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13 y/o neutered male cat with IBS who’s stopped eating


I have a 13 year old neutered male DSH who has IBS (irritable bowel syndrome) for the past two years.

He stopped eating about three days ago (grain free single-protien diet), and has lost a noticable amount of weight. I switched him to a grain free (poultry) soft food this afternoon and although he is still drinking water, Max has thrown up the moist food twice in the past ten minutes. He kept his meal down for about 2 hours, but what I am seeing doesn’t as though he had begun to digest any of the moist food (still wet, still looks like it did in his dish). My vet’s office isn’t open until Monday, and I don’t have anything to give him medicine-wise. Is there ANYTHING I can safely give him to help soothe his digestive tract so he can eat even a little bit? He says it hurts and he’s afraid to eat.

Any help appreciated–I love him very much and am terrified of losing him.



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2 Responses to “13 y/o neutered male cat with IBS who’s stopped eating”

  1. Taylor - Blog Administrator says:

    September 28, 2009


    We’re so sorry. We don’t monitor our Ask A Pet Pro mail over the weekend on a regular basis.

    Has your dog been helped?


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  2. Deaun says:

    Thank you for responding so quickly.

    We live in a very rural area, with one vet to care for our small animals. He doesn’t want to give Max anything, insisting it must be a food allergy. We have been feeding rabbit (Nature’s Instinct) for two years now as the vomiting had ceased for some months. He doesn’t tolerate chicken, turkey, any fish/seafood, or beef. Grains are a no-no as well. I have tried everything except pumpkin.

    There isn’t anyone else to take Maxie to within a 2 1/2 hour drive. Max still isn’t eating, although I try to tempt him several times a day with small portions of soft food. He has lost half his body weight in the past two years. Do you have any suggestions for my 7lb CAT?

    Any suggestions welcomed–please.


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