Cleo's Progress

One Cat's Struggle with Feline Hepatic Lipidosis

Wednesday, August 19, 2009

Don't underestimate the role of environmental causes!

I often hear from people whose cats have been diagnosed with fatty liver disease, or feline hepatic lipidosis. One common theme is that people can't believe that a change in the household could possibly have made their cat stop eating long enough to get sick.

However, environmental causes often play a role in fatty liver disease. Cleo suffered liver failure just a month or so after we added a dog to the family. By the time we noticed, she had already lost three or four pounds.

Fear of a dog, or of another cat, or even a dislike of another cat, is plenty to keep a cat away from their food long enough for feline hepatic lipidosis to set in. For one thing, it doesn't take very long — I've read that just two weeks on a reduced diet is enough to make the cat's liver bog down and stop working. In other words, the cat doesn't even have to stop eating entirely for fatty liver syndrome to set in.

Please, please don't underestimate the role that environmental causes can play in feline hepatic lipidosis. If you have a sick cat, consider what changes in the household could have caused him or her to stop eating. And if you don't have a sick cat right now (or once they get better), please please please always keep a close eye on your cat's eating habits, particularly during times of change in the household!



  • At August 22, 2009 at 7:18 PM , Blogger Pamela said...

    YOU are absolutely on target with this... My 5yr old kitty, Carley, is going thru this because of a favor I did for a friend. Just by allowing this little cat friendly dog to stay at our house, Carley got upset and started not eating. She lives with a dog and cat that are constantly trying to get her to play.. But Carley, a cat I rescued off of a shelf 3 yrs ago, would have nothing to do with them.
    I am totally besides myself knowing that she is hurting and there is nothing I can do. I am syringe feeding her a/d about 6cc every 4 or so hrs. My question to you is; I am very much into nutrition for it has changed my life. Are you aware of any natural rememdies beside lots of love and attn that I can give her?
    If anyone knows of this my email is I have been going thru this for about a week now and I would love to help her body naturally if at any way possible. Thank you for taking the time to make your experience available to others. I'm looking forward to your response.

    Thank you,


  • At September 28, 2009 at 3:50 PM , Blogger Katharine Swan said...

    Pamela, I'm sorry it took me a while to see your comment. How is Carley doing?

    The first link on this post talks a little about herbal remedies, but other than that I don't know of any nutritional advice to help cure fatty liver.

    However, I do think watching nutrition in your cat's food is important. My husband and I buy only organic for both our cats and our dogs -- our favorite dry food is Spot's Stew. It might take your cat a little while to adjust to it, because it doesn't have the grease sprayed on it that most (cheap) cat foods do, but the ingredient list is much better than most dry cat foods.


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