One of the many things I tried during our Diarrhea Drama was Aptus Attapectin. It consists of pectin and helps, according to the manufacturer, with minor gastrointestinal problems.
Turned out that bacteria were causing their diarrhea, so pectin wasn’t really helping – which is fine, but I was annoyed about something else: it was a bloody (literally speaking) battle to get my cats to swallow any pill. I decided to give Attapectin a try when I read that you can dissolve it in water. Perfect, because it’s much easier to give Kajsa and Tessa liquids with syringes. It was, however, impossible to give Attapectin as a liquid: Dissolved in water, its texture was “porridge” and therefore too thick for a syringe.
Orion Pharma’s customer service was excellent and compensated me with a great parcel. They also recommended to use a bigger syringe next time. Great idea, but you can’t get any bigger from Finnish pharmacies.
Have you ever tried pectin with your cats? I’d love to hear your experiences, because Tessa and Kajsa are sometimes struggling with stomach problems.
I haven’t updated you on our poopy situation because I was so fed up that I didn’t want to talk about it. The lab results came eventually and revealed that they had oocysts in their poop. As far as I understood, this means that they have/had Apicomplexa, a parasite. Like Giardia this parasite doesn’t always cause symptoms, so they’ve most likely had it for a longer time. The vet assumes that the stress of moving to my place has triggered the outburst. This diagnosis also explains why the diarrhea actually stopped by itself, because cats can sometimes handle this parasite on their own.
The shelter warned me that it was extremely difficult to give these pills; they even recommended that I would return my girls for 2 weeks to the shelter! (more…)
I write a diary to keep track of their diarrhea and medical treatment. However, I thought it might be a good idea to write a summary as well.
Before it gets too confusing: they also have issues with their ears, but I believe that this is not related to their diarrhea – they had ear problems long before their diarrhea started. They had ear mites at the shelter. The vet confirmed on May 11th that they don’t have ear mites anymore, but now an ear infection (bacterial). They got antibiotic ear drops for 2 weeks, additionally to the daily ear cleaning.
Biobak (Lactobacillus in English? / probiotics and vitamins). Helps to regulate the stomach, especially during antibiotic treatment). Starting May 7th
Tylosin (antibiotics) May 11th – May 23rd. 120 mg (60 mg in the morning, 60 mg in the evening)
Axilur (deworming) May 21st – May 26th. 250 mg
Ears: Canofite (antibiotics) 5 drops / ear twice a day (+ ear cleaning)