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Coworker bought Persian kitten from pet store

post #1 of 13
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A coworker of mine bought a Persian kitten from a pet store back in July (the kitten was born in early April). They now know not to do that again. Anyways, here is the scenario:

A couple of days after purchasing the kitten they took it to the vet recommended by the pet store. Of course, the vet said the kitten was fine.

Not too soon after, the kitten was so sick; it wouldn't even move. They rushed her to the emergency vet and it was soon discovered that she had an infection and her white cell count was 7,000. After treatment at the emergency office, they went home with antiobiotics and all seemed to be going well.

Once she was over the infection, it was soon discovered that she had ringworm. They then went to the vet at Petsmart and got some topical medication for the ringworm. Well the ringworm kept spreading so she called the vet at Petsmart and they dispensed an oral-liquid medication instead. (I never knew there was an oral medication for ringworm?) Well the oral medication made the kitten foam at the mouth so they stopped giving it to her and just continued with the topical medication. They are still treating the ringworm; there is only one spot left on the kittens chin.

Well by now they have spent $700.00 just to buy the kitten and between the vet visits and medication they have spent over $500.00.

Now, the kitten is having what looks like a bloody gel like substance at the end of some (not all) of her bowl movements. Other than that, the kitten is behaving 100% normal: eating, drinking, and playing. Since they are a bit broke now because of all the expenses, a vet friend of theirs dispensed them 2 antibiotics that he said treats the 2 known infections that cause rectal bleeding. They haven't given her the antibiotics yet and are a bit reluctant to do so because the pills are huge. This has been going on for a week or so without a decline in the kittens behavior.

Has anyone ever heard about the stool looking like that? If so, what is the typical cause? Could it be because of all the medication she has been on recently. The cat is current on her vaccines and like I said is active, drinking, and eating. I would think that if it was an infection that needed antibiotics, the cat would be more lethargic. I would think more along the lines of some type of intestinal worm that is just starting out but the cat is only kept inside. There are 2 other indoor cats in the home and they are perfectly fine.

So, any ideas out there? They say they are going to take her to the vet but I'm very curious about this and if I can give them any info that would rush them into going sooner, I would be glad to give it to them.
post #2 of 13
What a terrible story! Those poor people, and that poor kitty!!!! Unforunately, I know nothing about any of this. I'm just writing to say I'm sending prayers that kitty gets to the vet ASAP, that they find some way to afford it, and that this story has a happy ending.

Maybe that Vet should be investigated? With the Vet's "O.K." there's no way to sue the Pet Store. But someone sure needs to!

Sorry I can't be of any direct help.
post #3 of 13
In general, the mucous and blood in the stool is coccidia, worms, bateria, or just inflamation of the lower bowel. There are several medications for all cases and without the name, I can't tell you if there's an alternative.
post #4 of 13
Thread Starter 
Sandie, I had asked her the names of the antibiotics since I used to work at a vet and I recognize some of them and what they treat. She couldn't remember but is bringing the pills up here to day to show me.

It wasn't the antibiotics so much that sounded unusual so me but that she said the pills were so huge. I wouldn't think a kitten would need such a high dosage. Anyways, as soon as she brings the meds up here I'll post what they are because I have a feeling they aren't going to be the basic antibiotics that treat general infections.

Thanks Sandie.

LDG - thanks for the support
post #5 of 13
Thread Starter 
Got the Meds, really aren't big pills, they are:

Flagyl 250 mg twice a day; dispensed 16 pills - if I remember correctly isn't Flagy to treat the loose stool (like immodium for people).

Albon 125 mg twice a day; dispenses 20 pills - I'm assuming this must be the antibiotic but I've not heard of this one.

Griseofulvin (microsized)liq125 mg/5ml; 2 ccs twice daily - this is the oral ringworm medication that made the kitten foam at the mouth.
post #6 of 13
Thread Starter 
Well I researched the antibiotic and found out that it treats coccidia. I suggested to them to go ahead and give her the antibiotic and if there was no improvement after the course of antibiotics or if things get worse during the course of the antibiotics to take her to the vet a.s.a.p.
post #7 of 13
Flagyl is for runny stool. Most of the time, it's recomended that it be crushed and mixed into some baby food so that it's easier to give. The Albon is for coccidia along with several other infections. They do make a liquid form of albon which is much easier to give. It reminds me of chalky bannana's. If it's coccidia, you don't need the Flagyl. The loose stools with be gone within a few days of taking Albon. I would also tell her that if the ringworm comes back, she should talk to the vet about Ketoconizole. It's a little easier on the system and it can be special made to taste like chicken.
post #8 of 13
Thread Starter 
Thanks a bunch Sandie
post #9 of 13
Ringworm is most easily treated with a combination of an oral medication called fulvicin (the one you mentioned) and a topical cream. The fulvicin makes the ringworm not contagious to others and helps it to not spread further on the animal/person. Yes, people can and do get ringworm from animals. Your friends should be aware that it IS contagious and watch for signs of ringworm in their other cats. The foam of the mouth from the oral medication is just saliva foam because the cat doesn't want to take it, nothing serious. I'm not sure what the protocol for cats is, but in calves you have to treat the ringworm sites with topical cream until they are healed, and give them fulvicin pills for a full 21 days. Thoroughly clean everything the kitten has come into contact with while having ringworm because it does stay on things and can reinfect the cats months later. Good luck!
post #10 of 13
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Just wanted to give an update. Now that the kitten has been taking the antibiotics, her stool is normal. Last week, I went to her house on my lunch break so I could show her how to pill a cat; she was very nervous about doing it. When she came back to work this week she told me that she had been doing it and it was a lot easier than she thought.

I feel like I did something good
post #11 of 13
YOU GO GIRL!!!! You sure did do good! These pet stores are so often so negligent, and it leads to so many tragedies. You are an angel for helping your friend, and kitties everywhere love you for it!! (People too!)

post #12 of 13
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Oh stop now, I'm blushing. I just did what I knew I could to help, even if it was just showing them how to pill the kitty.
post #13 of 13
Because you care.

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