2011 Volume 20 Issue 4 Pages 121-124
This study is the first to investigate the intestinal parasites in kittens kept in pet shops in Japan. A total of 186 fecal samples were collected from kittens (less than three months old) of four pet shops in the Tohoku/Kanto Districts. Giardia spp. were examined with an ELISA kit, and the other intestinal parasites were determined microscopically using a formalin-ethyl acetate sedimentation technique. Overall prevalence was 19.4% (36/186) in all kittens, and only two species, protozoa Giardia spp. (9.7%: 18/186) and Isospora spp. (11.3%: 21/186) were detected. The total prevalence and the prevalence of Isospora in each shop were significantly different from each other. The results of this study suggest that there are serious problems in kittens raised in pet shops, namely, insanitary environment, and underestimation of the amount of intestinal protozoan parasites.