Fatty Liver Disease Can Affect The Brain
Porky Pussy Cat needs to be Re-Litter Trained
We adopted Kiki from the City Shelter. She’s about 7 years old and was obese. Jaundice was noticed and she was to be euthanized. She stopped eating and was diagnosed with hepatic lipidosis. She’s doing better now. It nauseated her to walk to the litter box, so she just squatted where she was lying. She’s able to walk around now, but continues to squat in her/my bed to urinate.
Obesity is a miserable problem for cats; their liver cells get infiltrated with fat, potentially leading to big trouble. Even a couple of days without eating can cause a rotund cat to slip into rapid onset liver failure. Hepatic lipidosis (fatty liver disease) can also lead to brain dysfunction with behavior changes like house soiling.
Many porky pussy cats also suffer from joint pain, making it hard for them to climb into their pans. This will get easier for Kiki as her weight approaches a healthy 10#. In the meantime I recommend a glucosamine supplement like Cosequin.
To set Kiki up for success provide a couple big pans with premium quality clumping litter and no cover or liner. Plastic sweater boxes work well. Cut down one part of a side and build a ramp to make it easy for her. Adding Cat Attract may also help. Scoop the pans at least twice daily.
After meals lure Kiki to a litter pan with a high value treat. Say a consistent verbal cue, like “target” as she climbs in and takes the bait. If she eliminates nominate her for president. Repeat hundreds of times, so she’ll make a dash for the pan on command.
Hepatic lipidosis may dog your cat her entire life. Have her serum chemistries checked periodically and feed a prescription, low protein diet. Novifit, a SAM-e supplement, may be essential to her longevity.