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I have a cute little kitty about 10 years old. About a year ago, he began having difficutly with diarrhea--often. Several trips to the vet got him a diagnosis of irritable bowel syndrome, prescriptions of steroids we can't get him to take, prescription cat food that made no change, and a little kitty who feels tortured all the time, either by his tummy or by his parents! We have resigned ourselved to just clean up his messes (he is about 50% of the time not in his box) , and not having company to the house, though we have recently tried changing from hard to soft food and other brief attempts at bland diets. NOT successful--he won't eat any of it. Has anyone had this experience and any success with anything??

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There are many different brands of foods that are okay for these guys; some are more palatable than others. If he doesn't like one, try another one. Petguard and Nature's Variety both make "hypoallergenic" canned foods (venison and rice, duck, etc.). Remember if you are doing a diet trial for IBD there must be no other snacks or any cheating at all!

You might find some useful information in this article on IBD
http://www.littlebigcat.com/index.php?a ... w&item=011

Also, take a look at the article on slippery elm, which is great for these guys:
http://www.littlebigcat.com/index.php?a ... lipperyelm

Remember that diet changes must be done gradually in order to get the cat to accept the new food. See
http://www.littlebigcat.com/index.php?a ... chingfoods

Cheers,
Dr. Jean
 

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Thanks Dr. Jean for the suggestions, I will check them out. We have been very good at not cheating--it is really hard, because little Bugs LOVES his kitty treats!! He is so cute and manipulative when he begs! How long do you think we should try one food before going to another? He won't eat the canned food we bought, and hubby thinks if we set it out long enough, they'll eat it, but I think cats are more stubborn and would rather starve than eat something they think is icky.
 

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Yes, you're right; a cat *will* starve if he's made up his mind not to eat the new food. **Gradual** transitions are essential; make your hubby read that article I gave you! :wink: If he's a dry food addict, it make take quite a bit of work to get him to accept canned of any kind.

With IBD, I would expect to see an improvement within a couple of weeks, no more than a month. Sometimes even faster!

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Would if maybe help to warm up the canned food just a tiny bit to let the smell come out some more. When I do that with some of the canned foods my cats are not very in love with, they gobble it up @@
 
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