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post #1 of 8
Thread Starter 
Hello,

I have a cat with IBS. She eats z/d from Hill's since a few years. But she still suffers from diarhoa and vomiting. We went to a specialist (internist) and she adviced to try d/d Hill's. I would really like to know what your experieces are with this. Does any one know of alternative options with good results. Every advice is welcome.
(I hope I didn't make to many wrinig mistakes, I am Dutch)

Thanks,
Wendy
post #2 of 8
Hi
I would bet that probably you have been feeding dry foods
You need to either switch to canned foods with no grains or as little as possible or a raw diet where there are no grains at all.

What you also want to do is cut down on the fats in food

A human grade quality canned food like Merrick or wellness with a bit of chicken breast added would be great.

Diet plays a huge part in most IBD cats, If a no grain diet doesn't do the trick,
A novel protein like rabbit,vennison ect with no grains,

The best choice from what i have seen
For a raw diet you can buy something like nature's variety or you can make your own. I think making your own is best cause you control the ingrediants and can make the adjustments needed
These sites shows you how
http://www.catinfo.org/makingcatfood.htm
http://www.catnutrition.org/pictorial.php
Here are links about ibd
http://www.felineoutreach.org/Educat...il.asp?cat=IBD
http://www.catnutrition.org/ibd.php
My info comes from working with diabetic cats and many of them have other issues including ibd. I am giving you info that works most of the time
post #3 of 8
Thread Starter 
Hi,

Thank you very much for the information. Maybe you are willing to help me some more?
I already tried raw food for him .It is ready made an I just have to thaw it. It is made with chicken meat, rice , sunflower oil, vitamins and minerals. He did badly on this, he got more sick. They also have this raw food exactly the same but without the rice (chicken, sunflower oil, vitamins and minerals). Do you think this might be good? What about omega 3? This is not in this food.

Thanks,
Wendy
post #4 of 8
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Originally Posted by wenn View Post
Hi,

Thank you very much for the information. Maybe you are willing to help me some more?
I already tried raw food for him .It is ready made an I just have to thaw it. It is made with chicken meat, rice , sunflower oil, vitamins and minerals. He did badly on this, he got more sick. They also have this raw food exactly the same but without the rice (chicken, sunflower oil, vitamins and minerals). Do you think this might be good? What about omega 3? This is not in this food.

Thanks,
Wendy
I am not a big raw food feeder but what you described doesn't look complete. For cats, no rice, no grains should be added. Also it is a big switch from what you have been feeding so the change over needs to be one slowly maybe over a 7/10 day period. I think the best thing for you to do is go where there are tons of people who feed raw and deal with this as they can help you better then me. Here you go Please join
http://pets.groups.yahoo.com/group/F...ec=group&slk=1

Also, If you want I know a nutrtionist vet who does phone consultations for a fee of course. She is very good and she can work with you to find an appropriate diet if you are interested

Edited to add it is always possible that even chicken can cause ibs to flare up so you need to find out (trial an error). there are alternatives out there
post #5 of 8
Z/D is formulated to be a RX allergy formula but it in the cat is not a micronized protein format .... IE it still can cause alergy issues ... d/d I would ??? but the internist likely is thinking try a different protein./..

Chicken is not a high allergen but is a allergen .... DO you have access to a holistic vet?? IMHO I would not use vet that could not physically see my cat, I have had too many animals with issues an a phone consult nearly killed one;( ... I had great success with IBS animals and raw but you have to find a non reactive protein( likel on never eaten ).. Complete raw is actually very easy for a cat and only take s four ingrediants but in your case please seek a nutrition minded vet to guide you ... No grains should IMHO ever be found in a raw food as it has to be cooked to have any value / digestability ... and cat have no actual need to be fed grains
post #6 of 8
Thread Starter 
Thank you for the tips. But I don't think we have holistic vets here in Belgium. I don't know any
the raw meat product I give, is a whole food ready made for cats that meets all the nutritional requirements. (contains, bones , organs,...) He did not respond well to that and I did convert gradually
I do not want to make my own food . I would not trust it.
post #7 of 8
My vet thinks Maisie has IBS as he could feel thickened bowels and she had awful problems with diarrhea when I got her.

After several months of trying different specialist food and high quality foods ( which she hated ) we had to settle for lower quality food that she WILL eat supplemented with boiled chicken and every few months she has a long acting steroid injection. I can`t remember what it`s called but the day after she gets it she perks right up and is eating normaly and doing normal poops.
post #8 of 8
I hope you find a solution
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