Feline Inflammatory Bowel Disease

Feline IBD symptoms and treatment

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If your cat is vomiting repeatedly or has bouts of diarrhea, there is a good chance it is being caused by a feline inflammatory bowel disease (IBD). Feline IBD is a serious condition where the stomach lining is irritated and inflamed. It can be caused by something as simple as ingesting a foreign object (including grass or dirt), or it could indicate a more serious disease. It's important to consult your veterinarian if your pet is exhibiting these symptoms because it can quickly become fatal if too much fluid is lost, so you have to find out what the underlying causes are.

An Overview of Feline IBD

Any time the stomach is irritated it can become inflamed, making it impossible to hold down food or process it properly. When this happens it can cause cat constipation and other digestive troubles. If it becomes advanced, your constipated cat will look decidedly miserable and will soon become lethargic. The belly area may also be painful to the touch. Even when treated promptly by a qualified veterinarian, this is a chronic disease that needs to be controlled to provide the best quality of life for your pet.

Signs and Treatment of Feline IBD

Inflammatory bowel disease in cats is usually treatable with proper diet and occasionally antibiotics to help control the irritation of the stomach lining. IBD is not curable. You will have to remain on top of it for the life of your cat. With proper diet and medication, your cat can life a long and happy life.

Vomiting, diarrhea and constipation in cats should always be considered primary signs of IBD. The best way to prevent IBD is to ensure a high quality diet with nutritious cat food and protect them from the possibility of eating bits and pieces of easily chewed or broken toys, household furniture or other products. You should also keep them indoors so they cannot get to grass, dirt or other items they might accidentally eat. This can be sometimes prove difficult, as cats always seem to get into things they shouldn't.

Left untreated, feline inflammatory bowel disease can be fatal. The disease itself is not deadly but the dehydration is fatal and acid irritation from the stomach juices can burn the esophagus from repeated vomiting. If your cat is vomiting or has diarrhea for a long period of time, be sure to provide an electrolyte drink to keep them balanced and ask your veterinarian about IV hydration if they are having a hard time drinking or keeping fluids down.

Prompt attention to the problem will ensure the best outlook for a normal recovery. Keep track of your cat's diet and be sure to give it its medicine.

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Posted by Nana on August 27,2013 at 03:33 PM
Looking forward to the and possibility of this for us with this condition. Please add my email to the list for when this comes available have had Ulcerative Colitis for over 10yrs. Thanks!Tyler
Posted by Hayley on August 19,2013 at 02:35 AM
I just pay the vet as I go along.With my last dog, I would have spent thousands more on peuimrms than the insurance company would have paid out in claims, so it wouldn't have been worth it. Was this answer helpful?
Posted by Robin on January 17,2013 at 12:48 PM
I have a 9 year old male. Bought from Jean Mills the original breeder. Started taking him to the vet since we got him with trying to "treat" him with drugs as we were always told he had an incurable parasite that he didn't outgrow. Finally, about a year ago, a new vet diagnosed him with IBS. We put him on a round of anitbotics (dermal via ears) then pregnazone and a dry diet of Science Diet Hydrolized protein only. It has been a miracle. Tough sticking with the ear meds consistantly but it worked. Our guy had diaherra for his whole life and a ruptured anal gland. Now he is great, nice firm stools. We are so proud of him.
Posted by Sara on February 10,2012 at 08:12 PM
Try Canned Pumpkin I have a cat that had this. He is a 4year old bangal and has been suffering with diarrhea / vomiting his entire life. I have had extensive blood work done, medicated food, and pills. Nothing worked. Then the doctor disgusted giving him a spoon full of pure pumpkin twice a day with his food. With in 24 hours he was doing better. It has been over two months and he rarely has diarrhea and vomiting.
Posted by Judy carhart on April 16,2014 at 12:02 PM
I'm going to try this for my cat with IBS. Is it a tsp or tbsp of canned pumpkin twice a day?
Posted by ralford on October 20,2011 at 05:54 PM
i also have a female cat 4 years old, she is experiencing the same symptons some of you are describing. One day everything is OK and the next she is having diarreia, uncontrolled, sometime mostly liquid, other times some loose stool. Very lethargic. No vomiting. Always uncontrolled and she has spasms in the stomach area when this happens. She has has 2 xrays and a full blood work up. Had to give her IV hydration for a day and multiple antibiotics. The vet told me he suppects Inflamatory Bowel Disease. google it " feline IBD"
Posted by Jane on October 15,2012 at 09:52 AM
Hi. I have a bengal cat, when I got her she was very sickly and had constant diarrhoea, and would even dribble liquid poo while she slept. I was told that I would have to keep her on a vet sensitive food diet. Not true! I kept her on the special sensitive cat biscuits from the vet, (and would mix them into catfood for her, even though it says you shouldn't, to firm up her poo a bit), but decided the meat cat food was too oily for her system. I feed her real turkey meat and chicken that I cook in the oven for her (wrapped in tinfoil with a little bit of water to cook. no oil). There are some good quality cat foods out there. Feline Fayre do a good chicken fillet and ham pouch,(50% real meat) which you can get from large ASDA supermarkets (about 50p per sachet). Morrisons used to sell it, but have stopped,(so I wonder if the line is being discontinued?) Also, HiLife have started to do a flaked chicken breast with lamb pouch,it is 62% real meat. (75p each pouch though, sold as singles. Get the chicken fillet, not the spam variety!). Morrisons supermarket have started selling this one. It is 62% real meat. If you look at most cat food brands they only actually contain 4% meat, which I think is shocking. To give my cat variety I mix 50% good quality cat food with 50% standard cat food (whiskers, felix, etc. She can't tolerate the cheaper stuff). She tends to prefer meat to fish, although she does enjoy bowls of tuna fish every now and then. She now does proper healthy looking poos and is a very healthy and happy cat. Every now and then I give her occasional bowls of standard cat food 4% meat, and she is fine, as long as the majority of her diet is good quality food. There is no reason why your cat cannot be healthy again. My cat is 15months old now (and is an outdoor and indoor cat). Just like anybody she has occasional bouts of diarrhoea, but on the whole she is 100% healthy. I hope this information helps.
Posted by Ginna on July 17,2010 at 06:56 PM
My female cat, she's about 7 yrs old. She threw up a large furball. Then a couple of minutes later she went poop on the floor. Ithe poop was diarreia and had a lot of blood and mucus in it. What could cause that???
Posted by danielle on February 24,2010 at 05:51 PM
i have a 11 month old kitten who has stopped eat, hasnt cleaned herself and is down right depressed. she still drinks and pees no problem im thinking it could be stress cuz i made some changes to her feeding time and we got a new puppy a couple of weeks ago. please help anyone.
Posted by Annette on November 04,2009 at 01:31 PM
I am having a problem with my cat she has leaking fluids out the backside and it has a terrible odor. She has always been a very skinny cat she is almost 10. She eats and drinks and usues the cat box. I am just worried about this fluid at times it just flows out of her. When she lays down to sleep she will get up and the whole area is soaked. What could this be?
Posted by Heidi on July 03,2014 at 05:05 AM
Annette my cat on occasion rubs her rear end on the floor. The vet said she has a problem with the glands in the area that helps push her stool out, the glands get swollen when the fluid finally release's it has a horrible Oder....Id rather hat then seeing her in pain. I was told a diet with more fiber so I mix Metamucil or a store brand (WalMart brand is the best priced I find) into her wet food when I see that the problem is happening. I've watched for the signs & usually catch it before it's so bad that she's dragging her rear across everything to relieve the pain. If it doesn't go away the Veterinarian can actually pop them....almost like a pimple, they taught me but Id rather pay them 1x a year or so instead of torturing my baby (I'm nervous about this so it takes me longer) It seams your cats glands eventually fix themselves perhaps if you use the fiber in the wet food you can avoid them altogether. I have another cat & was advised if he eats from the dish with fiber its not harmful at all. I hope this helps you.
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