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IBD in 1 yr old cat....exhausted

lisa in alberta
July 28th, 2012, 01:21 PM
Hi all,

I have a lovable 1 yr old lynx siamese cat who i rescued. After the diagnosis of IBD, i had minimal success with prednisone and clomicalm, but it is shortlived. So hard to get meds into her! The vet also called her a refractory sprayer. She has ruined my bed, couch, carpet. My vet says ive tried all my options. She is a very greedy cat, almost insatiable. She is the most cuddly cat who is great with my 3yr old, other than when she grabs food out of his hand. Because she is so small, she would never survive being a fully outdoor cat, and i dont believe in confining her in a room all day. She would never be adoptable, i feel, and i worry that someone would adopt her and not be so nice to her when she has accidents. I am thinking that i may need to make a decision about euthanasia vet says she is orobably u happy due to her accidents, but she doesnt act that way. Any advice or words of support? I'm heartbroken... I lost a cat earlier in the year to kidney disease and megacolon...

July 28th, 2012, 05:00 PM
Welcome to the forum, Lisa!

Several years ago, I also lost a little one to a different chronic disease, but I can't imagine having followed that with the dilemma you're facing.

I'll offer what I would do today, however....and that comes from not knowing what I know today about the disease that took my little guy and not knowing about the specialized resources for these diseases I might have availed of back then.

You see, there are online groups of people whose sole focus is feline IBD.

My second cat had FeLV, and it was only after his passing that I learned of all the specialized online resources which I could have availed of - in particular, that there are specialized online support groups where guardians of cats with chronic diseases/conditions gather to share experience, information, developments and practical advice. If only I had known about them...I am convinced that my kitty would not have passed when he did, before his time. The collective experience of these groups far outstrips that of anyone's individual Vet. I can assure you that, if I had an IBD kitty today - or, if there were any question/suspicion of it, I would be involved with such a group/s and posting my story there.

Now, since 2004, about 1,400 people with FIP kitties have participated in these groups and, while not all of them are active participants today, the group owners and many core committed members will populate the groups. Certainly, there will have been cats with symptoms similar to yours dealt with by these people and, nowhere else in cyberspace will you have access to so much collective experience....which is precisely why I would be bringing my story there.

There are two separate groups I'm aware of that have IBD as their focus. From my own bookmarks, here they are: (I suspect that you'll find the greatest accumulation of experience here because, when an even older group shut down, the most active of them started up afresh here. It is also the "busier" of the two.)

I believe you will find answers 'over there' - but, keep us updated.

July 28th, 2012, 05:03 PM
Before you make the decision, why don't you try Fluoxetine. A lot of people don't want to put their cat on behavior meds, but as a last resort, and before putting her to sleep. I would definately try it.

July 29th, 2012, 06:29 AM
Have you tried a raw diet? One that is free of chicken? or Beef?

July 29th, 2012, 04:08 PM
Yes, please do try a raw diet if you haven't. It's a life-saver for many cats:

July 29th, 2012, 04:23 PM
Hi Lisa:

Hopefully I can give you some information that you may be able to use.

In regards to the cat soiling the bed, something you might want to do is put a plastic drop sheet over the bed and then cover it with an old sheet that you really don't care about. So if the cat decides to use the bed again it will protect the bed, and you can rinse the sheet out and use it over again.

When it comes to cleaning urine out of the carpet get a good enzyme cleaner that is designed especially for pets. One that I have found that works quite well is a product made by Natural Chemistry called Smells & Stains the website is Be sure to follow the instructions on the container. If the stains are old and dried out, be sure to rehydrate the area with water before using the enzyme cleaner. If you have already used harsh cleaners to remove the stains, it will have an affect on the enzyme cleaner, and it will not work as well. If you're fortunate enough to have access to a shop vac, which will vacuum both wet and dry, well saturate the area and let it sit for a few minutes and then vacuum it dry. Do this a couple of times, and then liberally soak up with the enzyme cleaner and hopefully it will come up clean. Sometimes you have to use the enzyme cleaner several times in order to get rid of the problem.

I have a cat that went through a lot of problems 10 years ago. I B D. Liver Disease, Immune Deficiency. Just to name some of the problems. I was fortunate enough to find an Allopathic Veterinarian who had gone back to college and taken a Homeopathic Medicine so I was lucky enough to have the best of both worlds to work with. After doing a battery of tests, she decided to go with a homeopathic medicine, which meant a complete change of food and the administering of supplements and homeopathic. The major change was the food. It was a raw food diet the main reason for that is that a lot of the commercial food is high in grains, and poor quality meat supplements and stuff that is not fit for human consumption and not to mention chemicals that will cause health issues. Why feed a sick cat something that is not fit for humans to eat?

I think if I were you I would be looking for a Veterinarian who practices alternative medicines that could possibly give you some directions on where to go with your problem. I have found in the past that prednisone sometimes will not work for this problem and has a tendency to wear down the immune system causing more problems. Give it some honest consideration about change in the diet, preferably to raw food, if possible. You can cook the food If you want, but remember, it will change the chemical composition and it will not be as good for the cat, but still beat store-bought. Stay away from dry food at all cost, and a lot of the ingredients in canned food are not much better. I'm not familiar with the term "refractory sprayer" that you mentioned that your vet said. Maybe getting the IBD under control would help or even eliminate the spraying. We have no idea what kind of pain the cat is going through and what other problems the pain could be causing.


I'm including several websites that I have used for years. They could be of interest too.

The technique below is handy to know. It's from Ohio State University , and I use it sparingly.

Last but not least from Cornell University how to give your cat pill.

This is going to take a lot of TLC time and research, there's more information I'd like to share with you, but that should do for now, hopefully some of this will be of benefit.