Cleo's Progress

One Cat's Struggle with Feline Hepatic Lipidosis



Tuesday, April 1, 2008

Possible causes

I've been trying to figure out what could have caused Cleo to stop eating, and I think I might have figured something out — at least, this could have caused the fact that she completely stopped eating the last couple of days.

Toward the end of last week, Michael mentioned to me that our toilet water has been pretty gross looking. Sure enough, it has had a slight yellowish tinge.

I didn't think much of it until I ran a bath yesterday, and the water had that same yellowish tinge — except much worse, since it was deeper. I also noticed that my bath smelled like a pool.

After we talked to our neighbors about it and found out that we were both experiencing the same thing, they called the water plant. Afterward they called us back to let us know what they found out: Evidently they've been putting lots of chlorine in the water, in order to counteract a high level of manganese.

After finding that out last night, we went out and got bottled water for ourselves and for the pets' water dishes. We were still making their dinners with tap water, though.

This morning I found Cleo's bowl licked clean. I gave her more wet food, mixing it with a little tap water that I heated in the electric tea kettle. (I've been concerned that her teeth might be bothering her.)

She sniffed it and wouldn't touch it, so on a whim I gave her some food without tap water in it. And guess what? She ate some!

She only ate a little, but hopefully the lack of over-chlorinated manganese water will help bring at least a little of her appetite back. It's not the cause, because she started losing weight and eating less long before the water problems surfaced, but it definitely wasn't helping things any!

2 Comments:

  • At October 13, 2008 at 6:30 PM , Blogger Sandy said...

    I noticed that the water at my apartment started smelling strongly of chlorine right around the time Meagan stopped eating. I only give her bottled water now. Do you think it's related to not eating?

     
  • At October 13, 2008 at 7:12 PM , Blogger Katharine Swan said...

    I think it's definitely a possibility that the water made her stop eating. However from what you said it's been a long time since she first got sick, and she's stopped eating again twice just as you think she's getting well again.

    If you haven't already done it, I would have the vet run some blood tests and check her over to see if something else could be causing Meagan to stop eating. Fatty liver disease is often a symptom that something else is wrong.

     

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