Our cat Sylvester has IBD (Inflammatory Bowel Disease). He is our fun, goofy and smart male cat. Mr. Sylvester has a little bit of an anxiety problem too. Poor thing! We love him like he is a child of ours. Pets bring us so much happiness, and we just want them to be happy too.
More about Sylvester
Sylvester’s sister Cassie (which they are not true brother and sister, but we act like they are!), is very sweet and loves attention over food! And, I would describe Sylvester as being total opposite of her. He doesn’t like to be held. He is uncomfortable with it. He will stiffen up, and his legs protrude out like four sticks when he is picked up. It is so funny! If he wants to be pet, he will flop over on the floor in a spot two feet away from you, as if to say you need to come over here and pet me. There are times when he does want to be close to us while we are relaxing on the couch. Sylvester will flop over and lay down right next to us. It is pretty sweet.
When Sylvester is hungry, he wants to be fed right then. I have to feed him right away when I wake up. In fact, his newest trick is to get on his hind legs and paw at the door handle of the master bathroom to make noise and get me up to feed him! UGH! After he is fed, he is satisfied, but then seems bored quickly. It is like he needs something to do, or that he needs to be entertained. The cat is fascinated with water. If you are at the kitchen sink washing your hands, he immediately jumps up and tries to get in it. If we are watching one of our favorite teams playing a game and then cheer loudly when something good happens, he squawks at us to be quiet! This is so funny!! He has even “yelled” at my husband a few times for sneezing loudly. What a goofball! 🙂 There have been occasions where I have told him it was time for him to go and take a nap!! He is such a kid! We love him so much, especially for all of his quirkiness!
Our boy really dislikes riding in the car to the vet’s office. Once there, he is all over everything – on top of the counters, inside the cabinets – he loves exploring. But, he always makes a mess all other himself on the way there and back. During our last visit, he just squatted and went to the bathroom on the floor in their office. Yikes!!! He had so much anxiety about the visit and riding in the vehicle.
Sylvester has IBD
Now, more on Sylvester’s IBD. The sweet thing has never had “normal” bowel movements, and, about a year ago, started having a lot of vomiting issues. He also likes to use other parts of the house to to go to the bathroom besides the three litter boxes we have for his sister and him. This is NOT fun, but we do try to cope, as we know he is not feeling well. He lost quite a bit of weight over the winter, and we took him to the vet to get checked. When checked for Vitamin B12, it didn’t even register. I now have to give him shots – which I never thought I would be able to do, but I can do it!!! Yay, me!
We found food that works for Sylvester!
Both Cassie and Sylvester were on one kind of food for their whole lives (We have “memory loss” moments when we think of how old they are – I think we figured they are well over 10 years old! Ugh! It goes too fast! We just want them to stay little.), until last summer when Sylvester decided he didn’t want to eat it anymore. We then went through a long process of trying different foods – anything really from cheap to expensive – to try to get him to eat. This is not good, but we ended up giving him tuna fish for a while, just so he would eat something. Everything else we put in front of him, he backed away from it like it was yucky. Finally, after researching, we found that Nature’s Variety made cat food with real meat, wholesome fruits and vegetables. There is no grain added, it is gluten-free and there are probiotics in it to help with his digestive system. Both Cassie and Sylvester loved the Instinct Raw Boost: Duck and Turkey Formula, and we were super thrilled! It was the first time in a long while that Sylvester had eaten dry cat food, and it was like a miracle to us. Now, after more than a month of being on this brand of cat food, he is thriving and his bowel movements are better. He hasn’t vomited in a long time. It seems like he is resting better too. We are crossing our fingers that he will continue to improve, and I will definitely keep feeding him Nature’s Variety food!
If your cat or dog has IBD, I HIGHLY recommend this food. If you are interested, check out their website. It has been fantastic for us! We are enjoying the fact that Sylvester is happier. He is still our goofy boy, and we are glad to have him in our lives to entertain us!
P.S. Click here to read all about Sylvester helping me with the Christmas decorations.