What Should I Feed My Cat with Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBD)?

CatChannel's online veterinary expert, Arnold Plotnick, DVM, offers feeding suggestions for cats with Inflammatory Bowel Disease (IBD).

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My cat was diagnosed with Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS). He does not like the prescription diet, and the food he eats now makes the symptoms reappear. Are there any natural food choices I can give him?


I suspect your cat was diagnosed with Inflammatory Bowel Disease (IBD) rather than Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS). People often confuse the two.

The best diet for a cat with Inflammatory Bowel Disease (IBD) is a hypoallergenic one. Hypoallergenic diets contain a protein source — venison, rabbit or duck — that your cat probably has not been exposed to because it normally is not found in commercial foods.

If your cat will not eat any of these diets, you will have to try several different types until you find one that causes the least clinical signs. If you’re determined to feed a “natural” diet, you can check out your local pet food stores. Many brands market themselves as being “natural,” “organic” or something similar. I cannot vouch for these diets personally, but if I were to choose one, I would find a diet that contained a protein source that my cat had never encountered.

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