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One Cat's Struggle with Feline Hepatic Lipidosis



Monday, April 7, 2008

Feline hepatic lipidosis: Links for more information

There are a lot of pages out there with good information on feline hepatic lipidosis. Here are a few good ones:

Feline Hepatic Lipidosis This article is written by a woman who has successfully nursed back to health four different cats with fatty liver disease, several of which were pretty far gone by the time she got them. She ignored the vets when they said the cats couldn't be saved, and nursed them anyways — and they all pulled through!

She does recommend herbal treatments, but I'm not so sure that's necessary. Getting enough protein into the cat is the key.

Pet Care Library: Feline Hepatic Lipidosis This is a nice, concise article on the symptoms and treatment of feline hepatic lipidosis.

Max's House: Feline Hepatic Lipidosis (Fatty Liver Syndrome) — I actually do NOT recommend this article, but I wanted to put the link here in order to state why. The author is obviously a big fan of hospitalization, and claims that force-feeding doesn't work. Beg to differ, bud!

He advocates tube feeding as an alternative. Somehow, though, I would think that having a tube surgically implanted would be much more stressful to an already-stressed cat than having someone they love and trust force-feeding them.

About.com: Fatty Liver Disease in Cats A good, comprehensive article that stresses the importance of timeliness in treating feline hepatic lipidosis.

I hope these materials convey to you the reversibility of feline hepatic lipidosis, or fatty liver disease. Don't give up hope for your feline friend — you can get her well again!

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