My mum was never told by any vets how common Feline Hepatic Lipidosis is. (also known as Fatty Liver Disease) Every single vet I've seen told her that I was overweight and that she needed to cut back my food. But never did they say, "There is a common risk in overweight cats to develop FHL. You need to be sure that you keep an eye on his eating. If he stops eating, it may be because he's got fatty liver disease."
My mom believes she would have been better prepared if someone had warned her. She already knew the risk of diabetes in bigger cats but not this.
I was diagnosed about 3 and a half weeks ago. I am already starting to recover thank goodness! But the fact that this could have been headed off at the beginning when I started eating less and less is really unfortunate and very VERY expensive!
I saw a vet when I was living in Missouri, that said I should loose weight, as well as a couple different vets in Ohio and now in San Francisco.
So please, PLEASE warn your parents/caretakers that this can be a very scary process to go through even if your cat stops eatting for 3+ days!
**Also posted in Health and Nutrition**