Symptoms of IBD in Cats
- Irritable bowel diseases in cats can cause severe diarrhea and vomiting. Dehydration can occur very quickly under these circumstances.
- This disease requires a lot of experimenting to find out what works and what doesn’t. In the meantime, the symptoms must be dealt with.
- IBD can affect cats of any and all ages but typically afflicts the middle aged or older cat population.
Food for IBD in Cats and How to Treat IBD in Cats
- Food trials will begin, right off the bat, and will last months. For starters you give a protein and a carb that the cat has never eaten before. You give no other choices. No treats are allowed.
- You must be diligent to find out what is causing the nasty symptoms and discomfort to your cat.
- Next, fibers will be tested. If the problem is in the large intestine, high fiber will be tried. If the area affected is the small intestine, low fiber will be attempted.
- Diets low in fat or glutens may be attempted as well as adding the good Omega oils.
- Steroids are often used by doctors when deciding how to treat IBD in cats.
- It is said that cats have very little side effects to corticosteroids. They are anti inflammatory and do suppress the immune processes in your cats body. Cats have good outcomes with them along with diet changes.
- Certainly there are some natural ways to help your cat with his bowel disease. You can read more about treatments for IBD in dogs
- More information on treatment and home remedies for IBS in cats
- DGL, which is a licorice extract, helps protect all the mucous membranes lining the gastrointestinal tract. It seems to quiet the discomforts and promote relief to the inflammation associated with this disease.
- Slippery Elm helps to protect the sore and inflamed tissues of the intestinal wall lining too. It also assists in cutting down on the muscle spasms that can be so uncomfortable to your pet.
- Read about treatment options for coccidia in cats and irritable bowel syndrome in dogs