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Colitis in cats can be worrisome but with the right treatment, can be managed or even eliminated. Many times, effective treatment is based on determining the underlying cause of inflammation that is occuring in the colon. Treatment for colitis in cats can vary from medication to creating a routine to reducing stress factors. Here are some of the main forms of treatments that your vet might prescribe if your cat is suffering from colitis.
IBD in cats can be treated and managed with medication, as well as changes in diet and environment.
Sometimes colitis can settle simply by changing your cat’s diet. You may even see improvement in your cat’s condition within a week. However, there is no surefire diet that will resolve colitis in all cats. You may have to do it via trial and error to find one that will help your cat’s colitis. Here are some of the common dietary changes that are recommended:
Medication can also help to get IBD in cats under control. Your vet may prescribe the following medications, depending on the underlying cause of the condition.
Several natural healing methods have been known to help reduce irritation and inflammation in the intestines.
Remember to consult your vet before starting on any treatment at home to ensure that it is safe for your cat.
Cats are creatures who thrive on routine, so much so that colitis in cats can be triggered by stress and anxiety due to changes in the environment. A new diet, moving house, new family member, or new pet are all changes that can cause stress in cats.
If the colitis is caused by stress, establishing a routine as well as a calm, quiet environment can help to reduce your cat’s anxiety. Provide enough stimulation for your cat so that it’s not bored as boredom can also cause stress in cats.
Acute colitis, which comes on suddenly and lasts only a few days usually resolves on its own without need for medical intervention. In fact, acute colitis is fairly common in cats.
Chronic colitis, which lasts more than 2 to 3 weeks and episodic colitis, which comes and goes over time needs to be treated in order for the cat to heal.
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