Hepatic Lipidosis and Your Cat: What You Need to Know

Feeding Is Essential

Offering the cat a tasty food with a strong aroma or warming food slightly in the microwave to release the things that make a feline's nose twitch and lips smack may be enough to get him to eat. If not, though, he may need to receive nutrition through a feeding tube. Many cats accept this with little resistance. A feeding tube helps ensure that he gets the nutrients he needs and can prevent him from developing an aversion to eating. To help prevent vomiting as the cat gets used to the feeding tube, the cat at first receives one-third to half his normal energy requirements, gradually building to the full amount over the next few days.

Once blood work begins to return to normal and the cat starts eating on his own, tube feeding can be tapered off. For Camille, that process took three weeks, but some cats may take longer.

In cats with hepatic lipidosis, treatment is more likely to be successful when it begins early and is combined with good supportive care and control of any underlying disease. These cats are considered to be cured, and hepatic lipidosis rarely recurs.

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