How treatment-resistant feline IBS symptoms healed in one month (not just by food)

 How treatment resistant feline IBS symptoms healed in one month (not just by food)

Lovely Miette, who feels much better now!

Deborah was at her wit’s end.

Those were her exact words when she first told me what her cat, Miette, was going through and how it was affecting both of their lives.

Her 3-year old cat had recurrent IBS symptoms, particularly diarrhea, chronically loose stools, and vomiting.  Miette had so much gastrointestinal distress that Deborah could frequently feel and hear her gut gurgling.

Miette was also restless through the night, and would almost always vomit stomach acid at some point in the middle of the night. Cleaning up after her cat was a constant vigil everyday and was becoming overwhelmingly distressful.

But, good news! That has all changed.

In this post, I’ll share the most useful info we can glean from Deborah’s story, which should help you if you are in a similar situation.

Here’s our interview, with commentary from me.

Over 2 years of struggle with extreme IBS symptoms

DEBORAH: I adopted Miette from a Persian rescue group. She’s what they call a silver chinchilla Persian. She was about a year old when I got her and she had some problems off and on from the beginning.

I switched her food to W/D (Science Diet) after a while, which had worked for another cat I had, but this time WD didn’t solve it. Her frequent diarrhea would come and go.

I would change her food and for 10 to 15 days she would be fine then it would come back. Then I would try something else, each time with the same result.  I also tried feeding her a very bland diet of boiled chicken and rice, but nothing worked consistently and this went on for almost two years.

I was just so upset and frustrated.  Miette was in such distress that she didn’t always make it to the litter box. I had moved and had brand new carpeting in the bedrooms which was quickly becoming soiled – I was using carpet cleaner every day. And daily I was having to rinse off her rear end before she sat on furniture or bedding. I covered couches and chairs with towels or blankets that I could wash, but it was, of course, the one square inch that wasn’t covered that she inevitably found. I had to remember to keep the bedroom doors closed to protect the carpet.  Managing all this was totally consuming my life.

 How treatment resistant feline IBS symptoms healed in one month (not just by food)

It was a life of towels and clean up

I really got to the point of thinking, what am I going to do? I love my cat but I can’t live like this. I can’t give her away I can’t put her down… I was beside myself, thinking, I’m going to have to remove the carpet in one of the bedrooms and keep her in there with furniture she couldn’t destroy, but that idea just broke my heart... I was in tears.

Conventional treatments that didn’t work out

DEBORAH: I took her to the vet several months ago. They did a full blood panel and a fecal and all the tests came back negative (almost $500 later).

They put her on an antibiotic called Flagyl, used to treat certain parasitic and bacterial infections…The vet also changed her food to a formula containing duck and peas (in case she had a food allergy – and because it’s easier on the gastrointestinal system).  And third, the vet had me add FortiFlora powder to her food.

This combination of things literally worked overnight in terms of the diarrhea. Life dramatically improved – but again only for a couple weeks.

{Note from Liz: FortiFlora has only one type of probiotic in it. I believe this is one reason it fails to work lasting miracles for some cats. Also, when vets tests for bacteria and parasites, they can only test for a small percentage of the many types of bugs out there. I believe that’s why they didn’t find anything in Miette’s tests, even though antibiotics appeared to help temporarily.}

We tried a couple more changes in food, and that made a difference, but again only for a couple weeks at the most…

The vet told me the next step would be to do an ultrasound and an endoscopy, where they would go down and see what was going on in the intestinal tract.

LIZ: What was the diagnosis?

DEBORAH: They said it could be an allergy…but it was likely to be Irritable Bowel Syndrome or something similar. The result would probably be that they would put her on Prednisone or another steroid, which would not be a cure, but most likely a lifetime routine.  Those invasive – and very expensive – procedures just did not feel right to me…

LIZ: So with everything you tried, she’d often get better but then 10 – 15 days later it was the back to same symptoms?

DEBORAH: Yes. When I talked to Vitality Science, they told me that this is something they see regularly and what happens is that after about 10 days the body acclimates to this new food and it goes back to its old system – the IBS or the inflammation. Sometimes that was one of their hints that it was something like IBS or a similar intestinal inflammation issue.

How Miette healed in a month

LIZ: When Deborah first talked to me about her Miette woes, she was wanting to avoid the invasive procedure and possibly the steroids too.

I told her I had a lot of faith Miette could resolve these symptoms. Because, with my background, I had seen these problems resolved for humans via certain diet and gut flora healing protocols – and I knew this approach is far easier to do with cats than humans!

I suggested she try the most simple, grain-free wet food possible. And I suggested looking into an advanced pet probiotic product I’ve used from Vitality Science. (Not only am I impressed with their knowledge, they also claim a 97% success rate with gastrointestinal issues and have a money-back guarantee.)

Deborah tried a new simple, grain-free wet food and Miette’s symptoms temporarily cleared up – only to return a couple weeks later, as usual.

But, meanwhile, she was already investigating the Vitality Science site I recommended.

DEBORAH: I saw they had a product called Treatment-Resistant Cat & Kitten Diarrhea/Vomiting Protocol, which was a combination of 3 items – Feline Comfort Plus {this includes the many probiotic strains in their Pet Flora product}, GI Distress Formula, and Luxolite {a special hydrated clay}. 

When I called them they said that’s what they would recommend, and that they frequently saw a difference in pets within 2-3 days. So I ordered it – seemed expensive but was actually no more than a visit to the vet, and I really liked the idea of treating her with more natural ingredients and avoiding invasive treatments and steroids.

I started giving it to her Wednesday night and by Saturday I had not noticed any results. I wanted to make sure I understood the instructions correctly, so I called on Saturday and before I even got off the phone with the answering service my other line was ringing!

 How treatment resistant feline IBS symptoms healed in one month (not just by food)

Things were beginning to look up

The customer service people were right on it. It is a small, family-owned company and the woman I spoke to was the daughter.

She recommended stopping the GI Distress Formula because she said that it might reduce the effectiveness of one of the other products.  She also told me to increase the amounts of the other two products, and to call in another 3 or 4 days.

I went through waiting, watching, and calling a couple times. They told me that this product helped heal the intestinal walls, which were probably terribly inflamed over a huge period of time, and  that it takes a while to actually heal the inflammation and so it’s not one of those things that’s going to happen in three days.

And then, by the 10th day everything had changed!

My cat was having firm poops finally. And in the litterbox.

Flabbergasted

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Deborah, Miette’s loving guardian

DEBORAH: After 10 more days on the formulas, I called Vitality Science back to report that Miette seemed perfect.

I wanted to know what the next step was … did I need to continue to add this to her food for the rest of her life?  Or was there a different product that I should transition to? I was, frankly, flabbergasted when they replied “no.”

They said that what had happened was that her intestinal tract had healed finally.  She explained too that the walls of Miette’s  intestinal tract had most likely been raw and bleeding, and everything I fed her just continued to aggravate her.

She told me to gradually reduce the amount of the formulas I was giving her, so I reduced by half for a few days, and then in half again, and weaned her down to nothing in about 10 days.

It’s now two months later since I stopped giving her the products and she is perfect. It’s like night and day and she is on no medication or formulas whatsoever.

I have continued feeding her the EVO chicken/turkey (which she loves) and I am elated that she is still having what I joyously refer to as “pretty poop.”

It’s really unbelievable. Vitality Science could have sold me another product and told me to keep giving it to her regularly and I would have done it…(even at what I anticipated to be $90 a month!).  I was so impressed with them when they told me “you don’t need anything.”

Dosing details

LIZ: Even though people should call their customer service to get exact dosages on a case-by-case basis, can you clarify your exact dosing with Miette?

DEBORAH. When I first started, I added 1/2 teaspoon of the Feline Comfort Plus and 1/2 teaspoon of the Luxolite to her meal. You mix the two together in the food. They can’t be mixed ahead of time because they lose their potency. And then when I talked to them a few days later, they had me increase it to ¾ of a teaspoon 3 times a day with her food.

LIZ: And so you increased them just once until it was time to decrease them, right?

DEBORAH: Yes…I kept her at 3/4 teaspoon of each three times per day. When it was time to decrease, I gave her 1/2 teaspoon 3 times a day for several days, and then to 1/4 teaspoon three times a day, then twice a day, then once a day.  Her condition remained stable, and then I stopped giving it to her.  The decrease period was about 10 days overall.

So after about a month all her symptoms had disappeared and we had “pretty poops” consistently.

Looks good, feels good, sleeps soundly now

LIZ: I remember you said that she seemed more at ease as her condition improved.

 How treatment resistant feline IBS symptoms healed in one month (not just by food)

Pain free and relaxed now!

DEBORAH: Yes…she had been so restless and once she started feeling better she would go to sleep next to me all night. She wasn’t up running around half the night. She would sleep soundly for long periods of time.

And I would put my hand on her belly like I had before and I wasn’t feeling all that rumbling… She also stopped the nightly throwing up of stomach acid.

She looks great. She feels great. She probably put on a little bit of weight. She was always small, weighing about 5 pounds. And her hair looks fuller and fluffier, feels less dry.

The thing that’s so sad to me is that is that I didn’t realize how much stress she was actually in. People and animals get diarrhea, but I didn’t tie it to severe discomfort. For all that time she was stressed and she was actually in pain. I feel so badly that I didn’t recognize that she was in pain and so uncomfortable.  When I think about it now, I just envision how her intestinal tract was so raw that it was bleeding and I would see bits of red blood in her stool sometimes, and how painful that must have been for her.

But now – no more diarrhea or loose stools or cleaning up after her – and I smile every time I see “pretty poops!”

LIZ: I am very happy for both of you. You’ve been such a devoted cat mom to her.

 How treatment resistant feline IBS symptoms healed in one month (not just by food)

Miette

The resources that worked for Deborah

After getting Miette on a very simple wet food, Deborah did not see lasting results or healing until she used these resources:

  • Vitality Science is the company that guided her through the process: They have a money-back guarantee if they can’t help you get results. They provide lots of education, including free customer service to help you choose formulas and dosages.

Specifically, these are the Vitality Science products that healed Miette in 30 days (and then were not needed!):

P.S. By the way, Deborah is a great Certified Martha Beck personal life coach.  She specializes in guiding you to find your own peace and purpose as you bridge the gap between the life you have now and the life of your dreams. If that sounds good to you, contact her or check out her website, WalkingAlongside.com, for a complimentary 30-minute consultation to find out more.

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21 Responses to How treatment-resistant feline IBS symptoms healed in one month (not just by food)

  1. Liz-cat July 8, 2014 at 10:44 pm #

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  2. Amy Crow November 12, 2013 at 4:30 pm #

    I have a success story to share. My cat KeKe, a 13yr old female Manx, started chronically vomiting about 18 months ago. I promptly took her to my Veterinarian who did a complete blood work up as well as a set of x-rays. Both were normal. She was given Cerenia to stop her vomiting and was given I.V. fluids.

    By Veterinarian recommendation we changed her food to Epigen dry, no starch, no grain. She was also put on Wellness grain free canned food. Both foods worked well for awhile but soon the vomiting began again. Keke went back on the Cerenia again. More blood work (normal) Her food was changed again and again. She was given OTC Mylanta daily which really didn’t help much. She would get a little better only to have the vomiting reoccur. Over the last 1 ½ yrs. her condition continued to get worse and she was getting weaker. She went from weighing 10 lbs to weighing 6 lbs. My Veterinarian continued to see her off and on and diagnosed her with unexplained vomiting and weight loss. He did not rule out cancer. His prognosis: time will tell, sometimes cats vomit and you never find out why.

    Her vomiting got worse over a recent weekend and she started vomiting blood. She had some diarrhea that contained mucus. She stopped eating altogether. I called my Vet once again. He said he didn’t want to treat her and that she needed to see a specialist. I hand fed KeKe pedialyte (for the electrolytes) and honey. I had checked her blood sugar at home, it was 62. I didn’t expect her to make it through the weekend. I could tell she was suffering and I was preparing to have her euthanized. I couldn’t watch her suffer any longer.

    I did some internet research – grasping for anything that may shed light on what was going on with my kitty. I came across the Vitality Science site and I called and talked to Stephen Becker. We talked about how we could stabilize my very sick KeKe. From his recommendation I ordered and was shipped the TRV-Cat Vomit remedy (3- part program). I received it on a Monday and we started her that day on those medications. Well, it has been 2 weeks and she has not vomited once. She has no diarrhea. This medication literally saved her life. She is eating normally and has already gained a little over a 1 lb.

    I’m so very grateful. She would not have lasted much longer. I’m fairly certain the specialist would have recommended that she be put to sleep… My wish also is for Veterinarians to see how valuable the holistic approach can be, that it should be incorporated into their practice and that it really does work.

  3. Karie Karas June 4, 2013 at 9:15 pm #

    My Caroline is 15 years old, has always been fat, happy, lazy and the healthiest of all the household pets. A few months ago she started having loose stool which has gotten increasingly worse until now she can’t make it to the litter box, plus she’s started upchucking lots of liquid, and just not her old happy self. We’ve been to the vet and had: full blood panel; super x-rays and ultra sound, tests for parasites… All has been negative so the vet is guessing she has IBS and prescribed flagyl liquid 2x/day for a week which did not help. We also switched to the dry pea and duck food which she didn’t like at first but is eating. Now the vet is talking about doing an invasive biopsy and going on steroids: I hate both things as have had negative results with older pets before. The vet says Caroline also has a bad back and lots of arthritis. She used to weigh 16+ pounds but has lost down to 14 in the last 3 months, is drinking lots more water, but is not diabetic. Who is Vitality Science and how can I contact them?

    • KARIE August 19, 2013 at 4:40 pm #

      UPDATE to Caroline from June 4’13
      Unbelievable! I called Vitality Science, ordered the recommended Comfort Plus package and started administering. Of course, Caroline was reluctant, but did become hungry enough to eat the food with clay and luxolite mixed in. She did not like and would up-chuck whenever I forced her to ingest the GI Distress so we stopped that one item. After a week she seemed peppier, wanted to get petted and jumping on beds, purring. THEN she made it to the litter box! Little by little her stool became more firm until by the 4th week, everything was perfect. Better than years ago because even her fur in now silky and gorgeous.
      So, I spent $1200 at the vet to be told Caroline’s condition couldn’t be cured and we should do surgery to rule out hidden cancer and give her steroids for comfort.
      Unwilling to accept this verdict, I spent only $90 for this natural IBS cure and my kitty is completely cured and happy. Since then a friend of mine gave it to her dog with same symptoms. YEP, totally cured again.
      Vitality Science didn’t try to sell me any extra products or push me to buy more. They were responsive to all questions and all advice was spot-on correct.

      • Liz-cat August 19, 2013 at 7:22 pm #

        Karie, thank you so much for the update – what great news about Caroline (finally after a long haul)! How wonderful that you were able to help your friend and her dog too. Sorry about all the spam messages coming through on this thread this evening though. I am going to have to change to a different anti-spam system perhaps.

        • KARIE November 21, 2013 at 9:38 am #

          Caroline and company update. I continue to research about pets and people needing food grade clay for proper digestion and IBS relief. It saddens me that for 9 years the vets told me Caroline was just a fat cat who was so content she was happy to lie around and purr. She had IBS early on was bloated and suffering! I’m mostly sad that she was miserable and I didn’t know it. Her stomach lining must have been raw, sore and so painful. The severe diarrhea and vomiting didn’t start until this year, but she’s been ill a long time. Today she is slimmed down- not so much weight loss as bloat loss- and really happy. She can jump up on things, has regained cat curiosity and is playful at 15 years old.

          Thank goodness I found vitality Science on the web and gave a call instead of succumbing to unnecessary invasive surgery and steroids.
          I started giving all the cats Vitality’s clay and probiotic -their coats and tummys have improved. Where Caroline trimmed down, Lena bulked up and Jaki got less cranky. Wild animals in nature eat clay as a normal part of digestive habit. It’s a natural aid for them and humans. Also due to Vitality’s advice we changed foods from what was mostly grain to organic, grain-free, high protein diet. I’m telling everyone i know!
          Shame on the veterinary offices who do not offer this simple, natural cure for our best friends. I told my vet, but doubt anyone was listening.

  4. Mary Anne April 21, 2013 at 5:43 am #

    Hello, I have two kitties, Ricky and Lucy. Lucy is the one I am most concerned with. When I first got them from a person who was going to take them to the pound, they seemed ok. I expected nervousness having their home life changed completely. They both know how much they are loved now, 8 yrs later. Poor Lucy has loose stools and some blood and mucous in them. About 4 yrs ago, the vet told me she has IBS. Now for Ricky. He has a nervous sensitive stomach. They both eat ID gastrointestinal wet food and Royal Canin or ID gastroninal dry food. They do better on the RC as it’s not so dense and easier to chew and digest, I believe. Now for my dilemma, I work, so I feed them twice a day. It’s next to impossible to feed them different foods. They both get worked up and upset if anything changes such as location or being put in a room apart and won’t eat. They are both 11. Lucy has some Maine Coon in her (I’ve bee told). She has long hair and tufts of fur on her paws and ears. She’s adorable but, having loose poop is terrible with her fur. She trusts and lets me clean her but, when I’m not home, well you know the story. Ricky is nervous and jumpy. Any changes and up it comes. The vet recommended they both be on canned food. (gastro ID) Their entire lives they have eaten hard. That was all the previous owner fed them. It’s hard trying to get them to eat the soft they eat now. I cannot afford just the soft food. It would be over 100.00 a month and I end up washing half of it out of their bowls because they just refuse to eat that much of it. The vet said it was okay for them to eat both hard and soft. The previous own showed she cared much more for Lucy than
    Ricky and chased him away. 8 years later I could cry just thinking about it because he’s such a lovable boy. There is competition between them though. I think, because of how he was treated. He wants to be first now that he feels loved. My greatest concern is making Lucy feel better without upsetting either of them. How would I feed her something that would help her without him getting into it? I have tried separating them, to find they have eaten a little and thrown it up and been sick from the whole process. I’m just not sure what to do at this point. Any suggestions would be appreciated. You don’t know how much. Thanks to all, who care enough to post something!

  5. tara March 19, 2013 at 12:21 pm #

    My cat timmy who is 13 is the love of my life……even though he poops everywhere! He started having problems about 9 years ago and has gotten worse every year…. when i come home i have to watch where i step and so do my kids. he is a very loveable cat and just wants to cuddle on you but no one wants a cat that will poop on you while you are watching t.v or sleeping. i have had him on gastro food from the vet and had him on 50mg of metronidazol and it didnt do nothing. his bum get so raw and there is blood in his stool when he eats anything but his gastro food.he is only a tiny boy to begin with but hes now maybe 3and 1/2 pounds …he was the runt and was born with an overbite and i had to hand raise him from 5 days old so he is my son! he does has neruo problems(i call him my special boy)i have another vet apt soon but dont want to put all kinds of meds in his little body but not sure if this would be good for him either…..any thoughts? oh and he has had all kids of blood work and everything came back normal!

    tara

  6. Hairless Cat November 22, 2012 at 5:43 am #

    Hi Liz and Deborah,

    Poor Miette was extremely miserable. I.B.S. is very uncomfortable and stressful. When a person or cat can’t relax due to a disturbed gut, there isn’t much there in terms of perceived quality of life.

    Watching your cat experience constant discomfort and stress is hard and very upsetting. Cleaning up stomach acid and diarrhea isn’t fun. It can make a person feel helpless and at a loss as to what to do.

    When the veterinarians run tests that don’t show anything and prescribe treatments that don’t work, a person can start to feel defeated and hopeless about their cat.

    Good thing you (Liz) have experience with Miette’s symptoms and could provide proper guidance. Recovery may have taken much longer or may not have happened at all.

    Props to Deborah for hanging in there and trying so many things until something finally worked. Not everyone would have stuck it out for so long.

    Glad Miette is feeling better and that you don’t have any more daily cleanups.

    You’re a good cat parent,

    =^-^= Hairless Cat Girl =^-^=

  7. Linda November 20, 2012 at 11:41 pm #

    My cat was just diagnosed with IBD and put on the SAME regime – flagyl (has some other name I can’t remember that starts with an M?), same probiotic, BUT he is starting a round of B12 injections tomorrow – his numbers were off the charts low. The HOPE is that prednisone wont be necessary. I notice you make little to no mention of B12 on this blog but I see it allllll over the Internet when discussing IBD/ GI issues – thoughts???

  8. Elaine Alfaro October 28, 2012 at 11:44 am #

    I just wanted to give another shout out to Vitality Science. My cat, Amos, developed constipation when he was about 18 years old, back in 2008. (I know, this is not IBD, but thought I’d mention Amos’ experience anyway). I just thought this is what happens when you get older, and I added extra fiber to his food, tried homeopathic remedies, slippery elm, etc.. However, it kept getting worse until 1 day I found blood in his litter box after he’d been straining for awhile. So, I immediately made a vet appt. thinking they’d probably prescribe him a laxative and maybe an enema. But it turns out he was extremely dehydrated and needed to stay overnight for fluids and a digital “clean out” to remove any impacted stool. I felt so horrible that I had waited so long, not thinking it was this serious. After bringing him home he was prescribed an antibiotic since they diagnosed him with “colitis” and that he may have a “hidden cancer” (didn’t find much stool as they thought they would, mostly dried blood). This helped, but then after a couple of weeks the constipation started returning. So, off to the vet we went again and he was prescribed the antibiotic again plus a steroid. In the meantime, I searched online and found Vitality Science. I ordered “Feline Comfort” (they didn’t have the Feline Comfort Plus version yet or the Easy Go specifically for constipation, which they now have).” Literally after 2 or 3 doses of the Feline Comfort (I had to mix in water and syringe in his mouth), he had a perfectly normal stool. I almost cried, I was so happy. This was after about 5 months of chronic constipation. Amos didn’t finish the antibiotics and never used any of the steroids. After using the FC daily, I tapered down to 3 times per week, and then just occasionally whenever he had issues. No problems at all with constipation ever again.

    Sorry this post is so long, but just wanted you to understand what a miracle this was for my kitty! It’s definitely worth trying out their products as you have nothing to lose. Products are 100% guaranteed.

    p.s. I don’t work for Vitality Science, by the way. Just a very happy customer.

    • Liz-cat November 14, 2012 at 12:14 pm #

      Elaine, thank you so much for sharing this story about Amos and the protocol that worked for him. I’m sure it will help a lot of people (and their cats).

      The ironic thing is that I’ve successfully managed our cat Joel’s severe constipation with Vitality Science probiotics and pumpkin for a few years, but only recently did it occur to me that we should try a VitalityScience *constipation protocol* that just might bring on *permanent healing!* That would be so great!

      I will undoubtedly report back in a few months on this…
      thanks again,
      Liz

      • Elaine Alfaro January 5, 2013 at 6:03 pm #

        So glad I put in my 2 cents… although reading back on my post I realize it sounds like a commercial! Have you tried the Easy Go product with Joel yet? Obviously, the best thing to do is to figure out the source of the problem. Looking back on Amos’ situation, I think he was already having kidney failure problems and was most likely in a state of chronic dehydration. (wasn’t diagnosed until a year later, however, he was also being treated for hyperthyroidism which can mask kidney failure). I was still feeding dry food (I know, bad!) plus canned, and I think the dehydration contributed to his constipation. Poor guy also had cardiomyopathy, but still hung on until he was almost 20. He was my soul cat – I still miss him 4 years later.

        Now I’ve got a 7-8 year old guy named Izzy, and he’s also got this chronic constipation issue (!!). I haven’t gotten to the bottom of his problem, but I maintain it by adding the Vitality Science Arabinogalactan fiber product to his food daily and the Easy Go product whenever he’s having issues (he’ll eat the Easy Go in a spoonful of tuna). I like the Arabinogalactan so much better than other fiber products like pumpkin. It’s completely tasteless… maybe just slightly sweet. In fact, I add it to my coffee in the morning to help with the acidity (recommended by the VS president, Stephen Becker). I also try to add extra water to his food when I think of it since Izzy very rarely drinks at all. He only eats canned plus a little raw. I also add probiotics and digestive enzymes daily. I’m still working on it… it’s definitely a frustrating condition!

  9. Debrah Edwards September 20, 2012 at 12:20 am #

    I was excited to read this article since I have a 3.5 yo Sphynx Cat who I was told by my vet and 2 other vets had IBS at 1 yo and our story is a mirror image of Deborah’s, HOWEVER, we spent $100’s of dollars on Vitality Science products with no success and as a matter of fact my cat became so immatiated that I was forced to put him back on prednisolone and kept him it until this past April when I became concerned that he may develope diabetes from longterm use of corticosteroids. I attempted to put him on a different steroid that has a lesser chance of causing diabetes, but both times the formulary pharmacy mailed it to me it was warm and the fish based flavoring was spoiled. So I thought I’d monitor his symptoms w/o steroids and everything was going well until this past Friday (09/14/12) when my cat became lethargic and refused to eat or drink.

    After seeing a specialist for a second opinion my beloved Sphynx cat, Mr. Peabody, was diagnosed with a 5cm tumor–large cell lymphoma in his small intestine. Surgery and chemo he would buy him a couple of months. So rather than make him suffer, I have opted for medical comfort care and to spend every available moment with him caring for and loving him until his quality of life dictates that I provide him with a merciful and dignified death which could be any day or week now.

    I have read at least 100 articles online about IBS and IBD and ironically it wasn’t until yesterday that I finally saw one that said “get an gastric biopsy to confirm the diagnosis before treating the symptoms with longterm corticosteroids” (because steroids can mask infections and cancer until it is too late.

    • Liz-cat September 20, 2012 at 8:55 am #

      Deborah, I am so sorry to hear of the large-cell lymphoma diagnosis with your cat. I’ve been there. (It’s a reason I write this blog – to try to prevent tragic epidemics like feline intestinal lymphoma.)

      It sounds like you have made a good choice: comfort care and to spend every available moment with him.

      I also thank you very much for sharing your cat’s story because it brings up some important things for all of us:

      1. As you point out, steroids can mask infections & cancer until they progress to the “too late stage” – so to avoid that, get a biopsy sooner than later if nothing is helping much.

      2. If approaches with food and supplements aren’t helping, get a biopsy. (And if it’s VitalityScience, people should ask for their money back, as that’s their policy.)

      These feline health situations are new & difficult for all of us – but at least we can help each other by sharing our stories.

      • Debrah Edwards September 23, 2012 at 7:26 pm #

        Thank you for your thoughtful responses here and on Facebook. I am a huge fan of your blog and share it with all of my friends and acquaintances who are cat parents.

  10. Rose September 17, 2012 at 4:24 pm #

    OMG, this is my cat to a t. Same type of cat, and we adopted him too. I think the previous owners didn’t want to deal with the vomiting anymore. He has also just started with the diarrhea. He will make one load in the litter box and then step out of it and finish up out of the box with a little blood in it.
    He loves his dry, and would rather starve than eat all wet, so I have him on Wellness CORE® Grain Free Turkey & Duck Cat Food. This is about the only food he will keep down. Anything with chicken in it will make him vomit. I am still experimenting with different brands/flavors of wet. He seems to like Merrick Thanksgiving Day Dinner Cat Food and sometimes Instinct Raw Beef.
    I will check out that company and see what they recommend. I would love to correspond with your friend, since we seem to have identical cats. Maybe she can give me some pointers. Feel free to give her my email address.

    • Liz-cat September 18, 2012 at 6:24 pm #

      Rose, and in another coincidence, Deborah’s last name is Rose! You can contact her through her website: WalkingAlongside.com
      I’m sure you will be able to help your little guy too.

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