The Cat Liver is an important organ with many functions, including digesting and converting nutrients, expelling toxins from the blood, and storing vitamins and minerals. Because the liver’s job is to remove many different substances in the body, it will also be damaged for many different reasons. Liver disease can cause inflammation, called hepatitis. If left untreated, healthy liver cells will be replaced by scar tissue, leading to loss of liver function. Diseases in other parts of the body may also affect liver function.
Fortunately, cat liver disease can be effectively controlled and limited the course. Many cats continue to live happily after diagnosis. Giving cats proper nutrition and continuous communication with the veterinarian is the key to controlling the cat liver disease status of cat parents.
Causation of Cat Liver Disease:
Factors that increase the likelihood of cats suffering from liver disease includes:
Age: Many diseases including abnormal liver function are very common in mature cats.
Breed: Certain breeds, such as Siamese cats, are more likely to have congenital liver disease or are more likely to have specific liver problems.
Obesity: Seriously overweight cats are more likely to have cat liver disease.
Medication and Chemicals: Medication containing acetaminophen (commonly used as analgesic and antipyretic) may damage the cat’s liver.
Symptoms and Signs of Cat Liver Disease:
The signs of cat liver disease may be very similar to those of other diseases. If your cat has the following symptoms, please contact the veterinarian for a detailed inspection.
Poor or Significantly Reduced appetite
Sudden Weight Loss
Jaundice (yellow gums, white eyes, or yellow skin)
Vomiting or diarrhea
Listlessness or depression
Other possible signs of liver disease include dark urine, whitening of the gums, or hydrops in the abdomen, which may be mistaken for sudden weight gain. The veterinarian can perform other tests to confirm the diagnosis of liver disease.
Prevention of Cat Liver Disease:
1. Avoid Obesity. Fatty liver can easily lead to cat liver diseases. The main reason is that protein intake is high for a long time, and the cat’s own digestive function cannot keep up, resulting in fat accumulation in the liver. Using bile acids can prevent cats from fatty liver.
2. Preservation of cat food to prevent spoilage. The appearance of the expired grain cannot be seen, but the shape may change. Also, don’t give cats inferior cat food, because too salty food can make cats have a good appetite and seem to eat a lot, but actually eating more will increase the burden on the liver and kidneys. As cheap cat food contains more grain and the cat will easy to be hungry after eating.
3. Do not use medication indiscriminately. Cat food is not a panacea, and medicine is not a panacea, either. The consequence of misuse of medication is that the toxins are deposited in the cat liver. The cat will not only feel unwell, but may also cause some diseases.
4. Avoid cats coming into contact with poisonous things, such as mosquito coils, disinfectants, paints, insecticides, etc. Do not try to use disinfection onto cat towels. Cats often lick their hair, so some of the disinfectant agent left in the hair and then inadvertently eaten by them. For a long time, the liver is prone to cause new problems. The mosquito killing potion that can be sprayed is highly toxic. If sprayed directly on the nose and mouth of cats and dogs, it will directly cause death.
5. Pay attention to cat emotions. The liver is a very stingy organ. As the saying goes, anger hurts the liver. New cats must be isolated and rescued when entering the new house. They must also pay attention to the reaction of the indigenous people of their own home after picking the cat back home.
6. Regularly Exercise. A certain amount of exercise can make a cat healthier, and it can also make it feel healthier, and the cat’s mental health has a direct impact on its liver. Because cats are very sensitive animals, changes in the environment around them, neglect of the owner, and even sudden changes in food will cause its psychological problems. Most cat hepatitis starts from a depressed mood. Hope cat parents pay attention to this and maintain your baby’s happy mood. So regularly exercise will be more important in keeping good mood for your cats.
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