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Comments On - What Should I Feed My Cat with Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBD)?

Sam    Egg Harbor Township, NJ

4/3/2014 8:47:56 PM

I have a cat who's 9 years old. She started to have bouts of diarrhea and vomiting in February. I took her to the vet where she had blood and urine samples sent to a lab The results were a bladder infection. So, she was given a antibiotic shot which in my opinion made her dirrhea even worse. I took her back a few weeks later and she was given a steriod shot and her symptoms still continued. The vet said she could have IBS but the tests were invasive. She already lost a third of her weight and is about 5 1/2 lbs. I could actually hear gurgling in her stomach like someone with colitis. I tried all kinds of commerical cat food which did not work. I went online and found that most of those foods contain by products. And, dry food really isn't taht good for cats either. I finally found a grain free wet food with natural ingredients called Earthborn.She likes the chicken which is shredded (I chop it up in smaller pieces for her ) and I also came across Pride by Instinct Ritzy's Rabbit recipe. I was kind of taken a back by the word rabbit but it is recommended that you give a cat with IBS and/or IBD a food they never had. Well, shecleaned her plate like there was no tomorrow. I haven't seen any bad after effects like I did with comercial food so, I have my fingers crossed. I also purchased a dry food with probiotics (which are very helpful) to give on occasion. And, last but not least ... I started to give her a few drops of Slppery Elm which actually heals the stomach. It has to be puure Slippery Elm with no other ingredients included.You take a few capsules and mix with a small amount of boiling water. Then you stir until you have a paste and let it cool. Directions are online and it's absolutely safe and almost a miracle herb used in conjunction with good grain free food. I am determined to get my little kitty back to feeling well in the near future.

Sam    Egg Harbor Township, NJ

4/3/2014 8:46:12 PM

I have a cat who's 9 years old. She started to have bouts of diarrhea and vomiting in February. I took her to the vet where she had blood and urine samples sent to a lab The results were a bladder infection. So, she was given a antibiotic shot which in my opinion made her dirrhea even worse. I took her back a few weeks later and she was given a steriod shot and her symptoms still continued. The vet said she could have IBS but the tests were invasive. She already lost a third of her weight and is about 5 1/2 lbs. I could actually hear gurgling in her stomach like someone with colitis. I tried all kinds of commerical cat food which did not work. I went online and found that most of those foods contain by products. And, dry food really isn't taht good for cats either. I finally found a grain free wet food with natural ingredients called Earthborn.She likes the chicken which is shredded (I chop it up in smaller pieces for her ) and I also came across Pride by Instinct Ritzy's Rabbit recipe. I was kind of taken a back by the word rabbit but it is recommended that you give a cat with IBS and/or IBD a food they never had. Well, shecleaned her plate like there was no tomorrow. I haven't seen any bad after effects like I did with comercial food so, I have my fingers crossed. I also purchased a dry food with probiotics (which are very helpful) to give on occasion. And, last but not least ... I started to give her a few drops of Slppery Elm which actually heals the stomach. It has to be puure Slippery Elm with no other ingredients included.You take a few capsules and mix with a small amount of boiling water. Then you stir until you have a paste and let it cool. Directions are online and it's absolutely safe and almost a miracle herb used in conjunction with good grain free food. I am determined to get my little kitty back to feeling well in the near future.

Elizabeth    Palisades, CA

1/17/2014 9:55:16 PM

Try Fancy Feast CLASSIC. Several years ago my cat was diagnosed with IBS and was drastically losing weight. Tried everything including raw and even considered making my own (not recommended). Then I started reading cat food labels. The classic varieties have the fewest ingredients and both cats love it. I also give them yogurt (not with artificial sweeteners) which helps. It's been 2 years so I know it works.

Dee    CA, CA

11/5/2013 2:55:21 PM

and choose one with no grains.

Dee    CA, CA

11/5/2013 2:46:09 PM

I've heard California Natural was really good for sensitive stomachs.

Maddy S    Smithtown, NY

11/4/2013 3:59:14 AM

I think this is a vague answer. I have tried science diet for sensitive stomach , Earthborn fish only, blue, natural balance duck and pea. I'm at my wits end. I have four cats , two with this problem. I am willing to put all on the same food, I am looking for some kind of report, not generated by a major pet brand. That shows what brands work the best. Can anyone help me with that?

Tonya    Indianapolis, IN

12/25/2012 10:41:04 AM

My cat has IBD...we went through every brand of food imaginable!! The prescription food do not work on her but Halo for sensitive stomachs DID! It was such a great feeling to know that she was able to keep nutrients in her and not to mention not having to give baths every day, she is a Himalayan.

Kelly    Laguna Hills, CA

12/24/2012 1:17:19 PM

I started using the Soothing Digestive Relief and Power Probiotic on www.askariel.com and it really helped my cat. She was having terrible diarhea and her poo is now normal. Here is a link LINK

Tracey    fernandina Beach, FL

9/3/2012 7:55:07 AM

My cat had not had a normal BM in forever. I was at my wits end last week as he was constantly pooping liquid diarrhea all over the place and I just had new carpeting installed. Vet had him on Hill's ZD for two years and we just began Prednisone. Nothing seemed to help! Last Sunday, after heavy research I decided to try the recommendation of a vet nutritionist who said grain free is the way to go... He started on Nature's Variety grain free dry and their canned stuff as well. AMAZING!!!! he has had nothing but normal (if not a little dry) cat stools since starting on this diet!! He is SO much happier and playing like a kitten (he's 13) I am not affiliated with Nature's variety and actually gave him a couple of cans of Blue grain free with the same results. Try it.... I am thoroughly convinced and can't wait to tell my vet about our success!!

Judi    Atchison, KS

11/2/2011 11:13:00 AM

I have one cat with IBD and another does not. What will happen if the non-IBD cat eats the IBD food? Is it actually better for them?

Jeanne    Tustin, CA

10/19/2011 2:44:02 PM

I forgot to add in my previous e-mail, no grains
in the pet food, and rabbit wet food is one of the
best recommended by my vet. IBS can be set off
by food allergies, this could include rice, and potato as well as other fillers and grains.
I give my kitty keifer every day with probiotics
in it.

Jeanne    Tustin, CA

10/19/2011 2:39:07 PM

My VCA vet said to put pumpkin into my felines food, as it's high fiber and aids digestion. I've seen many web site recommending this plus probiotics and digestive enzymes. Check out
askariel.com, they have an IBS combo of products
for your feline under supplements. I have seen
the pet nutritonist Susan Davis, and she is very good, she has many testomonials on her site.

Ilene    Beaverton, OR

2/13/2010 5:11:14 PM

My cat also has IBD and we have tried everything. So far the best thing has been giving him pumpkin twice a day along with prednisolone and metronidazole. The pumpkin has made all the difference. I make pumpkin cubes. Using an ice cube tray I put about a teaspoon of pumpkin in each space and freeze it. Then take out one cube and microwave about 25 seconds. I add it to his food and he loves it.

Shelley    Henderson, NV

1/27/2010 7:29:24 PM

You might try your cat on a "no gluten" diet. My cat similar problem and I had taken her to several vets without any relief in symptoms. After talking to a friend of mine whose daughter had a gluten intolerance, a little light went off in my head and I wondered if maybe my "fur baby" might have a problem--I took her off ALL gluten--which took a while--gluten is in EVERYTHING!! And she is now happy and healthy (Blue Buffalo is the food that she loves--both canned and dry but there are other non gluten, all natural foods out there!!)

Good luck

alma    pemberton, NJ

8/25/2009 5:28:39 AM

informative. i have a cat that is around 10years old. she developed ibs. i am still experimenting which food she will keep down without the vomiting and diarrhea. now purina one sensitive and senior food she seems to like. once a day i give her a half can of the small one with flora sprinkle and she seemed to eat it. at first i was going nuts trying to figure this out. i spent almost a thousand dollars with vets and test and nothing. heck they even said they couldn't help me. she went from 11 lbs to 7 lbs. plus being on a limited budget it was challeging. then i gave up and said if she went below five pound, that i would have to put to sleep; regardless of saying. i just could not see her in skin and bones. now finally after six month after she has put skin on and eating pretty much normally. she does have her bouts with diarrhea and vomiting but nothing like before. any other suggestions would be nice. even my sis-in-law is a vet and this is something there is really no cure and she is struggling with a cat of her own. my cat seems to be healthier than hers. thanks alma

Joan    Harbor Springs, MI

3/22/2009 5:43:41 AM

My cat w/IBD is a rescue kitty that I adopted @ age 9yrs. He is now 14 yrs old. The prescriptions diets did not help but the steroids have helped. The hairball/fiber diets did not work. We have reasonably good control with Wellness canned food & Purina ONE for sensitive systems. On the recommendation of my vet he also is getting 1/2 teaspoon Benefiber in his canned food.

Janet    Carlsbad, CA

1/21/2008 6:36:41 AM

I have one cat with IBD and another with pancreatitis(?sp.) Looked for years for the right food for them. Symptoms of bloody diarrea, vomiting, and nothing helped. Steriods, Vet. diets esp. designed for IBD, i.e., rabbit, venisin, etc. I found that it wasn't the type of protein, it was the fiber content. We tried every commercial food out there that was either "light" diet or "hairball" diet. The bouts with diarrea and vomiting started to diminish. The last and the best for them was "Royal Canin Intense Hairball Formula." More recently we've tried "Eagle Pack's Super Premium Hairball Formula." It seemes to work well, too. Sorry to disagree with the professionals, but I haven't had to go to the vet. for IBD/pancreatis issues for over three years.

Please correct spelling mistakes. Thanks!

irene    flushing, NY

8/27/2007 8:47:07 AM

My doctor has just suggested I use Prescription Hills diet. My cat has been having diarreah for the past 2 months

peggy    cape may, NJ

7/4/2007 5:45:33 AM

have you ever tried dick van pattens all natural food- ocean fish flavor is the flavor my cat likes best

val    Edwardsville, IL

7/1/2007 11:35:15 PM

my cat has colitis. similar to IBD.
we are using EAGLE PAK HOLISTIC. all
natural. no meat by products. as with
all the recalls. it is expensive. and
can be hard to find. Petco now carries it
here. and as the goo Doctor said, look for an all natural pet food store.

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