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Kitten Not Gaining Weight/Chronic Diarrhea

I have a male domestic short-hair (mutt) who is having chronic diarrhea. Every bowel movement is small and he has 2 or 3 throughout the day and most of the time they have mucus and a dot of bright red blood at the end. He's had numerous tests and nothing really comes out conclusive. He's had liquid Metronidazole and Tylan Powder both have made no difference. His most recent test came back positive for feline corona virus and c. perfringens enteroxtoxin. The odd thing is that we have another kitten that is his sister and she doesn't have this problem (normal stool with a dollop of softer stool on top which we've been told is normal for kittens on kitten chow). We've tried seeing if it's a sensitive digestion system with trying out different foods. They were on Science Diet Ocean Fish Kitten chow but we're now transitioning to Purina One Real Lamb Sensitive Stomach formula. We've just started that and haven't seen any result. We've tried putting fiber in their wet food. Tried not feeding them wet food.

I feel like we're running out of things to try and our vet seems to be out of ideas. He plays and cuddles and acts healthy, but he's just so tiny compared to his sister. He only weighs 8lbs and his sister is going on 9 and a half and before this problem started he was always ahead of her in weight.

Am I worrying for nothing? He just never has normal bowel movements and that really worries me. Any help would be greatly appreciated and if you'd like to see his full medical record I'd be more than happy to send it over.

Thank you,
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sorry for kitties ongoing problems...as with any chronic health issue the exact cause and treatment can be difficult to find.
Psyllium is a soluble fiber and therefore good for diarrhea, kitty can become dehydrated if the diarrhea is frequent and watery....than as Nancy suggested SubQ fluids via your Vet would be required.
make sure your kitty is drinking plenty of fluids, a chicken broth (without salt, preferably homemade) is soothing and will encourage drinking.

Also Slippery Elm Bark avail at any health food store, I use it for my Nemo for his urinary tract health, its also soothing for the bowel muscles.
I could give you the safe brand names for cats if you are interested?

Probiotics(acidophilus) to improve the nutrient absorption, with diarrhea the food is passing quickly through the digestive tract.(this is avail thru a health food outlet)

I hope the new diet and supplementing esp with psyillum will give him some relief.

Please keep us posted.

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I forgot to mention he's 11 months old.
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One of my cats (she is now 10 years old) had corona virus as a kitten.  It is very persistant and can take quite a while to overcome and even then there are typically lasting effects.  My can still reacts to any type of vaccines and her growth is stunted.  Your kitten will probably need subquetanious hydration and force feeding for a while.
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