I am new to this forum, but my name is Becky and I am a veterinary technician. The cat in question is actually our hospital cat, who I share a special bond with. She follows me everywhere in the clinic and everyone there calls her my cat. The doctor on more than one occasion has even told me I should take her home. It may happen in the future. Anyways, Kattie is a long haired tabby that we estimate to be about 5-6 years old. She has always had issues with hairballs and now constipation that has gotten pretty severe. She also has a history of severe allergies that contributes to her overgrooming which makes her get hairballs and therefore the costipation occurs. I have a very good gut feeling that this may all be diet related and that if we change her diet it might help alot. She is on Hills Science diet W/d which I am not a fan of. I actually dislike all science diet foods and think that they are overpriced subpar food. The W/D is a very high fiber food which in the past has been used to treat megacolon, which is what the doctor is saying she has. He is also saying if the w/d isn't working then the only thing that can help her is surgery to take out the colon and resect the small intestine to the rectum. I think there are still many medical and dietary avenues that we can try before that. I suggested lactulose which we have never tried and he has never used. He agreed to that aeven though he thinks that it won't work. He is an old school vet and is pretty set in his ways and reccomends science diet for everything. I believe that a low fiber diet might help her more because the stools that she tries to produce on the w/d are huge and rock hard. I have decided that I am going to purchase a higher quality food that both our hospital cats can eat, even if I have to pay for it. I know that canned is better which we will give everyday, but I want to get a better quality dry as well. I was looking at innova, which is what I feed my allergic dog with success. the fiber on the dry is 1.5%. The california natural is also really good. I just need some suggestions on good foods that will help a megacolon allergic kitty. Any other advice on supplements as well will be appreciated. That way I can have some suggestions to give the doctor to help little Kattie.
Thanks in advance,