Intestinal Tritrichomonas foetus infection in cats: a retrospective study of 104 cases. Academic Article uri icon


  • The clinical presentation and response to treatment of cats infected with Tritrichomonas foetus have not been sufficiently described in a large number of pet cats. The aim of this study was to collect and analyze clinical data from pet cats diagnosed with intestinal T foetus infection. Clinical information was collected for 104 cats that tested polymerase chain reaction-positive for T foetus. The most common clinical sign was diarrhea (98%) with a median duration of 135 days (range 1-2880 days). Forty-nine of 83 (59%) cats had diarrhea since adoption. Other clinical signs included anorexia (22%), depression (24%), weight loss or failure to gain weight (20%), vomiting (19%), abdominal pain (9%) and increased appetite (3%). A total of 45 cats had completed treatment with ronidazole, 29 of which (64%) showed a good clinical response to treatment. Sixteen (36%) cats had either partial or no improvement, or a relapse shortly after discontinuation of treatment.

published proceedings

  • J Feline Med Surg

altmetric score

  • 0.25

author list (cited authors)

  • Xenoulis, P. G., Lopinski, D. J., Read, S. A., Suchodolski, J. S., & Steiner, J. M.

citation count

  • 21

complete list of authors

  • Xenoulis, Panagiotis G||Lopinski, Danielle J||Read, Sarah A||Suchodolski, Jan S||Steiner, Jörg M

publication date

  • December 2013