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ybrude1
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« on: September 30, 2007, 03:48:13 PM »

Any suggestions on what to feed a cat that is very picky and has IBD? I prefer to feed my little one wet food but she is so picky. Any suggestions are greatly appreciated.
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kaffe
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« Reply #1 on: September 30, 2007, 03:54:40 PM »

Any chance you can get your kitty to eat raw food?  Many people with IBD cats have had excellent results just by switching their kitties to raw.  If that's NOT a possibility for you, the next best thing is to switch the cat to eating wet food that has absolutely no grains or glutens and with an "exotic" meat source like lamb, venison, duck, pheasant, bison.  NV Instinct comes to mind.  I feed raw but I also give my cats  a break from from an all-raw diet with some canned cat food and a little kibble - all grainless.  They love all the NV Instinct varieties that I have given so far (Lamb, Venison, Rabbit). 
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Laurie
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« Reply #2 on: September 30, 2007, 03:58:31 PM »

  Here is a thread which contains some discussions on IBD. http://itchmoforums.com/help-with-my-sick-pet/cat-with-ibd-i-need-food-advice-t669.0.html
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« Reply #3 on: September 30, 2007, 04:51:59 PM »

She is so picky!! I am currently feeding her Merricks Turducken but she doesn't like it. In the past I have tried a variety of foods mostly due to the food recall several months ago. I think that is part of the problem. I am just so afraid that she is not eating enough. I even thought about trying Evo dry. I tried the wet version but she didn't like it. Any thoughts on how the Evo Dry would affect a cat with IBD?

Also, my vet recommended feeding her a food that has beet pulp in it. Supposedly this ingredient is suppose to help with the digestive tract. Can anyone recommend a cat food that contains beet pulp?
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« Reply #4 on: September 30, 2007, 05:59:33 PM »

have you tried digestive enzymes?

is there anything she'll eat now? if so, can you stick with that for a few weeks to let her system settle?
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ybrude1
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« Reply #5 on: September 30, 2007, 09:07:38 PM »

I bought this stuff from Eagle Pack that can be sprinkled on to the food. However, my cat doesn't like it. Sad Every single time I've tried to disguise it in her food she automatically knows and doesn't eat it.
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kaffe
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« Reply #6 on: September 30, 2007, 10:45:45 PM »

What food does your cat ike to eat?  What's her most favorite food of all?  The thing she will never turn down.  Well, you get this stuff and sue it as bribe food.. spread it or sprinkle it over the new more healthier food.  Maybe she'll start eating the top and then keep going - most cats do.  I've had to do this trick when transitioning my cats to raw. Thing to keep in mind is that cats are the quintessence of the routine freak... they hate change.  Many times cats tur up their noses at new food for the simple reason that they do not recognize it as food that they can eat.  Some savvy pet guardians dip their finger in the food and smear a bit directly into kitty's mouth - that gets the salivary glands working at the same time the cat realizes the stuff is actually yummy.  My 1 yr old Cato is such a cat.  You just have to have oads of patience.  Cats evolved like this giving them a keen sense of smell and taste to protect them from eating something that may be poisonous.  Have you tried talking to your cat as you offer the food.  Say something like, "This is really really yummy (make smacking, salivating and chewing sounds)... it will make you feel realllll good and healthy...."  Bring the dish up to your face and pretend to eat a bit, then offer it back to the cat.  Sounds silly, but cats do understand us.
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jenny
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« Reply #7 on: October 01, 2007, 05:16:16 PM »

You may want to join the Yahoo feline IBD group (I'm a member myself):
http://pets.groups.yahoo.com/group/FelineIBD/

The foods I hear them most frequently talk about are: Wellness (my own IBD cat can't tolerate it but many can), Nature's Variety, and Natura/Innova (who is coming out with a 95 % meat canned cat food).  You can decide based on the other posts here as to whether you want to try the Natura.

For the most part, they say canned or raw, but my own IBD cat eats some dry or he just wouldn't get his calories.

Good luck!
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ybrude1
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« Reply #8 on: October 01, 2007, 09:30:04 PM »

I appreciate the info! Both of my cats are on Merricks now and quite frankly I am having a very hard time getting them to eat it and I have tried several flavors too. My one cat used to love her Fancy Feast shredded tuna but I'm pretty sure that can't be too good for her IBD.

I just ordered a sample of the Life Abundance food so I will see how that goes.
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