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Dr. Kara
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I have a rescue kitten been with us a week he has blood in

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I have a rescue kitten been with us a week he has blood in his pooh and not weed all day help he is 11 was old
Submitted: 2 years ago.
Category: Vet
Expert:  Dr. Kara replied 2 years ago.
Hello, my name is***** and I have over 20 years of experience as a veterinarian. I am sorry to hear that your little rescue has blood in his stools and hasn't urinated today. I want to be clear about age, I read your write up as him being 11 weeks, is that so?How is he feeling otherwise? Is he bright, alert and active and still eating well? Or is he lethargic and is his appetite poor?He may be a bit dehydrated if his stools have been loose too, thus the lack of urine production.If he seems to feel well otherwise I am less concerned. But if he is not eating well and is running a fever (rectal temperature greater then 103F) and is lethargic then I would recommend a veterinary visit now. Blood in the stool tells us that the gastrointestinal tract is so irritated it is bleeding. That can be from gastrointestinal parasites, viral or bacterial infections, eating things he should not have (bones, toxins such as rat poison), a quick diet change, or dietary allergies/sensitivities. If he is feeling fine otherwise, eating drinking and playing normally, you may not have to rush him into a veterinarian today. I would recommend that you submit a fresh stool sample to your regular family veterinarian and ask that it be sent out to the laboratory to check it for parasites. Coccidia is a common cause of blood in the stool of kittens, but so is tritrichomonas, hookworms and giardia in strays. If he has had new treats lately or you've switched foods this may be the problem.I would food fast him for 6 hours to settle his intestinal spasms. I also recommend feeding a bland diet of 2/3 boiled minced white skinless chicken and 1/3 boiled white rice mixed with some low salt chicken broth to make it easy to lap up and swallow. I recommend adding 1 teaspoon of canned pumpkin (not pie filling, just pumpkin) to each meal to soothe his colon. If he continues to have bloody stools after his food fast and bland diet, doesn't eat, becomes lethargic or begins vomiting then he should see a veterinarian for an examination, further diagnostics, and probably intravenous fluids and supportive care. What to do with him really depends upon how sick he is in general. If he feels well other wise start with submitting a stool sample to his veterinarian, a food fast and a bland diet while pushing fluid intake. But if he is not himself in general I highly recommend a veterinary visit, and take a fresh stool sample when you go. Things can change quickly in a short time with youngsters, especially given that he was a rescue. Please let me know if you have any further questions.