Cleo's Progress

One Cat's Struggle with Feline Hepatic Lipidosis

Wednesday, October 15, 2008

Visitors looking for info on feline hepatic lipidosis

I get comments and emails all the time from people who have cats with feline hepatic lipidosis. Usually they are feeling upset and helpless, wondering whether their cat is ever going to get well again, and start Googling for more information. They're looking to have their fortunes told, in a way.

The good news is that the people who comment on my blog or email me usually find my site extremely helpful to them while they are dealing with feline hepatic lipidosis. They thank me for giving them hope and information.

I just wish my blog was ranked a little higher, so that more people would see it: Most people never look past the first page of search engine results. I think the only ones who do are the ones who are really desperate — which I suppose many people are when they have cats with feline hepatic lipidosis.

I am going to publish a few more blog posts in the next couple of weeks: Stories of recovery from feline hepatic lipidosis (complements of several readers' emails), and some observations of my own. Stay tuned!



  • At November 10, 2008 at 10:12 AM , Blogger Tinkerbellsmom said...

    How do people find blogs? I just did one on my Tinkerbell..can you post it?

  • At November 10, 2008 at 10:36 AM , Blogger Katharine Swan said...

    Hi Tinkerbell's Mom,

    I think most people find blogs either via recommendations from friends and colleagues, via search engines, or from following links on other sites.

    I posted a link to your blog about Tinkerbell's diagnosis in my sidebar under "Links." However, I think most people who run across it are going to be people who are looking for more information, not people just waiting to give someone advice. You will probably have to keep searching for information on your own if that's what you want or need.

    I hope you will continue to blog about Tink regularly over the next couple of months. Even if you feel overwhelmed, your story is valuable to others who have cats with fatty liver disease, and I'm sure someday there will be people reading your blog and thanking you for it, too.

  • At June 28, 2009 at 2:10 AM , Blogger ida said...

    its true what you said, the most desperate find this site. i've been researching for 2 days since i started treating my cat for liver disease. and most of the info is so generic and leaves a lot of questions to be asked. im glad i found this site, the optimism and strength from the stories are a great moral booster! thanks katherine and all the other cat lovers who are sharing their experiences! all the best!

  • At July 27, 2009 at 12:40 PM , Blogger Katharine Swan said...


    I'm glad my blog helps! It takes a lot of persistant research to find any amount of good information on fatty liver disease, and vets aren't always up front about what you can do to get your cat through this. As a result I think a great many people whose cats have FLD never know what they could have done differently.

  • At November 11, 2009 at 10:09 PM , Blogger Amanda said...

    Hi, everyone. My cat Chopsticks and I are in the midst of dealing with a fatty liver disease diagnosis. The brief history: sneezing fits a few weeks ago, decreased to no eating (though not a big eater to begin with), and a week of force feeding Hill's a/d. The force feeding has slowed his weight loss, but has not gotten him eating on his own again. He has also begun to vomit immediately after feedings, and resisting so much that it is very difficult to get enough food into his mouth, even with two people working at it. Today, after examining his jaundiced skin, my vet recommended an ultrasound (to rule out a tumor) and the insertion of a feeding tube. I have my own personal qualms (feeding tubes, in felines or humans, just make me uncomfortable), but I can get over these. I'm really writing here for any feedback on how long a feeding tube might be in--I've heard weeks to months--, any ideas on how to make this more bearable, general support, and any help or experience I might be able to offer. Chopsticks is 8 years old--I didn't anticipate such a major health problem yet, and could easily drive myself crazy trying to figure out why he stopped eating in the first place. From where we are, though, I'll do whatever I can. Thanks, and all the best to all of you (and your cats).


  • At October 31, 2011 at 5:32 PM , Blogger Tammy said...

    I have to say your blog is saving my cat right now! I have been all over the internet searching "fatty liver in cats" as I had never heard of such a thing until a few weeks ago when my cat stopped eating due to being scared of a new dog in the house. He got fatty liver and diabetes during this time. Currently I am force feeding him daily. I am a one person household and work 8-5 everyday. I am giving him Science Diet a/d mixed with water through a syringe but in 3 days he's lost 2lbs. I feel like I am at the end of my rope but after seeing your website I have renewed faith that I am doing the right things and even if, god forbid, something were to happen, I am doing everything I can! Thank you for your site.

    Tammy Kelsey


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