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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 which can be mixed with food.  


Dosage: varies

Method: given orally – or mix with food

Frequency: 6 straight days

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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.

Click here to read Dr. Jody Gookin's PDF about TTF


Dosage: 30-mg/kg orally twice a day for 14 days is a reasonable regimen

Method: given orally in capsule…never the liquid

Frequency: 14 straight days

Ronidazole must be compounded at a compounding pharmacy.


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

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External and Internal Parasites and Worms

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.


Dosage: one dose from packet

Method: Topical liquid applied behind the neck

Frequency: once a month

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Dr. Jody Gookin
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Bengal Cat Parasite and worming protocol

Cat Parasites are a very maddening problem to deal with. You could spend hundreds or thousands of dollars trying to diagnose and treat parasite problems. Bengals from many catteries can 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 and also endangers the life of the Bengal kitten. It really is true that you get what you pay for. Always ask how the breeder "worms" their kittens. If they do not, you should be worried as a buyer.

When you get your Bengal cat, do not let a Bengal breeder tell you that it 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. Baycox is an off-label product; the active ingredient is toltrazuril. Baycox tastes terrible and kittens will spit it up and go spastic if you give it to them orally. That is why we tube .5 milliliters of the liquid directly into their stomachs at 4 , 5 and 6 weeks of age.

In kittens and debilitated adult cats, coccidiosis may cause severe, watery diarrhea, dehydration, abdominal distress, and vomiting.

Many cats that are infected with coccidia do not have diarrhea or any other clinical signs. When the eggs or oocysts are found in the stool of a cat without diarrhea, they are generally considered a transient, insignificant finding. However, in kittens and debilitated adult cats, coccidiosis may cause severe, watery diarrhea, dehydration, abdominal distress, and vomiting. In severe cases, death may occur.


Dosage: .5 cc for 3 consecutive weeks

Method: Orally

Frequency:  4th week, 5th and 6th weeks. 

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If an adult cat has coccidia we use Albon. Albon is a gold liquid which kittens or cats do not mind consuming. It is very easy to scruff the kitten or cat and squirt it into their mouth. The cats do not react negatively.



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

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Another Coccidia cure which we use is Ponazuril.  Ponazuril is very effective and it effectively kills all stages of the coccidia. However it also is a foul tasting paste. To allow us to administer this medication we must mix it with something that tastes better. Ponazuril is also an off-label product.


Dosage: varies

Method: given orally

Frequency: 3 straight days, repeat in 10 days

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