Can IBD be cured permanently?
No, IBD cannot be cured. There will be periods of remission when the disease is not active. Medicines can reduce inflammation and increase the number and length of periods of remission, but there is no cure.
What can I feed my cat with IBD?
Rabbit, duck, or venison-based diets are common initial choices. If symptoms do not improve with a hypoallergenic diet, then your cat may benefit from diets that are high in fiber, low in fat, and easily digestible. It may take several weeks, or even longer, for cats to improve after a diet change.
What can you do for a cat with IBD?
Some early research has been done using faecal transplantation therapy as a novel type of treatment, again altering the microbiome of the cat with IBD. Stem cell treatment is being examined as a possible alternative way of treating IBD. Most cases of IBD in cats respond to a combination of treatments, as listed above.
What does feline inflammatory bowel disease ( IBD ) mean?
Inflammatory Bowel Disease. Feline inflammatory bowel disease (IBD) is a condition in which a cat’s gastrointestinal (GI) tract becomes chronically irritated and inflamed. Inflammatory cells infiltrate the walls of the GI tract, thickening them and disrupting the ability of the GI tract to properly digest and absorb food.
How is a cat biopsy used to diagnose IBD?
The pathologist will identify the inflammatory cell types in the sample. An endoscopic tube is long and thin with a camera and biopsy instrument at the end. For an endoscopic biopsy, your vet would pass the tube down into your cat’s upper GI tract, or up through the rectum into the large intestine. The sample would be fairly thin.
How long do you feed a cat with inflammatory bowel disease?
First, a commercial food that contains a protein source that is new to the cat is chosen. If that is not effective, a high-fiber diet is tried. Unfortunately, a true food trial requires that the test diet be fed exclusively for six to twelve weeks.