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Terri, Feline Healthcare Expert
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Experience:  Expert in feline health and behavior. 20 years experience with cats.
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She was diagnosed with fatty liver about 10 days ago. I've

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Customer: She was diagnosed with fatty liver about 10 days ago. I've been giving her nutritional support since then via an oral syringe.
JA: I'll do all I can to help. What is the matter with the cat?
Customer: She is eating but very lightly on her own and drinking water a little at a time. She appears weak and unbalanced.
JA: Where does the cat seem to hurt?
Customer: She doesnt really exhibit any sign of being in pain. She has lost about 1 1/2 lbs. She was an 8 lb cat.
JA: OK. No obvious pain. Is there anything else important you think the Veterinarian should know about the cat?
Customer: She is lethargic. She isnt behaving normally. I just want to know how much pedialyte to give her to maintain her electrolites. She was vomitting yesterday but I think I was giving her too much pumpkin mixed with her a/d prescription cat food. I have stopped giving the pumpkin and I have decreased the amount I give her every 2 hours by half.
JA: This sounds like it might be serious. I'll let the Veterinarian know what's going on ASAP. Is there anything else important you think the Veterinarian should know?
Customer: We think she got fatty liver when our water softener quit working and she used to like to get in the tub and lick where it was dripping. We think she got a toxic dose of iron. We have fixed the water softener.
JA: OK. Got it. I'm sending you to a secure page on JustAnswer so you can place the $5 fully-refundable deposit now. While you're filling out that form, I'll tell the Veterinarian about your situation and then connect you two. I'll let you know when it is your turn.
Submitted: 1 year ago.
Category: Cat
Expert:  Terri replied 1 year ago.

Hi Dorothea,

I am sorry your fur baby has been so ill.

The cure for hepatic lipidosis is food,food and more food. However, it must be done slowly so she does not throw up. Plus, small, frequent meals are the best way for her body to metabolize calories and put weight back on.

A/D is the best food for her, add a tablespoon or warm water to dilute it because its thick.

A tablespoon of pedialyte every hour will keep her eletrolytes balanced.

She should also be taking denosyl which is SAMe once a day for her liver:

Rub a drop of pancake syrup or honey into her gums every 6 hours to raise her blood sugar in case she is hypoglycemic

Please let me know how she is doing. Reply here or if you prefer we can speak on the phone.

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Expert:  Terri replied 1 year ago.
Hi Dorothea,
I'm just following up on our conversation about your pet. How is everything going?