My kitten Speck has had bloody diarrhea a few times, but his regular vet has never been able to determine the problem. Recently, I came home from work to find my kitty lethargic and obviously feeling very bad. He kept going to the litter box but was unable to have a bowel movement. He was vomiting. Fearing a bowel obstruction, we rushed him the Emergency Animal Hospital. His labs and x-rays were fine, but he did have a temp of 104.0. The vet there diagnosed him with inflammatory bowel disease, which he says is common in cats. He was given a steriod shot, nausea meds and antibiotics. By the next morning, he was back to his playful self. What can I do to prevent another episode of this from happening? He eats canned food, though we leave dry food down for the cats to nibble on. He is extremely spoiled and has assumed the role as "dominate cat" in our household, so I don't think stress would be a factor. Sorry for the lengthy question, but if anyone out there has any suggestions, I would really appreciate it. Don't ever want to see him go thru anything like this again. Thanks so much!
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11/23/07 at 2:46pm