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Dear Christopher Cat

Our 10-year-old Siamese cat was diagnosed with inflammatory bowel disease a year ago. We changed his diet and gave him prednisone, as our veterinarian recommended, but he still has flare-ups. We’d like to feed him a homemade diet. What would you suggest?

Christopher Responds

You need to ask a veterinarian who specializes in nutrition to formulate a diet that meets your cat’s specific needs.

A veterinary nutritionist can balance a homemade diet for your cat’s age, caloric needs, activity and other metabolic requirements, using ingredients he can tolerate.

To find a veterinary nutritionist, contact the nearest veterinary teaching hospital, or visit the Web site of the American College of Veterinary Nutrition at www.acvn.organd click on “Nutrition Resources.”

Homemade diets are also available through www.balanceit.com and www.petdiets.com.

All this talk of food has made me hungry, so I’ll stop now for lunch.

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