Soft stools in kittens and mature cats

Hi,

My cattery is doing very well BUT... I have the problem of having frequent soft stools from the kittens and parents.

The kittens vary from 9 weeks to 7 weeks to 5 weeks.

They are all Persians.

All 3 mothers and father were tested for all and any disease prior to mating and all have a clean bill of health.

I have been giving all kittens Strongid-T ever since they have been 2 weeks of age and of course the mothers as well since they clean them.

I have done and paid for a multitude of fecal tests on different cats and kittens where the samples were sent off to a lab... nothing came out of it. There is no micro-bacteria or virus in any of the fecal sample.
They are eating well and are on Kitten Pro.

THe cattery is disinfected every other day, there litters are cleaned twice daily, water is filtered water...

I've been spending countless amounts of money of tests, Fortiflora and Florentero to help them get through this. Even though it is on and off.... I am worried.

Kittens have been adopted and are now living with their new families where there too they have the same issue and they remained on Kitten 36 (same as the start kits).

I am at my wits end... Some may not see this as a major issue... but I do. It is bad for their intestinal wall, because of the soft stools, they often step in it OR it does get stuck in their bum and thigh coat which we clean every time of course...

Can any one help?

If you tell me to do another test on them... I will scream!

Like I said... there is no test left to do on these guys unless you can think of something that the lab has not.

Thank you for your time.

Best regards,

Nat

Calla Lily

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Comment by Emmanuel PRO Technical Service on August 20, 2013 at 6:12am

Hi,

Hope this finds you well, I just saw your post and am sorry to read that. However, our diagnosis assistance service is here to help you when dealing with this kind of situation.

One of our previous post highlighted some key elements that can help when dealing with diarrhea in kittens, especially in Persians which are individuals with usually a higher-than-normal digestive sensitivity http://royalcaninbreedersclub.ning.com/profiles/blogs/weaning-diarr... I would definitely to look into it, maybe you'll find tips that might be helpful for your cattery.

One key thing in my opinion is the hygiene of the litter box, when you say they are disinfected how is this done (this might sound like a basic question but it has a huge importance because there is no disinfectant that is effetive on all digestive pathogens and there might be room to improve here)? How manny litter boxes do you use for the cattery vs the number of cats? What kind of litter and how often is it changed?

Unfortunately we don't have tests that can detect all pathogens and some of them like T. foetus, Giardia or Coccidia are tricky with intermittent secretion. Part of our diagnosis assistance service is that we can discuss the diagnostic approach in the cattery with your vet if he/she is ok with it but we can also cover the costs of some of these analyses to help our breeder partners (don't hesitate to connect with your RC rep to know more about the details).

Don't hesitate to connect directly with me so we can discuss this further, again I'll be glad to help.

Sincerely

Emmanuel Fontaine

PRO Technical Services

 

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