Liver helps with digestion and blood clotting for your cat, it helps to remove toxins from his system. Because the liver works to rid the body of so many different substances, it is susceptible to damage from many different sources. Liver disease results in inflammation, known as hepatitis. If untreated, this can lead to loss of function as healthy liver cells are replaced by scar tissue. Diseases elsewhere in the body can also affect the liver’s function.
Fortunately, liver disease can be effectively managed and progression limited. Many cats go on to live happily years after their diagnosis. Proper nutrition and continuous dialogue with your veterinarian are key to managing your cat’s liver disorder.
What are the Symptoms of Liver Disease in Cats
1. Loss of Appetite
It's easy to miss the symptoms of liver disease. They're similar to those for other problems. Your cat may lose interest in food and star losing weight. He may vomit or have diarrhea.
You may notice your cat to seem confused or walk funny, being unstable in his stance and weak. Increased urination can accompany these symptoms as well, and there may be blood in his pee or poop.
3. Other Symptoms
Other possible signs of liver disorders include dark-colored urine, pale gums, or a build- up of fluid in the abdomen that could be mistaken for sudden weight gain. Your veterinarian can administer other tests to diagnose liver disease.
The Importance of Nutrition for Liver Health
You may be wondering how to take care of your cat with liver disease. Treatment of any hepatic disease is aimed at resting the liver and minimizing those functions that have to do with metabolism of fats, proteins, carbohydrates and drugs. It’s even more important to feed the right cat food if he is diagnosed with liver disease. Feed your cat easily digested carbohydrates, high-quality fats and limited amounts of sodium to control ongoing liver damage and improve liver function. For accurate diagnosis and treatment options, always consult your veterinarian and ask them to recommend the best food for your cat’s liver health.
- Promotes healthy, balanced liver function
- Addresses sluggish or slow liver function
- Relieves abdominal pain and swelling
- Eases indigestion arising from rich or fatty foods
- Reduces inflammation in the liver and gallbladder
"My Vet could not believe the improvement in my cat's liver function. Thank you Prana Pets." ** - Diego, Durango, CO
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