37 Tritrichomonas infection in two kittens
The kittens had been obtained from a breeder 2 months earlier and both had had diarrhoea since then. The kittens had a profuse, watery diarrhoea containing mucus. They showed an increased urgency to defecate and increased frequency of defecation.
They were eating a high quality commercial kitten food and both were still eating well and had not shown any vomiting. They had been fully vaccinated and de-wormed with fenbendazole. They were indoor cats with occasional supervised access to a fenced garden.
The kittens were both bright and in good body condition (BCS 5/9). Mucous membranes were pink and moist and CRT was <2 seconds. Auscultation and compression of the thorax of both were normal. Abdominal palpation was mostly unremarkable, although their colons felt fluid filled. There was inflammation of the perianal area of one kitten. The rectal temperatures, heart rates and respiratory rates were within normal limits and the pulse quality was good in both kittens.
Haematology and serum chemistry were performed and the results were unremarkable. Serum feline trypsin like immunoreactivity (TLI), cobalamin and folate were within the reference ranges, consistent with the presumed large intestinal origin of the diarrhoea. Screening tests for FeLV and FIV were negative. Routine urinalysis was unremarkable in both kittens.