My cat Charlie has irritable bowel syndrome — he was diagnosed at the age of three and is now 10 years old. He had been on Hills Science DD and ID plan for the past seven years. Now that DD has been discontinued, I have been having trouble finding a wet food for him. I have tried him on a whole range of foods, including raw, but it’s been very difficult to find anything he will eat. He is putting on weight and sleeping a lot more because it’s hard to balance his diet portion sizes. He has started being sick on occasions too. I am looking for something I can also feed my other cat, who does not have anything wrong with him, instead of buying two different foods. Do you have any advice?
Aga says: I truly understand your concern — one of my cats had a similar problem. I tried so many different diets to find one that she would consistently eat, with little luck, I admit.
I suggest we start with the first principles and work our way through it. Firstly, please remember that Charlie’s condition could have changed and that’s why he is not as active and has started vomiting. The reduced activity may be related to weight gain or arthritis (this condition can affect cats of his age), while the vomiting may be related to the dietary change, as well as the progression of the disease (inflammation of the bowel can become cancerous). We need to make sure that Charlie settles and stops vomiting. If he is still being sick, it’s important to speak to your vet about reassessing him. Even if a referral to a specialist is not an option, your vet will be able to speak to a specialist and seek advice.
Regarding the diet, go back to what he knows. If he was well on Hill’s ID and DD, I would try moving him to ID exclusively. The ID diet comes as dry, tinned, and pouched food so a nice selection for him to try. Both cats can eat it too, as it is a complete diet.
To understand feline nutrition a little bit better, I would recommend www.catinfo.org which gives in-depth info about the nutrition.
Aga Zoltowska — BVSc MANZCVS (Medicine of Cats) DipCABT MRCVS graduated from the University of Liverpool in 2005 and is passionate about cat welfare. Find out more at www.thecatboxsolutions.com
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