If you have a pet cat, you must ensure that he is always in good shape so that he can live a long and healthy life. You must be observant of your cat’s actions so that you know when there are any changes in behavior. One of the illnesses that cats can experience is the feline irritable bowel syndrome. This illness has something to do with the gastrointestinal tract of cats. The most common cause for this is a bad diet. You can do some things to help your cat with this problem.
- Know the symptoms. You have to know the symptoms of the irritable bowel syndrome. Some of the symptoms include vomiting, diarrhea and weight loss. However, in some cats, having irritable bowel syndrome can increase their appetite. If your cat suffers from these symptoms, it does not prove that he has irritable bowel syndrome since these symptoms are also present in other feline illnesses.
- Bring your cat to the vet. Only the vet can diagnose the sickness. Once you see the changes in your cat, bring him to the vet immediately. Irritable bowel syndrome has some symptoms that are similar to other sicknesses such as food allergies, heartworm disease, bacterial infection and many more. The vet will do some tests to determine the illness of your cat. Some of the tests that your cat may undergo are blood tests, x-rays and urine tests.
- Change the diet. Since the diet is the top cause of irritable bowel syndrome, the vet may suggest different kinds of diets for your cat. Follow the diet when feeding your cat. Observe if there are any improvements in the behavior of your cat or if the symptoms go away. One of the tests to see what your cat is allergic to is the elimination diet. In this diet, you will have to feed the cat basic foods. Other foods will then be added to the diet gradually until the symptoms come up again.
- Prescription. The vet will give your cat a prescription for some medicines. These are mostly some medicines that will help your cat digest foods better. After a few days, your cat will feel better and will return to normal behavior.
- Observe your cat. You must observe your cat even after getting well from the illness since some cats that have had irritable bowel syndrome are more susceptible to other infections and illnesses. If you see some changes in your cat, bring him to the vet immediately to seek medical attention. Take care of your cat and provide additional support while he is recovering from the irritable bowel syndrome.
Now you know how to manage your cat’s irritable bowel syndrome. When you
suspect that your cat has this illness, it is important to seek the
help of a vet and not give some medication to your cat by yourself since
this can make the sickness worse. Avoid stressing your cat since stress
is one of the other reasons for your cat being sick.