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Dr. Michael Salkin
Dr. Michael Salkin, Veterinarian
Category: Cat
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Experience:  University of California at Davis graduate veterinarian with 45 years of experience.
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We have two wonderful Ragdoll cats (a boy and a girl, siblings) who are 9 month old. They came home to us at 12 weeks with "normal" oronavirus infection. The infection triggered recurring diarrhea for 2 week at a time, for now 5 times. Once the girl had vomiting issues as well, and that time needed to be hospitalized for dehydration.
We love them very much but the constant, recurring diarreha is putting a lot of strees on our family (2 adults and 2 young children). When the diarrhea starts for one cat it always follows (1-2 days later) with the other. We have to keep the cats in a small space, clean everywhere and it just keeps coming back...
Will they ever grow out of this? We have followed every prescription,(strict I/D diet, probiotics) etc. Nothing helps..after 3-4 weeks of calm, we have 2 weeks of diarrhea.
We are not worried about FIP - just really stressed out and sad.
Submitted: 1 year ago.
Category: Cat
Expert:  Dr. Michael Salkin replied 1 year ago.
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Expert:  Dr. Michael Salkin replied 1 year ago.
There's a good chance that the feline enteric coronavirus (FECV) isn't the cause of what you're seeing. FECV mostly causes mild, self-limiting diarrhea. Routine serologic testing for FECV in cats with diarrhea would neither prove correlation with the clinical signs nor affect how the disease is managed and so isn't recommended. I would search for the less common intestinal parasites Cryptosporidium and Tritrichomonas foetus in two such ragdolls. PCR (a DNA-based) testing is most sensitive for detecting Cryptosporidium and Tritrichomonas.Please respond with further questions or concerns if you wish.