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campylobacter in cats

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We adopted our cats at the end of August 2017 from a cat sanctuary. They are ages 4 and 5. Since day one they have had diarrhoea. The animal sanctuary we got them from advised that all would be fine and not to take them to the vet. They claim the cats had no illness when at the sanctuary.

 

We disregarded their advice and took them to the vets and were given antibiotics...these didn’t work. We then had poo samples taken and were told our cats have campylobacter.

 

They were put on a liquid medicine of Erythromycin, three times a day (every 8 hours. 0.7mls for our female cat and 0.8mls for our male cat)

 

They had it for 10 days and then we were told to stop giving it them. Our female cat started doing solid poo but our male cat remained the same. After about two weeks our female cat again had diarrhoea.

 

They went back on the Erythromycin. Our male cat had it for 5 weeks and our female cat had it for 3 weeks. They are currently on a week’s break to see what happens. Our female cat is having more solid movements but there is now blood in it. Our male cat has consistently had wet movements and now has blood in it. He is also throwing up bile and has done a wee on the floor which is out of character for him.

 

Both cats have continually put on weight and had normal temperatures. They are both lively, playful and do not appear ill in any way.

 

They are eating Hills ID dry food (they refuse to eat the hills wet food)

 

I'm hoping someone has some advice or experience in this. Should the medicine be taking this long? We have been told this is the only medication they can have for campylobacter.

 

Could there be something else wrong that the poo sample test didn’t pick up?

 

Not sure what I'm looking for here, just some reassurance that they can get better from this.

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Sharpend

Given that this is effectively food poisoning https://patient.info/health/acute-diarrhoea-2/campylobacter

have you tried changing their diet? 

 

http://www.pethealthnetwork.com/dog-health/dog-diseases-conditions-a-z/campylobacteriosis-dogs-and-cats

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motherofcats2018

Yes. They have been on felix, sainsburys own food. Hills ID prescription diet dry and wet. Royal canin senstive pouches and james wellbeloved pouches. 

 

They are now soley on hills id dry food. 

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Blue Duck

My cats ****s himself when he s stressed maybe they need to be monged out a bit? 

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Sharpend

I’ll tag our resident vet for his input. @Apache

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binky

@Apache

 

sounds like you cleared the female but then she got re-infected from the male.  It may also be the case that the medicine has now cleared all the good gut bateria, which I think can cause problems in it's own right. Pro-biotics may help

 

https://www.petmd.com/cat/general-health/probiotics-cats-what-are-they-and-how-do-they-help

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motherofcats2018

Thank you. 

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