Hepatic lipidosis is one of the most common liver diseases. It develops rapidly when the cat loses his appetite and refuses to eat. The body does not get the necessary nutrients forcing the liver to convert fat into energy to keep alive Pussycat.
But the problem is that the liver cat is not prepared to make all that fat into energy to the level needed causing fat deposits to form in the liver that are not processed. The liver stops functioning properly. The cat is losing weight and untreated dies from malnutrition.
This disease knows no age. The young cat may suffer as a senior one.
Causes: The official cause for hepatic lipidosis is not known. The cat simply stops eating and becomes anorexic. But there is a list of factors that trigger the disease
• Obesity: Obese cat itself has problems of metabolism. To stop eating even for one day, it can lead to liver not properly process fats.
• Change diet without supervision of the veterinarian: Any changes in your diet should come recommended by the veterinarian. You think you’re feeding properly, but perhaps lacks nutrients needed for a healthy life.
• Urinary tract infection
Symptoms: If your cat stops eating even for one day, see the vet. Detected early, the disease can be controlled.
• Loss of appetite • Anorexia: This develops when the cat stops eating for days; • vomiting; • Drooling; • Jaundice: The body, eyes and ears turn yellow. The urine is a dark color. • Weakness in your muscles; • Dehydration
Diagnosis: Because the symptoms resemble other diseases, we need more specific tests to diagnose the disease.
The veterinarian will take X-rays to check the appearance of the liver. You can also take samples of liver biopsy.
Once the condition is diagnosed treatment is started.
Treatment: Hepatic lipidosis is treated with food. Lots of food. If diagnosed early and liver has not suffered much irreparable damage, the disease can be cured 100%.
• intense Food: The veterinarian will recommend the type of food to feed the kitty. It is high in protein without carbohydrate and administered in various ways; • The veterinarian will place a tube down your esophagus and into the stomach. The food will be liquid to pass it with a syringe needle through the tube; • If you do not want to have cased cat. With a needleless syringe, you force him liquid food by mouth.
Both ways of feeding should be continued for 6 to 8 weeks. You must continue treatment even if the cat starts eating on his own. Perhaps you are not getting the required amount. NO finish the treatment without consulting your veterinarian.
Prevention: This is a lethal disease. The only way to prevent it is by observing feeding your cat. If you notice that you stop eating normal amounts or just do not eat anything, take it to the vet.