Fecal Exam for Cats

Fecal examinations can reveal potential digestive issues from diarrhea to worms in the stool.

We recommend doing yearly fecal floats or other fecal exams in clinic to protect your family and your pets. Intestinal worms can be transmitted to your family and it can also cause gastrointestinal issues (vomiting and diarrhea) and weight loss.

What is a cat fecal parasite screen?

Running a fecal on a cat will test for a number of parasites. The most common are:

  • Coccidia – Isospora felis and Toxoplasma gondii
  • Hookworm – Ancylostoma
  • Roundworm – Toxocara cati
  • Whipworm – Trichuris vulpis
  • Tapeworm – Taenia and Dipylidium caninum

What does a fecal parasite screen reveal?

A fecal can reveal if a cat has intestinal parasites.

How is a fecal parasite screen performed?

We use in house fecal diagnostic kits with sodium nitrate solution. Then you place 3-5 grams of feces in the fecal kit with the solution. Break up the feces, mix the solution and then place a cover slip on the solution. Let it sit for 10 minutes and then you can read the sample.

What is the best method for collecting my cat’s stool?

The best way to collect a fecal sample is by taking a poop bag, turn it inside out over your hand. If the cat has diarrhea, we don’t advise paper towel or newspaper to pick it up as it will soak in. You could use a plastic spoon to scoop it up and place it in a plastic bag.

How much does a cat stool test cost?

For pricing, please contact the hospital, and we will be happy to provide you with a quote.

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