Thursday, December 10, 2009

Inflammatory Bowel Disease (IBD) In Cats

If your cat has been diagnosed with feline inflammatory bowel disease or IBD, this is a term that describes a variety of gastrointestinal disorders which can occur in the small or large intestine or stomach. While the diagnoses is characterized by inflammation of the mucosal lining in the digestive tract, pet owners may simply observe symptoms such as weight loss, vomiting,  lack of appetite or diarrhea. Some cats can have the opposite effect of severe constipation.

It is essential to use the Inflammatory Bowel Disease (IBD) Kit For Cats and Dogs to help make your kitty feel better. Inflammatory Bowel Disease (IBD) Kit For Cats and Dogs helps repair your kitty's intestinal lining, increases absorption and helps your kitty feel better again.

What can be frustrating to pet owners is that their cat may have eaten a variety of foods for many years and now with age, the cat is displaying this intestinal discomfort. For some cats, the symptoms appear when they are young kittens but many times, it appears in older cats. Sometimes the symptoms can be a sign of another health disorder such as pancreatitis, kidney disease, intestinal lymphoma, for example, so it is very important to see your veterinarian right away if your cat is displaying any of these symptoms. Please don't just disregard it as simple pickiness or hairballs, there could be an underlying serious problem.

Cats with Inflammatory Bowel Disease can often respond well to dietary changes. I have spoken with many cat owners who for years were feeding lower quality (albeit popular name--well advertised) commercial brands that unfortunately were fooled by the great "healthy" advertising. Who hasn't seen some of those great commercials of beautiful kitties eating out of a crystal dish? Unfortunately, many companies that advertise so well often have some of the worst ingredients.

What are the culprits that can contribute to your cat's inflammatory bowel disease? Well...years of eating foods that contain grains such as wheat, corn, rice, etc as well as lower quality meat proteins containing hormones and antibiotics can do it. Why was wheat gluten added to many cat foods in the first place? The purpose was to fool you as the consumer that your kitty was getting more protein. Look for grain-free foods and even consider giving your kitty the benefits of a raw food diet.

The best supplements that will help your kitty heal from IBD can be found in the Inflammatory Bowel Disease (IBD) Kit For Cats and Dogs. It is best to get the entire kit, but at a minimum, try Power Probiotic--we have never had a cat that wouldn't eat this on their food. It is pretty much tasteless and will help rebalance the flora in your kitty's intestinal tract. Also, for diarrhea, Soothing Digestive Relief will really help firm up your cat's stool. Colostrum for Pets and the Notatum/Roqueforti drops combination will help to bring about long-term healing of your cat's intestinal lining. For best results, you may want to consider a telephone consultation with our pet nutritionist, Susan Davis, to be sure you are using the correct supplements and using the best diet program for your particular cat's symptoms.