Cleo's Progress

One Cat's Struggle with Feline Hepatic Lipidosis

Tuesday, April 1, 2008

Is it hepatic lipidosis again?

Back in the fall of 2005, my cat Cleo had a major bout of hepatic lipidosis, or fatty liver. Within about a month, she dropped from probably around 12 pounds, down to about 8. I didn't notice that she was sick until she'd already stopped eating and drinking.

It took about a month of force-feeding and numerous vet visits, but Cleo kicked hepatic lipidosis in the butt! Before long, she was back up to around 13 pounds. Too heavy, I knew, but there's not much I can do when my other cat hardly eats at all — to put her on a diet would be to starve him!

Recently it seems that Cleo may be fighting a second bout of fatty liver. She has lost weight again — about 3 pounds in a month, I think — and her appetite is weak (though thankfully not completely gone).

The fresh scare inspired me to start this blog. During Cleo's last bought with hepatic lipidosis, I kept track of her progress in web pages on my own site. As soon as I can, I'm going to transport all of those pages into this blog.

Since starting Cleo's pages in late 2005, I have had many emails from other cat owners, whose pets were sick with hepatic lipidosis. Most of them have thanked me for giving them hope that their cats could recover from the disease. I hope Cleo's new site will continue to help other cat owners dealing with fatty liver disease!


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