I am putting this in IMHO rather than GQ because I am asking about people’s experience. If I am in the wrong place, please move.
I have an old kitty with what is believed to be inflammatory bowel disease (he has not been and will not be biopsied, but the vets say his intestines feel quite thick and hard when palpated from the outside). I don’t know for sure how old he is, but my best guess is 18. He has had diarrhea for the past month despite the use of flagyll and carafate. He REALLY can’t afford any weight loss as he also has hyperthyroidism (for which he is on tapazol) and is quite emaciated already. He has just started on a course of prednisone. He is also in kidney failure and on subcutaneous fluids. Boiled chicken and rice makes a barely perceptible improvement in his diarrhea, is not a good long term solution, and isn’t very palatable to him (and, obviously, he cannot afford to go without eating). Oddly enough, the vet has not recommended any particular long-term diet (although I will be asking him again on our next inevitable vet trip. It is costing me hundreds per month to keep kitty alive.)
So – cat owners, what do you feed your IBD kitty that he will eat and that seems to help with diarrhea? I don’t expect a miracle here, but you guys are a great resource and I’d feel stupid if I didn’t at least ask.
Sorry – I can’t post kitty pix as I don’t know how. And for anyone who is planning to post to suggest that I put Red the Cat down, please don’t bother. I know kitty and I are walking a fine line in terms of quality of life (and financial ruin, in my case), but he will let me know when it is time, and he has not yet let me know.