Cleo's Progress

One Cat's Struggle with Feline Hepatic Lipidosis

Wednesday, April 30, 2008

I've become a nervous mommy

Since I started worrying a month or so ago that Cleo was coming down with feline hepatic lipidosis, or fatty liver disease, again, I have become a nervous mommy.

Cleo started eating a normal amount pretty quickly once I started giving her high-protein canned food. I don't know if she was really headed down that same path again, but the way she had dropped weight and stopped eating regularly, it certainly seems that she was.

For a couple of weeks now, I've been giving Cleo a can of wet food a day — the proper amount for her size. Although I don't want her to stop eating enough, I also don't want her to eat too much and become overweight again. Fat cats are more likely to get feline hepatic lipidosis, and I don't want to go through that again!

Feeding her wet food means that I can closely observe how much she is eating, but unfortunately, it also means that I can obsess about how much she is eating. Take yesterday, for example: I noticed that although Cleo seemed hungry and was begging for food, she wasn't eating much of what I gave her. She eventually ate most of the can, but keep in mind that most days, she'd go through the entire can before noon if I allowed her to.

Today seems to be the same — she's just not eating as much as she normally would. I'm a little worried about why, and though we're a long ways from another bout of fatty liver disease right now, I'm still going to keep a close eye on it.


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