Coccidia in Kittens
It lives in the intestinal linings of the animals and is the causative factor of the condition better known as Coccidiosis.
- The condition is common in kittens younger than 6 months
- It can also affect older cats if they have weakened immune systems
- There are many cats who can get infected with Coccidia and not exhibit symptoms
- The condition can be treated easily if it is detected early
Coccidia in Kittens Symptoms:
- Diarrhea – it can be watery or it can contain blood
Dehydration – a direct result of diarrhea, vomiting, and lack of water intake.
How to Treat Coccidia in Kittens
Treating coccidian in kittens as early as possible is going to be the key to saving the kitten’s life.
- Kittens will be given antibiotics in order to prevent and stop the growth of coccidian
- As the kitten ages, its immune system will mature and it will be able to fight off the infection better.
When treating the condition with antibacterial agents, it is important to follow the treatment method as prescribed. Stopping when symptoms improve can only worsen things.
Cleaning the environment that the kitten is staying in can also prevent the recurrence of an infection.
To add to treating the infective agent itself, cats will also be subject to supportive medication that help to treat the symptoms, these include:
- Fluid therapy
- Electrolyte replacement
- Pain medication
- Nutritional supplementation
- Cage Rest
Proper diagnosis is also important for kittens that have Coccidia. Diagnosis is done in the doctor’s office with fecal analysis.