So, I adopted my kitten (Starbuck) at the end of October. Shortly afterword, I took her to the vet because she was dehydrated and lethargic. It turned out she had coccidia. The vet gave me a 10-day round of oral medication. After a few days, she started drinking and eating and acting normal again.
Once in a while, she herself will smell like she had diarrhea and didn't get it off of her, though all of those times she hasn't had anything on her. It goes away if I bathe her. I think she's only smelled like that about three times in all, the last one being about two weeks ago while my friend was watching her. That time, my friend didn't even bathe her and the smell went away. Other than that she has seemed completely fine. I just reread the post I made about this, and someone had
Today, for the first time since I had her, she went to the bathroom outside of the litterbox. I live with a friend of mine and her dad, so most of the time, Starbuck is in my room. Her food and litter and stuff are in my room. As much as possible, when there are people around, she gets free reign of the downstairs. Usually, she stays where people are, and if I'm downstairs for a long time, she just makes a beeline for the litter box as soon as I go upstairs.
However, today she just pooped on the carpet downstairs. So, that in of itself is concerning only because I want to make sure there's not something wrong that would change her behavior. Are there common reasons why that would happen? It's only happened once, so I'm not super concerned, but want to be on top of it.
What I'm more concerned about is that there was a very tiny amount of very liquidy blood (I'm assuming it's blood) in her poop. It was truly a miniscule amount, but especially because of the coccidia I want to be on top of things. I know that the coccidia can be hard to eradicate, so if it is starting to come back I want to act quickly.
The poop itself seemed healthy, and didn't look like it was in the diarrhea territory, but the fact that she couldn't/didn't wait until she could get to the litter box is unusual. Should I wait and see if it happens again? Or should I be on the phone with the vet already?
I just moved from Ohio to northern Virginia, so I need to find a new vet, though I can call the vet who saw her to ask what he thinks in the time being. I'll make a separate post for this, but while I have your attention, does anyone have a vet suggestion in the northern Virginia/DC metro area?
Thanks much! Sorry for the long, disjointed post. Happy Holidays!