Cat Health Care Tips How to Manage a Cats Irritable Bowel Syndrome
Let's talk about managing your cat with inflammatorybowel syndrome, or IBS. IBS is quite common in cats actually. They can react to foods,environment, all sorts of things, and and the underlying cause sometimes is not known.But the end result can be a cat with chronic vomiting, chronic diarrhea, weight loss, thingsof that nature. IBS has to be diagnosed by your veterinarian first, and once that's diagnosedthere are certain things that can be helped, or given to help IBS in cats. For one, antiinflammatoriescan help; either orally or by injection, over time, and not every cat requires somethinglike that. So that's one method of treating IBS. Number two is going to be dietary management.IBS cats never need to get lots of treats,
lots of different foods, things like that.Basically, IBS cats need to go on a hypoallergenic, or special foods that are die are are basicallydesigned to to have the body not recognize their proteins as well. And what I mean bythat is it's it's sort of like having an allergy. If your body can't recognize a protein thatyou're allergic to, then you're better off, and not going to react to that. So, your veterinarianshould help you also manage IBS, because it is a chronic condition.
The FODMAP Grand Tour Down Under IBS relief
Medically diagnosed Irritable BowelSyndrome, known as IBS is difficult to treat and overcome. In part, because westill don't understand its precise cause. However, researchers at Monash University have been studying the dietary factors in food that can trigger IBS symptoms.This research has shown that the pain discomfort and daily disruption causedby IBS is triggered by certain types of carbohydrates in food called FODMAPs.Here we can see some examples of high FODMAP foods. To understand how some foods contribute to IBS symptoms, we need to look inside the intestines where foodis broken down and absorbed. Zooming into
the molecular surface of the intestinalcells we see they are covered in molecular machines that accelerate thebreakdown of carbohydrates. Most carbohydrates, once broken down, can be absorbed through pumps on the surface of your cells. However, some carbohydrates are not digested or absorbed by people. The rapidly fermentable shortchaincarbohydrates that can't be absorbed are called FODMAPs. The presence of FODMAPs causes water to be dragged into the small intestine. Also, because they aren'tabsorbed, FODMAPs travel through your gut to the large intestine. Whenbacteria in your large intestine get
access to FODMAPs, they use themfor energy to survive. The bacteria rapidly ferment FODMAPs and producegas as a result. Excess gas production and water retention causes the intestines toexpand. When the intestinal wall stretches fromdistension, the highly connected nerves around the intestines send signals tothe brain. People with IBS have very sensitiveintestines, so these signals contribute to the pain they experience. To reduceFODMAP intake and to alleviate the distension, bloating and other symptomsof IBS, Monash University have developed
the low FODMAP diet. People with medically diagnosed IBS should consult a dietitian about trialling the diet. The MonashUniversity Low FODMAP Diet app has been developed as a tool to help people withIBS manage their diet and alleviate symptoms. Contact Monash University orvisit the website to find out more about the low FODMAP diet.