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10 Days to Feed for Senior Cat with Hepatic Lipidosis

Release date:Jul 20,2020 Source:LACHANCE
10 Days to Feed for Senior Cat with Hepatic Lipidosis

Hepatic lipidosis is a common liver disease in cats, usually caused by hunger strike after stress. When the cat's body is depleted of glycogen, the body starts to use fat to supply energy. But the cat’s liver is inherently not good at using fat. When a large amount of fat flows into the liver, it is easy to cause hepatic lipidosis, also named fatty liver. When the content of fat in the liver exceeds 5% of liver weight, it is defined as fatty liver. A hungry cat becomes more severe, and will vomit, become depressed, and even has hepatic encephalopathy convulsions. If not treated in time, there will be danger to life.


Generally speaking, pet doctors will insert the esophagus into the cat at the first time to ensure the food intake of the cat. Secondly, they will check whether there are related diseases, such as the common inflammation of triad: hepatitis, enteritis, pancreatitis. These diseases can also induce fatty liver, requiring doctors to lock in the cause and treat it. At the same time, Damel are used to accelerate the process of liver degreasing and prevent the deposition of fatty liver.


First day, Alice at the pet hospital

Fundamental Information

Name: Alice; Gender: Female / Sterilized; Variety: Idyllic cat; Age: 11 years old; Weight: 3.9kg



Pet Physician: Dr. Jia; Major: Internal Medicine; Clinic Name: Harbin North Love Animal Hospital


Chief Complaint

Alice’s parents report that she has not eaten for ten days, vomiting, weight loss, yellowing of the mucous membranes visible throughout the body, the urine color is particularly yellow, recently changed the food, Alice's parents tried to give her medicine, but she vomited after taking it, so she was taken to hospital for treatment.


Primary diagnosis

Dr. Jia did basic blood routine, SAA, biochemical and B-ultrasonic examination for Alice, and found that her liver enzyme and bilirubin were increased, white blood cells were normal, B-ultrasonic showed liver swelling, echo enhancement, and Alice was diagnosed with fatty liver.


  • These pictures are Alice's blood routine, biochemical and SAA examination report.


Hospital treatment, routine nutritional support, forced feeding by inserting a nasal feeding tube, add Damel, a pet supplement to protect the liver, for Alice's fatty liver.



After 11 days of treatment, Alice's mental state improved. She began to eat on her own initiative, and her jaundice also decreased. Dr. Jia suggested that she should continue to eat less in more meals, and take Damel.


The result of the re-examination


Fatty liver in cats is usually caused by hunger strike, and glycogen is used to supply a large amount of protein to make animals quickly become emaciated. A considerable amount of fat deposits in liver cells, causing hepatocellular jaundice, which may seriously endanger animal life. 

Generally, direct nasal feeding tubes are used to instill liquid food. During treatment, care must be taken to protect the liver, lower bilirubin indicators, and reduce animal symptoms. Chenodeoxycholic acid, the main component of Damel, is currently the ideal choice for the treatment of liver fat deposition. It can reverse liver fat deposition and decrease  bilirubin indicators. In addition, Damel can promote the recovery of animal appetite. As long as the cats start to eat actively, the body will get better soon.

4Harbin North Love Animal Hospital

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