Tia was brought to the Ballantrae surgery with a long term history of failure to gain weight and chronic diarrhoea, unresponsive to treatment.
Blood tests were taken to rule out organ dysfunction and were all normal.
Faecal samples were tested for parasites and viral/bacterial infection, none of which were detected.
An abdominal ultrasound was performed and showed abnormal thickening of the gastrointestinal wall with no other abnormalities seen.
Endoscopic biopsies were taken from her stomach and intestinal wall.
Tia was diagnosed with severe inflammatory bowel disease.
She responded well to a change of diet and appropriate medication.
Because of the severity of her illness she will have to stay on a special diet and long term minimal prescription medication.
Today, 2 months after her diagnosis Tia is a happy and playful cat, a far cry from the subdued cat that her owners had become accustomed to for almost three years.