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post #1 of 6
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I tried to find something information online, but I came up with nothing...

Teddy, my IBS/IBD/food allergy cat needs some treats!

He can only eat IVD food, and I didn't know if IVD makes any kind of treats. I want to be able to reward him, but I can't give him regular cat treats. Also, I'm looking to give him something for hairballs. I'm terrified to give him anything other than his food, though - because anything else has made him throw up and have diarrhea.

He gave me a giant hairball as a present today, so I'd love to help him work those out, too...

Thanks!
post #2 of 6
Shambelle - I don't know whether freeze dried chicken or fish would be a good treat for your kitty. If I remember correctly you're in the US - if so, you can get some from Pat's store in the Marketplace forum here - my kitties loved it. When we were talking with the Vet to see if Lily had IBD, the Vet spoke highly of such a treat being something that shouldn't upset her digestive system. It might be worth a try.
post #3 of 6
Halo's Live A Little treats are just freeze dried meat. I'd avoid fish for a cat with food sensitivities, but chicken or beef should be fine.

Alternatively, you can just give him a bit of fresh raw or cooked meat.
post #4 of 6
If your kitty is now stable, I'd work around the protein you've found is okay (i.e. which ivd are you feeding?)

I would NOT give any treat without first running it by your vet. That said, for single protein, no carb treats, here are some of what is on the market:
Rosie's Rewards - 100% beef jerky from range-fed beef, usda, in Montana - just snap into bite sized pieces
Dr. Harvey's beef or chicken whisker smackers - human grade, 100% just beef or just chicken, freeze-dried, same as Halo's but a lot, lot cheaper
Grandma Lucy's - human grade roasted chicken that has then been dried - contains nothing but chicken.

There are also fish treats, but something tells me fish/seafood wouldn't fly by your vet.

Another excellent brand are Whole Life - they have a beef and liver, a lamb, also several kinds of fish, and chicken or beef...again, excellent quality, and as with all the above, nothing added - no sugars/salts/colorings/preservatives.

hth!
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Originally Posted by Pat & Alix
If your kitty is now stable, I'd work around the protein you've found is okay (i.e. which ivd are you feeding?)

I would NOT give any treat without first running it by your vet. That said, for single protein, no carb treats, here are some of what is on the market:
Rosie's Rewards - 100% beef jerky from range-fed beef, usda, in Montana - just snap into bite sized pieces
Dr. Harvey's beef or chicken whisker smackers - human grade, 100% just beef or just chicken, freeze-dried, same as Halo's but a lot, lot cheaper
Grandma Lucy's - human grade roasted chicken that has then been dried - contains nothing but chicken.

There are also fish treats, but something tells me fish/seafood wouldn't fly by your vet.

Another excellent brand are Whole Life - they have a beef and liver, a lamb, also several kinds of fish, and chicken or beef...again, excellent quality, and as with all the above, nothing added - no sugars/salts/colorings/preservatives.

hth!
IVD = duck and pea.
I don't give Teddy anything without consulting the vet. He's gone from daily throw up/diarrhea a year ago to now, maybe there's a problem every 4-5 weeks. I'm so paranoid about taking care of him. I'll definitely inquire with the vet and will keep your suggestions in mind!
post #6 of 6
As for hairballs, you might ask your vet whether adding some plain canned pumpkin to his diet might be okay for him. If that doesn't work for him, Benefiber might.
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