Caring for a cat with hepatitis

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I often define the liver as the "waste recycling room " of animals, and of humans. But we must not forget that it is a great source of energy for the body and is continually doing very hard work to keep harmful substances out of the body. So your main function would be filter.

In this AnimalWised article we want to guide you on how caring for a cat with hepatitis so that the disease does not become a hindrance or family discomfort when living with my sick cat. ¿What can and cannot help?

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  1. What is hepatitis in cats?
  2. Diagnosis and treatments for hepatitis in cats
  3. Caring for a cat with hepatitis

What is hepatitis in cats?

We do not want to dwell on this too much because we already have a specific article that you can visit about hepatitis in cats, but to better understand the care we must, at least, define what we will face. Hepatitis is an inflammation of the liver but it does not have a single origin or cause but multiple, and some not yet fully defined.

As the most common causes we have:

  • Hepatic lipidosis: it is an accumulation of fatty tissue in the functional fabric of the liver and whose most popular cause is prolonged fasting, voluntarily or accidentally.
  • Autoimmune or idiopathic hepatitis
  • Feline cholangiohepatitis: Inflammation of the bile ducts by some bacteria that lodged in the intestine and ascended through the canaliculi to the liver, infecting it secondarily.
  • Liver tumors

Diagnosis and treatments for hepatitis in cats

I will be very brief since it is not what I want to tell you in this article but I just want to encourage you that if you observe that your cat is listless, unwilling, with little or no appetite, already exceeding 24 hours, go to a veterinarian for a general check-up and blood collection, which will be our confirmation. Although the cat self-administers its food, that is, when it wants to eat and when it is not hungry or will touch it, we must be attentive to these long periods of loss of appetite since it is an alarm of liver lipidosis.

Normally, this is accompanied by not wanting to drink water, so the condition can worsen and dehydration can cause other damage such as encephalopathy and / or irreparable central level injuries..

The treatment will go hand in hand with care, but it will depend a lot on the state in which our feline is. As we have different origins, we will not detail the treatments, so we encourage you to go to the veterinarian to make the correct diagnosis and thus face the most appropriate treatment.

Caring for a cat with hepatitis

When we return home from the vet with our little furry, doubts and commitments begin, since it is a disease in which the vet may want to keep the cat to hydrate and feed boarding school but, where it starts to get better, we can bring it home. . The care of a cat with hepatitis that we must have are not so many but it is very important that we be attentive.

In general, cats with hepatic lipidosis do not want to eat, which we cannot allow. We must place a probe, in the most extreme cases, to feed and hydrate it. With the collaboration of the owners and sometimes, resorting to appetite stimulants, we managed to avoid this very traumatic step and with risks for the feline.

As owners we must be patient, but insistent, trying different foods, I think soft, homemade food with what he loved to eat such as meat, chicken, tuna, vegetables, fruits, etc.. The goal is for you to eat and we must fulfill it, ¡whatever!

What we must consider is that his liver is failing and we must give him low fat food, because they can build up in your liver and continue to cause damage. The foods to avoid are: raw garlic and onion, chocolate, fat in meat (for now, when it recovers they are good), avocado and chocolate.

We can help, as long as the vet authorizes it, with medicinal herbs that stimulate the cat's appetite and do not continue to damage its liver, collaborating with its cleaning. We can do the following options:

  • Brewer's yeast (mixed with food)
  • Boldo
  • Dandelion
  • Artichoke extract
  • Turmeric (grated or powdered)
  • Dried alfalfa leaves

We can also resort to homeopathy for cats consulting a veterinarian who has knowledge in order to get their basic remedy and avoid relapses in our pussy.

Within the Bach flowers We also have some that can help us at this time such as: chicory, wild apple, honeysuckle, gorse, willow and sweet chestnut.

Last but not least, we can ask you Reiki if we know or ask someone to do it remotely. This will help our little feline to feel better and accept the help we are trying to get better as soon as possible..

This article is merely informative, at we do not have the power to prescribe veterinary treatments or make any type of diagnosis. We invite you to take your pet to the vet in the event that it presents any type of condition or discomfort.

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