I have just rescued a cat with colitis. The condition is under control and I have promised (and I'lI keep my promise) to keep her on the special biscuit diet that she eats exclusively. She appears to like this; she certainly gobbles it up. However, I am a believer in a BARF diet for my dogs and I don't give them cooked/ processed food. Ian Billinghurst talks sense, in my opinion. I try to avoid processed food for myself. Does anyone have experience of a cat with this condition which thrived on a non processed diet? Does colitis exist in cats in the wild? Feral cats?
Colitis is very common for all kinds of cats, feral or otherwise.
The problem is determining what's causing it. Persistent colitis can be a sign of serious mental health issues (stress, commonly) or physical illness (right up to FIV/FLV-Aids & Leukemia).
Before I get to complicated with diet, I have to ask; was the cause of the colitis determined? If it's food specific/allergy, than you would need a very specific diet. Generally a carb-high protein diet. home cooked is best (like chicken and rice, no additives) but is understandably difficult to do for a pet. There are cat foods that claim to be the equivalent, but I tend not to use them as they're pricey and it's cheaper to cook up a big batch of cheap chicken and rice and store it in the fridge. :)
Thanks. I have the clinical details. Can I send them in an attachment? I'm not using you in lieu of visiting my own vet; I just need as much information as I can get. She's a very laid back cat and very friendly; I would guess the problem is dietary rather than stress. I'm not setting myself up as an expert but when I've come across kittens/ pups with digestive problems it's often been an unsuitable diet given when they were too young to cope with it. I don't mind spending time preparing food.
She is allowed a small amount of tuna once a week. I haven't tried her on it yet as I only got her last Saturday.
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