Walter, 13 is my IBD boy.
In August, he came home from ICU on 5 mg of Pred per day, plus Cypro PRN for appetite improvement. His guts were so swollen one vet looked at the X-ray, suspected a tumor and called in a radiology consult.
My (more experienced) vet said she thinks it is the carbs, but suggested nothing by brand. I began researching. I had to get him off the prescription, allergy diet he had eaten for eight years. I bought baby food of the same protein source as that (lamb). And he did better on it ... (no GRAIN. DUH!), but back onto the prescription stuff (WITH grain), HE DID WORSE AGAIN. Barfed bile, and ate less. While still on 5 mg pred and cypro.
I read up on alternative foods. And I bought. And I bought. And I bought.
The ONLY grain-free canned this so-and-so will eat is Fancy Feast, 3 flavors ... liver and chix, turkey and giblets, or salmon and shrimp. None of healthier ones. Fortunately I have 3 young and hungry cats to pawn off his rejects on
. But ... he gained weight on the FF! And kept eating!
What healthy stuff WILL he eat??? Frozen Raw. Not very much, he is old and fairly inactive ... and SMALL. 7 lb on hospital discharge in early August, 9 at his peak 4 yrs ago. HOWEVER .... the good news is, he now JUMPS UP ON THE COUNTER in anticipation of every meal. He runs with the kitten and plays with her! He maybe is gaining weight (no scales at home, but his muscles are coming back some). No cypro. 2.5 mg pred, every OTHER day.
So, that is what I will feed him. AND since he is my SEVENTH IBD cat, despite my long-term dedication to prescription name brand diets (ahem), the young cats will get grain-free, low-carb food, from now on.