The liver is a vital organ, so any type of disease that affects it is very serious. It performs various functions such as removing toxins from the blood, hormone production, converting sugar, and producing enzymes that aid digestion.
Liver disease in cats can be caused by various things. They include infections, ingestion of toxins, and anorexia. The disease can also occur because of parasitic infections or pancreatitis.
You should know that the liver has a large reserve capacity, so signs of liver disease in felines usually aren’t noticeable until the disease advances. Many different symptoms can occur since the liver has many different functions. Some of these are swollen abdomen, jaundice, depression, and diarrhea. Lack of appetite and anorexia are also common signs. Vomiting, weight loss, and lethargy are other common signs.
Vets sometimes have a problem diagnosing this disease since its symptoms can mimic other conditions. Common methods of diagnosis include ultrasounds, x-rays, and laboratory tests. A definitive diagnosis can be made by taking a biopsy of the liver.
Any underlying conditions that are causing problems with the liver will need to be treated. If your cat’s liver is the problem itself, there isn’t much that can be done to treat the condition. High quality protein will help your cat with this condition. As an owner, you also need to ensure that your cat’s diet is balanced with vitamins and minerals.