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Old December 27th, 2013, 08:48 PM
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Cat With IBD and HCM

I have been to so many vets and spent a lot of money on tests trying to help my boy. He has been diagnosed with Irritable Bowel Disease and Hypertrophic Cardiomyopathy. He regurgitates/vomits his first small meal of the day and sometimes even before that on the bed in the early morning. I don't know what to do anymore. I've tried different foods but nothing seems to help. Most of them were dry foods, the last one being a single ingredient, Rabbit, grain free. He would still vomit on that. He has been eating Fancy Feast Chicken Dinner Classics for the past three weeks or so and loves it but still will regurg in the morning.

This morning he had an especially tough time vomiting at 7:05a, 8:44a, 8:55a, and 9:32a. I took him, yet again, to the vet and he gave him a shot of Reglan. When we got home 25 minutes later, he vomited. He is always so hungry, eats his food like it's his last meal of the week.

I have his plate raised about 8-10 inches on top of a box. What is weird is that once he gets past this first morning feeding/regurg, the rest of the meals stay down without a problem. None of the vets can/will give me an answer as to why this is happening. Tomorrow I go see another new vet, this will be #6.

He's already been to expensive specialists, cardiologist, internist, but nothing changes. He's had a barium upper GI, heart and abdomen ultrasound, and 3 weeks ago an endoscopy, poor thing. Other than the vomiting he seems fine, will play, interested in the birds outside, litter box habits are fine, I just don't know what to do anymore. Sorry this is so long, once I started it was hard to stop. Does anyone have any answers or experience in this area?
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Old December 28th, 2013, 04:19 PM
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Hi caringheart:

Welcome to the forum. I'm sorry to hear about your dilemma but maybe some of our experiences will assist you in hopefully rectifying the little lad's problems. I have been working with a cat now for 10 years who has IBD plus a couple of other hangups. Basically I was very fortunate after the 2nd vet I went to had run a battery of tests she mentioned IBD along with major liver problems, and her recommendation was home prepared meals for Missy. I worked with her for a year until the vet was injured in an accident and I had to find another vet. After going through all the paperwork from the other vet and the work she had done the new vet recommendation was raw food. He also said that commercial pet food was not suitable especially for cats, and he wasn't fussy on it for dogs either. So I went from home prepared cook type to raw, and it's meant for a lot healthier and happier Cat, not to mention peace of mind.

I would strongly recommend looking into alternative food types preferably raw for your young guy. I see you're going to be seeing a new veterinarian make sure you feel comfortable working with that person and the person is willing to talk alternative food types, and has some knowledge in it. Remember when you are talking to veterinarians the majority of their knowledge of nutrition is extremely limited normally supplied by the pet food manufacturer in order for them to promote their product down the road.

I will supply you with 3 websites that I find very useful, and they are as good as any to start with. I wouldn't be the least bit surprised if you switch to raw or something as good, that both your problems will be over in a couple months. The switching him from commercial food to homemade is going to take time and plenty of patience. In these 3 websites that are mentioned they have ideas to make it easier on the switchover.




I think you'll find if you do some research into food types that it will give you a win win win situation. 1 peace of mind, 2 less stress on the wallet, and 3 a lot healthier and happier cat.

Hopefully there is some information in this that will be of benefit to you, and do keep us informed of your decisions and how things are going.
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Old December 30th, 2013, 03:41 PM
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I think Reg has covered it all. Raw meat diet is what your kitty is made to eat, not processed food and especially not kibble.

Please do your kitty and yourself a favour and try out the raw. I make my own and it is quite easy and cheaper than quality canned.
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Old December 30th, 2013, 11:06 PM
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When is his last meal of the night? ie How long does he go overnight without food before breakfast?
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