Kitten Vomiting and Diarrhea

by Rebecca Hatfield
( Elberton, Georgia)

I have a 4 week old kitten that just was introduced to some soft kitten food. he's been vomiting his mother's milk. It's smells and looks like spoiled milk. His diarrhea is yellow and very runny. He's lethargic and not eating now. Hogging the heat source. Eyes and ears are clear. The mother has chronic diarrhea. what can I give him to settle his stomach. He's drinking lots of water.

Vet Suggestion For Treating Kitten Vomiting and Diarrhea

Hello Rebecca,

Your kitten needs to be seen by a veterinarian. Young kittens are very susceptible to a number of illnesses – viruses, bacterial infections, and parasites to name a few – that can be very serious, even fatal without prompt treatment. Giving medications without knowing what you are treating is usually a waste of money and will often make the situation worse rather than better in the long run.

A veterinarian will start by performing a physical exam and then will probably want to run a couple of simple tests (e.g., a fecal flotation and blood test for feline leukemia and feline immunodeficiency viruses). Based on the results, the doctor should be able come up with a plan for treatment or continued diagnostic work-up.

Jennifer Coates, DVM

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Jul 03, 2016
Chronic Diarrhea in Cats
by: Anonymous

With reference to the lady whose kitten has got Chronic runs, you advised her to take to the vet straight away.,tiny kittens lose fluid so quickly it's very important I agree.

But she also mentions that the mother cat ALSO has Cronic diarrhea too,,, surely she should be advised to take mother cat as well? If she has an illness and still feeding, this problem is just going to go round and round.

Needs to be started at the source if the problem- the mother cat, as well as the kitten, or kittens as it's probably being passed initially through her milk perhaps I am wrong, but this is my opinion, for what it's worth, having had cats and kittens for almost 50 years, I feel I'm in a position to speak . Regards Helen in UK. 😽🐾🐾

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