Thursday, February 13, 2014

2/13/2014

Good morning,  the temps were above freezing and we had some serious melting going on and then mother nature flipped her lid and started snowing again... For you that live in snow areas, I know you laugh at us in the south.  I lived in Kansas City for 25 years dealing with feet of snow....hated it then,  hate it even more now!  Snow snow go away, come back somewhere else ;)




Thank you for all the wonderful gifts you sent to the cats from our wishlists! http://blindcatrescue.com/wishlist.htm

Amazon often does not tell us who sent the gifts to us and we never get contact information so we have no way to personally thank you.  Please know how grateful we are to you for your kindness!!
http://blindcatrescue.com/wishlist.htm

Thank you Maria Giacobozzi for the trash bags, batteries, gain, food & toys!
Thank you Melanie Ryan for the scratch & Rest  & food!
Thank you Mrs. Lorna Hutchens for the scratch and rest  & weazel toy!
Thank you Michelle Tiner for the food!
Thank you unnamed for the toys!
Thank you unnamed for the gain!
Thank you unnamed for the cat litter!
Thank you unnamed for the food and blanket!
Thank you unnamed for the toys!
Thank you Eva Black for the Amazon gift card!
Thank you Eddie's Mom for the Amazon gift card!
Thank you Whitney Hedges/Gallien  for the freshstep litters!
Thank you Semi Doludizgin for the cat litter, bleach and bleach clean up !
Thank you Amy Jones for the Amazon gift card!
Thank you Crystal Graham for the towels, chute & toys!

We will do boxes tonight !!


Feline Irritable Bowel Syndrome  (IBS)
written by Jill Anne Sparapany

Feline IBS refers to gastrointestinal problems in cats. It occurs in cats of any age, breed or sex. Many symptoms are associated with IBS and may or may not be present at any one time.
The most common symptoms are diarrhea, which may be accompanied with vomiting and weight loss. Causes of the chronic inflammation and discomfort of the cat’s bowels may not always be known or associated with gastrointestinal diseases.

Common Symptoms of IBS:
·       Chronic, occasional large bowel diarrhea, including frequent passing small amounts of feces and mucus, and constipation.
·       Abdominal pain, bloating, vomiting and nausea may present.
·       May hear flatulence when defecating.
·       May have blood in vomit or stool.
·       May act lethargic or tired, be depressed.
·       Changes in appetite.

Causes of IBS include:
·       Dietary fiber deficiency
·       Dietary intolerances and allergies
·       Abnormal colonic motility and regulatory function
·       Stress

Conditions that mimic feline IBS:
·       Liver disease
·       Food allergies and intolerances
·       Exocrine pancreatic insufficiency
·       Hyperthyroidism
·       Intestinal lymphsarcoma, adenocarcinoma
·       FIV, FIP
·       Feline heartworm disease
·       GI parasites and infections, such as giardiasis, campylobacteriosis (bacterial infection), salmonellosis, histoplasmosis (fungal infection)
·       Functional bowel disorders, such as cecal inversion – abnormal turning of the intestine.

Diagnosis will rule out the conditions that mimic IBS and any functional problems. Lab tests, urinalysis and x-rays. Endoscopic studies may also be done.

Treatment focus is diet driven, to make it easier to digest food. An elimination diet begins with basics, simple protein and carbohydrate, then gradually adds back to the diet until the symptoms return. It will help to keep a diet log of foods and stool consistency and amounts, especially when adding new foods to the diet.

There are many brands that state they are hypoallergenic diets for IBS and easier digestion. Generally, it is highly recommended IBS cats be fed a highly digestible diet with high volume of fiber to help restore and maintain normal intestinal function.
Discuss diet options with your vet. Do your own research on GI/IBS diets and work with your vet on any diet changes for your cat.

Other treatments include:
·       Pumpkin. Use 100% pure pumpkin (not pumpkin pie mix) which is rich in fiber and vitamins.
·       Prescription steroids. One source stated approx 85% of cats will be helped with anti-inflammatory steroids. Common steroids used are prednisone, dexamethasone and methylprednisone. They may be used for up to 4 months or longer, depending on the severity of the condition.
·       Antibiotics. Commonly used are metronidazole or azithromycin. Used when bacteria is a root cause of IBS.
·       Probiotics.
·       Many ‘natural’ and homeopathic remedies are available. Be sure to discuss all medications and Over-The-Counter medications, probiotics and vitamin or herbal supplements with your vet!
>>  Many of these drugs interact adversely with prescription medications.
>>  These drugs may actually worsen your cat’s IBS symptoms.


References:

http://www.petmd.com/cat/conditions/digestive/c_ct_irritable_bowel_syndrome


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