. He’s still testing positive after two weeks from the day we stopped the Albon. Is this unusual? Is there another medication we could use? Thank you.

Dr. Michele King, DVM
Dr. Michele King, DVM
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Thank you for your email. Coccidia is a parasite that can re-infect if is in the environment, which may be happening with Mango. Your veterinarian will be able to let you know if Mango needs to be treated again, but it is important to thoroughly wash bedding and her environment. I hope that everything goes well for her!

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Leila
Short hair domestic
16 Months
Mild condition
1 found helpful
Mild condition

Has Symptoms

Infection

Medication Used

Albon

I just got a new rescued kitty and was told she had this infection coccidiosis and she is on 10 days of the antibiotics albon she is almost finished with the medicine, do I bring her back to the vet to see if the infection is gone? The rescue place didn't say what I should do, well they didn't even tell me until I was walking out the door with new kitty.

Dr. Michele King, DVM
Dr. Michele King, DVM
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It would be a good idea to have a fecal test done with a veterinarian once the medications are finished to make sure that the Coccidia is gone, yes. I hope that everything goes well for Leila.

Thank you, I'm noticing that she is sneezing alot is that from the parasite?

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Belle
domestic short hair
1 Year
Moderate condition
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Moderate condition

Has Symptoms

coccidiosis!

What is the cost to treat the cat

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
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Overall the cost to treat a cat with coccidiosis would cost between $100 to $300 depending on your location and the number of faecal tests carried out and medication. Be sure that a faecal test is carried out by your Veterinarian before treatment and not a presumptive diagnosis made as many infections can cause similar symptoms. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

How long should it take for the medicine to work and stop the diarrhea in a small kitten?

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Roxie
Unknown
3 Months
Mild condition
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Mild condition

Has Symptoms

Blood In Urine

Fostering a new kitten that we are hoping to adopt once she is old enough to be spade. Took her to the vet even though we had to pay out of pocket as foster family because we had lost our last cat to chronic bladder issues.

She is 3 months old and they said that not only did she have round worms for also coccidia. They treated her on site with a pill to kill the roundworms and gave us a liquid medicine to treat for 10 days for the coccidia.

She is eating well, drinking well, and using the litter box but today we started seeing blood in her urine and she is actually peeing in the bathtub instead of her litter box.

Could the blood be from her body fighting these parasites, our vet is not in office for another 36 hours and having lost a cat to "bleeding issues" may blood pressure is up and I am seriously worried now that she may be sicker than we knew.

Is there any advise for support that you can offer. I fully intend to carry her back to the vet as soon as I can to discuss this issue but if there is anything that can be done tonight I feel like I need to do it.

I have never had an animal with these issues before. I have removed the feces each time as soon as she has gone ( we use the pellet litter). Do I need to do something different until she is well? Thi is my second question.

Thanks,
bandmom#catluvr

Dr. Michele King, DVM
Dr. Michele King, DVM
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Blood in the urine is sometimes a sign of a bladder infection, and since she is eating and drinking normally, that may be what is going on. Cats will often urinate in strange places when they have an irritation with their bladders, and that may be why she is urinating in the bathtub. As long as she continues to act normally otherwise, you should be fine to have her seen on Monday morning when your clinic opens. If she becomes lethargic, or stops eating, or seems in great distress when she urinates, it would be better so have her seen sooner, at a 24 hour facility. There is not much that you can do at home while waiting other than increasing her water consumption, and if she isn't eating canned food now, you can offer her a canned version of the food that she is eating to get more water into her.

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Tinkerbell
Persian
4 Years
Mild condition
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Mild condition

Has Symptoms

Blood In Stool

We just sold a 10-week old kitten to a lady who said that when she took the kitten to her vet, she tested positive for coccidia. We have never had this in our cattery before, but now I am worried that we seem to have it. The vet told her it is passed from the mother cat to the kitten. Is this true? She really showed no signs or symptoms other than I noticed she wasn't gaining weight as fast as I thought she should. She seemed to have a good appetite. Her stools seemed good. As a result, should I have all of the cats tested for this? I have a pregnant cat, and she has had at times, blood in her stool. Is it okay to treat her for coccidia if she tests positive and is also pregnant? Her stools appear hard at times, but she is an excellent water drinker.

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
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Kittens are not born with Coccidia but may pick it up through contact with the mother’s faeces or from contaminated skin (with faecal matter); you should get the mother at a minimum tested by your Veterinarian and not to allow any other kittens to leave until some faecal samples have been checked and your cats have been treated and the environment cleaned too. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

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Catie
domestic short hair
14 Weeks
Moderate condition
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Moderate condition

Has Symptoms

Lethargy, vomit, no play, sleeping

Medication Used

Apr 30 & May 1: Baycox 5% 0.25 ml

Hello, I just rescued a 14 week kitten (weighing only 1.1 kg). She is lethargic, shows zero signs of wanting to play (with different types of small toys), will not climb cat tree, tunnel, does not scratch. She also isn't eating enough food, but she does drink quite a bit of water (dehydrated?). She was treated with Baycox for coccidia 6.5 weeks ago. She was also treated for URI and given Ciloxan, Clavamox and tetracycline-T just 4 weeks ago (you can still hear her "crackle" breathing). She was checked by the Animal Shelter's veterinarian and I was told the sound is residual coming from nasal area. She vomited up her food while at the shelter yesterday, and again she vomited this evening after feeding her. I was sent home with some fortaflora and a white powdered medication (1/4 tsp, twice daily) to put in her food. All she will do is sleep on my lap. Just sleep and follow me around the apartment. No play, no exploring, no running. I'm worried. I have only a 7-day guarantee with the shelter, which is not enough time to discover if she will improve in my home. I called a second veterinarian and she told me that my kitten should be looked at again. Should I expect improvement in a couple of weeks? Is her lethargy due to coccidia (even after 6.5 weeks)? Should I give her back for further treatment and/or perhaps adopt another cat? Physically, she is extremely fragile, bony, even anorexic given her age and weight. I'm heartbroken. I feel like the shelter is not a safe place, and I'm wary about adopting another cat from their colony. Is that a valid concern? I'm taking her back to the shelter for another vet check in 2 days' time. Would you be able to respond by then?

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
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Without examining Catie it is very difficult to weigh in on whether there is another underlying cause and if any other further treatment is needed; you should see improvement if the correct treatment and management is being given but I cannot give you any solid assurances. You should visit the shelter Veterinarian again, however it is down to you whether or not you keep this kitten or choose another. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

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Ozzy
American Shorthair
3 Months
Fair condition
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Fair condition

Has Symptoms

Vomiting
Blood In Stool

I recently seen diarrhea with drops of blood in it by my cats litter box. I looked in the rest of the litterbox but the feces in there looked normal. I also saw very yellow throw-up with little pieces of dog food but occasionally my cats find a piece of dog food and eat it. Iwas not there to observe who vomited or did diarrhea. I have a chihuahua about the same size and a kitten so I’m not sure who may have done it. They both seem fine because there are no observable symptoms.

Dr. Michele King, DVM
Dr. Michele King, DVM
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I'm not sure which of your pets may have the problem, but it would be a good idea to monitor them both. If the signs continue, you will need to figure out who is having the problem, and have them seen by your veterinarian.

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Litter of 5 kittens - Blaise, Brooke, Copper, Fern, Willow
domestic short hair
7 Weeks
Critical condition
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Critical condition

Has Symptoms

Loose Bowel Movements
Loss of Appetite
COMA
Weight Loss
Diarrhea
Seizures
Lethargy
Labored breathing

I am a foster for a local animal rescue group. We recently lost a whole litter to coccidia which went undiagnosed until the last kitten was critical. The kittens were seen by the vet used by the rescue multiple times during the final week and also at an emergency clinic where blood tests were ordered but the rescue refused treatment. My question, should coccidia in a nursing mom and kittens be something a vet would consider immediately if symptoms such as diarrhea, loss of weight, loss of appetite, lethargy and even what was described as a coma in the first kitten are exhibited? I am trying not to assign blame but I have just witnessed five kittens die a most horrific death and I am desperate for answers. My family was round the clock caring for the kittens for a week. We were giving Caro syrup on the gums, PediLyte for hydration, syringe feeding urgent care canned food and keeping the kittens warm by both heating supplies and skin to skin contact every three hours. Could/should we have done more?

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
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For me, Coccidia and other parasites should always be considered with these symptoms in kittens and the test to check for them is relatively simple and inexpensive compared to blood tests, it is always good to check and rule out the possibility early. The Veterinarian wasn’t wrong for not thinking about Coccidia as there may have been other symptoms or factors which may have drawn their attention in a different direction. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

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Boo
grey tabby
11 Weeks
Moderate condition
1 found helpful
Moderate condition

Has Symptoms

Farting
Mild diarrhea with a bit of blood
Mild diarrhea with a bit of blood i

Medication Used

Got a coccidia Shot at vet

How long does it take after the coccidia shot for it to make my cat stop having diarrhea? He has been farting for a while now and I took him to the vet about two days ago now and I noticed today that he has some red and his poop which I assume is blood. He doesn’t seem to be fighting as much but I forgot to ask the veterinarian how long it will take for the coccidia to go away

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
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It may take a few weeks for the Coccidia to be treated, during this time you need to clean all faeces up immediately and to clean around the anus after each defecation; this can be a tricky condition to treat and may require additional treatments before a negative test result is seen. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

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Coco & Mouse
American Short Hair
4 Months
Moderate condition
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Moderate condition

Has Symptoms

Lethargy, tremors
Lethargy

My kittens were just tested (fecal test) and diagnosed with coccidia. They have been very lethargic and sometimes their legs appear to tremble when standing.

They will occasionally get up to play when I engage them in play but they quickly lay down & put their heads down like they are exhausted.

Could this behavior be a result of the coccidia infection?

My vet is ordering Albon for me to treat them.

Dr. Michele King, DVM
Dr. Michele King, DVM
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If the kittens had a heavy infestation, it can take a lot out of them. Kittens can also have other problems, however, and if you had them examined recently, it would be a good idea to let your veterinarian know that they are not energetic and make sure that they are okay otherwise.

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Nala
Feral
6 Months
Moderate condition
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Moderate condition

Has Symptoms

Loose Bowel Movements

I’ve rehomed a feral cat, she has recently had very loose stools and today had visible blood in it, haven’t the faintest idea how I’m going to diagnose or treat her, she’s feral and lives outside roughly 6 months old and has never been handled, is there a treatment I can use in her food, I know it isn’t ideal?

Dr. Michele King, DVM
Dr. Michele King, DVM
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Thank you for your email. It is difficult without knowing what you're treating for, but many parasites are common. There are medications that can be given, though she may smell the medication and not eat the food. If you call your veterinarian and explain the situation, they'll be able to recommend general dewormers that can be given. You'll just have to cross your fingers that she eats it!

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Kittens name is Sasha other adult cats names are Ivan and Vera
DOMESTIC
8 Weeks
Mild condition
0 found helpful
Mild condition

Has Symptoms

none

I just got a kitten from Petco and she was diagnosed with coccidia . I have 2 other adult cat in the house hold . They have been using the same litter box . I do clean out my litter boxes at least once daily . What are the chances that my adult cat have gotten coccidia ? My problem is that I can't afford to take them both to the vet right now . Is there anything that I can get at the store or on line to treat them ?

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
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Many older cats are asymptomatic (don’t show symptoms) and treatment is debated since Coccidiosis may be self limiting; treatment of cats is down to your Veterinarian and if your kitten has been diagnosed you should discuss with your Veterinarian. The article below covers Coccidiosis is in dogs and cats and will give you a better idea. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM www.msdvetmanual.com/digestive-system/coccidiosis/coccidiosis-of-cats-and-dogs

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Ellie
dsh
10 Weeks
Serious condition
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Serious condition

Has Symptoms

Diarrhea
rapid weight loss

If I can’t afford an expensive vet visit, is there a way to get coccidia medicine online? I have a 10 week old kitten that I just brought home, and she’s lost a lot of weight in the past week and has diarrhea with a slightly pink tint to it in some places.

Dr. Michele King, DVM
Dr. Michele King, DVM
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You cannot get medication for coccidia without a prescription, from what I am aware. Since you don't actually know that she has coccidia, a fecal examination and appropriate medication would be a good idea, and that should not entail an expensive visit to your veterinarian - preventive care is typically quite reasonable in cost.

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Lily
American Shorthair
4 Months
Moderate condition
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Moderate condition

Has Symptoms

Runny Nose
Watery eyes
Sneezing
Red eyes,
Diarrhea
Lethargic

Medication Used

Albon 125mg

My kitten, who’s four months old, got tested for coccidia but the test had came back negative. But the vet is treating her for coccidia because she has all the symptoms. She is now on her second treatment of Albon 125 mg and as with the first round, she seems to feel better but towards the last 2 or 3 days of a 8 day cycle she takes a turn.

Dr. Michele King, DVM
Dr. Michele King, DVM
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Parasites can be persistent in kittens, and they don't show up on every fecal exam. She may need repeated fecal tests to make sure that she is free of parasites. Probiotics may help as well to help re-establish the good bacteria in her colon.

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Bella
Shorthair
4 Months
Mild condition
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Mild condition

Has Symptoms

Diarrhea
Vomiting

I recently (3 days ago) adopted 2 kittens from a shelter, one had been treated for coccidia. When I brought her home, she was still having diarrhea and has thrown up twice. My vet gave me a prescription for the diarrhea, but now my second cat has diarrhea and he has thrown up as well. Should I go back to the vet with my second cat? I have also been feeding them wet food once a day, they have free access to their dry food from an automatic feeder. Their throw up looks like they are just throwing up the wet food, should I stop giving the wet food and see if that’s why they are getting sick? Not sure what is wrong with them.

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
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Diarrhoea in your other cat may be due to a variety of causes including Coccidia, other parasites, infections, stress (new cat in the house), diet among other causes; try to feed a dry food only diet for a day or two to see if there is any improvement and ensure that you’re practicing good hygiene cleaning up faecal material and wiping the affected cat’s anus after each litter tray visit. If there is no improvement you should visit your Veterinarian for a check to be on the safe side. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

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