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Candy, Veterinary Technician
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Experience:  Practicing Veterinary Technician for 26 years.Previous Veterinary Practice Owner, Technician Trainer
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My twelve year old female cat is having intestinal problems

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My twelve year old female cat is having intestinal problems with bleeding in her bowels and diarrhea. I recently took her to the vet and had all the tests run, very expensive. The vet said she has inflamed intestinal problems. What holistic supplements can I give her to help this problem of ibleeding and diarrhea?
I will appreciate any help you can offer.
Thank you!
Submitted: 1 year ago.
Category: Pet
Expert:  Candy replied 1 year ago.

Hello. I am sorry to hear that your kitty is having some trouble. I apologize for the wait there are only a few experts here on the site that specialize in holistic pet care.

It sounds like your kitty may have a condition called IBD. There are a few things that can help this but please understand that in some cases cats may require occasional steroids to get the inflammation under control.

Some things we can try. If this is IBD we want to get him on a limited ingredient single novel protein food. By novel protein we mean something his body is not used to such as rabbit, duck or kangaroo. Natural Balance, Weruva and California natural are good ones you can try over the counter. You could also ask your vet for a sample of z/d to see if he will eat either of these. The z/d is an allergen diet that can help if the protein source is irritating him. IN many cases we can control IBD with diet alone, however it is important that if you attempt a food trial he should only get this food, no treats or canned food such as Friskies, 9 lives etc. He can have canned and dry food and even treats as long as they stay with in the same diet and protein brands.

I would get him on an Omega fatty acid supplement as well. These have natural anti inflammatory properties and are very helpful in cases such as IBD/IBS.One product that I love and use for my own cats is a product called the Missing Link. Not only does this have the fatty acids, it also has probiotics and added fiber. It is not cheap but it works and with only one kitty it should last you 6-8 weeks. Hear is a link to this product LINK

If you do not want to use the Missing link but wish to try the Omega fatty acids I would suggest since we are trying a diet change as well that you choose a fatty acids made from sunflower or flax seed oils and not fish oils.

I hope this helps give you some options to try. Please reply back if you have additional questions and I will be more then happy to continue.



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