|Many parasites can cause intestinal woes, but the winners of the litterbox gross-out contest are the protozoa. These single-celled nasties, the most common of which are giardia, cryptosporidium, coccidia, and toxoplasma, often cause excruciatingly stinky diarrhea, the color and characteristics of which vary depending on the parasite.
Protozoa can be hard to detect with the standard test for intestinal parasites, but if your cat has long-standing, foul-smelling diarrhea, it’s worth asking your vet to dig a little deeper. Standard dewormers don’t kill protozoa, so your vet will need to prescribe special medication to treat the infestation.
Cat expert and animal communicator JaneA Kelley is the webmaster and chief cat slave for Paws and Effect, a weekly cat advice column by cats, for cats and their people.
December 27th, 2011