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Ashley SkalaAshley Skala San FranciscoMember Posts: 92
edited 19 June, 2007 in Cat Health
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**


  • Ashley SkalaAshley Skala San FranciscoMember Posts: 92
    edited 19 June, 2007
    Just to add, because someone else mentioned it in Health and Nutrition: I posted this response------>> I read about a cat that had an obstruction (hairball) stuck in their throat which caused them to stop eating. So it ISN'T ONLY overweight cats, but it is a common thread in bigger kitties and (obvious to vets) the first sign of disintrest in food and water can most likely lead to hepatic lipidosis (fatty liver disease). So please pay very close attention to feeding and food is KEY! It's easy for stress (even when you can't undertand what would cause your cat to be stressed out) to create this flare up. MuShu had to get a feeding tube because it was the only way to get enough food into him and less stressful to feed through the tube. But it was NOT cheap! He just started eating hard food on his own yesterday! So that's a huge step!
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