Kitten diarrhea

I have a kitten 7 weeks old (not sure of age). He is eating solid food (Purina Kitten Chow). Issue is he has diarrhea. Is he too young for deworming? It does not look like worms is the issue. He eats well, drinks well, and is very energetic. Any suggestions?

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    By: Kara McCarty El Segundo, CA

    Replied on 04/19/2011

    Parasites in kittens are the most common reason for diarrhea. Most parasites cannot be seen with the naked eye. I would submit a fresh fecal sample to your veterinarian to make sure that isn't an issue. If he hasn't been wormed at least twice by a good general worm medication like pyrantal or Drontal he should be anyway. Protozoal parasites can also lead to diarrhea so make sure you discuss these with your veterinarian as well. Another cause of diarrhea in kittens is an immunosuppressive virus like Feline Leukemia. If he hasn't already been tested for it he should be.

    That said this case of diarrhea may be caused by a change in diet. Did you change his diet when you got him? If that's the case feeding a bland diet of boiled chicken mixed with boiled plain white rice (2/3 chicken & 1/3 rice) may help settle things down. Feed this for 4 to 5 days to settle things down and if the diarrhea resolves gradually add his original food back in increasing amounts over 4 to 5 days until he's back on his regular diet.

    You can also give him Kao-Pectate at 1ml per pound every 6 hours for 3 to 4 days to slow down his diarrhea.

    It's unlikely he's developed anything serious because he feels so well but if he starts vomiting or stops eating then a quick trip to his veterinarian is warranted.

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