We have a male, neutered cat that came to us as a stray about five years ago. He's approximately 9 years old, loving and affectionate. We take in a lot of strays, fix them up and find homes for them, but this one we kept.For the past several years, he has experienced diarrhea. He drinks a lot of water (but does not have diabetes) and eats well, and his weight fluctuates between 15 to 18 pounds during the summer and 18 to 20 pounds during the winter. Structurally, he is a large cat. He's on ZD allergy food.He's had blood tests, stool tests and an endoscopic exam. These and all other tests have come back negative. His doctors are somewhat perplexed as to why he is experiencing the diarrhea. They are thinking of giving him a steroid shot, thinking it might be inflammatory-bowel disease.Do you have any suggestions? What are the risk factors involved with the steroid shot?.
B.B., Minnetrista, MN Jun 25, 2006
Good for you for rescuing and rehabilitating stray cats!With your cat, avoid more steroid treatments after the first course. Take your cat through detox as per my article on Endocrine Disruption Syndrome, and try my home-prepared cat-food recipe, all detailed on my Web site at www.doctormwfox.org.Oral squirts of a teaspoonful of aloe vera three times a day for four to five days may help considerably. Add a trace of essential oils of peppermint or ginger, and fennel, as well as probiotic (acidophilus) pills. A holistic veterinarian could help you find the right essential oils, enzymes and other supplements that may give your cat a new lease on life.Inflammatory-bowel disease is very common in cats, and I would like to hear from other readers who have found effective remedies for this distressing condition in their cats.
Because of Dr. Fox’s schedule, he cannot accept nor respond to e-mails concerning
pet health and behavioral problems. You may find answers in his
Archives section and in his
Special Reports. If you have a
pet emergency, please contact your nearest veterinary hospital or clinic.