Sunday, October 13, 2013

What Are Feline IBD and IBS?

Inflammatory Bowel Disease (IBD) is an inflammatory immune-reaction syndrome in the gastrointestinal tract.  We know healing has been possible for many humans and cats, but the roots of the condition have not been well understood , so doctors have not had reliable solutions.

The symptoms are regular bouts of diarrhea, constipation, or vomiting.  You may also see mucous or blood in the stool.  In some cats the only symptom i weight loss.  Some may stop using the litter box because it reminds them of a painful experience.

IBD has similar symptoms to IBD and  I believe it is a precursor to IBD.  The difference is that IBD is so inflammatory that it causes damage to the intestines.  Besides making everyone miserable, the scary thing about IBD is it can be deadly because:

. a cat can actually starve from a very serious case of IBD
. some experts believe the inflammation it causes can to to the intestinal lymphoma which has
become so common in cats.

By the way sometimes what you think are frequent hairballs are actually IBD symptoms.  If you
have a cat who gags or throws up hairballs more than once a month, consider it suspicious.

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