So after I explained to Dr. Sergio Tailorâs symptoms, he took a sample of fresh feces from Tailorâs anus (I know youâre all grossed out now) and he diluted it in a liquid then put a drop on a test bar (image below). The barely there, thin, red line means that he has a few Gastrointestinal Parasites. Tailor has Giardia.
Hereâs what I found out about Feline Giardia:
1)Â Feline Giardia is a small parasite that lives in a catâs small intestines.
2) It causes diarrhea and sometimes blood in the stool.
3) It is treatable and can be controlled.
4) A cat can get Giardia by eating food (mostly raw meat) that have Giardia cysts.
5) Feline Giardia can infect people and other cats through cysts that are passed out in the stool.
So now weâre taking precautions with cleaning the litter, cleaning Tailor himself, and his water and food bowls. With the medicine Dr. Sergio gave him, hopefully, heâll recover in no time. Hereâs how he looks after taking the medicine, he wasÂ furious! (The foaming and saliva is normal from the medicine, he wasnât hurt.)
|âWhy are you doing this to me?â|
|âYouâre so gonna pay for this!â|
|Trying to change the taste in his mouth!|
Now, this made me think of explaining the common misunderstanding of aÂ certainÂ feline parasiteâs effect on us humans. In Kuwait, it is thought that a woman who owns, takes care of, or lives with a cat can become infertile. In other words, if you come in contact with a cat daily, you canât have children. That is aÂ mistake most people here make that leads to families or ladies giving up their pet cats or being terrified of cats because they think cat hair causes infertility.
The truth is, there is a feline parasite that can harm the fetus, a baby, while it is still in its motherâs womb. The parasite is called Toxoplasma gondi. If the mother is infected before getting pregnant, she will become immune to it and so will the fetus during pregnancy. However, if the mother is infected during pregnancy, it can cause abortion or even brain damage to the fetus.
Toxoplasma gondi, just like Giardia, is passed out in the stool. Therefore, the precautions are the same:
1) Wear gloves and mouth masks while cleaning your catsâ litterbox.
2) Wash your hands thoroughly after handling the litterbox.
3) If you are pregnant and there is someone else who can clean the litterbox, let them do it.
4) Clean the litterbox more frequently.
Of course, taking your cat to the vet regularly for check-ups and as soon as you can if you suspect your cat is sick, as well as making sure that your cat always has fresh, clean food and water available will keep you and your cat safe from infections.
What I thought back then is that âitâs alright, theyâll find food and maybe someone will take care of themâ. But itâs not always like that. Not a lot of people do what I do, go around picking up sick or lone puppies and taking care of them. They could get run over by a car (sometimes on purpose), they could starve or die of thirst, they could get shot or even poisoned. These thoughts haunt me every single day. I donât know if these two beautiful pups are alive now, but I highly doubt it, and it is all because of me. I took her to breed with that male, I raised those pups without finding them homes earlier on, and I didnât know what I got myself into until it was too late.
|Sugar and her puppies.|
Now, donât get me wrong, certain people can and are totally allowed to breed. But these are Professional Breeders, not Unprofessional Breeders. (Learn about theÂ differenceÂ here. Important link) It takes a lot to breed, raise and sell a puppy or cat, itâs not something anyone can do. And even if you donât breed, do NOT buy fromÂ UnprofessionalÂ Breeders (Consider adopting). The puppies/kittens usually haveÂ inheritedÂ diseases, behavior problems, and are taken away from their mothers way too soon. If you do breed, I encourage you to stop and spay or neuter your pets. It is the best you can do for their health and to control our feral/strays population.