6 mo Bengal cat with diarrhea - maybe tritrichomonas foetus, maybe not
August 25, 2013 12:25 PM Subscribe
I have a 6 month old Bengal male cat with persistent diarrhea. We narrowed it down through testing to tritrichomonas foetus and gave him 30mg/kg dose of Ronidazole for two weeks. The diarrhea went away while he was on Ronidazole, then returned within 48 hours after going off the Ronidazole.
I am taking a sample back for testing (which is really tricky with tritrichomonas foetus) on Monday and see what the vet says. But I am wondering if anyone has any experience with this.
posted by alcahofa to pets & animals (6 answers total)
My vet has not had a lot of experience with diagnosing and treating tritrichomonas foetus. Treatment of tritrichomonas foetus with Ronidazole is new, only about 5 years. Even now it is difficult to diagnose as the protozoa are fast swimming when they are alive and dead within 10 minutes of leaving the intestines.
Furthermore, I am not sure we have the right diagnosis. We administered the max dose of Ronidazole and the diarrhea persists. My vet feel that once the obvious causes of diarrhea in cats have been ruled out, it can be impossible to identify the cause and cure.
I am inclined to let it go as a problem that is unlikely to be solved, but when a cat has diarrhea this severe, they can't reliably make it to the litter box despite their best intentions. It's an incredibly difficult thing to manage.
Also, he is a 5 lb cat and he gained a pound while on the Ronidazole for two weeks. So clearly the diarrhea is affecting his development.
This is my first cat ever. I am completely and totally and somewhat unexpectedly in love with this cat... I am a dog person but unable to have a dog at this time. I need to find a solution; I currently face 20 years of poop on everything.
Anyone been through this? Anyone figured this out? Does it ever just go away?