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« on: May 29, 2018, 06:32:16 AM »

My kitty Frank has been diagnosed with IBD.  He has been hospitalized three times in the last 9 months and it's been a delicate balancing act to keep his condition managed.  I know there have been several members that have dealt with this disease and I would appreciate any advice, thoughts, suggestions on your experiences.  My biggest issue is getting him to eat and keeping him eating.  I tried raw food diet and he won't even try it despite my best attempts.  He is on a daily dose of prednisolone and we do give him appetite stimulants when he is having bad days.  Just want to exhaust all options that I can.  I should mention that he has had extensive bloodwork done and it has been tested numerous times, he's has also had several ultrasounds and everything else has been ruled out in making this diagnosis.  He was a 12lb kitty, but now it is a struggle to keep him above 8lbs and at that he is underweight. TIA for anything you can offer.
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« Reply #1 on: May 29, 2018, 01:55:31 PM »

Telsa, I'm so sorry to hear about Frank.  I hope you can get some good answers from people who have had experience with IBD.  I had a cat with IBD but I'm afraid I don't really have any useful information to pass on to you about it.

My cats are on a raw food diet and I wanted to mention that the balance of freeze-dried raw to water is vital.  I never imagined my fussy cats would eat raw, but here we are - all 8 of them love it.

This is the freeze-dried/water ratio I'm using (see below).  I crush the freeze-dried into a fine powder.  The water should be warm to the touch but not hot (don't want to "cook" the finely ground bone).  I mix it together and then let it sit for 3-5 minutes.  Then I fluff it up.  You can sprinkle some freeze-dried powder (or even freeze-dried chicken treats) on top to entice.

For my 8-pound cat
Freeze-dried 9 gr + warm water 21 ml

For my 13-pound cats
Freeze-dried 12 gr + warm water 28 ml

My cats get fed three times a day, so the above is the amount they eat per meal.  (So the total food per day for my 8-pd cat is about 3 oz 90 gr)  This will seem like a really small amount but it's enough - this works out well for cats who aren't able to eat a lot at one meal.  

Our current hit flavors are:
STELLA Chicken
STELLA Salmon & Cod

One more huge hit flavor here is a lesser-known brand but a very good one:

This one you don't have to crush - they are cylinders that are very thin and dissolve easily after a few minutes in water.

Sending lots of warmth to you and Frank.
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« Reply #2 on: May 30, 2018, 12:17:04 PM »

Has the idea of an elimination diet trial has come up in Frank‚Äôs vet visits?  Is home cooking an option? Maybe start with a single cooked protein, like chicken or beef, if Frank has a favorite he will tolerate. First see if he will eat that single meat by itself. Down the line you will need to add a supplement such as Alnutrin or Balance-It or one of the others on the market to make sure he gets all the other vitamins and minerals he needs such as calcium, but one step at a time.

There are also a few canned wet foods out there are pretty stripped down, although I have found home cooking to be more controllable in the long term.

I use homemade raw rabbit with added supplements for Gypsy. She is allergic to fish (and corn and peas and beef) so she cannot have many commercially made foods. In her case an antacid was also occasionally helpful. In addition to prednisolone, some vets will put IBD cats on a powerful antibiotic such as metronidazole, which we have tried, but it did not give us as good results as the diet change.
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