Cleo's Progress

One Cat's Struggle with Feline Hepatic Lipidosis

Tuesday, April 1, 2008

My suspicions of hepatic lipidosis (fatty liver)

I mentioned that I am afraid Cleo might be coming down with hepatic lipidosis, or fatty liver, again. Some of the symptoms are the same as last time, some aren't.

Symptoms that are the same as last time:

* She has lost a lot of weight in a short amount of time — 3 pounds in about a month, compared to 4 pounds in a month last time

* She has very little appetite

* She gagged once when presented with her food, just as she used to do when she had fatty liver disease in 2005 — the liver failure causes nausea, which is what makes them stop eating entirely

Symptoms that are different from last time:

* She does have a little appetite — I've only force-fed her three times in the past three days

* She doesn't hide all the time or sit in the same place for hours on end — I think it was sheer lack of energy and not feeling well that made her do that before

What does this mean?

I don't know if this means she has feline hepatic lipidosis again, and we just caught it earlier this time, or if she has something else wrong with her. Also, I don't know what would have made her stop eating this time. Last time it was that a dog had moved in with us; although we have two dogs now, both of whom harass her from time to time, she has been dealing with it just fine.

For the time being, I'm feeding Cleo wet food, in an attempt to head off another case of fatty liver (if that is indeed what it is). If she doesn't snap out of it soon, I'll take her to the vet.


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