Giorgio’s Long Illness with IBS (Irritable Bowel Syndrome)
The cat owners often have to go through hard times. Any illness, prolonged disease e.g. cat chronic diarrhea and sudden death are extremely painful and become a trauma for a lifetime. One of Purrsngrrs reader wrote the story where she had to go through a disease which was not being identified by her vets and it prolonged and she had to try her best until some miracle happened that saved the life of her precious baby. We are sharing this story on behalf of our fan so that all those who are currently going through IBS or any signs as told by her, they could get some hope:
I wanted to share my story about my boy, Giorgio. Our ordeal started in Jan. 25, 2013, when I had to put my other Persian named Chloe down because of some issues. They were very close and in April, Giorgio wasn’t eating right and just wasn’t himself. So we made a trip to the vet and had him checked properly. The vet said he was missing Chloe and he needed a friend. I still hadn’t gotten over losing Chloe either and it made sense. I called the woman from whom I had gotten my last 4 Persian Cats and she had Giorgio’s niece that was only a few weeks old and she would let me have her when she was old enough.
By May, Giorgio had developed chronic diarrhea and vomiting and was losing weight at an alarming rate. My vet was on vacation so we went to a new vet. He put Giorgio through all the tests, the whole time insisting he had leukemia. All tests came back normal. Giorgio was down from 9lbs to 6lbs. I was in a deep depression. I couldn’t lose another baby so 3 days at the vet, IVs and antibiotics were given but nothing happened. I researched over internet and came to the conclusion that he had IBS. Took the print out of symptoms to the vet and he dismissed it because Giorgio ate all the time but acted like he was starving. He would eat paper, plastic, human food, in fact almost everything that wasn’t put up from him and then throw it back. Vet said he was completely confused and said there was nothing else he could do for him.
A week later, he was getting weaker and would look at me with a look that said, “Help me!” I knew he was not going to make it much longer so off to another new vet. By now he was down to 3lbs. He was almost 3 years old and was a walking skeleton (when he was able to walk). The vet thought that maybe, since Giorgio would eat plastic and other things, he had a blockage. So that afternoon, they did exploratory surgery that cost $989. We actually took out a loan to pay for it as we had already spent almost $400 at the other vet. The results came back that he had IBS. Shocker! So Giorgio was put on medication. He could only have 1/3 cup food once a day. He seemed to be doing better. He stopped vomiting and the diarrhea was gone. It was such a relief that he was feeling better. He even started gaining some weight.
In the meantime, I brought his niece home. He didn’t show much interest in her despite her attempts to get him to play. A month and a half from his surgery, he relapsed. Another 3 days on IVs but nothing helped! It came to the point that we were going to have to make a decision that we didn’t want to make because he was suffering.
On Sept. 3, 2014, after months of tears we decided to stop the special food and give him pretty much his last meal. Our 14 year old Persian cat was eating Fancy Feast canned and I cried as I gave Giorgio a half can because I had been told that he HAD to eat the prescription diet. I knew that he wouldn’t live maybe a few days. The next morning, I got up noticed that he hadn’t vomited. I gave him another can and by evening he had his first solid bowel movement in 5 months! I was like a kid on Christmas morning! I called the vet and she said to do whatever worked and after 2 weeks we started weaning him off the prednisone. It took about 8 months, eating 6 cans of Fancy Feast a day to get him back up to 10lbs. He has finally cut back to 4 cans but is still gaining. He loves his niece, Khaleesi, and she loves her uncle/brother.
We hope that Giorgio’s story can help someone that is experiencing cat chronic diarrhea. Never give up on your fur baby!
Giorgio’s pictures from last Christmas