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Q. Recently my sister brought home a kitten that was born in a barn. She is about 4 weeks old and she has just developed diarrhea. My older cat is about 1 year old. He doesn't have diarrhea.

I can't afford to take her to the vets' office yet. Do you think she's sick from eating both adult and kitten food?

If so would it be alright to put both cats on one brand of food such as kitten chow? Will it hurt the older cat? Thank you for your time.

A. Young cats and kittens can have many health issues that can be serious for people and other cats in comes in contact with. At four weeks it should still be with its mother.

If you are not financially able to provide veterinary care, I strongly advise you to take the cat to a good shelter where it could be tested for leukemia, wormed, vaccinated, spayed and put up for adoption.

Unfortunately, since you have already exposed your cat to her, your cat may be infected with virus from her like feline leukemia and upper respiratory viruses.

Diarrhea can be from viral infections, digestive disorders or parasites like worms. Roundworm infections common in kittens and people can be infected from contact with feces.

As you can see, lack of veterinary care can have many consequences for the kitten, the adult cat and, potentially you and your family.

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