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post #1 of 16
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Hello! I have a cat who was recently diagnosed with Inflamitory Bowel Disease, and it is a pretty severe case of it. We were perscribed Prednisone about 3 weeks ago, and she didn't vomit at all, until last night. She threw up so we took away her food, but she threw up liquid throughout the night.

My question to anyone with Prednisone experience is, does it cut out the vomiting all togheter? We have a vet appointment of thursday, but should I make one sooner?

Also, a couple of times, the time we gave her her medicine varied by a couple of hours (the biggest gap was on one day 8:00 am to 3:00 pm the next day). Could this play a factor? Thanks in advance.
post #2 of 16
I would call the vet right away and tell him what is going on and see what he thinks you should do.
If your cat keeps vomiting then i`d certainly think that Thursday is way too long a time to wait to see a vet (Today being Sunday)
Linda
post #3 of 16
The prednisone is not to treat the vomiting, it is to treat inflammation. It can be harsh on the stomach actually, it is a steroid. I would recommend giving the cat a bit of yogurt before the prednisone to coat the stomach, and also make sure she has tons of water to drink. That can help prevent a build up of acids in her stomach causing irritation.
post #4 of 16
Thread Starter 
Thanks for the quick reply, I think I might still have some yogurt around that I bought for her. So, even on prednisone, there still might be ocassional vomiting?
post #5 of 16
I would still call your vet though... every cat is different, and with her underlying condition the vet may want to adjust the doseage or try a different medication altogether.
Honestly though, I think all cats vomit from time to time, healthy or not. It's a cat thing LOL
As far as the yogurt goes, only a tiny bit... cats don't deal with lactose well and you don't want to cause further irritation. It's tought to find the right balance.
post #6 of 16
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Originally Posted by matttt
Thanks for the quick reply, I think I might still have some yogurt around that I bought for her. So, even on prednisone, there still might be ocassional vomiting?
As the person stated above it doesnt treat vomiting but can make a cat sick. It is used to treat the inflamation/as stated above. It also isnt something that should be taken for long periods of time. Its purpose is stop the inflamtion and allow the bowel to heal and then they animal should be taken off it. (But ask your vet of course). It is actually used on humans to treat various bowel disorders and they recomend a short treatment period usually because steroids are not healthy for longer periods of time. But it is the BEST thing for inflamtion.
post #7 of 16
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OK, thanks. Maybe I was just confused because she hasn't vomited in 3 weeks, which is pretty rare. I've been reading about a raw meat diet which is supposed to cure ibd, but I've also read a good deal that say it's bad for the cat. Does anyone have any experience with a ibc cat and a raw meat diet? Thanks.
post #8 of 16
I hate to sound like a company rep but the best diet for a cat is Hills science diet. they have light, regular, hairball, Immune booster, lamb, chicken etc. I wouldnt feed my cat raw meat because they can get food posioning and raw meat doesnt have everything the cat needs. I would recommend Science diet immune boosting dry food/expensive but worth every penny.
post #9 of 16
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I have her one Hill's Perscription Diet Feline I/D right now. She's sitting right next to the bag staring at me right now, because I took her food away after she threw up! How long would you wait after she vomited to feed again. One vet said 24 hours after, but that seems kind of harsh to me. Maybe I'm just too soft on her!! Thanks!!
post #10 of 16
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Originally Posted by matttt
I have her one Hill's Perscription Diet Feline I/D right now. She's sitting right next to the bag staring at me right now, because I took her food away after she threw up! How long would you wait after she vomited to feed again. One vet said 24 hours after, but that seems kind of harsh to me. Maybe I'm just too soft on her!! Thanks!!
I would wait a couple of hours and try again. IF she continues to throw up and doesnt eat by tommorow morning take her to the vet right away and see what the deal is.
post #11 of 16
I would wait atleast 3 - 4 hours. Then try again with a small amount of food. It seems unusual for her to have a side effect from the pred after 3 weeks of taking it. For the most part I have seen vomiting because of an antibiotic. And it usually happens when the animal first starts taking it.

Could she have possibly gotten into something? Also, don't just stop the pred. Since it's a steroid it needs to be weaned down.

Hope she is feeling better.
post #12 of 16
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Originally Posted by matttt
I have her one Hill's Perscription Diet Feline I/D right now. She's sitting right next to the bag staring at me right now, because I took her food away after she threw up! How long would you wait after she vomited to feed again. One vet said 24 hours after, but that seems kind of harsh to me. Maybe I'm just too soft on her!! Thanks!!


Buddy was also on the ID cat food and prednisone for pancreatitis, I would keep your cat on the food until your vet says otherwise. Call the vet and ask him re: the vomiting, he'll let you know if it is necessary to bring him in.
post #13 of 16
Hi, if your kitty is vomitting again, yes, you call the vet as this may mean the prednisone isn't enough right now. Vomitting is a key symptom of IBD (when other causes have been ruled out).

I have never heard of prednisone being rough on the stomach..the issue with long term use of any steroid, is in part, the suppression of the immune system, and I vaguely recall that it may predispose a cat to diabetes.

I would not suggest moving away from any prescription diet without discussing this with your vet, and really doing all the research you can re the diet you want to change to.

I've had more than one kitty with ibd...I wish you all the best in getting your fellow stable. For one of mine, being on Hills Z/D and a tapered dose of prednisolone, with courses of flagyl when he had a flare-up, kept him stable for several years.
post #14 of 16
Thread Starter 
Thanks for the reply! What is the Hills Z/D? Did this combination stop vomiting alltogheter, or did it happen once in a while after that? Thanks again!
post #15 of 16
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Originally Posted by matttt
Thanks for the reply! What is the Hills Z/D? Did this combination stop vomiting alltogheter, or did it happen once in a while after that? Thanks again!
Hills Z/d (which now comes in a canned version too) is Hills prescription low allergen food for cats. click here to go to the description page for the dry version of this food.

Joshua stayed very stable, but if he had bad flareups, he would then be treated with an increased frequency of pred and if necessary, a course of flagyl. It made a huge difference in his life, he gained wt., quit pulling his fur out, very infrequent vomitting.
post #16 of 16
Thread Starter 
Hi! We gave her some food yesterday throughout the day, and she seemed to be OK with it. Same with today. Thanks for your help everyone!!
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