Hepatic Lipidosis of cat disease, also known as fatty liver, is the most common liver disease in cats and is closely related to cat anorexia (loss of appetite). When hungry, it drives the body to use fat (triglycerides) as an energy source and transport it into the liver to process synthetic sugar to supply energy. However, the cat’s liver is not good at handling fat. A large amount of fat begins to accumulate in the cat’s liver cells, and the fat-filled liver cannot perform its normal physiological functions.

When the liver is unable to perform the tasks it is supposed to perform, a series of dangerous conditions follow, such as coagulopathy (blood problems) and electrolyte imbalance.

There are two forms of liver fat deposition, primary and secondary.

Primary liver fat deposition (idiopathic hepatic lipidosis) has no obvious cause of disease. Middle-aged obese cats are the most susceptible. Stress is the main cause of anorexia.

Secondary liver fat deposition, the occurrence of such fatty liver has a clear cause, such as diabetes, inflammatory bowel disease (IBD), cancer, enteritis, pyometra, hepatic cholangitis, pancreatitis, and kidney disease, all Can cause cats to go on a hunger strike. Non-disease triggers include stress, such as the joining of new animal members, foster care, accidental delivery, or restricted diet.

Symptom:

In the early stage of liver fat deposition, there is no sign of cats except anorexia. Cat owners must pay close attention to their cats’ eating habits. Once they find that your cat has stopped eating, they must seek advice from your pet doctor in time.

Anorexia for 7 days or longer

weight loss

Muscle atrophy

Dehydration

Vomiting

Excessive salivation (caused by nausea)

Depressed

Drowsiness

Jaundice (yellowing of skin and mucous membranes)

Shaggy hair

Treatment of this cat disease:

Some hospitals report that if a cat survives the first 96 hours of treatment, the probability of survival is 85%; for cats who did not receive timely treatment, the prognosis is poor.

Treatment depends on the severity of the cat disease and the basic medical conditions available. Active nutritional support is necessary to save the cat’s life, and the prognosis is poor unless the cat takes the initiative to eat. It is important to find the deep-seated triggers that cause cats to be anorexia.

The treatment is carried out in two stages, the stable period and the long-term nursing period.

Prevention:

Pay attention to your cat’s eating habits. If you find that your cat’s meal is reduced or you don’t want to eat anything, ask your vet for help immediately.

Never give anything to the cat at Random.

Under the guidance of a veterinarian, try to prevent your cat from gaining weight.

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