Toscane, the Sphynx cat with chronic diarrhoea

Animal Treated

Sphynx cat

Animal Condition

Chronic Diarrhoea

Specialist(s) Required

Small Animal Medicine

Toscane, the Sphynx cat who underwent a faecal transplantation

Toscane, a 9mth old female neutered Sphynx cat


Before visiting the Specialist.

Toscane had a history of severe chronic diarrhoea which was unresponsive to dietary manipulation, steroid therapy and probiotics.


Toscane’ Care

Faecal analysis did not reveal any parasites or infections. Ultrasound imaging was unremarkable. A colonoscopy was performed and confirmed the presence of severe inflammation.

After exhausting all other treatment options, a faecal transplantation was performed. A faecal sample was obtained from a healthy adult cat that had been screened for infectious diseases; the faecal sample was prepared and then transplanted into Toscane’s large intestine under anaesthesia.

Following the transplant, Toscane produced normal stools for the first time in months. Faecal transplantation can be an effective treatment for chronic diarrhoea in patients where other medical therapies have failed.


Article provided by Yvonne McGrotty

Specialist in Small Animal Internal Medicine