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Fatty Liver Disease

By February 26, 2014

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I am not a veterinary professional. My knowledge of medical conditions of cats is limited to personal experience supplemented by lengthy research; the investment in veterinary textbooks, dictionaries, and manuals; and a distance learning veterinary assistant course I took several years ago. Having disclosed that information, it is particularly gratifying to receive occasional emails thanking me for helpful information in the topic of feline health. Feline hepatic lipidosis, aka fatty liver disease is often the subject of these emails.

photo of cat Shannon, enjoying a nice day Symptoms of fatty liver disease include inappetance, anorexia, rapid weight loss, and vomiting, symptoms that also may occur in several other diseases (listed below). Because rapid weight loss is associated with fatty liver disease, this condition can also "piggyback" into the other diseases. Fortunately fatty liver disease, if diagnosed in time, can be completely reversed.
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My cat Shannon, who lived to 19 years, was in danger of fatty liver syndrome, on top of CRF and FIV. Thankfully, by working as a team with our veterinarian, we were able to divert this additional burden to his health by feeding him a liquid gruel of baby food meat (no onions), canned cat food, and low sodium chicken broth. I used a plastic basting syringe to feed him, very slowly.

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February 27, 2014 at 11:33 pm
(1) Kaye Skinner says:

I just want to thank you for all of you years of work, care, and concern you give to all of us and our babies. God bless you for all of it and thank you so much. You are much appreciated.

February 28, 2014 at 3:44 am
(2) Franny Syufy says:

Kaye, thank you so much for your kind comments. People like you keep me coming back year after year!

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