Dealing With Kitten Diarrhea - Tips To Make It Better

Two weeks ago, seeing the cutest furry babies in a pet store display, I made the ultimate of impulsive decisions, I adopted two kittens. I hurriedly paid their adoption fee, which was to include their first round of shots and spay/neuter fees. Home we went when the little girl, Lucille Abigail Twinkletoes (Lulu for short), promptly had diarrhea. The smelly, messy, awful kind that gets all over and we still had 30 minutes of driving to do - yuck!

The other kitty, supposedly a boy, we were going to name LeRoy (more on that later) was unscathed by the ride home. Sure enough, when it came time for the litter box, he had diarrhea too.

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Like every modern-day mom, I went online. I read good and bad advice because I didn't want to go to the emergency vet that night. Needless to say, one night of diarrhea was enough for me - I made a vet appointment. And here's what I learned that might help you out if you are going through the same experience of bad kitty diarrhea:

Dealing With Kitten Diarrhea - Tips To Make It Better

1. Feed your young pets. In my kittens case, I took 2 tablespoons of ground turkey, mixed in a tablespoon of pumpkin and cooked rice. They gobbled it up! I was also told that acidophilus - found in yogurt - was good for them. I have an issue feeding dairy to cats, it's a no-no for me, so I added a gel cap of powdered acidophilus to their turkey. They gobbled up more.

2. Make sure they are drinking water and water only to drink. Cows milk is not for kittens, it's for cows. As it was nighttime and the pet shops were closed, I could not get kitten milk replacement formula. So they drank water. Dehydration comes on quick in itty-bitty creatures so I watched and encouraged their drinking.

3. Food - this proved to be a problem. While I am in the pet business and I know that all pet foods are designed to be healthy and nutritious, they are not all equal. I chose a brand based on the pet shop recommendation (and my experience at trade shows). This brand, Solid Gold, I was informed by my vet, can cause loose stools. I decided to try a different brand, my vet suggested Science Diet Kitten Formula - what my other cat was eating. My vet's advice was to give all my felines the kitten formula, even to my (older) cat, instead of giving adult cat food to kittens - which I think they were being given at the pet shop.

4. Get a check for worms. Worms and parasites are common in kittens - especially those from a shelter with an unknown mother and history. Better to be safe than sorry.

5. Be wary of sneezing. Should sneezing be present, it can be a sign of a virus that could cause the diarrhea. Noticing signs like this will help the vet give good advice and is important. My kittens had no sneezing. Their fecal check was negative for worms. In my case the diarrhea must have been caused by their diet.

6. Keep kittens out of your other cat's litter boxes. If you have other cats in the house, it is important, especially in the first few days of introducing new kittens to your home, to have them use their own litter boxes.

7. Scoop kitten poop promptly. In my case it's hard to keep everyone out of all the litter boxes I have so I just tried to keep them meticulously clean. Not everyone like to be forced to go where it smells.

8. Antibiotics can cause diarrhea - just an FYI.

9. Keep an eye on kittens "movements" and keep in contact with your vet.

My new kittens, Lulu and Pearl (I found out 'Leroy' was actually a girl) are getting better. Not quite normal, but better. Diarrhea is a pain for everyone. But, with patience, good advice and good food, it gets better. It's not uncommon for diarrhea to last a month, but it doesn't have to. Let me know if you have any questions. After this experience, I feel like I got the scoop on the poop!

Dealing With Kitten Diarrhea - Tips To Make It Better

Julee Roth has been a life-long animal lover and pet industry veteran with over 12 years experience helping people and their pets. Hundreds of thousands of puppies, kittens, cats and dogs have benefited from her advice and well chosen pet products. To ask her for more pet advice, email her at

Vet Recommended Dog Food - What Is the Healthiest Choice for Your Dog?

Information Asymmetry

The American Veterinary Medical Association reports that Americans own a total of 72,114,000 dogs, and 81,721,000 cats. This astounding number of companion animals translates to 355726020 total veterinary visits per year in the United States. The number of companion animals is only increasing per year, and the demand for veterinary services increases accordingly. The average pet owner has very little knowledge on the health requirements for their pet and depends on, and trusts their veterinarian to advise them in a manner that focuses on the well being of their companion. This imbalance of knowledge has created an environment for unethical veterinarians to exploit their customer's lack of understanding for financial gain.

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The Facts about Commercial Dog Food

Vet Recommended Dog Food - What Is the Healthiest Choice for Your Dog?

Commercial dog food is a result of a need for convenient and easy pet food, and not the result of an improved dietary menu being discovered. As the commercial dog food industry progresses, the ingredients used in kibble are departing further and further from the profile of food that a canine would have eaten in its evolutionary environment. Because the veterinarians we trust are advocating for the feeding of a dry, grain filled kibble, the general public have come to regard kibble as the pinnacle of canine nutrition. Not only is the information wrong that the consumer receives about the product they are buying, but they are also not informed about the process used to create kibble. Almost all commercial kibble is created through a process called extrusion. Extrusion is usually performed at heats up to 200C and drastically changes the profile of what little protein there is in the food by denaturing the proteins, loss of enzyme activity, and decreased protein solubility in water. The most important part of the kibble for a canine is the protein, and the small amount that is contained in kibble is destroyed by the process of extrusion. Canines require 10 essential amino acids in their diet that they are unable to synthesize. The effect the extrusion process has on the solubility of proteins negatively affects the uptake of these essential amino acids.

Conflict of Interest?

The company that owns Hill's science diet (colgate-palmolive) spends hundreds of thousands of dollars per year funding university research and nutrition programs at each of the twenty-seven veterinary colleges in the US. Therefore, veterinarians are receiving biased education on the nutritional requirements for cats and dogs. Once veterinarians are practicing, they receive up to 40% of the profit for the sale of Hill's Science Diet pet food. Although some of these veterinarians have not been educated about the truths of commercial dog food, there is still a conflict of interest existing between Hill's Pet food, the veterinary practitioner, and the consumer. The two main ingredients in the most popular brand of science diet, ironically name "real chicken" are Brewer's Rice and ground wheat. Brewers rice is a by-product of the alcohol industry, while wheat is indigestible to the canine digestive tract. By advocating food that is detrimental to the health of the animals they are treating, Veterinarians are breaking their most basic oath, to use their knowledge and skills for the protection of animal health.

Alternatives You Can Choose

A wide range of alternatives to commercial dog food are available. Grain free kibble exists that has still undergone the extrusion process, or a non-extruded kibble is available that has been baked at lower temperatures. Dehydrated food has been developed that contains little or no grains, and requires the addition of water to rehydrate the meat that has been dehydrated and powdered at low temperatures. The raw canine diet that is becoming increasingly popular, and that most resembles the diet a canine would eat in its evolutionary environment is the Prey Model Diet. The prey model diet includes the same ratio of muscle meat, organ meat, bone, and sometimes digestive tract or vegetables that would be found in a whole prey item consumed by a wild canine.

Vet Recommended Dog Food - What Is the Healthiest Choice for Your Dog?

Learn more about dog food options and resources. If your dog has health issues there are diet changes you can make to remedy skin, coat, teeth, eye and feet problems.

Top 10 Dog Food Companies - Who Rules in the World of Dog Food?

The members in the top 10 of dog food manufacturers do not change much over time. In fact, only mergers and acquisitions typically change who the main players are and what their exact position is in the top 10 in the dog food industry.

  1. Mars Inc. (Mars Petcare) Their top dog food brands include Pedigree and Cesar. Mars achieves knowledge about dog nutrition through Waltham research centers.
  2. Nestlé SA (Nestlé Purina Petcare) Their top dog food brands include Purina One, Purina Pro Plan, Beneful and VitaLife.
  3. Procter & Gamble Co. (P&G Petcare) Their top dog food brands include Eukanuba and Iams.
  4. Colgate-Palmolive (Hill's Pet Nutrition) Their top dog food brands include Hill's Science Diet and Hill's Prescription Diet
  5. Del Monte Foods Co. Their top dog food brands include Nature's Recipe, Meaty Bone and Kibbles 'n Bits
  6. Agrolimen SA (Affinity Petcare SA) Their top dog food brands include Affinity, Brekkies and Ultima.
  7. Nutro Products Inc. Their top dog food brands includes Natural Choice Complete and Ultra Dog. Nutro has staked its success and growth on a commitment to the pet speciality channel and usage of all-natural ingredients.
  8. Unicharm Corp. (Unicharm Petcare Corp.)
  9. Nisshin Seifun Group Inc. (Nisshin Petfood Inc.)
  10. Nippon Flour Mills Co. Ltd. (Nippon Petfoods Co. Ltd.)

Just bear in mind that this is a list of most successful dog food companies in the world in terms of market share, market growth and financial results. It's NOT a list of best dog food quality in descending order but of course such a list would be the single most important one for you and your furry friend.

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Dog Food Manufacturers Mars and Nestlé Rule Half the Dog Food World

Top 10 Dog Food Companies - Who Rules in the World of Dog Food?

The two biggest dog food companies are Mars Inc. and Nestlé SA, together they take up almost half of the total global market for dog food. They rule both in developed markets as well as in emerging markets. Mars and Nestlé are similar in the following:

  • World-wide presence
  • Broad brand portfolios
  • Their focus on economy brands (mid-priced dog food that can be bought at grocery stores) helped to establish a strong consumer base.
  • Extensive distribution networks
  • Efficient and strong brand marketing

The remaining half of the market is for all other dog food manufacturers to divide. Del Monte Foods has a limited global presence but will take a larger bite out of the dog food market through recent acquisitions.

Developed Dog Food Markets

The market for dog food is expected to increase at least until 2010. New products are developed because of new scientific insights, pet pampering and a desire for convenience.

In developed markets the main trends are pet humanization and convenience packaging. This drives dog owners to buy more dog treats and more expensive dog food (including premium dog food, natural dog food, functional dog food and human-style products). So premium and super premium dog food show the biggest growth in developed markets.

Companies that benefit from the premium dog food and super premium dog food trend in the US are amongst others Procter & Gamble Co, Colgate-Palmolive and Nutro.

The last three dog food companies in the top 10 list are Unicharm Corp., Nisshin Seifun Group Inc. and Nippon Flour Mills Co. Ltd. and these are all Japanese dog food manufacturers. Japan is the world's second largest market for pet products (the US being the biggest one).

Top 10 Dog Food Companies - Who Rules in the World of Dog Food?

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Barbara has a medical background and experience, combined with business knowledge and has completed a course in dog and cat nutrition. She shares her passion and knowledge on the web. On her site you will find much more dog food related information. Subscribe to the e-zine to receive the free e-book 'A bit of Tender, Love and Care for Dogs' with superb pictures plus wonderful bonus.