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My kitten can't control his bowels

Species: cat | Category: general | Submitted: 17 September 2007 12:39PM | viewed 5194 times
Q Rob asks:

I have a british blue kitten, 15 weeks old & although he is litter trained, he can't seem to control his bowels. His rear seems to be constantly leaking but he doesn't seem to notice. He only eats dry food at the moment. Please help as he's costing me a fortune in cleaning materials!

Q Our vet says: It sounds as if your kitten may have diarrhoea. This is a common problem in young cats and should be taken seriously since it can lead to dehydration, poor growth and possibly even death in severe cases. Your kitten could have an infectious problem (so take care with hygiene since some problems, such as salmonella for example, could be passed on to humans) or it could be something like a dietary intolerance. Another possible explanation could be a problem with his anal glands.

In this situation your kitten really does need to see a vet who will be able to help by treating the symptoms and hopefully will be able to find out what is causing the problem.

I know it can seem expensive to take your cat to the vet but in the long term it may be cheaper than spending all that money on cleaning materials, food which possibly passes straight through your kitten without providing adequate nutrition and ultimately perhaps even losing your pet. I hope things go well.

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