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8/25/10 10:53 A

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That's how I feel, too. Purrl will just be lying down then meow and stand up fast like someone pinched her. It breaks my heart.

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8/24/10 1:35 P

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Popeye also doesn't seem to have watery eyes, runny nose, etc.
The vet suspects that the fact that he was living outside for who knows how long, eating who knows what, may play into his problems.
He is on the hypoallergenic diet, and does well on it. His stools are firm usually. Only when he steals a little of my other cats food does it spark symptoms.
It just breaks my heart when he lays around because of what I suspect are stomach cramps. I want to do something for him, but there really isn't anything to be done.
Thanks, Liz

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8/23/10 8:07 P

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Smokey has no rash or watery eyes. We (the vet and I)have been working on different types of food for years now... As I said before- he is much better but not "normal".. Two different vets have told me he may never have normal poop, but as long as it is like it is now (like toothpaste as opposed to pancakes) he should be okay.. He also is not crying like he used to when he goes... and now he only goes once or twice a day as compared to five to seven times he used to go....

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8/23/10 5:53 P

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Poor baby. My cat, Purrl, has IBS/allergies. She's on a hypoallergenic diet. You might ask your vet about that, as allergies could be causing his IBS. Does he have any rashes, watery eyes, or other symptoms of allergies? That's something to bring to your vet's attention as well.



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8/23/10 9:09 A

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Thanks!
Best of luck to you and Smokey.

My vet is hoping to treat through diet alone, with occasional round of metronidazole. I'm also hoping this works. I give him probiotics 1X day.

I am in med school, and IBS in cats is far different than in humans. However, I wish some of the stomach rubing techniques would work for him. But he is very protective of his stomach.

Thanks again for your input, Liz

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8/22/10 5:42 P

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Smokey has had it his whole life- he will be 7 in Oct.... I am weaning him off the meds (Metronidazole w/
Dexamethasone)- which I now have gotten him down to 1/2ml in the morning... It made him very very hungry all the time when he was on the full dosage of 1ml 2x a day. He is also now on Science Diet I/D.. He has been through all kinds of holistic remedies and different kinds of food... Unlike your cat, Smokey is fussey and sometimes I have problems with him eating the dry food.. the vet is still not sure if there is partly some food allergy in there.

Smokey is better, but not completely well- his stool is still loose, but it is better than it was. I have been searching for a "cure" for years and the vets and I are all keeping our fingers crossed that he continues to improve...

I wish I could tell you that there is something that you could use since it worked for Smokey, but he is still a work in progress on that one.

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8/22/10 3:41 P

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I adopted a 1 year old cat in May that was living on our campus at school, who was since diagnosed with IBS.

We went through several rounds of Metronidazol, deworming, etc. before he was diagnosed (had to rule out intestinal infections).

Anyway, I have him on Science Diet I/D prescription diet and this works pretty well. He gets ahold of a little of my other cat's normal food occasionally, which can send him into a spasm and he'll leave me a present the next morning.

Does anybody else have a cat that's diagnosed with IBS? If so, how have you managed it? This guy wants to eat anything/everything, so is always scrounging around for something.

Thanks, Liz

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