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What are Giardiasis?

The most obvious signs of giardiasis include odorous and soft diarrhea that may or may not contain blood and mucus. Cats that are suffering from giardiasis are experiencing intestinal discomfort and also at risk of becoming severely dehydrated. To prevent complications, it’s important to take your cat to a veterinarian as soon as you begin to spot the symptoms.

Giardiasis is an infection caused by the Giardia intestinalis parasite. The parasite can affect humans and animals, and in fact, is a common cause of “traveler’s diarrhea” in people. Cats can become infected after eating or drinking things that have been contaminated, mainly groundwater or animal feces. Once the parasite has been introduced into your cat’s body, it will latch onto its intestinal wall and begin reproducing and feeding, causing immediate discomfort and sudden diarrhea.

Symptoms of Giardiasis in Cats

Your cat may begin to exhibit symptoms of giardiasis suddenly without any warning. The most obvious sign of giardiasis is diarrhea with a strong odor, which is usually soft or watery, and may even be slightly discolored. Some cats will also have blood or mucus in their stool. However, this is not the only symptom of giardiasis. Some of the others include:

  • Vomiting
  • Weight loss
  • Lethargy

Causes of Giardiasis in Cats

Giardiasis is caused by the Giardia intestinalis parasite, which can infect both people and animals. Cats have to drink or eat the parasite in order to become infected. Usually, cats develop this infection after drinking contaminated water or eating contaminated feces from another animal. Once the parasite is in your cat’s body, it will attach to the intestinal walls and begin to reproduce.

Diagnosis of Giardiasis in Cats

Cats can quickly become dehydrated if they continue to have diarrhea without getting medical attention, so it’s important to take your cat to a veterinarian as soon as possible for treatment. Be sure to tell the vet when the symptoms began and how often the diarrhea has occurred. Giardiasis is characterized by strong-smelling, soft, fecal matter, so the vet will need to know if this is how your cat’s fecal matter looks and smells. You should also let your vet know about your cat’s diet. Cats can often get diarrhea from changes in their diet, so if you haven’t made any changes, it’s important to rule this out as a potential cause.

The vet will need to test your cat’s stool in order to provide an accurate diagnosis. Either a fecal smear or fecal flotation test will be done on the sample. If your cat has giardiasis, the parasite will be present in his fecal matter, however, it’s not guaranteed that every stool sample will contain the parasite. Therefore, the vet may need to test multiple samples in order to confirm it is giardiasis. It’s possible that he will ask to test samples from three different days before making an official diagnosis.

Treatment of Giardiasis in Cats

In some cases, the vet will not be able to spot the parasite in the cat’s stool even if it is present in the cat’s body. If no other causes of the symptoms can be identified, the vet may diagnose your cat with giardiasis even though he has not actually seen the parasite.

Unless your cat is very weak, you should be able to take him home after consulting with the vet. However, if your cat has suffered severe dehydration or electrolyte imbalance from vomiting and having diarrhea, he may need to receive fluids via an IV.

No medications have been approved to treat giardiasis in cats within the United States. However, vets will still administer prescription medications, most commonly metronidazole, to treat giardiasis. This will usually need to be given for a period of up to one week. 

Your cat will also need to be thoroughly bathed to ensure there are no parasites hiding in the cat’s fur.

Recovery of Giardiasis in Cats

The majority of cats will fully recover from giardiasis after receiving the proper medication, but those who already have weakened immune systems are at a higher risk of developing complications. To prevent your cat from contracting giardiasis again after he has recovered, you will need to keep his living environment as clean as possible. Ask your vet how you should sterilize his bedding, toys, and any other items he may come into contact with. If you have other pets, make sure they are checked for giardiasis right away. 

While your cat is taking medication, it’s important to bathe him on a regular basis with shampoo recommended by your vet. It’s best to keep your cat indoors so he is not exposed to any contaminated feces from other animals. 

After you have administered the full course of medication, bring your cat in for a follow-up visit to retest for the parasites. 

Giardiasis Questions and Advice from Veterinary Professionals

Rose
Siamese
13 Years
Moderate condition
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Moderate condition

Has Symptoms

defecating outside litter box

Medication Used

Flagyl

My cat is a 100% indoor cat. We do have a dog, however; he was tested for Giardia and it was negative. Rose, the cat, started to defecate outside of her litter box when it was clean. It was not necessarily diarrhea but it was more loose than normal. I became concerned when she then was not interested in eating her food. I went and bought wet food and she would eat that. From everything that I am reading, it seems highly unlikely that she would get it but the lab tests came back positive. She is older, 10-13 is my guess, so I'm concerned for it to come back. She just started her prescription today. We have washed her bedding but I am now concerned for our dog. Is there anything else that can be helpful? He has zero access to her litter box but they share a water bowl.

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Luna and Frey
Long hair domestic
3 Months
Fair condition
0 found helpful
Fair condition

Has Symptoms

Diarrhea
Vomitting
Blood in stopl, Diarrhea, Vomitting
Blood In Stool

Medication Used

metronidazole
Panacur
Proviable

I adopted two kittens from a shelter and they told us before adoption they had Giardia and was on the clear for adoption list after being treated. I’m not upset with the shelter. I understand they to the best of their ability! But ever since I had adopted them even in the box I took them back home in they had nothing but runny stool. And it was fowel smelling. But since I had it in my attention they should be healed and good from that they should be good. And probably stressed out and curious where they were going etc. so after having them for half a month I have fed them nothing but wet food (which kept them hydrated during the process of still having Giardia when I was still unaware) and swapped it to dry food when I gave them dry food they ate it not liking it as much as wet food but their poop finally become more firm but then I started seeing blood in thier stool and I become devastated and the only thought popped up in my head was.”Giardia they must still have Giardia..” and I called around asking advice and prices and so much said expensive and one said if I couldn’t afford it to surrender them. Etc no hope. So I was calling the shelter back and told them the issue and I told them I didn’t wanna have to surrender them because of a random finicial problem occurring. And that I was 100% sure at this point it’s Giardia because they show nothing but the signs. And at first they gave me a few places to go to then their vet had them contact me and said she offered giving me the medication for them for free and I’m so ever grateful and thankful for them for doing such a kind thing. Surely enough I brought them back and they did retesting on them to make sure and sure enough it was still Giardia in their system nothing else. So they gave me the medicine and told me intrustions of how much to use for them of the prov. Panacur, and metro. They are only officially 3 months old now. And so far I believe they are better but 1 still has gas problems and I have given them their medicine for a complete full week all 7 days. As instructed. so far no diarrhea no fowl smelling poop but still gassy butt. this is my experience my first ever experience dealing with Giardia and I hope it’s over with so far (my kittens are indoors) I’ve also given them baths and even used special kitten wipes because I understand cats don’t like frequent baths like that so I would take them when ever I’ve seen or heard them do the number two. And wipe their butts and paws before they ever wanted to attempted to clean themselves and tail and under belly. And used bleach around anywhere they have use the bathroom or made a mess. And they are just now off their medication. but like I said I’m hoping I’m officially done with Giardia I understand it’s a very easy and complicated parasite to get rid of. It’s easy far as treatment. It’s hard far as they very possibility of getting it back again even just by two kittens cleaning each other. and eating the shed cyst. I know at first my kitten Luna did not like taking this medication and Freya hated it the most but 1 and 2 swapped roles at first Luna was calm and took her medication tabs Freya was the fiestie one who would claw you to the death. Then Luna became that way and Freya just accepted it. Haha! But i wanna know others experiences and how long it took for thier fur babies to fully recover!!

How did you clean the kittens toys? Just wondering. My kitten was just diagnosed with Giardia as well. And i want to make sure the house is cleaned properly and his toys. The vet told me to use baby wioes to clean paws and butt after every litter box use. But nothing about a bath. Should i bathe after a few days of being on meds, or you think the wipes are goos enough.

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Luna and Freya
Long domestic fur
3 Months
Fair condition
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Fair condition

Has Symptoms

Blood In Stool

Medication Used

metronidazole
Metronidazole Panacur and proviable

My kittens Luna and Freya have recently about a week ago have finished their treatment this week I’m still finding blood in their stool. and the vet had said nothing else was wrong with them but the Giardia do they still have Giardia or is that just a symptom??

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Enzo
domestic short hair
5 Years
Moderate condition
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Moderate condition

Has Symptoms

Diarrhea
Eye Discharge
Stiffness
Lethargy

Just found out today that my 5-year-old cat has Giardia. He will start his medication today, but he has been sick for close to three weeks now. He has had discharge from both eyes, some congestion, stiffness, and has been more lethargic. It seems like these symptoms could be a great number of things, but could they also be from the Giardia? He has been on a few meds in the past couple of weeks for these other symptoms but I'm wondering if they didn't seem to help because he is actually sick from the Giardi? He has only had a little bit of diarrhea.

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Kookos
Ragdoll
Five Months
Fair condition
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Fair condition

Has Symptoms

Noticed giardia from ELISA test in

Medication Used

Axilur 7-10 days

Hello! Our cat got giardia diagnosis. We have given Alixur for 7 days now, as 7th day, we got more "normally colour" poo. He poo'ed second time today, and it was again pretty light poo.

at 4th day, we cleaned our room for 4-5 hours. all floor, soffa, bedroom, actually everything..

Should poo be more normal already ? or have we failed on cleaning somehow ?

Here in Finland we dont have much information from Giardia.

Dr. Michele King, DVM
Dr. Michele King, DVM
1610 Recommendations
Thank you for your email. Giardia an persist in the stool, but after treatment and all of your cleaning, your environment should be clear of the parasite. It can be a difficult parasite to eradicate from Kookos intestines, however, and it would be a good idea to have him retested 3-4 weeks after treatment to make sure that he has cleared the infection. It can also take some time for his intestines to recover, and you may see abnormal stools until then. If you aren't sure that he is okay, it would be a good idea to follow up with your veterinarian to make sure. I hope that all goes well with him.

What is the best medicine to give our cat that has been diagnosed with gardia?

Ty,
Sherry

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Prince
Short hair domestic
21 Months
Critical condition
1 found helpful
Critical condition

Has Symptoms

Anemia, weight loss, lethargy

Can Giardiasis cause dangerously low red blood cell counts (31May-count was 11) and weight loss (11 lbs to 7lbs in 3mos). Prince is not yet 2yrs old, indoor/outdoor cat. Vets said "non-regenerative anemia" but after multiple blood work (in-house and lab), still don't know what's causing this. He tested positive for Giardiasis and has been on meds for about 2wks. Bloodwork from this week now shows red count at 15 and 1/2lb weight gain. Parasites still present. *Also-he licks the brick & cement hearth around the fireplace, the iron stove, and the rusty iron fireplace tools (poker, ash-shovel,etc). Low iron?

Dr. Michele King, DVM
Dr. Michele King, DVM
1610 Recommendations
Giardia doesn't typically cause a drop in blood cell counts, no. I'm not sure what medications he is on, but If his signs and counts are improving, that is a positive sign, and he may be low in iron - the best thing to do for that would be to make sure he is eating a high quality cat food, as that will have appropriate levels of vitamins and minerals for him to recover.

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Millie
long hair
6 Months
Mild condition
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Mild condition

Has Symptoms

Diarrhea
Stinky poop

Medication Used

panacur-c

Our cat was diagnosed with giardia months ago, we gave her the medicine prescribed by the vet, she got retested and was still positive for it, gave her more of the medicine, and I think she is still positive with it. What should we do?

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
3319 Recommendations
Panacur (fenbendazole) is the treatment of choice for Giardia in cats and dogs, if treatment has been ineffective you should see your Veterinarian to see if the next course of treatment may be combined with metronidazole. When you’re treating a cat, you need to ensure that strict hygiene practices are carried out like cleaning around the anus and cleaning the litter tray. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

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Icy & Mouse
American Shorthair
2 Years
Fair condition
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Fair condition

Has Symptoms

Smelly Loose Stool
Kittens diagnosed with Giardia

Medication Used

none yet

I had two kittens from one litter diagnosed with Giardia. However I have three litters all living together as well as on PG cat and now one that has just given birth. i would like to use Safe Guard on all to eradicate this in my home, but is it safe for pregnant & nursing Mom's?

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
3319 Recommendations
Safeguard or Panacur (fenbendazole) are safe for use in pregnant or lactating queens. Below (first link) there is the dosing instructions for Pancur which has the same active ingredient as Safeguard and the second link goes into more details about treatment of Giardia including pregnant and lactating animals. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM www.noahcompendium.co.uk/?id=-455689 www.merckvetmanual.com/digestive-system/giardiasis-giardia/overview-of-giardiasis

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Tippy and Mitzy
tabby
1 Year
Moderate condition
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Moderate condition

Has Symptoms

Diarrhea

I'm pretty sure that I have two cats nearly a year old with giardiasis. Their stools are loose (not liquid but loose enough that they cannot be easily scooped), they are VERY foul smelling, and at one point were slightly green and slimy.

I have used Panacur in the past but when reading the packaging it says it treats "Roundworms, hookworms, whipworms, and tapeworms". It is my understanding that giardiasis is a parasite and not a worm. Does Panacur work on these parasites?

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