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post #1 of 3 (permalink) Old 09-18-2015, 10:35 AM Thread Starter
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What is the best cat food for IBS?

Hi, my cat has recently been diagnosed with possible IBS

the vet gave me a list of foods that are good:

Lily's Kitchen (tins not trays as contain an additive)
Nature's diet

I have found Lily's kitchen dry food easily at the supermarket and have tried a few bits - he seems to like that

I went to a pet shop and they had none of the above but the lady there suggested canagan - which she said was probably better. I bought 2 tins to try and gave him a few spoonfuls, which he gulped down immediately.

Has anyone got any experience with what has been better for their furry bundles with sensitive tummies? I appreciate it may be trial and error, but it all seems quite expensive (I don't mind too much, I can't put a price on my boy) but don't want to mess around too much with trial and error and mess around with his tummy in the process

He has been pretty poorly so introducing food again slowly. I have given up on getting antibiotics down him which the vet has said is ok as long as he starts eating again, and really want him eating normally again soon

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post #2 of 3 (permalink) Old 09-18-2015, 10:38 AM
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I like the ingredients in Nature's Variety: Instinct. I believe they have a 'Limited Ingredient Diet,' or "LID" line of foods designed for cases like yours. Best of luck to you and your kitty

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There really isn't any "best food" for IBS...every cat diagnosed with it is likely responding to any one (or more) of a number of things and it varies widely. Some have problems with corn, but not other grains. Others can't do any grains at all. For some it's certain proteins. It could be a response to different additives like carrageenan. And sometimes it doesn't matter what food you feed, none of it works and the cat needs to be on immune suppressants (my Kobi was one of these cats). Dry food is often very hard for them to digest. Some can't eat processed foods and need to be on raw.

I suggest you look for a high quality canned food with no grains, by-products, artificial color, or soy. Stick to a single protein choice that is something he has never eaten before. Feed nothing but this food for at least 6 weeks. If symptoms clear up, then you can try adding things back in one at a time to see where the problems lies.

I don't know enough about the foods you mention to know if they're good choices and the websites don't provide much info. One of them says their food is 65% chicken and doesn't mention anything else but vitamins and minerals. I know those aren't the remaining 35%. So no idea what else is in there.

In addition to the Nature's Variety Instinct already mentioned, brands that may be available to you that would be good choices are:

Wild Calling
Hound & Gatos
Natural Balance Limited Ingredient
Spring Naturals
Party Animal
Any brand that offers a 95% meat line

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