Bengal kitten parasites are a very maddening problem to deal with. You could spend hundreds or thousands of dollars trying to diagnose and treat parasite problems. The Bengal cats from many catteries suffer from parasite problems. If you just answer an ad for Bengal kittens for sale, you could end up getting a discount kitten that costs you thousands in veterinarian bills. Parasites also also endanger the life of a Bengal kitten. It really is true that you get what you pay for. Always ask how the breeder undertakes kitten worming for their kittens. If they do not worm their Bengal kittens, you should be worried as a buyer.
When you get your Bengal cat, do not let a Bengal breeder tell you that diarrhea is a problem with changing the food, stress or a weak digestive system. If your Bengal has diarrhea that continues for weeks it is most likely a parasite. If a foul odor accompanies the diarrhea it is almost certainly a parasite.
The first parasite that is often found in many cats is Coccidia. Here at Painted Cats we control coccidia by treating kittens with Baycox. In kittens and debilitated adult cats, coccidiosis may cause severe, watery diarrhea, dehydration, abdominal distress, and vomiting.
Albon - Rx needed
Albon is a gold liquid which kittens or cats do not mind consuming. It is very easy to scruff the kitten or adult cat and squirt it into their mouth.
Dosage: one cc per 2 pounds the first day, then .5cc per 2 pounds for 13 additional days
Method: given orally
Frequency: 14 straight days
Ponazuril - Rx needed
Ponazuril is very effective at killing all stages of coccidia. However it is a foul tasting paste.
Method: given orally
Frequency: 3 straight days, repeat in 10 days.
Baycox - No Rx needed
Baycox tastes very bad and the kittens spit it up. Administering the medication is best done quickly.
Dosage: .5 cc for 3 consecutive weeks
Frequency: 4th week, 5th and 6th weeks.
Giardia is another parasite you may experience in your cats. Cats can get this parasite from water supply and from eating insects or rodents.
Symptoms are more apparent in younger animals than in older animals and can be either sudden, temporary, intermittent, or chronic in nature. In some cases, cats will exhibit diarrhea that is soft, frothy, greasy, and with a strong, awful odor or excessive mucus. In addition this parasite can be transferred to humans.
We treat kittens with panacur. Panacur is a foul tasting liquid or powder which can be mixed with food.
Panacur - No Rx required
Method: given orally – or mix with food
Frequency: 6 straight days
Dr. Jody Gookin is the expert on this parasite. She wrote a manual which describes how you can cure TTF. This is the most difficult parasite to defeat. Ronidazole is the only drug which cures TTF and it is an off-label treatment. I have experienced this parasite firsthand and I can tell you it took herculean efforts to cure it.
T. foetus causes diarrhea, characterized by cow pie-like stools that are often gassy and malodorous. Sometimes there can be mucus or fresh blood in the stool or feces can dribble from the anus. Several breeders have commented that in symptomatic cats the stool has a very strong and unpleasant odor. Importantly, absence of diarrhea does not mean that a cat is free of infection, particularly in multi-cat households where another cat may have tested positive T. foetus. Adult cats appear to be less inclined to develop diarrhea in response to T. foetus, but nevertheless may serve as a source of the infection for others. Cats can come down with symptoms of T. foetus infection anywhere from days to years after exposure.
Here at Painted Cats we give our kittens 1/2 tablet of Drontal at 7 weeks. Drontal is a tablet and it kills internal worms like tapeworms. Cats rarely show any signs associated with tapeworm infection.
Occasionally infection with tapeworms will result in disease.
Dosage: One half tablet for kittens under 12 weeks
Method: given orally
Frequency: Once at 5 weeks
Revolution is an amazing product which kills internal and external parasites. Revolution is a topical spot-on treatment which is used for flea, tick and ear mite protection. In addition Revolution prevents round worm, heart worm and sarcoptic mange. Revolution is used once a month and is applied on the back of the neck to prevent the cat from licking it off. This product requires a prescription.