Feline IBS - learn how to determine if your cat has Irritable Bowel Syndrome and how to effectively treat the condition.
Determine if your Cat has IBS
If your feline has IBS, there are signs that can help you to determine this. Some of the signs that can indicate IBS with your cat, is through the physical symptoms and others may be determined by the changes in the cat's personality. Your cat may have physical symptoms such as constipation, diarrhea, bloating, nausea and vomiting. Personality changes, such as the cat now being scared of toys where she/he was never scared of them before, or a decrease on the social scale. By far, the personality changes are the more difficult aspect to identity and attribute to IBS.
In order to receive a proper diagnosis, it is important to consult a veterinarian to confirm if your feline has IBS. Ensure that you follow the veterinarian's recommendation for medication, diet and/or lifestyle. These three areas are the most important aspects of your feline's daily life and factors required for good health.
The diet for the feline is the highest priority in effectively managing IBS in your cat. Follow the veterinarian's recommendation and also keep a diary of the meals that you feed your cat.
If you find out that specific food products trigger your feline IBS symptoms, then eliminate these types of food from your cat's diet. Some of the symptoms may not flare-up until a few days, up to a week later, if the cat consumes something that he/she may be allergic to. This is why the diary is important, as you can also keep track of your cat's daily symptoms. You can always go back and identify patterns in your cat's symptoms relating to the diet, if they exists.
Also try to prevent the stressors that your cat has to endure during the day. Similar to IBS in human, stress can aggravate the feline IBS symptoms in your cat. If your cat is looking for a place to hide/burrow, you want to ensure that he/she has a comfortable spot with enough privacy to allow the cat to feel completely safe and easily rested.
You also want to ensure that the cat has enough interests in his/her life, so keeping toys around is also important. However, ensure that you keep all harmful products like cleaning materials and other toxic products away from the cat's reach. Even the smell of these products can be harmful for your cat.
You want to re-evaluate all living aspects of your cat's life, to allow for the best environment and diet that is possible. This ensures a speedy recovery for your cat's IBS symptoms.
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