I have two kittens, one male and one female (brother and sister). They were born on a farm and were took from there mother at about 8/9 weeks and I got them from a friend who takes in Ferrel cats at about 10 weeks old. They are about 5 months now.
Ever since I got my male kitten I have noticed that every so often he gets a really gurgly stomach. When they have been to the vets for vaccination's I have mentioned it and they have said its probably gas but surly gas would go away?
He sometimes has runny poo's as well but not necessary when he has a grumbly stomach and he is the only one of the two who has been sick. I think hes been sick about 4 times since we got him in September, but one day when he was sick twice I did notice him eating a spider the night before.
I have also noticed, and I don't know if this is of any significance, but when the two are sleeping, or really relaxed, my male seems to breath heavier than my female and faster, it doesn't seem strained but its not as relaxed, again when I have mentioned this at the vets they have listened to his heart and chest and said that is seems fine.
They were wormed as kittens by the person who took them in and I wormed them once again about 3 months ago. They do not go outside yet as we want them neutering first.
I hope you can give me some reassurance.
It is so nice of you to rescue these kittens. I think this grumbling and runny stool could be due to parasites (worms), food issues, or from inadequate bacterial populations in the intestinal tract.
Have you had a fecal test done at your vet? They should check for the usual parasites and for Giardia. Dewormers that you get at pet stores often don't work or may not work against the particular parasites your kitten has. So I would talk to your veterinarian about a proper dewormer such as Profender or Drontal, even if the fecal tests are negative.
What food are you feeding them? The problem could be due to the type of food or brand. You may need to try a different brand. Make sure it is a high quality kitten food.
I would also talk to your veterinarian about a probiotic such as Fortiflora. That helps with the normal bacteria in a cat's intestinal system and can really help a lot in kittens.
It is hard for me to address the breathing problem without seeing the kitten myself. If it continues, you may ask your vet to do an xray of the chest to see if there is anything abnormal they can see.
I hope this helps. Write back with updates or any other questions. My recommendation is to keep the kitties indoors even after neutering. So many bad things can happen to them outside. They will have less medical problems which saves you money in the long run.
I am about to worm them again today, I use front line spot on wormer from my vets.
I feed them a small amount of wet food 3 times a day, (I was told that it was best to give kittens little food ofter) Its supermarket brand but the women I got them off said that she tryed them on kitten food first and they had diarrhea and were sick so she gave them adult food and they were fine. They also have access to dry biscuits and water all day.
I am going to the vets again in a few weeks and I will talk to them about your suggestions.
I want to keep them inside too but everyone tells me its unfair and cats should have some freedom so I'm not sure.
Frontline treats fleas but does not kill intestinal parasites.
Cats this young should be eating kitten food. You probably need to use a different brand. Usually diets found at the pet store are higher in quality than supermarket brands and therefore may be better digested.
You can create an indoor environment that is interesting for them. If they are used to being indoors they won't miss the outdoors. They will also have each other to play with. Going outdoors exposes them to disease, parasites, and trauma. There is also the stress of having to maintain a territory and fight off other cats.
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