Posted by: Edge | 2004/11/05

Kittens - colds and diarhoea

My cats seem to have diarhoea without any other symptoms - no reduced appetite, drink water normally, etc. They eat exclusive Hills pellets. Their eyes look normal.

The other cat (none of those with diarhoea) seem to have a hoarse voice all of a sudden. He is just listless and seems to have wanted to stay under the blankets this morning. He did not eant to eat last night, but did so this morning and had water too. His eyes look normal.

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There is obviously a common denominator such as virus going around your cats. If they recover rapidly, it is nothing to worry about. If the diarrhoea persists, they may need assistance such as antibiotic treatment for bacterial problems. Alternatively, feed them a meat only diet for a few days until the stools are back to normal, then reintroduce your regular diet. If they lose appetite completely and become very listless they may need veterinary assistance as well.

Dr Malan van Zyl
Veterinary Specialist Physician
Cape Town

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