There is a possibility that my cat has irritable bowel syndrome.

I'm really worried. Is it something I did? Did I do something wrong in taking care of her? I'm worried I won't have the money to take care of her. then what do I do? I'm so sad. I just want her to be better. The vet has her on probiotics for 14 days to see if it clears up her problems. If it doesn't.... back to the vet she goes. I love my cat but I don't have the money since I lost my job.Will IBS kill her?? What causes it, why did she get it, did I do something wrong? can it be cured?

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    By: Erika Raines El Segundo, CA

    Replied on 04/19/2011

    Inflammatory bowel disease is an inflammation that occurs in your cat's intestines. This is probably not due to anything you did or neglected to do. This is a condition that some cats develop as they get older. Generally irritable bowel disease does not kill a cat, but it can lead to lymphoma in the intestines, which is a type of cancer. At the moment your cat probably just has irritable bowel disease and it could be many years before it progresses, or it may never progress. The treatment for irritable bowel disease generally starts with administration of a drug like prednisone, a steroid, at the lowest dose possible. This is not a curable condition, but it can be managed with some diligent nursing care.


    Erika, DVM

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