April 2007 Issue

What Is Campylobacter?

It's not a prehistoric creature your son learned about in school. It's an intestinal disease that can seriously impact a cat's health.

Perhaps the only thing sadder than the sight of a tiny kitten suffering from a bout of gut-wrenching diarrhea is the sight of three or four of them, piled on top of each other in a cramped cage, all in the throes of debilitating, possibly life-threatening intestinal damage. That, unfortunately, is what may occur in an unkempt animal shelter contaminated with a bacterium called Campylobacter jejuni.

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