Please help! :( Two kittens with coccidia!

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Purred: Sat Oct 6, '12 8:41pm PST 
Hello! Thank you for any answers and for reading!

About two weeks ago I picked up two kittens, brother and sister. About 7-8 weeks when we picked them up. Think they're hitting nine weeks now.
We first noticed that the female had very runny stools and a 'Pop belly' and noticed that this could be due to worms. So we called in for their vet appointment and picked up a dewormer and treated them both over the weekend : She was loaded, the brother we never really saw anything.

Come last Monday their appointment runs around. We found out they're pretty healthy: but have coccidia. (We picked them up from a women where people just drop cats off too her in a box by her door. They said any cat that walks in their doors is loaded with coccidia coming from her.) -- So. The vet gave them one dose of I think Albon? And we were too give them the other half the next day. (We did).

It's now been almost a week and they both have very runny stools. I never really noticed it from the brother, but now he's the worse out of the two.

I'm a little flustered and stressed as I've never had cat problems like this. The worst I've ever dealt with is fleas (And my last cat had feline leukemia). -- Still. Nothing of this measure. It's getting tedious to keep wiping their butts, when the brother has more hair in his rear for it too get stuck too. And I know they don't like me poking around their back end!

The Vet's office opens Monday morning, where I will give them a call but we're in the process of saving money too move across town in two weeks, and If I can help it: I really don't want to take them to the vet until their visit from three weeks from now.

So. Exactly how long does it take for coccidia to run it's course? I've done a little research on my own and people say that Albon doesn't actually kill coccidia, just prevents it from reproducing - and then you usually wait for the kitten to run it's course.

I want to love and cuddle these two to death: but wiping their butts and being worried about getting poo all over me or my things makes it very frustrating. cry


always has time- to lick your- face
Purred: Sun Oct 7, '12 9:28am PST 
Your kitties should be on Albon for 8-10 days. It is an antibiotic. Coccidia is easily taken care of with enough days of Albon.


Purred: Tue Oct 9, '12 6:55pm PST 
Hi! I had a similar problem last year with a litter of kittens I fostered and then with my own rescue kitten. Like the above comment the recommended term of Albon is usually 8-10 days but depending on the severity of the Coccidia they might need a second dose of Albon like the kittens I fostered had to. Also, it's crucial to keep the litter pan as clean as possible, which may sound like an insurmountable task. My former boss and veterinarian suggested changing the litter every other day, not filling the litter pans as much, and then washing the litter pans, letting them soak in a diluted Bleach mixture for 5-10 minutes and then washing again just to make certain they were fully cleaned. It seemed to do the trick here anyways. Hope that helps and that the babes get better! (:


Purred: Thu Jan 3, '13 1:51pm PST 
Please read this article:
http://www.catster.com/lifestyle/cat-health-coccidia-treat ment

I went through 2 course of Albon and it was right back. Encourage your vet to prescribe Ponazuril as this kills the little bugger. Do a thorough wipe down of surfaces and thorough cleaning of the litter boxes during and after treatment.


go getter kitter
Purred: Sun Jan 6, '13 9:29am PST 
S to ponazuril, it is much better as it only takes max 2 tiny doses. The problem is that so many vets have not started using it yet. We get ours compounded at Roadrunner Pharmacy.