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Feline Hepatic Lipidosis - Fat Cat stops eating

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My cat is going through this and this is some information on the problem.

Geriatric cats are prone to a number of diseases and conditions, and one of the more common ones is Fatty Liver Disease, which is an accumulation of fats (lipids) in the liver tissue. Since this condition is not found in humans nor dogs, it is thought that it might result from the way cats metabolize proteins and fats, although the disease is presently considered idiopathic, which indicates no known cause is present.

Whatever the cause, the symptoms are common: A previously overweight older cat suddenly becomes anorexic (quits eating), loses weight, and may salivate excessively or vomit. However, anorexia and weight loss can also be symptoms of other disaeases, such as liver cancer or pancreatic disease, and FLS can only be accurately diagnosed conclusively through tests. A complete blood profile may indicate increased liver enzymes, and the diagnosis can be confirmed with a liver biopsy done under light anesthesia, with a large needle through the skin.

FLS is Reversible if Caught in Time

The treatment for Fatty Liver Disease is dietary, and works quite well in reversing the condition if diagnosed early. The idea is to force feed the cat enough nutrients to reverse the metabolic malfunction that caused the condition in the first place. This is usually done with a feeding tube which is inserted into the esophogas or stomach by a veterinarian. The cat's caretaker then mixes a formula in a blender and using a syringe, feeds a small amount down the tube several times daily. After a few weeks of the forced diet, the cat can be offered food normally, to test his appetite, although the tubal feeding may need to be continued for up to six or eight weeks, until the cat's appetite has fully returned to normal.
Advanced Cases Need Additional Treatment

Cats presenting advanced symptoms (jaundice, seizures) will require hospitalization. Fluids may need to be injected to reverse dehydration, and if liver failure is present, the ensuing toxins will need to be dispersed. Other conditions which need veterinary intervention may also be present.
Timeliness is Essential

Although FLS can be readily treated if caught early; when left untreated, the disease moves rapidly, and is always fatal. Any cat, particularly an older one, that stops eating and loses weight should be taken to the veterinarian immediately. We can't afford to take the chance of losing them.
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That is vital information, thanks for posting.
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