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    IBD in cat less than 2yrs old???
    earth2kris posted:
    Since the age of 4months, my cat has eaten Friskies dry cat food. Then, at 1.5yrs old, on a friend's recommendation, I started giving him ~3oz canned food once per day in addition to the dry food (always free feed with dry food and plenty of water). He was ravenous for the canned food. However, every brand we tried gave him loose stools with fresh red blood (~1tsp)...even the prescription Hill's for GI Health. Sometimes he would throw up as soon as he was finished with the canned food. Sometimes he would get constipated. Other than the GI problem, my cat is healthy and has never had a medical issue. He gets an annual exam from his regular vet. I've taken him to 3 different vets and they all think he has IBD, but none of them has ever seen IBD in a 1.5yr old cat. A cortizone shot has relieved his symptoms, but it wears off in about 4 weeks. Do you think my cat has IBD or another problem? Should I ask for x-rays or an MRI? Please help!!!
    Sandy Willis, DVM, DACVIM responded:

    IBD is seen more often in older kitties. At this age, we tend to think more of infectious/parasitic causes. I tsp of fresh blood also seems quite a bit. Fresh, red blood in stool usually suggests a colonic problem, black blood a higher up small bowel problem.
    What tests have been done by your veterinarians? Hopefully they would include fecal examination including giardia IFA testing (most sensitive) and I might also consider testing for tritrichomonas foetus, an infectious cause of colitis in younger cats. General blood work including cbc and chemistries can rule-out general whole body disease.
    Xrays are a good thought but mainly to rule-out foreign bodies, obstructions, etc. Our next step would be endoscopy or colonoscopy, not really MRI. Those tests could be done by a veterinary internist and you could certainly ask your regular veterinarian for a referral.
    Feel free to write in with more information. I hope this has been helpful.

    Dr. Sandy
    larsstarscanary responded:
    My cat has colitis--She got it when she was about a year old. I think it comes from the food she was eating--I think she was allergic to wheat. She had bloody stools that scared me. I try not to give her anything with wheat, flaxseed, artificial colors, artificial flavors, artificial preservatives, soybeans, etc.

    Nowadays I feed her Nutro natural in the dry form and Innova in the cans, but my cats are senior cats now--12 and 13 and 13.

    My suggestion is to read the labels on the cat food. Better food costs more, but in the long run, I've only had to take my cats to the vet just for regular checkups. (I know, though, of a woman who fed her cat Friskies and the cat lived 23 years.)

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