Cat liver lipidosis is the name of fatty liver disease. So what is fatty liver disease? This is when excess fat is deposited in the liver. In humans, it is commonly found in people who drink excessive amounts of alcohol, people who are overweight, people with diabetes, or other metabolic syndromes.
While I’m not sure if I drink too much, many cats today are overweight and more and more people suffer from diabetes. Therefore, obese or diabetic cats are more likely to have fatty liver disease, especially if they lose weight too quickly. This can be for a variety of reasons, such as changes in diet, sudden discomfort caused by ingested toxins, or some other factor causing sudden loss of appetite and weight loss.
Cats were never designed to be overweight. They cannot use fat properly. They have to be as slim as a kite, which makes them more efficient hunters.
When a person loses weight quickly, the fat cells are sent to the liver to be converted into energy normally provided by food. But cats cannot metabolize fat very well. As fat builds up, the liver will deteriorate. If left unchecked, it can lead to death. It is believed that cats can catch symptoms of decreased appetite for as little as two weeks before the liver starts to become infected.
Early symptoms of this liver lipid hyperplasia in cats include:
- lose weight
- Excessive drooling
- Loss of appetite
- Thirst causes dehydration
When the condition worsens, symptoms can include:
- Possible pain on the right side of the abdomen
- Palpation reveals swelling
- Epileptic attacks
This condition can lead to liver scarring, cirrhosis, liver damage and eventually liver failure.
The blood test is inconclusive, but it can show liver abnormalities. More invasive procedures (such as ultrasound or liver biopsy) are more accurate.
Veterinary treatment is to force the cat to eat during this time to ensure that the weight is no longer lost. While this option can be used if all other options fail, I don’t approve. Although it returns to normal, it can take up to 18 weeks, although it takes 4 weeks for it to return to normal.
As a naturopath, I think the most important factor to consider is why your cat is fasting and why it suddenly stops eating.
Is the tooth causing pain and is the pain enough to inhibit eating?
Are they toxic household chemicals that can be deadly, could poisoned mice have been swallowed, have they been recently vaccinated or have they been overdosed, etc.?
Do they need other digestive energy (significantly) to help recover from the disease?
Are they obese? Obese cats are very unhealthy and should be on a diet, but it should be done slowly. Fat tissue stores toxins and the sudden influx of these toxins into the body can cause serious problems.
As long as you provide the right foods and the right homeopathy, it is easy to avoid these situations. After that, your cat’s appetite will automatically recover.
While elevated liver lipids in cats is a serious contractile condition in cats, don’t drop dry food or give up on the free feeding policy (loved by traditional veterinarians). This makes cats obese and increases their toxin levels, so they are more likely to cause problems than prevent them. Cats need certain foods, and eating two meals a day (the right quality and quantity) is enough to keep them healthy.