Gastroenteritis, Pancreatitis, and IBD (Inflammatory Bowel Disease) are increasingly becoming common illnesses among cats. These diseases can cause a wide range of symptoms, including vomiting, diarrhea, weight loss and lethargy. Unfortunately, veterinarians often are unable to find the underlying cause of a problem. Therefore, it is important for cat owners to be aware of their pet's food intake.

In this article, we will discuss the causes of these occurrences and how to prevent them from happening again.

Identify the source of allergy:

To begin with, it is essential to identify the source of allergy.
Many cat food products contain ingredients that are very taxing on the pancreas, yet many veterinarians and professionals are unaware of this, causing your cat's digestive system to become upset.

Check your cat's food and see if it contains the following high-allergy ingredients:

Wheat, Cereal, Corn Starch, Quinoa , Gluten

Especially if your cat is on a renal diet, the two common brands of renal food, contain the aforementioned high-allergy foods.

Dry food has a higher possibility of containing high-allergy ingredients; in fact, there are only a very few cat renal dry foods that don't contain them.

If a food item contains any of the ingredients listed above, it is advisable for your cat to stop using it and refrain from consuming it. Observe the new food for a couple more weeks, and see if your cat is doing better.

Reasons why those ingredients have a problem:

The reason for the upset stomach is that the above ingredient would overload the cat's digestive system, requiring an excessive amount of bile secretion. The cat's digestive system might have been able to handle it when they were younger, but after years, the work became too much for it to process.

However, it has been found that cats with kidney disease are more likely to develop Pancreatitis than cats without kidney disease. That's why a cat with kidney disease should be monitored more carefully to avoid overworking the pancreas.

Professionals are unable to find the underlying cause of a problem:

After having been on RC renal food for four years, Voodoo started to experience persistent vomiting and diarrhea. He was initially diagnosed with gastroenteritis, but after the vet took a closer look, he was diagnosed with serious pancreatitis. The vet performed an ultrasound and a test called "spec fpl" (an accurate test conducted by a lab in the USA).

My cat, Voodoo, had recurrent pancreatitis issues and after 1.5 years of trying to locate the cause and eliminating foods that might be causing it, I eventually figured out it was certain ingredients. Even though I consulted different vets, including Chinese medicine experts, nothing seemed to stop the episodes from occurring. After Voodoo had the proper diet, he recovered quickly and was back to normal. However, if he had the wrong food again, he would start vomiting and having diarrhea, so I had to be very mindful of the food ingredients before giving it to him.

This illnesses very common in cats nowaday:

Since many pet foods contain the above ingredient, it is becoming increasingly common for cats to have sensitive stomachs.

Some of my friends' cats have the same issue: persistent vomiting, diarrhea, sleeping all the time, losing weight, and a lack of appetite. The vet recommended a lot of tests, but there was no solution. Upon avoiding ingredients that caused allergies, they noticed a positive change in her cat's health and behavior.

When I took Voodoo for her regular checkup, I encountered many other cat owners with the same problem - unexplained and serious vomiting and diarrhea. It appears they are baffled by the problem and no solutions have been provided. If you're reading this post experiencing the same thing, my hope is that it can provide some useful information to help you resolve the mysterious issue.

How to make your cat feel better and Heal faster:

Use medications, such as Cerenia, to stop vomiting first.
Pancreas secretes enzymes to digest food and produce insulin. Every time the cat vomits, its pancreas is prompted to secrete enzymes again. Excessive vomiting can also damage pancreatic cells. In order to prevent further damage to the pancreas, it is important for cats with pancreatitis to stop vomiting as soon as possible. This can be done through dietary changes, medication, and other treatments that are tailored to the individual cat's needs. Cerenia is an medicine that can effectively suppress vomiting.

Fast for at least 8-16 hours and avoid high-allergenic foods afterward.

Cats suffering from a pancreatitis episode need to fast for at least eight hours in order to give the pancreas some rest. It is important that cats are not given any food during this time, as this can put extra strain on the already weakened organ. 

Use Omeprazole or Slippery Elm Bark for excess stomach acid
Pancreatitis and Kidney Disease can both cause severe stomach acid build-up. This can cause a lot of discomfort for cats, making them feel unwell. Fortunately, there is a way to reduce this acid build-up and make cats feel better - by using Omeprazole or Slippery Elm Bark.

Most importantly, avoid giving your cat the following ingredients:
Wheat, Cereal, Corn Starch, Quinoa , Gluten 

Food recommendations for cat renal diet and sensitive stomach:

The first choices will be ProPlan and Advance renal wet cat food.

There are only a few cat renal dry foods that don't contain high-allergy ingredients. Trovet renal dry food is one of them. Additionally, Trovet has renal wet food, which has a relatively low phosphorus level, but is still higher than ProPlan and Advance.

If you switch your cat's diet in the right direction, they should feel significantly better within two weeks. Hopefully, this article will help you solve the mystery of your cat's digestive issues.