This is Ashley, a 1 year-old Siamese. Her dad says she's his, "companion and best buddy!" So, it’s completely understandable that he was upset when Ashley started throwing up, not wanting to eat, and acting sluggish. He decided it was best to take his sweet kitty to the vet.
After an examination, the vet suspected poor Ashley was suffering from Inflammatory Bowel Disease (IBD). If you don’t know, IBD is a syndrome (rather than a disease) that is caused by a specific reaction to irritation of the stomach or intestines. Inflammation is the body's natural response to an injury or foreign substance. With IBD, this inflammation invades the wall of the stomach and/or intestines, causing them to thicken, which then makes it harder for your cat to get all the nutrients they need and makes it harder for foot to move along the gastrointestinal tract (or GI).
According to VCA Hospitals, possible causes of IBD include:
Signs your cat may have an issue with IBD include:
VCA also pointed out that: “Vomiting hairballs more than once a month or so is not normal. Vomited hairballs represent the inability of your cat to pass the hair through their GI tract. If this is happening on a regular basis, your cat may have inflammatory bowel disease.”
Ashley’s pops is on a fixed income of disability and knew he couldn't afford the care needed, so he applied to Fur Kids Foundation for assistance. After a few days on some medication, and changing Ashley's food, we’re happy to report that she's already beginning to feel a lot better!
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Created in November 2011, the Fur Kids Foundation is a 501 (c)(3) nonprofit organization that provides education and aid to promote the well-being of animals in Campbell County.
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