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Feline Liver Disease
The liver is a vital organ for cats. In cats, the liver is responsible for metabolizing carbohydrates, fats and protein. The liver is a toxic waste filtration system. When working in prime condition, the liver can successfully break-down most toxic substances making them less toxic. But, when it is diseased, injured or traumatized, the liver can quickly become a deadly weapon in the life of a cat.
Because of its close proximity to the other organs; pancreas and the intestines, if there is disease in one of those organs it can easily spread into the liver. Cats who are only allowed to eat vegan meals are at risk at developing liver disease. The liver needs the proteins found in most meats in order to maintain a healthy working status for the cat. Deprived of these essential proteins puts the liver into harm’s way. The main problem with cats and liver disease is that cats are so skilled at hiding their pain, that by the time they let on they don’t feel good, the liver is pretty far gone.
Common Liver Diseases in cats
Feline Hepatic Lipidosis:
Inflammatory Liver Disease
Liver Neoplasia (cancer)
Toxic Injury to the liver
Although the liver is able to regenerate in most instances, prompt veterinary treatment will provide a necessary safeguard toward further deterioration of the liver. If your cat suddenly stops eating or is vomiting a lot, hiding from you, or acting off in behavior, your best course of action is to get her to the vet. There are professional tricks your vet can employ in order to get your cat to eat again. Fluids and special diets will be prescribed that will help to restore health. The trick is to know your cat enough to understand when she isn’t feeling well. This is your time to act quickly for Her sake.