Remember that inflammatory bowel disease is distinct from feline irritable bowel syndrome. Many loving pet owners tend to panic when they mix up the two. Consider you and your pet lucky if you only have to deal with feline IBS - the inflammatory disease is much harder to deal with.
This is in fact only a function disorder and not even a disease we are dealing with. The cat has nothing wrong with its body, but there is something wrong with the way it is working. At times this syndrome is caused only by the mental frame of mind of the cat. Consequently it can be cured by changing the animal's frame of mind. You know when your cat is suffering from feline IBS when the animal suddenly changes the frequency with which it defecates. It may increase frequency and decrease - diarrhea accompanying the former case and constipation the latter.
Your cat may have pain in the abdomen, which is another symptom of feline IBS.
Here is how you can help your pet if it has feline IBS -
1. Try and lower the pet's stress level
Yes, animals too face stress, and stress is often the cause of feline IBS. You could try and find the cause of the stress in your pet's life, in order to help it deal with it. Once you find the source of the stress you have half the battle won already. Eliminate the situations where the cat faces stress, and make it as comfortable as you can. Chances are this will reduce the pain and inflammation. There are also medicines which your vet can prescribe to reduce stress levels.
Diet can directly influence feline irritability bowel syndrome to your cat. It is easy to understand how a wrong food substance can affect the digestive system of the animal. The change in diet depends on the kind of IBS your cat has. It is generally classified into categories of extreme constipation or extreme diarrhea.
Any animal suffering from IBS should be encouraged to drink as much water as it can take. Water cleanses the body system just as it does with humans. Try and encourage the cat to go for its water bowl every time it feels discomfort. It is surprising the effect that liquids can have on feline IBS.
4. Vitamin Supplements
As with humans, a cat suffering from irritability bowel syndromes should get lots of fibrous diet. It helps stabilize the process of digestion just as it does in the human body as well. You could buy soluble supplement to your cat's food and mix it with the cat food. Get more information about this from your vet, or from the pet store you purchase cat food from.
When you have a cat suffering from feline IBS, remember - just a little bit of care from your side can relieve your pet of pain.
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