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My 4-month-old female Bengal has had diarrhea since I got her at 9 weeks. My vet has treated her with many medications with no result. After being together for over one month... now my 3-month-old male Bengal has it too. Sending his fecal sample to determine what some of the 'bacterial rods" might be. So far, NOT giardia.

My question to you is this... the female came from a little where her other three littermates died. The mother had mastitis. My kitten was then separated from her mother and placed with another lactating mother. Could my kitten have a strange bacteria from being exposed to some of the mother cat's infected nipple?

THANK YOU!
At my wit's end.

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Kelli

I am not a vet, but you should have you and your vet research a nasty intestinal parasite called tritrichamonos foetus.

You and your vet should look at:

http://www.cvm.ncsu.edu/docs/documents/ownersguide_tfoetus_revised_122009_final.


Many cases of "irritated bowel syndrome" turn out to be caused by this organism. Bengals were the first "domestic" cats where this organism was found. Previously, it was reported in cattle.

Best regards... Norm.  

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Norman Auspitz

Expertise

I can answer most non-veterinary questions about cats. My particular expertise is pedigree cats, breeding and showing. However, I am versed in feline behavior, cat breeds and their characteristics, general feline husbandry, and the like.

Experience

I judged for the Canadian Cat Association from 1975 until 1982. I am currently an approved allbreed judge for the Cat Fanciers'' Association (the world''s largets cat registry), and have been judging for them since 1991. I have been breeding pedigreed cats since 1971 and have been exhibiting pedigreed cats in shows since 1970. I obtained my first pedigreed cat in 1970 and have never looked back. In 1971, I obtained my first Abyssinian which has become my primary breed. In addition, I have bred Manx and Persians. Currently, besides the Abyssinians, I am also breeding Maine Coons.


Organizations
Cat Fanciers'' Association, inc. (CFA) and the Manx, Maine Coon, and Abyssinian breed councils. I am currently Abyssinian breed council secretary.

Publications
Cat Fancy Magazine, The Abyssinian Chapter in The Cat Fanciers'' Association Complete Cat Book, and Articles for various editions of The Cat Fanciers'' Association Yearbook

Education/Credentials
I received a B.S. from Drexel University in 1968, a M.Math from University of Waterloo, in 1970, a Ph.D. from University of Waterloo in 1975, and a MBA from McMaster University in 1980. I received my approved allbreed judging status in the Cat Fanciers'' Association in 1999.

Awards and Honors
We have produced a number of Cat Fanciers'' Association (CFA) National winning Abyssinian and Maine Coons. We have produced a number of Abyssinian and Maine Coon Distinguished Merit females (an award for a top producing cat), including the first Distinguished Merit Abyssinian in the red (sorrel) color. I am the CFA Abyssinian breed council secretary and belong and/or hold office in a number of cat clubs. I am also a member of the CFA Judges Association.

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