Feline Liver Disease
The liver is a vital organ, so any type of disease that affects it is very serious. It performs various functions such as removing toxins from the blood, hormone production, converting sugar, and producing enzymes that aid digestion. Here is a look at feline liver disease.
Liver disease in cats can be caused by various things. They include infections, ingestion of toxins, and anorexia. Other diseases can also cause problems with the liver such as pancreatitis and parasitic infections.
The liver has a large reserve capacity, so signs won’t be noticeable until later stages. Also, since the organ has many different functions, there are many different symptoms of feline liver disease. Some of these are swollen abdomen, jaundice, depression, and diarrhea. It’s also common for cats to experience lack of appetite or develop complete anorexia. Other common signs include weight loss, vomiting, irritability, and lethargy.
Since the signs of liver disease in felines can mimic other conditions, diagnosis can prove to be difficult. Common methods of diagnosis include ultrasounds, x-rays, and laboratory tests. A biopsy of your cats liver may also help confirm the condition.
Since other conditions can cause feline liver disease, they will need to be treated. If the liver itself is the main reason, then there is little that can be done. Your cat will need a diet full of high-quality protein. It is also important that the diet is balanced with minerals and vitamins.