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Help!!! Ringworm & Bloody Diarrhea

Postby stubre1122 on Sun Jun 03, 2007 8:55 pm

I bought my two bengal kittens in January and a few weeks later my husband and I had ringworm pop up all over our bodies. We then brought the kittens to the vet and they were diagnosed with it as well. They were on itraconazole for 45 days and one of my kittens is still positive for ringworm. The vet said we are going to have to shave them, if their next test shows up positive. The kittens aren't showing any signs of ringworm on their bodies. The vet said when cats show no signs of ringworm they could be carriers of ringorm. Does that mean there is no cure, that we will just keep getting ringworm from them?

Also, the kittens have had loose stools ever since we've had them. The vet said it could possibly be giardia. So, the vet put them on Metronidazole, but it never cleared up. Their stools were becoming watery and bloody. I brought them back to the vet and they said it could be trichimonis or coccidia. So the vet gave me Albon to give them for 10 days in case they have coccidia, in the mean time the vet has sent off a sample of the blood to see if it's trichimonis. It's been three days since they have been on Albon and their stools have thickened a little, but not much.

I'm desperate. Our whole family has suffered from these kittens sicknesses. My husband and I still have the ringworm. We tried staying away from the oral medication because it harms the liver, so we've been applying topicals all of this time.

Help me!!!
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Postby BeachBengal on Mon Jun 04, 2007 2:12 am

Hi, my wife and I are originally from Baton Rouge! Im sorry to hear about the problems you are having. Im not sure about the ringworms, but as far as the bloody stool, you might want to read this post: http://bengaltalk.com/boards/viewtopic.php?t=421

Please keep us updated.
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Postby stubre1122 on Mon Jun 04, 2007 3:52 am

Thank you so much for the info. You are so very helpful! Hopefully I can get to the bottom of this soon.
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How to get rid if Ringworm W/O Dangerous Medicine!

Postby susannyc on Mon Jun 04, 2007 12:35 pm

We also had rngworm. Even though we got the medication from the doctor I was also worried about the liver so we stopped using it and it went away but I was vigilant. If I were you I would rinse the kittens with an apple cider rinse (dilute it to 1/4 vinear to a cup of water every day and wash them in Nizoral 2x a week (if you are not using a collar I would skip the Nizoral). If you see any ringworm popping up on the kids or your hubby go straight to the Lamisil and if that doesn't work (it takes about 2 weeks) I would paint the lesion with clear nail polich (no oxygen, no fungus) butI find th Lamisil works best. My kitten had obvious lesions - I put him in a plastic collar -see Jasper space cat photos- and used Lamisil cream. He went from losing all the hair around his eyes, nose and tips of his ears to beautiful again in 4 weeks. The skin was slightly discolored at first but that is also going back to normal. No collar - no cream.

Ringworm spores can last up to 18 months. Unfortunately, the more cats you have the harder it is to get rid of it but most people and cats are immune to it. Cats can remain asymptomatic carriers for the rest of their lives - especially if the frequent cat shows or live in a cattery. But that is onlybecuae the spores are on the ir fur or they are in carpets, etc. Humans also develop a bit of an immunity to it. Wash all your bedding and clorax and vacuum everything. I misted the carpets in diluted vinegar. Luckily, we noticed the second day he was here. We confined the kittens to one room - I know it is hard to do but Jasper was confined for 4 weeks straight. Think of it as if your whole family came down with pinworms - nothing deadly - just annoying.

And most important, wash carefully every time you touch the kittens. My children were not even allowed to touch hime (try keeping a 8, 7 and 6 year old away from a kitten). We basically were running a quarintine ward down to the lateX gloves - but it was gone in 4 weeks. Luckily, Bengals are short haired cats - it usually will clear up within 8 weeks on its own.

GOOD LUCK! And cheer up - Jasper missed three cat shows because of this.

We also have had an intermittent problem with he runs. I am trying Hills' Science Diet I/D. I will tell you how it goes. If not, I am switching him back to raw - it worked before and I will not be so lazy this time. My vet says they have a shorter digestive tract than most cats. Some people swear by Royal Canin.
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Postby stubre1122 on Tue Jun 05, 2007 12:51 am

I found out today the cats are negative for ringworm. The vet said the reason why one of my cats showed up positive last week is because of the environment. Are there any suggestions on cleaning our house to get of the ringworm? I woke up this mourning with ringworm all over my face.... ugh!! :cry:

susannyc,

Impressive knowledge / experience. The info is much appreciated! I'm sure a good bit of it will come in handy as the battle continues.
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Re: Help!!! Ringworm & Bloody Diarrhea

Postby Heidi Thompson on Sun Oct 19, 2008 6:11 pm

Hi Stubre

I am really sorry you are having such a traumatic time. When Mowgli and Baloo first came to us they had Trichomonas. They also had extremely watery stools. You do not say what you feed your cats. I am having a stab in the dark and will say they are on a raw food diet? If that is the case, this often triggers running tummies. Mine were on raw food because the breeders believed in feeding this but then the whole litter got Trichomonas (although our vet was not at all certain that this was the case). It got so bad that, at one stage, Baloo had blood in his stool and was crying out when he went to the loo. We nearly had to take him to a specialist clinic in Norfolk.

At the vet's recommendation we stopped feeding raw food immediately. They had a two week special vet food which was extremely bland but very good and when that finished they went onto the usual wet food. And hey presto, their stools became normal and have been ever since. Touch wood, they are almost 3 1/2 years old (at the end of the year) and have not had any illness of any kind at all during that time. The only time they ever go to the vet's is in November for their annual innoculations.

A change in diet can work wonders (as we all know lol).

I hope that helps.

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