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Diarrhea in Cats – Tritrichomonas

When researching an answer for a client, I came across two interesting articles. One said there was a “new agent in feline diarrhea”. Another article said Tritrichomonas foetus was first reported in 1956 in cats. As many our cats become weaker from the many stressors, they become more susceptible to being infected by and developing symptoms because of many different organisms. When working with healthy animals, I may see various bacteria or protozoa that are causing no symptoms. They are in a balance with the cat or dog. 

 This is a single-celled, flagellated protozoal parasite similar to Giardia. It lives in the colon and distal ileum. It is most frequently seen in large cat colonies and there may be no symptoms or different amounts of smelly diarrhea, often with increasing size of the stool.

When cats are fed their best diet (may be different for each cat) stools should be small – my 8 pound Molly had ones the size of my little finger or smaller – once a day.  Food with a lot of fiber, or poor ingredients will cause many cats (and dogs) to have large stools, often several times a day since much that is eaten is not digested. If there are large stools, even if smelly, I would first try a better diet, add probiotics, then digestive enzymes, then contact your healing team. 

If the condition persists and a stool sample was negative, be sure to check for giardia and Tritrichomonas foetus. do not use the antibiotics that will be suggested by the conventional veterinarian. Build health with your team. 

By |2011-12-11T09:47:29+00:00December 11th, 2011|cats, diarrhea|1 Comment

About the Author:

Christina Chambreau, DVM, graduated from the University of Georgia Veterinary College in 1980 and has had a Homeopathic Veterinary Practice since 1988. She is co-founder and was Chair for the Academy of Veterinary homeopathy. She is the author of Healthy Animal’s Journal: What You Can Do to Have Your Dog or Cat Live a Long and Healthy Life; Healthy Dog Journal ebook; Fleas Be Gone kindle; and co-author of Tutorial and Workbook for the Homeopathic Repertory and How to Have a Stress Free Wedding and Live Happily Ever After. She has written and is quoted in many magazines. She lectures at veterinary conferences around the world. She speaks and gives classes for animal enthusiasts and practitioners. She is committed to empowering people to heal their animals and themselves in a way that heals the planet.

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  1. Diane Peterson July 17, 2013 at 6:05 pm - Reply

    My 5 month old kitten was just diagnosed with Tritichomonas as well as coronovirus and Clostridium. His stools are loose, like cow pies but otherwise he is very playful, curious and loving, growing like a weed. He is a purebred somali and evidently picked it up at the cattery. The vet is recommending ronidazole but the potential side effects are dreadful.
    Where can I get some help in selecting a homeopathic remedy? I was thinking of argentum metallicum. I have 6x pellets which I took for ringworm that I got at the health club.
    Any guidance would be appreciated.
    Thanks so much for the information that you bring to pet owners!!

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