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What are Tritrichomonas foetus?

Tritrichomonas foetus typically accumulates as protozoa in the small intestine of cats. The organism that causes the disease will reproduce by shedding, creating an ever growing population of parasites that will continue to endanger your cat’s health without appropriate treatment.

Tritrichomonas foetus in cats is a highly contagious disease that tends to affect cats that live in catteries, shelters or other areas with multiple animals. Given Tritrichomonas foetus’ ease of travel between affected felines, it can spread rapidly in contained environments. If one cat in a household is diagnosed with Tritrichomonas Foetus in, chances are all of the household cats, or cats that share the same litter box, are affected. This is true regardless of whether the other cats are showing symptoms yet.

Symptoms of Tritrichomonas foetus in Cats

While some cats suffering from Tritrichomonas foetus can remain asymptomatic, meaning they show no symptoms of disease, there are common signs you should watch out for. These may include:

  • Diarrhea
  • Loose stool
  • Stools may be smelly
  • Weight loss
  • Dehydration
  • May affect younger or immunocompromised cats more frequently

Causes of Tritrichomonas foetus in Cats

Tritrichomonas foetus in Cats is caused by a parasite that shares the same name as the condition. Technically, Tritrichomonas foetus is a protozoan. Protozoa can be parasitic, and this is the case in Tritrichomonas foetus. Protozoa are single celled organisms which multiply by shedding off additional cells which grow to form new organisms.

Tritrichomonas foetus is transferred from cat to cat, typically through use of a shared litter box. Cats will step in litter affected with the parasite and then will become affected themselves when they groom, or lick their paws. Tritrichomonas foetus can survive in the stomach and grows and reproduces in the intestinal tract. Many times, there will be no outward signs or symptoms of Tritrichomonas foetus in healthy, adult cats. Younger cats tend to display symptoms of infection more frequently. It is important to note that just because the symptoms may resolve, this does not mean your cat is cured of the condition.

Diagnosis of Tritrichomonas foetus in Cats

To start the diagnosis of Tritrichomonas foetus in your cat, your veterinarian will first complete a physical exam. You vet may go over in detail the stomach area of your cat and palpate, or gently press on the abdomen. This will help determine any areas of particular sensitivity and rule out other conditions.

Your veterinarian will also want to run a test called a fecal smear, in order to positively identify Tritrichomonas foetus and differentiate the infection by this protozoan from other organisms. Tritrichomonas foetus can often be confused with symptoms of an infection by Giardia, another parasitic organism. Treatment of Tritrichomonas foetus is different than the treatment of Giardia, and it is important that your vet uses the fecal slide and analysis to determine which parasitic infection, if any, your cat may have. 

Treatment of Tritrichomonas foetus in Cats

The treatment of Tritrichomonas foetus in your cat will typically involve medication. Tritrichomonas foetus in Cats will be treated with drugs in a class called antiprotozoals. These are different from antibiotics or drugs used to treat parasitic infections with similar symptoms but different causes. 

The most common antiprotozoal drug used to treat Tritrichomonas foetus in cats is called ronidazole. The medication has few side effects and will begin to take effect in as little as several days. Ronidazole works by eliminating the protozoan’s ability to shed or reproduce, thus stopping the cycle of infection. During treatment, infected cats should be kept separately from non-affected cats. You should consider taking all cats in a household with a diagnosed case of Tritrichomonas foetus for veterinary examination given the contagious nature of the infection.

Recovery of Tritrichomonas foetus in Cats

While Tritrichomonas foetus in cats is highly contagious and can produce serious side effects, the good news is that the condition is highly treatable and offers a positive prognosis for full recovery. During the initial stages of treatment with an antiprotozoal medication, your cat may still display some symptoms of disease. 

As the medication begins to take effect, your cat’s loose, smelly stools will begin to subside. When the last of the organisms are no longer able to produce and have died off, your cat will be fully cured. It is important to have the other cats in the household examined that could have been exposed to Tritrichomonas foetus. Even if you successfully treat one cat in an affected household, if another is infected they may pass the protozoan on to healthy, recovered cats, after treatment with medication has been finalized.

Tritrichomonas foetus Questions and Advice from Veterinary Professionals

Big Biy
Sphynx
3 Years
Serious condition
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Has Symptoms

Direahha

My 3 year old Sphynx cat was diagnosed with Tritrichomonas Foetus. My vet is very against giving the medication ronidazole because he said it is not recommended for cats. I read above where cats are takin this medication and not having side affects that my vet explained are very common. Should I go against what he is saying and request my cat be given this medication? The direahha and “starving” cries from my cat are almost unbearable anymore. This has been going on for months.

Health Expert
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
1712 Recommendations
Ronidazole is the treatment of choice in cats and is routinely used for treatment, however your Veterinarian will know that there is the possibility of neurotoxicity in cats given ronidazole which may require supportive care during treatment; usually side effects subside after a week or so after treatment has stopped. I cannot recommend that you force your Veterinarian to prescribe something, but visiting another Veterinarian may help. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM https://cvm.ncsu.edu/wp-content/uploads/2016/05/ownersguide-to-feline-t-foetus.pdf

Hello Dr. Callum-my seven month old kitten has been on ronidazole for a week and a half now. She alternates between formed and loose stools since being on the medication. I did notice the leaking that she had is now completely gone. She still has a few days on the treatment to go, but should I be concerned that her stool is still not completely formed? Thanks for helping, reading the comments and replies has been very helpful.

Are the possible side effects, the neurotoxicity, lasting affects? Like once you stop treatment these effects will go away?

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Rosie
Russian Blue
4 Months
Moderate condition
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Moderate condition

Has Symptoms

loose stool with blood

Hi, i have a 4 month old kitten , as soon as i got her she had a pot belly and terrible gas, loose stools and bloody mucus. I took her to the vet, tested stool and it showed coccidia, we did the treatment, but the blood and loose stools continued, we did more dewormers and the last treatment was metronidazole. We tested more stools but nothing was there. But almost daily she has blood on stool. We changed her diet to prescription from the vet. I am thinking that she could have Tritrichomonas foetus, based on my description, do you think that could be happening or she could have IBS? Thank you. Patricia Dowler.

Health Expert
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
1712 Recommendations
Tritrichomonas foetus may be found in cats from shelters or catteries and produces a constant diarrhoea which may also cause colitis leading to blood in the stool; treatment of Tritrichomonas foetus is with metronidazole although some cases have been unresponsive. Diagnosis of Tritrichomonas foetus is by direct faecal smear but I cannot say whether or not Rosie is affected; dietary changes and treatment with ronidazole may help but you should discuss with your Veterinarian. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

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Rogan
Maine Coon
16 Weeks
Moderate condition
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Moderate condition

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Diarrhoea relapse while on Ronidazo

16 week old kitten TTF positive, currently being treated with ronidazole, day 6 of 14 day treatment. Diarrhoea has returned after being asymptomatic for 5 days. Good hydration, no change of diet. No weight gain in 3 days.

Health Expert
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
1712 Recommendations
Recovery from Tritrichomonas foetus can be slow and treatment may seem unrewarding initially but ronidazole is very effective for Tritrichomonas foetus infections and just keep administering the treatment and ensuring that Rogan remains hydrated. But if you have any concerns, visit your Veterinarian. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

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Pepper, Moon, Star, Lil-Bit
Strays
1 Year
Moderate condition
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Moderate condition

Has Symptoms

Leaky poop

Hi there... I had a few questions the first being is this transferable from cats to dogs or cats to humans and also if I get one test done and it's positive do I also have to do the other 3 or could I just save money and have one.

Health Expert
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
1712 Recommendations
Whilst Tritrichomonas is common in cats, it is uncommon in dogs and there is only one reported case in a human who was immunosuppressed at the time of infection; the parasite is commonly found in shelter cats and treatment may only suppress the infection and not actually cure it. You should have your cats checked and treated accordingly. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM https://cvm.ncsu.edu/wp-content/uploads/2016/03/Owners-guide-to-diagnosis-and-treatment-of-cats-infected-with-tfoetus.pdf

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