Cleo's Progress

One Cat's Struggle with Feline Hepatic Lipidosis

Thursday, June 5, 2008

Cleo started eating dry food again!

After two months of eating nothing but wet food, Cleo has started eating dry food again!

Cleo dropped a lot of weight in March, so at the beginning of April I was really concerned about it being a relapse of fatty liver disease. She had this condition, also known as feline hepatic lipidosis, back in the fall of 2005, and it nearly killed her. I had to force feed her for a month before she started eating on her own.

Since Cleo lost about 3 pounds in March, I was worried about the same thing happening all over again, so I started giving her wet food. I also had to force feed her a couple of times. Before long she was eating a normal amount of wet food again... but she still wouldn't touch her dry food.

I decided this was a perfect opportunity to control her weight a bit better, since Cleo has always been an over-eater, so I started giving her her daily requirement of calories in wet food. Wet food is better for cats, anyway. It was working marvelously until recently, when I noticed her dry food was disappearing again — and that it was being eaten too quickly to be my other cat, who has always been a picky eater.

I also weighed Cleo yesterday, and she is now 12 pounds — 2 pounds more than she was at the beginning of April. I guess it's good that she has her appetite back, but I'm disappointed she has started overeating again!



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