Thank you for all the information. Yes it helps a LOT. It confirms what I have read and prepares me for my next steps.while I do not have experience with a cat and IBD, I did have a dog that had it and can share my experience with him although it may be different.
He was my american bulldog and had off and on vomiting and bloody/mucous stool since he was a puppy. We were constantly getting x-rays, blood work, medications and sent home to monitor. He once got so bad that he wasn't eating and still vomiting and having diarrhea that we again rushed him to the vet. They decided to do an abdominal ultrasound at this time. He was just shy of 2 yrs old when this happened. The ultrasound diagnosed either IBD or lymphoma. My options were to do an ultrasound guided biopsy and "maybe" get a diagnosis or take him to surgery to get a definitive diagnosis. My husband and I opted for abdominal surgical explore and biopsies. We needed to know what we were up against and how to best treat him. He was in the hospital recuperating for a few days while we waited for the biopsy results. They came back as IBD. We switched his food to a hydrolyzed protein prescription diet (hills z/d) and started him on steroids and flagyl (metronidazole) He couldn't tolerate prednisone so we had to get compounded budesonide to give to him. He lived happily for another 10 years after that whole experience. He did have a few flare ups but nothing too terrible.
I hope this helps you in some way.
Hi again. You only feed dry now? Do you feed any wet? If so what type?@Lizanne my Macie girl has IBD and I went thru so many food trials.
she has done amazing for years now on Nutrisource cat and kitten food in the blue bag.
(no recalls ) she has no more vomit or poo issues.
she does not need take any medications.
please keep us updated
sending positive vibes and head smooches
my sphynx love Nutrisource too. no tummy or poo issues either.
Hi Yoda's Mom. Thank you for checking. My "IBD" guy is doing great. I'm 99% sure dry food for grazing was the problem. I can't say he's lost any weight, but he's not fat, just chubbier than we are use too, and I'd like him to lose 1 llb, 2 tops. My other sweetie is still alittle thinner than I'd like him to be, but he is only 2.5 years old, so weight gain will probably start after 3 anyways. They eat is out of house and home. At least 8 cans of wet food a day . Hope all is well with you and your babies!